Coming Soon Trailers: Born in China, Unforgettable, The Promise.

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Coming Soon Trailers: Born in China, Unforgettable, The Promise.

Five wide releases hope to find audiences under the shadow of Fate of the Furious.

While nobody wanted to mess with the shark, apparently this week everyone wants to get back into the water.  We have five wide releases, one limited release and six video on demand title.  While none of them really threaten to dethrone The Fate of the Furious, they do represent a nice range of topics and styles, so those not enamored with the overboard action of Fast and Furious 8 should find something to interest them.

Wide Release.

Born in China.

A Disney Nature documentary about the animals and habitats of China.

See It?:  Rent it for your 4K TV.

Much like Planet Earth, this is a documentary that deserves the HD treatment, tough I doubt you really need to see it on the big screen.  If there’s a 3D option and you just LOVE pandas, then maybe this one warrants a ticket.

Free Fire.

Justine (Brie Larson) sets up an arms deal between some very touchy customers, and when shots are fired everyone settles in for a good old Mexican stand-off.

See It?:  Rent it.

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a couple months, but it doesn’t rise to the level of “must see.”  I think it has the potential to bog down between big action sequences, and the smaller nature of the conflict seems better suited to the small screen.

Phoenix Forgotten.

A found footage horror movie “based on true events” about a trio who head into the dessert in order to investigate a massive UFO sighting.

See It?:  Burn it with fire.

I really think the people behind this mean “inspired by true events.”  Based on true events suggests these teens actually existed and that their footage was actually found.  Inspired by true events means besides the fact that people thought they saw something in Phoenix, the rest of the movie is bullshit.  Oh, and it’s found footage.  Get this crap out of here.

Unforgettable.

One woman refuses to accept her divorce, and when her husband begins a serious relationship with a new woman (Rosario Dawson,) she begins to spiral into desperation and violence.

See It?:  Rent it.

Another movie that I am really interested in, but don’t think justifies a ticket purchase.  If I had to pick one to see this week, Unforgettable would be it, but crime of passion dramas tend to be a slow burn that I enjoy at home instead of with a bunch of strangers ruining the tension.

The Promise.

A historical drama about the fall of the Turkish Ottoman Empire and three people whose lives are thrown together as violence and war turn into genocide.  Starring Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, and Charlotte Le Bon.

See It?:  Rent it.

This is the historical drama that everyone will be talking about come awards time…and nobody will actually have seen.  It looks lush and has a great cast…and it still hasn’t motivated me to see it.  After Child 44, I just get jittery when I see stately period pieces.

Limited Release.

The Lost City of Z.

A British explorer stakes his reputation and life on a theory that the Amazon hides an advanced civilization.  He abandons his family and country in order to explore the rain forest, searching for the lost city.  Based on a true story.

See It?:  See It.

They don’t make many movies like this anymore.  A strong cast supports wonderful cinematography and a great story.  Can’t beat that.

Video on Demand.

A Matter of Time.

The sudden illness of her mother inspires a young musician to put her public career on hold.  She decides to write a solo album for her mother, but time is not on her side.

See It?:  Rent it.

This documentary has enough angles to appeal to a broader audience, but also has a very specific focus about illness and mortality.  The production values are good but not amazing, mostly being down to old footage.

Music to Madness -The Story of Komitas.

A historical documentary about Komitas, an Armenian priest and composer, who experienced first hand the Armenian genocide that occurred as the Ottoman Empire collapsed.

See It?:  Netflix it.

This would be a nice follow up to The Promise, providing some more historical grounding to the big budget drama that’s in theaters this week.

The 2nd Law.

A young physicist is haunted by the tragic death of parents, and she takes her research into controversial territory by studying Near Death Experiences, hoping to come up with an explanation for what happens after we die.

See It?:  Burn it with fire.

The production values here are anemic, the dialogue overwrought, and the characters are pretty flimsy.  This is a new age movie masquerading as science by having a physicist as the lead, despite neither the character nor the film makers having any apparent understanding of that field.

The Further Adventures of Anse and Bhule in No-Man’s Land.

After society has collapsed and the world has gone to ruin, two men from a tribe of only males discover another tribe consisting of only females.

See It?:  Yes?

This is weird one, but I like the cinematography, the color scheme, and the reliance on very little dialogue.  It may turn out to be an artistic sow’s ear, but I think there’s the possibility that this is going to be a strangely captivating watch.

Inner Demon.

A sister goes on a journey of revenge when a sadistic man takes her younger sister for an evil purpose.

See It?:  Burn it with fire.

There’s next to no information on this movie online…for a reason.  This is really poorly done.  The acting is wooden, the cinematography is laughable (just re-watch the scene where the sister is taken) and the villain is such a cliche.  Avoid this cheap horror schlock.

Citizen Jane:  Battle for the City.

A documentary about Jane Jacobs who vocally advocated for a stop to policies and practices that allowed real estate development to evict and destroy minority and poor neighborhoods.

See It?:  Rent it.

Another documentary that deserves before it meanders onto Netflix.  Insightful and well sourced, I enjoy the richness of the multi-media it has assembled.  A timely story about the nature of capitalism and the need to constrain its darker tendencies.

 

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