It’s Friday, the weekend is here, and movie season—bona fide big movie season—is here! What movies are worth seeing and what’s new? Let’s find out!
Out This Week
At the top of the hill for anticipated movies this week is The Great Gatsby (rated PG-13). Based on the classic American novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey McGuire. If you’re in the mood for what most critics are calling a “seen it before” horror or suspense flick, then Eli Roth and Nicolas Lopez’s Aftershock (rated R) is more up your alley. The film stars Eli Roth and is based in Chile when two natural disasters hit—an earthquake and then a tsunami—leading to the collapse of society there and various crimes. For those looking for comedy, Tyler Perry Presents Peeples (rated PG-13) might suit you. However if you’ve seen a Tyler Perry film or television program, this wouldn’t really come off as something fresh to you. If you want some fresh comedy, check out Sightseers (unrated) directed by Edgar White (of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead fame).
For those looking for full on action, but have already seen Iron Man 3—watch it again. It’s a great movie. If you want something new, Java Heat (rated R) and Assault on Wall Street (unrated) might be worth the price of admission. If you’re up for documentaries, two worth seeing are Venus and Serena (rated PG-13) and One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das (unrated).
Also New This Week
Stories We Tell (rated PG-13)
And Now A Word From Our Sponsor (unrated)
He’s Way More Famous Than You (unrated)
No One Lives (rated R)
What’s Hot At The Movies
- Iron Man 3
- Pain & Gain
- The Croods
- The Big Wedding
- Oz The Great and Powerful
- Scary Movie V
- The Place Beyond the Pines
I can honestly say I didn’t know there was a fifth entry in the Scary Movie series out. Then again, why wouldn’t there be? It’s like the Spanish Inquisition: painful and unexpected, but someone has to witness it to tell that it existed, right?
There’s a lot more out this month so far, but most of it falls under “select theaters” or fall short of what would be a “summer blockbuster”. Assault on Wall Street was one such movie and while it probably doesn’t have the same cinematic “umph” to it, the title and the premise just scream that same kind of fun factor as Machete and Hobo With A Shotgun.
My top pick for this movie weekend would be Iron Man 3. Sure that’s playing it safe, but the movie is just so good. I wouldn’t say the perfect movie, but it flirts with the notion and does churn out the perfect superhero thrillogy. If you’re feeling a little adventurous with your funds, you can close your eyes and pick a film from the “Also New This Week” list.