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.
- Jersey Boys - When I heard Clint Eastwood was directing this musical, I had serious doubts. Ever since I watched the abysmal Trouble with the Curve he’s been on my shit list and his directing over the past decade or so has been hit or miss. This musical is about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons which is right up my alley actually. I love that kind of music. The trailer isn’t too bad either, which makes me rethink my rash judgement. However, the fact that little marketing has been done and the responses so far have been generally poor, this seems like an at home watch if anything. It will at least be cheaper than a stage production.
- Think Like A Man Too - I had a pretty decent rant when the first movie came out because Steve Harvey is a disgusting misogynist who wrote this book to justify his backwards thinking. Gross. The first movie was all about relationships and how women and men relate. This looks like producers thought “well the The Best Man Holiday is very successful, let’s just have the characters go on a Best Man holiday”. Pretty much abandoning it’s relationship concept for a focus on men and women trying to out-fun each other, it’s probably better honestly. Better but still stupid.
- The Rover (expanding) – Finally a promising movie for this weekend. The next movie out from the A24 docket looks pretty good. The trailer is a wonderfully ambiguous but this thriller seems to follow two men who appear to be criminals traveling in the Australian outback. I’m looking forward to excellent performances by Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson brought to screen by the director of the acclaimed Animal Kingdom, David Michôd.
- Third Person – This interlocking story has a pretty great cast, and because of that, it’s limited release doesn’t exactly bode well. I’m still interested though and willing to watch with an open mind to see how this romance with a bit of mystery plays out. Liam Neeson plays a man in the midst of a romantic affair abroad with Olivia Wilde while dealing with his estranged wife Kim Basinger. Mila Kunis and James Franco play exes in a heated custody battle over their son. Adrien Brody is on a business trip in Rome when he falls for the beautiful Moran Atias and gets pulled into her world. None are the most original concepts, but if well done this surely seems worth a watch.
Available through Video on Demand and in select theaters.