Opening in Las Vegas, September 9, 2016

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This week’s major opening is Sully (76), Clint Eastwood’s take on the “Miracle on the Hudson.” I remember nothing but admiration for Captain Sullenberger, but apparently that isn’t the whole truth. Getting strong reviews; it should be Oscar bait (especially for Tom Hanks) and a popular success. Ty Burr: “Whether you want to accept it or not, Eastwood remains one of the best and most quixotic filmmakers we have, torn between jingoism and doubt, exceptionalism and despair.”

The Disappointments Room (tbd), not screened for critics, looks like a generic haunted house movie, roping Kate Beckinsale in as lead. But these things are the biggest money-makers in the business. The most profitable film this summer? Lights Out.

When the Bough Breaks (tbd), also not screened for critics, is another of a growing number of films for the African America community. This one seems like a mix between The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Fatal Attraction.

The Wild Life (36) is an animated film that tells the story of Robinson Crusoe from the point of view of the animals around him. Looks pretty bad, but if it gets one kid to actually read Robinson Crusoe it’s worth it. Roger Moore: “The colors are vibrant, the sea, palm trees, birds, bird-feathers and Crusoe’s red hair are almost photo-realistic. But as a kids’ cartoon, Wild Life is a an utter dud.”

 

 

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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