Dumb and Dumber To: Far too late sequel to the 1994 classic Jim Carrey/Jeff Daniels comedy. Looks desperate, lazy and cheap. The Farrelly Brothers, who haven’t made anything of note in 16 years, direct.
Saturday PM update: The Universal comedy should land in the mid 30’s for the weekend, securing the #1 spot. However, a decidedly unfunny B- Cinemascore does not bode well for word of mouth. Expect a disastrous second weekend drop.
Personal interest factor: 3. No doubt that I’ll see it eventually, but this is absolutely nothing that needs to be seen theatrically.
Rosewater: Jon Stewart’s directorial debut stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Maziar Bahari, an Iranian journalist wrongly imprisoned as a spy. Based on a true story.
Personal interest factor: 6. Stewart has reportedly made a more-than-admirable first feature. I’ve felt like he’s had one foot out the door at The Daily Show for some time, so I’m curious to see how the reception to Rosewater impacts his future plans.
Beyond the Lights: Bodyguard-redux about a pop star who falls in love with her protector. The movie itself sounds like your standard, disposable, soapy drama – but critics are raving about Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s star-making lead performance.
Personal interest factor: 6, but mainly to see Mbatha-Raw’s work.
For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running The Warriors (1979) Friday and Saturday evening and The Big Sleep (1946) Saturday and Sunday morning. on Friday evening.
The Whitney Humanities Center at Yale is screening Hold ‘Em Yale (1928) with Live Piano Accompaniment on Friday at 7:00 pm and Some Like it Hot (1959) on Saturday evening.