Movies opening in Connecticut – Weekend of June 10th, 2016

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The Conjuring 2 – James Wan’s (Furious 7, The Conjuring, Saw) horror sequel is the only wide release this weekend to receive generally positive reviews (75% on RT).  Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as famed Connecticut ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren. Personal interest factor: 5.

Now You Can See Me: The Second Act – Despite the direct-to-video title, this actually is a theatrical sequel with the original cast (Jessie Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman) alongside franchise newcomers Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan. The original was enjoyable enough but I can’t imagine there’s anyone who was clamoring for an encore. Based on reviews (34% on RT) it seems like you’re more than safe waiting to catch this on Netflix or HBO later in the year. Personal interest factor: 5

Warcraft: China is going nuts for this fantasy videogame adaptation (90m+ in two days!) from Director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code). It’s likely to meet a very different reception stateside as American critics (22% on RT) and audiences are seemingly indifferent to the property. Fun fact: Warcraft cost 200 million dollars and there’s only been one videogame adaptation in history (2001’s Tomb Raider) to earn over 100 million dollars as the US box office. It’s a genre with a very, very low ceiling.  Personal interest factor: 4

Weiner: Anthony Weiner, recovering from a sex scandal than ended his Congressional career, invites a documentary crew to shadow his 2013 New York City Mayoral bid.  All’s well…until he falls into yet another sex scandal as the cameras keep rolling.  95% on RT, can’t wait. Personal interest factor: 8

The Trials of Muhammad Ali: The Criterion in New Haven is showing Bill Siegel’s 2013 documentary this weekend.  89% on RT, so it’s worth a look but I wish it was the exceptional When We Were Kings getting a fresh theatrical rollout. Personal interest factor: 7

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  1. Watched the ‘Weiner’ doco. It’s a fascinating film and although it’s well made, with the subject matter and the fly-on-the-wall access they had it would be virtually impossible not to make something interesting out of this.

    I knew a bit about Weiner’s political/personal life (and how it’s gotten considerably worse since this doco was released) but I didn’t realise until watching this how utterly insane his 2013 NY Mayor campaign was. If a fiction film had scenes like Weiner running through a McDonalds to avoid his sexting partner Sydney Leathers trying to confront him (at the prompting of Howard Stern, no less) it would be considered melodramatic hack work.

    The fly-on-the-wall views of how the disintegrating campaign demoralises Weiner’s wife and support staff is fascinating but the best bits are the public segments (the Lawrence O’Donnell interview, the argument in a bakery, his intensity in 2010 Congress hearings) that can be seen on YouTube.

    If it has a weakness it doesn’t really get to understand Weiner that deeply and why he seemed to destroy his career and his life. But perhaps Weiner himself still doesn’t know.

    Highly recommended.

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