Opening in Las Vegas, December 5, 2014


As James mentioned in HAGEBOC, this weekend inexplicably has no major releases, which is very strange. Here in Vegas, we do have a film that opened up already elsewhere, The Homesman (68), a Western directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones that is getting Oscar buzz for Hilary Swank. I’ll probably see it, given the lack of anything else to see. Eric Kohn: “Jones’ alternately skillful and irreverent approach results in a mixed bag of possibilities, with many terrifically entertaining on their own even as the overall picture remains muddled.”

The only widespread release this week is The Pyramid, an adventure in archeology. It has no score yet, and guesstimates have it barely making the top ten this week, so unless you’re an Egyptologist I’m guessing you won’t care to see it. Chris Michael: “Levasseur understands the claustrophobia of being locked inside a stuffy pyramid with collapsing floors and sand traps. Unfortunately for him, Indiana Jones turns out to be incompatible with Alien, and the bad acting and atrocious script don’t help.”

In one theater in Vegas is Dirty Dealing, which I can’t find a score for, either. It stars Michael Madsen and C. Thomas Howell, which should tell you everything you need to know.


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.

2 responses »

  1. I checked and The Pyramid didn’t really even open wide. It’s only on 589 screens (for comparison – Mockingjay is on 4054 in it’s third weekend and Gone Girl is on 1205 after two+ months in theaters). Weird stuff.

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