Opening in Las Vegas, February 13, 2015


The weekend’s biggest opener is sure to be 50 Shades of Grey (47), the adaptation of the best seller by E.L. James. As someone who knows what good S&M porn is, from what I’ve read of the book and read about it, this is not–it’s “mommy porn.” But I’m sure it will sell tickets. Will men be dragged to the movie and then get ideas? Stephanie Merry: “In the end, there’s nothing here we haven’t seen before. But there’s also nothing as agonizingly awkward as James’s prose.”

The other new film this weekend is The Kingsmen: Secret Service (59), which sounds like something I dreamed up when I was ten, but in the years that followed realized it was dumb. Really, after James Bond, where can you with British secret agents? Mick LaSalle: “It tries to get by on charm, and like a lot of movies, and people who make that attempt, “Kingsman” does have charm — just not enough.”

The film I’ll be seeing is Still Alice (72), which has finally opened here. Julianne Moore will likely win an Oscar for her role as a someone with early-onset Alzheimer’s. My girlfriend’s mother (probably) has Alzheimer’s, but she still wants to see it even though she will probably come out a wreck. Claudia Puig: “While other Alzheimer’s-related films, including “Amour,” “Iris” and “Away from Her”, delved more deeply into the subject, Alice is understated yet still moving.”


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.

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