Now on Goombas Gone Wild, you’ll get weekly reviews and recaps on what movies are coming out this weekend. Sadly, this one might be one of the slowest we’ve seen all year. Maybe that’s just my tastes, but it’s too early for summer blockbusters, and too late for quirky comedies and animation.
Right now Fast and Furious 7 is the hot film to see, bringing in a record 160 million it’s opening weekend. Home, the animated alien comedy starring Jim Parsons, Steve Martin, and Rihanna is also in the box office lead while the negatively reviewed Will Ferrell/ Kevin Hart prison comedy Get Hard is just below. If you’re a fan of the Divergent series, the sequel Insurgent also came out last week. Cinderella is still dominating the box office while all the buzz is going towards a low budget horror film about sexually transmitted spirits in It Follows. But that’s all old news, here’s what’s out this week.
The Longest Ride follows in the veins of the TV show Heartland and cowboy classic 8 Seconds about star crossed loved, one of whom is a former rodeo bull rider and the other an NYC aspiring artist. A little late for Valentine’s Day, this one is a Nicolas Sparks adaptation so it’s no doubt a cheesy romance that either ends in sweet love or tearful heartbreak. When I first saw the trailer, I thought they remade 8 Seconds which scared me half to death. Staring Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, and for some reason Alan Alda, it’s so far got a 40% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Could be worse! If you like romance and cowboys, have a good weekend!
Ex Machina is a British sci-fi thriller about a computer programmer player by Domhnall Gleeson who wins a week with an antisocial genius played by the incredible Oscar Isaac. He is continuously proving his ability with films like Drive, Inside Lleywn Davis, and A Most Violent Year. This one looks like a very creepy version of Her, perhaps mixed with The Skin I Live In where a scientist seems to be falling in love with his machine. Well, in a much more creepy and dangerous way. It’s good to see sci-fi movies without built in franchises these days. Could be like a District 9 kind of thing. Rotten Tomatoes says 89 % so this may be the week’s winner. The trailer looks very promising.
While Were Young has been in production for a very long time. After a lot of small releases, it finally will be seen worldwide this weekend. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are a stressed out middle aged couple who meet Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. The younger couple instills a new sense of life into Ben and Naomi, taking them on a journey of self discovery through 21st century values and methods. It’s a plot that has been used before but director Noah Baumbach has made some sweet and quirky indie flicks like The Squid and the Whale or Greenberg again with Stiller. Rotten Tomatoes say 84% so for a sweet drama comedy about life, this one’s your ticket.
In select cities, you can also find Clouds of Sils Maria, a drama starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart. Then there’s a new Simon Pegg Australian Action Comedy called Kill Me Three Times. And finally, the critically panned Ryan Gosling directorial debut Lost River can also be found in some theaters. That’s what’s playing for the week of April 10th, happy movie watching.