I know James said it was going to be tough for him to get up Openings this week, and I’m sitting here with nothing to do, so I’ll take it upon myself to fill in.
It’s a quiet week here. Two big openings in multiplexes. I saw The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (54) and most reviews seem to agree with me that it’s all sizzle and no steak. Brian Truitt: “While Mission: Impossible has found a popular way to reimagine an old show for modern times, Man is immersed in all things retro — from the ginchy fashion to a jazzy score — but for an action adventure, it’s a mostly tedious affair with fleeting moments of cool.”
I am not part of the demographic for Straight Outta Compton (71) since I don’t care for rap or hip-hop, but even I’ve heard of N.W.A. It’s doing strong business, which suggests that a lot of people are nostalgic for old style hip-hop, rather than for another music biopic. Donnell Alexander: “Despite Straight Outta Compton’s energetic acting and Gray’s capture of in-studio Eureka! moments, it never manages to transcend biopic hagiography, with characters whose names appear in the production credits – Dre, Cube and Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Woods-Wright – faring best onscreen.”
Also released in Vegas this week is the documentary Cartel Land (77), about the drug wars on both sides of the border of Mexico and the U.S. Michael O’Sullivan: “Cartel Land reveals a culture that spans the border, full of death and dismaying behavior on both sides, but thriving all the same.”