Only two major releases this week. Excitement seems to be muted on both, but I sense that The Heat will benefit from being the first new comedy in the marketplace in three weekends.
The Heat (RT: 67%, MC: 59%) – Sandra Bullock / Melissa McCarthy mismatched buddy cop comedy from director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids). Yes, this was made in modern times and not 1994. Personal interest factor: Sub zero. There are very few releases this Summer I would dread seeing more.
White House Down (RT: 45%, MC: 54%) – Die Hard in the White House by way of disaster movie king Roland Emmerich (2012, Independence Day). I think this looks like a fun throwback to the action pictures of the 90’s although critics seem pretty divided. I guess you either go along with the ridiculousness or you don’t. Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx’s charisma is getting high marks from most. Personal interest factor: 6
The Attack (RT: 90%, MC: 73%) Israeli drama about the aftermath of a suicide bombing.
Twenty Feet from Stardom (RT: 97%, MC: 82%) – Well-received documentary on professional back-up singers.
For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running the James Bond adventure You Only Live Twice (1967) and Kevin Smith’s Clerks (1994) Friday-Sunday.