Hmmm, let’s see what are the new movies out today. Oh, Lights Out is opening? Excuse me while I go hide in a corner and cry from sheer terror and repressed childhood fears…
When a bloodthirsty supernatural being that lurks in the shadows preys upon a family, a young woman must fight to protect herself, save her little half-brother, and uncover a mystery about her family’s shadowy past.
Hey, so here’s a movie I’m definitely not going to watch! Based on a short film from 2013 (that I couldn’t make it through), Lights Out is, by all accounts, absolutely terrifying. It makes full use of its unique premise, clever lighting and excellent actors to scare the pants off of everyone. Stock up on candles and flashlights, you’re going to need them!
The Free State of Jones
Directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross and starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
The road to movie hell is paved with good intentions, and The Free State of Jones is certainly full of those. But despite being well-meaning, and well researched, it fizzles out long before it ends. Playing off more like a boring history lesson than a heart-pounding drama, only McConaughey’s performance injects some life into the film, and even then, only intermittently.
God’s Not Dead 2
A high-school teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) fights for the right to discuss Jesus in her public classroom. This sequel to the 2014 faith-based box office hit God’s Not Dead also stars Jesse Metcalfe, David A.R. White and Ray Wise.
Hey, speaking of hell… A sequel that no one asked for of a movie that didn’t deserve to be made in the first place, God’s Not Dead 2 is painfully proselytising and self-righteous to the point of being offensive. If you’re feeling up to a feature length film version of an angry sermon about the imaginary war against Christianity and how secular schools are literally the devil, then by all means this movie is for you. Have fun!
Twee Grade van Moord
Two women, two murders. One homicide reflects the ultimate act of self-centredness, the other the greatest selfless act of them all. Aleksa Cloete, a well-known Cape Town psychologist, and her patient, Tanya Basson, are about to discover the difference—regardless of the law.
Despite the talented cast and skilled director, Twee Grade van Moord suffers from a lack of focus and some incredibly drastic tonal shifts. Sub-plots clutter the film instead of adding depth, and the unbalanced tone leaves you feeling like you’re channel hopping between different movies that all have the same actors.
Where to Invade Next
This is an expansive, rib-tickling, and subversive comedy in which Moore, playing the role of “invader,” visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine is back with this hilarious and eye-opening call to arms. Turns out the solutions to America’s most entrenched problems already existed in the world – they’re just waiting to be co-opted.
Where to Invade Next is the complete Michael Moore experience, distilled into one film. It’s got humour and hope, and an agenda of course, but it comes out rather poignant. It’s not all rah rah pom-poms and cheerleaders, but it’s a nice antithesis to the current world view of doom and gloom.
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Last Updated: July 22, 2016