New in Theaters July 17th 2015

No Surprise the third installment of the Despicable Me franchise this time featuring just the Minions in an aptly titled movie is number one at the box office. The giant Dino megahit Jurassic World is in number two while Pixar’s wonderful emotional treat Inside Out holds on to number 3. But that’s old news, here’s what’s coming out this week.

download (10)Ant Man is something people either will love or hate. If you’re a super hero fan, you’ve been excited for this one all year. If you love Paul Rudd, you’ve been super excited for this one all year. If you don’t like either of these things, you’re probably the one going around telling people how stupid this looks. I’ll admit, Ant Man just sounds like they are scraping the bottle of the barrel for superhero movies. None the less, Rudd’s witty charm might offer up something different than just straight action. Then again, they thought Ryan Reynolds would do that for the Green Lantern but… Rotten Tomatoes says 77 percent!

download (11)Trainwreck is another highly anticipated film because Judd Apatow can do no wrong. Well in my eyes anyway, I thought Funny People and This is 40 were just as good as all the rest of his films. This time he just directs Amy Schumer in a script she wrote. She is probably one of the hottest people on the planet right now so there’s automatic buzz from that. If her skits are any indication on how this is going to be, it might just be a smash hit that will win Apatow fans back over. Critics seem to think so giving it a whopping 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

download (12)Then there’s Woody Allen, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time who still amazingly pumps out a film a year. Irrational Man stars Joaquin Phoenix who is another one of those people who can do no wrong, especially in the last few years. Throw Emma Stone into the mix and you’ve most likely got a typical Woody film fans will see no matter what. This one is about an existential professor going through a mid life crisis… very Woody Allen indeed. Rotten Tomatoes says 40 percent.

download (13)download (14)Or there’s Mr. Holmes, a British movie fan’s wet dream. Ian McKellen plays an elderly Sherlock Holmes coming out of retirement for one last case. The Stanford Prison Experiment is a dramatization of a true story where students are used as prison guards and forced into mock situations for tests. That’s what’s playing for the week of July 17th, happy movie watching.

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New in Theaters June 26th 2015

I was wrong. Inside Out didn’t beat Jurassic World… well in box office gross that is. The dino flick is still in number one while Inside Out is in number two, but it did earn critical raves and has been called one of the best Pixar movies, so that in itself is pretty impressive. Surprisingly, Spy is still in third place, proving that it’s a dynamite original comedy. But that’s old news, here’s what’s coming out this week. Continue reading

Names to Know: Cameron Crowe

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Aloha has taken a lot of undeserved flack because of its odd pacing and the casting of Emma Stone as a one quarter Asian character. I feel the readers on this site or any other quite frankly are Emma fans, myself included, so the casting choice was a good one no matter what. But there’s the whole blather on diversity and lack of Hawaiian natives in the movie. I completely disagree and feel those people didn’t go see the movie. The plot is about earning the trust of a specific island group so they can launch a missile, er, I mean… satellite.

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New in Theaters April 24th 2015

2013-06-04 16.56.16 (2)   You guessed it! Furious 7 is still number one at the box office, beating Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 and leaving the social media horror film Unfriended at number three. This is the film’s third week at number one, earning a whopping gross of 1.15 Billion worldwide. That puts it at the 7th highest grossing movie of all time! That’s pretty insane considering it’s a seventh installment but I’m guessing everyone just wants to find out what happens to Paul Walker. As the week continues only time will tell if it will continue to climb that ladder. But that’s all old news, here’s what’s out this week.

downloadThe Age of Adaline stars Blake Lively and a dramatic Harrison Ford in a sweet Benjamin Button type drama about a woman from the early 20th century who becomes immortal after an accident and doesn’t age. She spends most of her life in solitude but meets a man that may cause her to age when she starts to fall in love. It looks fairly traditional and dare I say cheesy, but these romances often do us good. From the trailer, it looks like nothing new, but if you like sweeping period romances, here’s your chance. Rotten Tomatoes isn’t giving it much love with 55 percent as of now.

