Opening in the U.S., August 1, 2014

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The big opening this weekend is Guardians of the Galaxy (76), yet another hit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I was a big Marvel kid, but these guys were even below my radar (though I have faint memories of Rocket Raccoon). Surely we will soon see The Inhumans and Alpha Flight movies. A. A. Dowd: :Guardians boasts not one, but two Han Solo proxies — not to mention an ass-kicking Princess Leia surrogate, a villain with a very Sithian fashion sense, and the flora answer to Chewbacca. Also, one of the Han Solo types is a talking raccoon.”

The other major release is the James Brown story Get On Up (70). It’s positives seem to be the performance by Chadwick Boseman (who has now played Jackie Robinson and Brown) and the music, but is mired in music biopic cliches. I may rent it some day. Eric Kohn: “Though Get On Up never congeals into a satisfactory whole, its fragmentary portrait of the singer at the height of his fame — intercut with his troubled single-parent childhood — effectively shows his invasive power in popular culture.”

In limited release is Calvary (80), starring Brendan Gleeson as a priest. Joe Morgenstern: “It’s a film of modest means and great ambition, a darkly comic drama concerned with nothing less than the place of faith, and an embattled Church, in modern life.”

Child of God (50) is James Franco’s adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel. R. Kurt Osenland: “James Franco’s general aesthetic is ugly and ambling, not so much because of its brownish-gray monochrome, but because it registers like the jerky result of a college kid wielding a DV cam.”

Finally, for the perv crowd, is Behaving Badly (21), starring Selena Gomez. Gary Goldstein: “Behaving Badly is a dreadful sex comedy that gets worse and worse as its dopey story snowballs into relative incoherence.”

 

 

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.

4 responses »

  1. I’ll probably see it this weekend, but not sure whether I’ll feel inclined to write anything about it yet.

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