Opening in Las Vegas, Weekend of July 3, 2015

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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.”

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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  1. I wouldn’t say T5 100% overrides 3, it just doesn’t call back to it in any way. Salvation is wiped clean, though. In any case it doesn’t matter – it’s terrible

  2. I’m sure Universal thought Ted 2 would be rolling into a big second weekend and Disney was sure Inside Out would be cruising into its third week at #1.

  3. I’m assuming the Terminator franchise is dead for a while (the producers are developing a television series that probably isn’t going to go anywhere).

    Through some complicated copyright law changes I do not understand: James Cameron regains the rights in 2019, although I can’t imagine he’d want to do anything with them.

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