Movies Opening in Connecticut – Weekend of October 11th, 2013

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The second weekend of October brings us a well-regarded Paul Greengrass picture; some random Mexican romantic comedy; a Romeo and Juliet reboot (just kidding); Robert Reich on income inequality; and toxic Robert Rodriguez trash that barely deserves a mention.

Captain Phillips: Paul Greengrass rebounds from the disastrous sinkage of Green Zone with this true life tale of a cargo ship captain (Tom Hanks) whose vessel is hijacked by Somali pirates. At the helm: Greengrass knows the ropes and critics are going overboard for his ability to create a suspense thriller that’s already a modern classic.  Salty Dog Hanks is considered a shoo-in for a Best Actor nod and newcomer Barkhad Abdi should be setting off on his maiden Oscar Nominee voyage as well!

Despite a challenge from WB’s Gravity, all other studios should give Sony a wide berth – as they’re sure to enjoy a windfall at the box office over the next several weeks.  I would imagine that Captain Phillips will be christened #1 by Monday morning!

Personal interest factor: 8

Pulling Strings: Romantic comedy with Mexican superstar Jaime Camil as a mariachi singer who falls in love with an American diplomat who rejected his Visa application.  Tom Arnold and Stockard Channing co-star.  I know nothing of Camil’s charms and it’s entirely possible he’s on the verge of crossing over to English speaking audiences…but the the American supporting cast members don’t inspire a lot of confidence. Kudos to Lionsgate for giving this a pretty respectable theatrical rollout, though.

Personal interest factor: 1

Romeo and Juliet:  Hailee Steinfeld and Thomas Booth star in this latest adaptation from the creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes.

This uninspiring take seems like a missed opportunity given the 1996 version’s Twilight-like popularity with young audiences at the time.  While I didn’t enjoy Luhrmann’s film, he’s the template for the type of energetic, modern director who would be able to make this a crossover hit.

Personal interest factor: 2

Inequality for All: Documentary on income inequality w/ Robert Reich.

Personal interest factor: 9

Machete Kills: Robert Rodriguez’s devolution from promising indie filmmaker to schlocky DTV-level hack continues. It’s so hard to believe that this is the same guy who made Desperado and El Mariachi.

I admire his ability to pack films with amusing stunt casting (Mel Gibson in a villainous role here, along with Charlie Sheen as the President of the United States) but that’s about it.

Personal interest factor: 0

For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running Friday the 13th (1980) and Psycho (1960) Friday-Sunday.

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  1. Robert Rodriguez’s devolution from promising indie filmmaker to schlocky DTV-level hack continues. It’s so hard to believe that this is the same guy who made Desperado and El Mariachi.

    Kids today will never know the feeling of being in college for radio/film and television and stumbling upon a film so energetic, so fresh, so endlessly inventive and engaging on so little…now all people say to me is ‘He’s the one who did Spy Kids, yeah?’

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