Movies Opening in Connecticut – Weekend of May 31, 2013

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After back-to-back mega-budget tentpoles throughout the month of May: we wind down with Oblivion, er After Earth, the Summer’s second “Scientologists exploring a future Earth ravaged by disaster” picture. Jaden and Will Smith star for M. Night Shyamalan (The Happening, The Last Airbender) in what appears to be a straight director-for-hire gig . Critics are savaging the film, which probably shouldn’t be much of a surprise given the talent involved.

Louis Leterrier’s (The Incredible Hulk, Unleashed) magic caper film, Now You See Me, is the weekend’s only other release. Little to no buzz on this one despite a somewhat intriguing trailer.

Once upon a time I thought Leterrier was a talent to watch, but that was before his catastrophic 2010 Clash of the Titans remake. The greatest question about this feature,which reunites Zombieland‘s Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg, is how the hell it ended up in a May release slot. It’s sure to be trampled by the competition and quickly forgotten.

Also opening:

Francis Ha (RT: 91%, MC: 81%): Terrific-sounding Noah Baumbach indie.

For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running the James Bond adventure Dr. No (1962) and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980)

4 responses »

  1. It really is a dead weekend. After Earth is probably going to open ok, but the holdovers (F&F, Star Trek, etc) are going to dominate.

  2. I noticed on his movie list site that Brian went to see ‘After Earth’. I’m curious to know what he thought of it to see whether it’s worthy of the loathing its generated from virtually all critics and the public.

  3. It pretty much is. It’s unimaginative as sci-fi and formulaic as father-son drama. And it’s mostly undistinguished from a technical standpoint as well.

    And while I don’t take much pride in picking on kids, it is painfully obvious that Jaden has very limited talent.

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