Opening in Las Vegas, January 22, 2016


I’ve just got too see Anomalisa (88), because I see everything Charlie Kaufman touches, and who wouldn’t want to see a stop-motion film where every voice (except for two) is done by Tom Noonan? This seems like a Wallace and Gromit film for manic depressives. Joe Morgenstern: “In a truly weird way Anomalisa provides an immersive experience that is no less compelling, though lots more authentic, than the one you get in a megahorror show like “The Revenant.” Once you’re in that puppet’s head it’s hard to get out.”

I never hope to see Dirty Grandpa (17). Just when you think Robert De Niro can’t sink any lower, he outdoes himself. Does he even bother reading scripts before signing on to do films? If it weren’t for David O. Russell he’d be right there with Steven Seagal in making bad films. Richard Roeper: “If Dirty Grandpa isn’t the worst movie of 2016, I have some serious cinematic torture in my near future.”

Two actors who have been in better recent films, Oscar Isaac and Walton Goggins, may hope that everyone ignores Mojave (45), about two strangers who meet in the desert. Josh Bell: “There are no twists or reveals, just two self-absorbed idiots talking each other to death.”

The 5th Wave (34), based on an award-winning young adult novel about an alien invastion (I didn’t think much of it) gets a January dump. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, who may or may not be the next big thing. Roger Moore: “It’s all so obvious and (unintentionally) laugh-out-loud funny…Seriously, if you’re not five steps ahead of The Fifth Wave, you need to have yourself tested.”

Also this week: Detective Chinatown (tbd), about bumbling detectives, Ip Man 3 (56), a martian arts flick that may have to seen because the villain is played by Mike Tyson, and The Boy (46), which appears to be a standard January horror release.



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. Re: De Niro, after making largely dreck in the 2000s he seemed to have revitalised his career a bit this decade… but even before the terrible reviews came in I thought DG looked absolutely hideous in its trailer.

    Re: Moretz, even before it wa learnt that The 5th Wave bombed this weekend that Moretz isn’t the next big thing. She’s been given a lot of opportunities over the past few years and almost of all them have resulted in public apathy. And I don’t think she’s rated as a standout acting talent by many.

  2. I have to think any plans to film the res of the series of 5th Waves books are dead.

    I saw Moretz on stage and she was very good. It’s all in picking the right material. If she thought The 5th Wave would be another Hunger Games she was dead wrong.

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