Opening in Las Vegas, February 27, 2015


A very quiet weekend. Only two films opening here.

Focus (56) is Will Smith’s latest, but it might be Margot Robbie that gets all the attention. It has also gotten the attention of the lunatic fringe, who are taking to the Internet to despair about the interracial romance. Wake up, white people! Nick de Semlyen: “This is maximum-gloss entertainment with its fair share of tricksy rug-pulls. But, like one of the neon-coloured cocktails Smith drinks in it, it’s more of an immediate rush than something you’ll remember in a year.”

The Lazarus Effect (33) is about medical students who bring the dead back to life. They’ve also brought dead movies back to life. This was probably better when it was called Flatliners. Mick LaSalle: “The Lazarus Effect is not the usual mindless thriller, but it’s as flat as an open soda from last week, with dull characters and virtually every scene taking place in a single location. It looks as if it cost about 12 bucks to make — and somebody got robbed.”

I guess this weekend is a good one to watch TV or  catch up on your reading!


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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