Opening in Las Vegas, February 26, 2016

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Tonight is Oscar night, but I think I can safely say that none of this week’s openers will be on the ballot for next year’s Oscars.

The week’s most notorious opening and biggest bomb is The Gods of Egypt (24), which garnered all sorts of sneers when it cast white people as Egyptians, including well-known Arabs Gerald Butler and Geoffrey Rush. I’m sure there are people everywhere enjoying the film’s disastrous opening. Chris Nashawaty: “A shoddy special-effects howler that makes a hash out of both Egyptian mythology and human logic.”

Another box-office dud is Eddie the Eagle (54), about a determined Englishman who wanted to be an Olympian, and became a ski jumper. Most reviews indicate that Eddie’s real story was more interesting than the fabrications here. Peter Travers: “The filmmakers don’t trust us to understand what Eddie is feeling about the Olympics without blaring a musical message from Hall and Oates on the soundtrack, “you make my dreams come true.'”

Triple 9 (52) might be worth a rental. It’s a crime drama with a good cast (Kate Winslet! Woody Harrelson! Chiwetel Ejiofor!) that is getting reviews that indicate it starts well but fades into mediocrity. Matt Singer: “This sort of ultra-dark crime picture is commonly described as “hard boiled,” but that adjective feels insufficient for Triple 9, which burns away any sense of hope until only misery and suffering remain.”

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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