Friday, July 22, 2016

In Theaters Now - 7/22/16

(new releases in green)
  • Captain Fantastic      Grade: A
  • Swiss Army Man      Grade: A
  • Maggie's Plan      Grade: A
  • The Infiltrator      Grade: A-
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople      Grade: A-
  • The Lobster      Grade: B+
  • Ghostbusters      Grade: B+
  • Love and Friendship      Grade: B+
  • Café Society      Grade: B
  • The Conjuring 2      Grade: B
  • Finding Dory      Grade: B-
  • Lights Out      Grade: C
  • Independence Day: Resurgence Grade: C-

Additional Films Not Reviewed:

  • Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
  • The BFG
  • Central Intelligence
  • Equals
  • Free State of Jones
  • Ice Age: Collision Course
  • The Legend of Tarzan
  • Me Before You
  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  • Our Kind of Traitor
  • The Purge: Election Year
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • The Shallows
  • Star Trek Beyond

Cafe Society

Anyone who knows me well, knows I'm a huge Woody Allen fan.  He releases a movie every year, and seeing his latest is always a day I look forward to.  Of course, even Allen agrees, some are better than others.  Some are masterful (e.g. Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine, most recently).  And most of the rest are enjoyable in some way, if fairly forgettable.  His last one, Irrational Man, certainly falls in the latter category.  So we were all hoping this would be a good Woody year.  Alas, while Café Society has some redeeming qualities, it is no Woody Allen classic.  It's likeable for sure, but pretty much just status quo, and feels more than a bit phoned in. 

Grade: B

Who is this movie for?  Woody Allen fans will get their fix and enjoy it sufficiently.  But don't expect to be wowed

Captain Fantastic

Trying to figure out what movie is worth your time this weekend?  It's easy.  Captain Fantastic.  It's not only the best movie in theaters now, but it may be the best movie of the year so far.  (Swiss Army Man is pretty amazing too.  And The Fundamentals of Caring on Netflix is definitely up there.)  

Viggo Mortensen plays a man raising his family off the grid.  But now with his wife recently deceased, they're forced to try and integrate back with her family and the rest of "normal" society.  Seriously, this movie is terrific.  It's got just the right balance of comedy and drama.  And it's one of the only real contenders for awards season thus far.  I'll be on team Viggo come year end.

Grade: A

Who is this movie for?  Anyone with great taste in indie films.