Movies Opening in New Haven – Weekend of October 16th, 2015

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Bridge of Spies: Cold War drama starring Tom Hanks as an attorney tasked with negotiating a prisoner exchange with the Soviet Union.  Directed by Steven Spielberg and co-written by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Despite the pedigree and reviews – this feels like one of the quietest wide releases for a probable Best Picture nominee in a long time.  While opening weekend numbers should be subdued, the film should enjoy a long run through Awards season.

Personal interest factor:  4.  It might just be Janusz Kamisnski’s zzzz-inducing cinematography (I rue the day that he become Spielberg’s go-to guy) but the trailer did nothing for me.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%, Metacritic: 81%

Crimson Peak:  Gothic melodrama from Guillermo Del Toro.

Personal interest factor: 0

Rotten Tomatoes: 68%, Metacritic: 67%

Goosebumps:  Adaptation of the popular children’s book/television series starring Jack Black. Reviews have been surprisingly positive.  I’ve been rooting for this as it reminds me of something that might have been released in the 1980’s.  There really aren’t too many family friendly fantasy/horror films these days.

Personal interest factor: 6

Rotten Tomatoes: 71%, Metacritic: 60%

 

Woodlawn: Some faith-based high school football movie.  For serious Sean Astin completists only.

Rotten Tomatoes: No Tomatometer Score, Metacritic: No reviews available

Personal interest factor: 0

3 responses »

  1. Hanks is widely considered one of the most respected actors of the past few decades but his record since the mid-2000s has actually been pretty spotty. Early indicators suggest this could be a big success for him

    Re: Spielberg, I find it interesting how that virtually all his serious dramas have been set in the past (with a few sci-fi futuristic ones thrown in). I wonder whether he feels tackling historical issues is safe territory for him and tackling present-day issues he might not be as adept at?

  2. I’m just not a fan of his work. He reminds me of Peter Jackson – I’m happy that folks love his films, but they’re just not for me.

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