Opening in Las Vegas, December 12, 2014


It looks like another wan weekend at the box office this weekend. Only two movies are opening here.

Ridley Scott’s latest sword and sandal epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings (52) is getting lukewarm reviews and really seems like nothing special. Add to the mix the insensitive casting of a lily-white man as an Egyptian king, and then Rupert Murdoch’s comment that Egyptians are white (I guess Anwar Sadat just had a really good tan) and this film will die an early death. Alonso Duralde: “This stodgy adaptation creaks with solemnity — not to mention reactionary casting choices — and apart from some nifty frog and locust infestations, even the special effects pale next to a wind-blown Charlton Heston parting the Red Sea.”

Of more interest is Top Five (83), which would seem to be Chris Rock’s stab at doing the Woody Allen thing: writing, directing, and starring in a film about a comedian who wants to be taken seriously. Rock is an undeniable talent but has never put it together past his stand-up act. Hopefully this will be the start of something big. Chris Nashawaty: “As brilliantly funny as Chris Rock is, he’s never been able to replicate the high-voltage danger and electricity of his stand-up act on the big screen. But in his latest film, the sharply satirical Top Five, he not only makes a case for why he should be a bona fide movie star, he also proves he’s a writer-director to be reckoned with.”


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. A.O. Scott couldn’t get through his review without taking a potshot at the New Testament. What a dick.

  2. Top Five was pretty damn solid…for a Chris Rock movie. It was the closest thing there’s been to a good Kevin Smith movie in about a decade.

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