As we round one of the last of the award seasons’ bends and come down the home stretch towards the Oscars, we, unfortunately, encounter another cinematic slow season. Not to say the movies opening this week are duds or are not worth your time, but we are in between blockbusters and awards show favorites.
Here are the movies opening in theaters this week.
The Last Full Measure (R)
Director: Todd Robinson
Writer: Todd Robinson
Rotten Tomatoes: Current: n/a; Projection: 57%
Stars: Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Samuel L. Jackson
This based-on-a-true-story war drama centers around Scott Huffman (Sebastian Stan) a Pentagon staffer tasked with investigating a Congressional Medal of Honor request for William H. Pitsenbarger, a fallen Vietnam war hero. As he learns more about Pitsenbarger’s courage and sacrifice, he uncovers the secrets behind the years-long denial of the Medal.
As incredible the story is, the delivery to the big screen appears to be a pretty standard, cookie-cutter flick.
VERDICT: See it (only if you are a fan of the genre).
The Turning (PG-13)
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Writer(s): Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, Henry James
Rotten Tomatoes: Current: n/a; Projection: 65%
Stars: Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, Joely Richardson
Director Floria Sigismondi (The Handmaid’s Tale, CW’s Daredevil) is bringing her talents to the big screen with this psychological thriller about a nanny who is put in charge of caring for two disturbed orphans. The estate they live on, and the children, may contain dark secrets.
As horror movies go, this one looks to be a cut above. It features a stellar cast and the cinematography looks really great.
VERDICT: See it (if you dare).
The Gentlemen (R)
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer(s): Guy Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson, Marn Davies
Rotten Tomatoes: Current: 77%; Projection: 75%
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery
American Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) has built a marijuana empire in London. But such booming business in the black market places a sizable target on one’s back, especially when word gets out of his consideration to cash out of the market.
Guy Ritchie’s (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) latest looks like a really wild and fun ride. The cast is great, the jokes (from the trailer) deliver.
VERDICT: See it.