After being shuttered for one week, Openings returns in its new form, which is basically formless. I’m going by what was reviewed in the New York Times this week (a few movies opened on Thursday), although I’ll be selective, as the Times reviews everything. There will be no links to trailers, as I am generally opposed to them in principle, and only watch them as a captive audience member. I will put Metacritic scores in parentheses.
In the multiplexes this weekend are two turds: A Good Day to Die Hard (29) the fifth in the series. Quick story: on a trip to Los Angeles my friend and I wanted to see a film in Mann’s Chinese Theater. Live Free and Die Hard was playing there. I hated it, but it’s nice to be able to say I’ve seen a movie there. The other turd is Safe Haven (34), another adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Here’s a tip: if the movie has the name Sparks, Josh Duhamel, or Julianne Hough on the poster, stay far away.
The other multiplex opening this week is Beautiful Creatures (53), which looks kind of like a Twilight with witches, but got a surprisingly good review by Manohla Dargis, who basically said it had no right being as good as it is. I may check it out.
In the art houses, there’s two significant releases. No (77) is one of the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, and tells the story of how advertising affected the vote that removed Pinochet from power in Chile. Abbas Kiarostami has a new film, Like Someone in Love (73), about a Japanese prostitute.
Also, there’s a new animated film Escape from Planet Earth (45) and a documentary about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer–The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (58). Sounds like a perfect double feature.