Time to sit back, grab the popcorn and enjoy some mindless entertainment with this week’s new releases. Unfortunately, some of them are a lot more mindless than others…
The Legend of Tarzan
It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.
The Legend of Tarzan is a feast for the eyes, a massive CGI spectacle worthy of any IMAX screen. Unfortunately the story itself is a let-down, and most critics have slated the bloated plot and clunky direction. But, regular audience members have been enjoying it thoroughly, so if you’re looking to grab some popcorn and disengage your mind, you’ll have a great time.
When a bank is hit by a brutal heist, all evidence points to the owner (Bruce Willis) and his high-powered clients. But as a group of FBI agents (Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista and Adrian Grenier) dig deeper into the case – and the deadly heists continue – it becomes clear that a larger conspiracy is at play.
Solidly mediocre, Marauders is a typical pulp action movie with too many plot threads, yet somehow not enough going on. That being said, the action is potent and the performances by the leads are strong, just not strong enough carry the muddled premise to conclusion.
From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage in his feature film debut, comes GENIUS, a stirring drama about the complex friendship and transformative professional relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway) and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe. Based on the biography “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius” by A. Scott Berg, GENIUS stars Colin Firth as Perkins, Jude Law as Wolfe, Nicole Kidman as Aline Bernstein, a costume designer sharing a tumultuous relationship with Wolfe, Laura Linney as Louise Perkins, Max’s wife and a talented playwright, Guy Pearce as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dominic West as Ernest Hemingway.
You’d think that a movie named Genius would be smart, but unfortunately that’s not the case here. Despite being engagingly well written and beautifully filmed, Genius is uninspired, with some admittedly dire performances from actors who should, and can, do better.
Get a Job
Miles Teller, Anna Kendrick, and Bryan Cranston star in this wickedly funny comedy about making it in the real world. Life after college graduation is not exactly going as planned for Will (Teller) and Jillian (Kendrick) who find themselves lost in a sea of increasingly strange jobs. But with help from their family (Cranston), friends and coworkers they soon discover that the most important (and hilarious) adventures are the ones that we don’t see coming.
Yikes. I cringed while skim-reading the reviews for Get a Job. Cheap, brutally unfunny and crass were the kindest of the comments, and honestly it’s downhill after that. I’ll let the numbers below speak for themselves.
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This is the story of Mohammed Assaf, a young boy from a refugee camp in Gaza, who went from being a wedding singer to winning the ‘Arab Idol’ singing contest. After a family tragedy, he befriends a girl named Amal. Years later, he meets Amal again, who inspires him to pick up the pieces and overcome setbacks in his quest for ‘Idols’ glory.
A somewhat clichéd underdog story, The Idol still does wonders with both story and delivery. You know exactly how it’s going to play out, but it’s a beautiful, inspiring journey nonetheless.
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Last Updated: July 15, 2016