Opening in Las Vegas, September 4, 2015

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So is this the last weekend of summer or the first of the fall season. Judging by the releases this week, it’s neither–kind of a filler weekend, with movies nobody is likely to see in droves. Could a film making less than 10 million win the week?

I have never seen a Transporter film, and I’m not likely to start with Transporter Refueled (31), which should end the series. Jason Statham is a limited actor, but at least he brings a presence to his roles. I can’t say the same for Ed Skrein, who sounds like a cross between Ed Grimley and Ed Gein. Kenji Fujishima: “The titular Transporter is now but a blank slate serving the characters and mayhem surrounding him, a walking metaphor for a franchise that’s run out of gas.”

Robert Redford keeps working, and he’s back in A Walk in the Woods (51), based on Bill Bryson’s book about walking the Appalachian Trail. I think Redford’s fans don’t go out to movie theaters any more, but the trailer looked somewhat amusing, so I’ll probably catch in on DVD. Steve Persall: “A Walk in the Woods is a trifle compared to 2014’s Wild, which tracked a similar real-life journey toward self-discovery in richer detail. But darned if Redford’s easy charm and Nolte’s gravelly lack of it aren’t enticing throughout.”

If I go to the movies this weekend (I’m moving, so I may not have the energy) it will be to see Mistress America (75), Noah Baumbach’s second film this year and another teamed up with Greta Gerwig creating a kooky character (after Frances Ha!). I loved Frances, and though this seems like going to the well too often, I think Gerwig is interesting with almost everything she does. Calvin Wilson: “Mistress America doesn’t quite achieve the magic of “Frances Ha.” But it’s a fresh take on the comic possibilities of friendship among the young.”

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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