Movies Opening in Connecticut – Weekend of October 18th, 2013

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We move past October’s mid-point with weekend of new releases that remind me more of August than Fall.

First we have a new adaptation of a Stephen King novel; old men escaping prison and success; a b-level techno-thriller, a documentary about the dangerous of mountain climbing; and a lesbian escort drama.

Carrie:  This remake of Brian De Palma’s 1976 film seemed promising when announced, with the hire of Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce and actresses Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.  Unfortunately – long delays, an uninspiring series of trailers and a review embargo that lingered until yesterday afternoon signaled a less than perfect outcome.  The film does have the unique advantage of being the only major horror release between now and Halloween which should help it’s prospects at the box office.

Side note: regardless of the quality of the final film, the viral campaign has been a major success.

Personal interest factor: 2

Escape Plan:  Aging, irrelevant action icons Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger star in this prison break drama that’s probably only opening in wide release for contractual reasons.  Both actors have already unleashed catastrophic domestic bombs this year and tracking seems to indicate they’re going for a hat trick.

While this is earning slightly better notices than expected, it seems tailor made for last minute Friday night Netflix viewing.

Personal interest factor: 4

The Fifth Estate:  When your wannabe Fall prestige release has a lower score than both Carrie and Escape Plan on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic – it’s probably safe to assume you’re not going to be mounting an Oscar campaign.  Benedict Cumberbatch, whose appeal continues to elude me, stars as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for director Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Dreamgirls).

And because it needs to be said…bad movie sign: David Thewlis.

Personal interest factor: 2

The Summit: Documentary about a disastrous K2 expedition in 2008.

Personal interest factor: 7

Concussion: Drama about a suburban soccer mom who becomes a lesbian escort following a concussion at a little league game.  Appealing trailer.

Personal interest factor: 6

For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running Poltergeist (1982) and The Birds (1963) Friday-Sunday.

2 responses »

  1. Benedict Cumberbatch, whose appeal continues to elude me

    Same thing I think every time I log into Tumblr.

    Drama about a suburban soccer mom who becomes a lesbian escort following a concussion at a little league game.

    You make this sound so much more interesting than the actual premise. You make it sound like some cautionary tale on concussions (watch out, they could turn you into a lesbian prostitute!) than a somewhat interesting indie movie about a semi-autobiographical movie a woman came-up with after her son beaned her with a baseball.

  2. Weekend box-office in a nutshell: people like suspenseful (but safe) Hollywood dramas starring A-list actors – particularly if they are filled with CGI and in IMAX. They do not like 80’s action stars or Benedict Cumberbatch.

    Teens can make even the most uninspiring Halloween horror film a hit if there’s no competition in the marketplace. The same holds true for CGI animated films and small children.

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