download (1)The Water Diviner is Russell Crowe’s directorial debut about an Australian man who travels to Turkey to find three missing sons. First of all it’s crazy that Crowe hasn’t directed before since he always struck me as an actor who had specific visions and control, and second, it’s good to see him in straight drama again. After all the flack he took for his singing in Le Misèrables, and his steady stream of action flicks like Broken City, Man of Steel, and the god awful Winter’s Tale, he is once again proving himself as one of the most talented and dedicated actors of this generation. Rotten Tomatoes says 65 percent which is the highest rating of the week.

download (2)Adult Beginners is a low budget comedy starring the up and coming Nick Kroll about a struggling entrepreneur who moves in with his pregnant sister, her husband, and their child. The irresponsible loser soon learns something from family life and the through spending time with the kid. It looks pretty standard as far as these types of comedies go, but there is a long list of comedian cameos including SNL’s Bobby Moynihan, 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski, and Joel McHale that could boost the film up. If you want a laugh go ahead, but Rotten Tomatoes is saying 48 percent. Looks pretty stale to me.

Also in theaters, Emily Watson stars in a WWII drama/ comedy called Little Boy while comedian Kevin Pollack explores the link between comedy and misery with a documentary filled with comedian interviews called Misery Loves Comedy. That’s what’s playing for the week of April 24h, happy movie watching.

Horror 2015 style

Exorcist-horror-movies-18854453-1920-1200Horror is an ever-changing genre that started with monsters in make up like Dracula and Frankenstein. It evolved to gruesome stories about spirits and killers. Then CGI came in and played a role in what we saw or what we let our imaginations believe. Scary movies either makes us jump and give us nightmares or bore us half to death. It’s a really person specific type of movie because not everyone has the same fear. But now the new trend is heading down a smarter path, combining horrific scary stories with life lessons, world themes, and 21st century commentary. They are also doing it with minimal budgets, proving you don’t need CGI creatures to give a good scare. So what should you be watching if you’re one of these people who enjoy not sleeping at night? Here are the most recent.

The Babadook is an Australian horror film by Jennifer Kent that was released late last year. It tells the horrific tale of a boy and his Mother who find a mysterious pop up storybook about the legend of the Babadook creature. No surprise it comes alive and tears this family apart. Thing is, it was made on a shoe string budget (2 million) and Exorcist director William Friedkin has called it one of the scariest films of all time. Everyone I’ve talked to seems to agree. It is also very psychological which helps amp up your nerves. When scaled down, it can be taken as a symbol for loss, grief, and death

Recently It Follows, a stylish horror flick by David Robert Mitchell was released, telling the story of a sexually transmitted curse that causes dead people to follow you if you contain this “problem.” Obviously a metaphor for sexually transmitted diseases, it’s been scaring the hell out of people despite its tiny budget. The loud booming music and constant uneasiness is really setting it apart, garnering rave reviews from critics and fans.

Now this week there is Unfriended, an unfiltered look at social media, online bullying, and murders through Skype and Facebook. It looks a lot cheesier and traditional than the last two, but it does make use of Skype and online communication very well, perhaps boasting a few messages on why we should take a step back from technology. Reviews are mixed so far, but people seem to be eager to see it.

So if horror films continue to focus on life, use a mixture of jump scares and psychological pain, and reflect back our culture while giving us a good heart attack, can we say that maybe this genre has hit a new peak in greatness? Don’t get me wrong, classics like The Shining, The Exorcist, and Rosemary’s Baby are my all time favorites and certainly scared me a lot more than these movies did. Looking back, they also all contained some kind of cultural refection too. Perhaps these new ones then are the classics of our time and their commentary is what will make them hold up for years to come.

Do you think they really scary and can hold up in the future? I want to hear from you! What scares you? Did you find any of these ones scary? And do you think adding themes and social reflection make a better story in general? Leave your comments below!

New in Theaters April 17th 2015

No surprise, Furious 7 is still number one at the box office, raking in millions every day from its massive fan base. The family animated alien adventure Home staring Jim Parsons, Rihanna, and Steve Martin is in number two, and the Nicholas Sparks bull riding romance The Longest Ride is in number three. So last week did little to break down the top earners, but that’s all old news, here’s what’s out this week. Continue reading