Opening in Las Vegas, December 11, 2015

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Real easy week for Openings, as only one film is opening in Las Vegas. That is In the Heart of the Sea (48), and would seem to continue Ron Howard’s streak as the director for the middle-brow, the audience that doesn’t expect much. Taking the real story of the Essex, which was sunk by a whale and then its men resorted to cannibalism on the lifeboat, this doesn’t seem like Howards thing (Ron Howard and cannibalism). Delayed and will likely sink without a trace come Star Wars. Michael Phillips: “I wish Howard’s film had more of a distinct personality and drive behind it; Howard’s made some supremely enjoyable films, in various keys, but this waterlogged, effects-crazed picture isn’t one of them.”

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.

2 responses »

  1. Also noteworthy: Adam Sandler’s The Ridiculous Six premiered on Netflix this weekend. While the content isn’t noteworthy – the precedence of a big star making a film specifically for a streaming service is.

  2. I’m fascinated that Sisters didn’t open this weekend, when it could have probaby won the week, instead of taking on Star Wars in an attempt at counterprogramming.

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