Is it just me, or does seem like a really sucky weekend, given that it’s a holiday? Maybe the studios figure people will be at the beach or the mountains. I have free time, and there’s nothing I want to fork over nine dollars for.
The big new opening this is yet another Terminator movie, this one titled Terminator Genisys (39). Supposedly it completely ignores the third and fourth movies (which I haven’t seen), or so says James Cameron, who had nothing to do with it, but approves. It’s getting lousy reviews, despite the recent good will exibited by star Arnold Schwarzenegger. James Luxford: “Terminator Genisys’ ambition overrides sense and depth in the pursuit of a new direction, and then unwittingly proves how little life there is left in this franchise.”
For the ladies is Magic Mike XXL (60) which is getting decent reviews and is the place to go to see ripped abs. James Mottram: “Packed tight, Jacobs’ straightforward sequel may boast less up top than the Soderbergh-directed original, but still bulges where it counts.”
The bomb of the week would seem to be Faith of Our Fathers (19), a Vietnam war story. Stephen Baldwin stars, which is a tip off that it has a Christian point of view. Christians can do a lot of things well, but making good movies is not one of them. Vadim Rizov: “It’s obnoxious, to say the least, to use the Vietnam War as an excuse to affirm the importance of telling all and sundry about Jesus at all times (i.e., “testifying”), under all circumstances.”
In Stereo (37) is an indie romance that i’ve never heard of, but I loved this description by Josh Bell: “Two smarmy douchebags fall in love in this irritating indie drama.”
Another indie is The Overnight (64), the best-reviewed new film this week. It stars mostly TV actors like Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling, and even after reading the synopsis I’m not sure what it’s about. Two couples and their children, it seems. Mike D’Angelo: “It’s an unusual but surprisingly effective mix of outrageousness and sincerity, in which the four anxious revelers somehow function both as broad caricatures and as real, complex human beings.”