Movies Opening in New Haven – Weekend of March 13th, 2015

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Cinderella: This live-action adaptation of Disney’s Cinderella, from Director Kenneth Branagh is earning praise from critics (82% on RT and 65 on Metacritic) and should be good for an opening weekend in the 70-75m range.  It’s nice to see Branagh recovering from countless years of creative missteps.  The 90’s are back, baby! Reviewed by our own Joe Webb here.

Preceeded by the all-new Frozen short, Frozen Fever, which I paid full price admission to see with my three-year-old (only $2.50 per minute!) before leaving.

Frozen Fever is a pure check-all-the-boxes approach to filmmaking (Can Anna and Elsa sing some instantly forgettable b-side?  Check!  Do we have endless callbacks to the original film?  Check!  Have we introduced new character(s) that can be sold as plush dolls?  Check, Check, Check!) but it’s harmless enough.  Here’s hoping a little more care and effort goes into the recently announced sequel.

Personal interest factor: 7

Run All Night:  Liam Neeson takes on Ed Harris for the life of his son in this reunion with his Non-Stop and Unknown director, Jaume Collet-Serra.  The increasingly prolific Neeson is banging out two of these action pictures a quarter now (Taken 3 only opened in January) and you’ve got to wonder if that’s to blame for Run All Night‘s poor 11m opening weekend.

Still, the man has successfully completed one of the greatest reinventions in motion picture history. I’m curious which 30-40 year old actors will try to follow his model a decade or two from now.

In response to Run All Night‘s grosses, I’d expect Neeson will be signing on to both a Non-Stop sequel and Taken 4 sooner rather than later.

Rotten Tomatoes: 55%, Metacritic: 58

Personal interest factor: 6

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem: Golden Globe nominated Israeli divorce drama. I’d never heard of it before today but those RT and Metacritic scores are pretty damned impressive.

Rotten Tomatoes: 100% Metacritic: 92

Personal interest factor: 8

For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running Donnie Darko (2001) Friday and Saturday evening and True Grit (1969) Saturday and Sunday morning.

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