Movies Opening in New Haven – Weekend of August 26th, 2016

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The Mechanic: Resurrection: Sequel to The Mechanic, which made 29m on a 40m budget way, way back in January 2011. Yeah, it doesn’t make sense to me either.  Jason Statham returns alongside Tommy Lee Jones (!) and Jessica Alba.

Rotten Tomatoes:: 25%, Metacritic:43%

Personal interest factor: 1

Don’t Breathe: Director Fede Alvarez, Producer Sam Raimi and actress Jane Levy (who brought us the excellent Evil Dead remake a few years back) re-team for this home invasion picture.

Rotten Tomatoes:: 87%, Metacritic: 71%

Personal interest factor: 7

Southside with You: Fictionalized tale of Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and Michelle Robinson’s (Tika Sumpter) first date.  I feel like this should have been a mid-Summer release (limited, followed by an expansion) rather than a semi-wide August dumping ground title.

Rotten Tomatoes:: 93%, Metacritic: 75%

Personal interest factor: 7

Hands of Stone: Generic boxing biopic starring Edgar Ramirez as Roberto Duran and Robert DeNiro as his trainer. The Weinsteins are dumping this in a few hundred theaters the last weekend of August so it’s pretty clearly not worth anyone’s time.

Rotten Tomatoes:: 45%, Metacritic: 55%

Personal interest factor: 2

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  1. Watched ‘Southside With You’ the other week. Obviously it’s aimed at those who were fans of the Obamas but looking at objectively, it’s a surprisingly deft piece of work.

    The film does a good job of convincing you that this could be the Obamas having their first date in 1989. Funnily enough, at times it feels quite similar to the 1955 film ‘Marty’. Obviously not for everyone but nicely done.

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