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.
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)