Opening in Las Vegas, April 1, 2016


Unfortunately, this week’s slate of new films is not a joke.

The only film I could even possibly considering seeing is Eye in the Sky (72), a thoughtful look at drone warfare and collateral damage. Notable for being the last film of Alan Rickman. Joe Morgenstern: “Eye in the Sky is literally all over the map in its depiction of drone warfare, and right on target, if flagrantly contrived, in examining the ethics of killing by remote control.”

In the music bio-pic category we have I Saw the Light  (45), the Hank Williams story. Williams led a short, turbulent life, but apparently this film does not do it justice. Bill Goodykoontz: “The problem is the movie itself – the script, the editing, the construction, all of which combine to make the whole thing feel flat, lifeless and confusing.”

Meet the Blacks (tbd), which I’m guessing has nothing to do with Meet Joe Black, is a parody of the Purge films, with a black family moving into a white neighborhood. Not screened for critics. Keith Uhlich: “A wrongheaded, utterly incompetent, and nearly laugh-free satire.”

And finally we have the awkwardly titled God’s Not Dead 2 (21) (wouldn’t God Is Still Not Dead work better?), which is yet another example of how the Christian right perpetuates their persecution complex. As an atheist, shouldn’t I be offended that nonbelievers are being portrayed as villains? (in truth, atheists are the most discriminated against minority), but do I get my panties in a twist? No, because I realize hardly anyone will watch this film. Jordan Hoffman: “God’s Not Dead 2 is a much better movie than God’s Not Dead, but that’s a bit like saying a glass of milk left on the table hasn’t curdled and is merely sour.”



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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