When Stephanie and I go to a movie together, as we watch the trailers we’ll often give each other either a thumbs up or thumbs down to signify if the movie looks good or not. I now bring this revolutionary rating system to you! Let’s have a look at the new releases coming to theaters this weekend and whether they look good or not. (Just a reminder: thumbs up means good, thumbs down means bad.)
Edge of Tomorrow
Tom Cruise is an officer who ends up caught in a time loop while fighting in a war with an alien race. Based on the trailer, it looks like every time he dies he wakes up again at the beginning of the day. His skills get better, and he starts some sort of relationship with Emily Blunt’s Special Forces character. It looks really good to me, and the premise has me extremely intrigued. Edge of tomorrow currently has a RottenTomatoes score of 90%, and is being called “gripping, well-acted, funny, and clever.”
Directed by Doug Liman. Written by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, & John-Henry Butterworth. Based on the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel “All You Need Is Kill”
The Fault in Our Stars
According to Wikipedia, Shailene Woodley plays a sixteen-year-old cancer patient who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she meets and falls in love with a boy played by Ansel Elgort. It seems like this movie is designed to make the audience cry, which means I will not be watching it. I don’t go to movies to feel bad. Just look at my review for The Hunt to see how much I don’t like being manipulated by movies into feeling sad. Manipulate me into feeling good, sure, but it’s already all too easy to feel sadnes in real life. I’d like to avoid that in my movies when possible. The Fault in Our Stars is at 82% on RottenTomotoes right now, which means it probably is good. So maybe, just maybe, when it comes to cable, I’ll watch it. No promises.
Directed by Josh Boone. Written by Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, & John Green.
Obvious Child (Limited Release)
Jenny Slate stars as a twenty-something comedian who becomes unexpectedly pregnant. Looks heart-warming and funny. Your typical fun little indie film.
Directed by Gillian Robespierre. Written by Gillian Robespierre, Karen Maine, Elisabeth Holm. Based on the short film written by Anna Bean, Gillian Robespierre, and Karen Maine.
The Sacrament (Limited Release)
Ti West, director of The Innkeepers and The House of the Devil, brings us a new film about a news team following a man who infiltrates a cult looking for his missing sister. When they get there, they see that the so-called paradise is anything but.
Written and directed by Ti West.
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Poster Sources: ImpAwards.com