Looking a little better than last week’s assault on good taste! However, we’re still in the danger zone thanks to a trashy comic book movie sequel, premature Oscar bait from the Weinsteins, a Harrison Ford film and Ashton Kutcher in a dramatic role.
Kick Ass 2: Helmer Jeff Wadlow steps in for original franchise director Matthew Vaughn with this sequel that feels very late. The entire original cast is back, looking mostly way too old for their high school-age roles.
Reviews are pretty terrible,which should be a surprise to no one.
Random trivia: Jeff Wadlow is Katie Couric’s nephew.
Bad movie sign: Wadlow. Personal interest factor: 5
Paranoia – C-grade high-tech espionage thriller about a corporate mole (Liam Hemsworth) caught between two men (Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman). No, it’s not actually as lurid/interesting as that sounds. Amber Heard, Lucas Til, Embeth Davidtz, Josh Holloway and Richard Dreyfuss co-star.
Random trivia: According to the IMDB, Oldman’s role was written for Kevin Spacey.
Jobs – Ashton Kutcher stars as famed Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who pioneered such game changing products as Mobile ME, Ping and Lisa. Oh, and the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Typically, the best biopics come less than two years after the subject’s death.
Trivia: There’s a competing Steve Jobs picture in development from Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) that sounds a little more promising.
Bad movie sign: Ashton Kutcher, although he seems like a nice kid. Personal interest factor: 2
Lee Daniels’ The Butler: Forrest Gump-esque drama about a Butler who serves 8 different US Presidents. While it looks completely insufferable to me: it’s getting mostly decent notices and should be loved by the geriatric crowd and those who embraced things like The Help.
The all-star cast includes Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams.
Bad movie sign: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams. Seriously, it’s like an Ocean’s Eleven of actors with terrible taste in material. Personal interest factor: 1
For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) Friday-Sunday.