Opening in U.S., June 27, 2014

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Two big sci-fi openings today. One seems well worth seeing, the other is a piece of shit.

Looks like the best film opening this weekend is Snowpiercer (86), a dystopian thriller from Joon-ho Bong. Peter Travers: “A slambam sci-fi thriller with a brain, a heart and an artful sense of purpose. You’re in for a wild whoosh of a ride.”

On the other end of the scale is Transformers: Age of Extinction (31), yet another multi-million dollar movie about children’s toys. I saw the first one and will never go back. At least they dumped Broadway-show interrupting Shia LaBeouf. Richard Roeper: “Age of Extinction is just another warmed-over, cynical, ATM machine of a movie. It’s soulless eye candy.”

From the director of Once, John Carney, comes another music-based story, Begin Again (59) with Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley. A. O. Scott: “Compared with “Once,” Begin Again is a bit like the disappointing, overly produced follow-up to a new band’s breakthrough album.”

Archipelago (82) is a British drama starring Tom Hiddleston, who seems on the verge of being the next big thing. Holly Cooper: “Archipelago is a sharply observed and excruciatingly honest exploration of family relationships and the mess that we call life.”

Also this week: Drones (50), a war thriller (the poster looks like the cover of a video game box); Jackpot (45), which has this description: “Terrified and bloody, Oscar Svendsen wakes up clinching a shotgun in a strip joint. Around him are 8 dead men and the police. To Oscar it’s clear that he is innocent;” and Whitey: United States of America vs. James J. Bulger (80) a doc about the Boston organized crime boss (and the basis for Jack Nicholson’s character in The Departed).

About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

One response »

  1. Could t care less about it but credit where credit’s due to the Transformers series, it’s been a series that the public hasn’t particularly liked since the first one (let alone critics) yet all of them maintain massively high levs of popularity.

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