Here to take a look at the films coming out in wide and limited release this coming weekend. I’ll give you my thoughts to help you decide what’s worth checking out.
- If you didn’t have enough demons and shaky cam already this month:
Devil’s Due - I swear the studio behind this movie must have been pissed when Paranormal Activity stole that first weekend of the year shitty horror movie spot. It looks just like any of the other found footage crap that’s constantly rolling out, without anything specifically interesting to entice you. BUT the only thing that has me curious is that it’s directed by the pair who did the last segment in V/H/S, “10/31/98″, which was kind of awesome. Is this just a really generic looking trailer and it’s secretly great?
- If you’re interested in checking out a new action franchise reboot:
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This looks like it could be a perfectly decent action flick. Chris Pine is quite likeable (and not too bad on the eyes either) so I think he could be pretty great in the part. I hope the trailer didn’t spoil anything to key with its hint of double cross, but if this has a great story and entertaining action set pieces it could be the first good movie of the year.
- If you can’t help laughing any time Kevin Hart says anything:
Ride Along - Okay, the plot of this looks pretty corny. Ice Cube has had a pretty terrible track record when it comes to movie choices recently, although he was hilarious in 21 Jump Street so I know there’s still something there. Kevin Hart seems to be a love or hate personality but I really enjoy him in anything I’ve seen. I love his high pitched deliveries and crazy eyes – what can I say? This trailer musters a few laughs, but I think it’s safe to wait to see if it’s worth a watch on cable.
- Coming back to theaters: Gravity
- If you want to see what Quentin Tarantino called the best movie of 2013:
Big Bad Wolves - This Israeli film has a great thriller premise, with three men all linked to a murder case of a young girl coming to a head. The victim’s father, the detective on the case, and the questionable suspect become entangled in the aftermath of the gruesome murder. It has a similar feel plot-wise to Prisoners (which I loved) but seems to have a very different tone which could be interesting. I’ve heard nothing but great things and I can’t wait to check it out.
Available on Video On Demand and see where it’s playing in select theaters here.