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At first glance, Batman V Superman seemed to be heading into smooth sailing this weekend, since the only new release this week is God’s Not Dead 2, a film that is highly unlikely to share the same demographic audience. Unfortunately, seeing such a glaring lack of options, many studios have decided to ramp up the screen counts for their smaller releases, creating a four way show-down this weekend. While the new comedy about aging and office romance, Hello My Name is Doris, is unlikely to try to eat Supes’ lunch, I could see the modern military thriller, Eye in the Sky taking a sip of DC’s milkshake. Sorry for all the metaphors, skipped lunch.
God’s Not Dead 2
A fictional court battle takes place after a teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) answers her student’s religious questions about the Bible and is censured by the administration. Man, do Bible thumpers wish this is the type of court case they could be litigating, instead of, you know, the usual round of lawsuits where they try to defend all of the ideologically backed bigotry they’ve been pushing down other people’s throats.
When to See It: In Hell. This movie is wish fulfillment of the highest order. The religious right wants only THEIR rights to matter, but it turns out that reality has a liberal bias. So since nobody is challenging their right to believe whatever they want, only their right to be jerks who use those beliefs to crush everyone else’s freedoms, they need to invent a court case in which they are 100% in the right. Hence, this movie. It’s a paltry straw-man argument starring washed up nobodies, and is sure to contain all of the moralizing you can stomach. Stay away from this sanctimonious turd.
Hello, My Name is Doris
An older woman working in an office (Sally Fields) finds herself falling for a much younger man. Out of her element, she relies on her niece and the internet to get a handle on what topics would interest a man from a different generation, learning about herself and current American culture in the process.
When to See It: Rent it. Sally Fields is wonderful, and critics are praising her performance, despite not being wholly in love with the film. I really enjoy writer/director Michael Showalters’ stuff, but I still think this project is best enjoyed at home with a hot mug of coffee (perhaps with a small dose of brandy for good measure.)
Eye in the Sky
A target of opportunity presents itself to the military, and a drone strike is ordered to take out a terrorist in Kenya. The opperation quickly finds itself in hot water and dubious ethical footing when innocents are found to be on location, leaving two experienced military commanders to hash out the ramifications of continuing the op Starring Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman, in on of his last roles before passing away.
When to See It: Theaters. This is a loaded cast, a topical subject, and your last chance to enjoy Alan Rickman on the big screen. There’s three compelling reasons right there to give this thriller a shot.
Video on Demand
Born to Be Blue
Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke) was a jazz musician with the world hanging on his notes until heroin addiction and a mercurial temperament ended his run. This semi-biopic takes a look at Chet towards the end of his life, as he attempts to get clean and stage a comeback.
See It?: Wish I could say yes. I just can’t deal with Ethan Hawke’s style of acting. He’s got that crazy-eyed, fervent, Tom Cruise on Oprah mannerism in every damn role. I still can’t forgive him for that craptacular mess, Boyhood. Critics seem to love it, but I can’t get on board.
Thank You For Playing
An indie game developer creates a new game to memorialize the struggles of his young son who is diagnosed with terminal cancer, exploring the artistic and cathartic role games can take on in the lives of both the creators and the players.
See It?: Yes, if you don’t mind a brutally honest documentary that is going to punch you in the heart every couple minutes. This is art looking at art looking at death, and trying to figure out how to salvage something from that experience.
The Last Treasure Hunt
As children, Oliver and Lucy’s father made elaborate puzzles and treasure hunts to entertain and educate his children. When their father passes, the now-grown siblings discover that his final will and testament is actually one final treasure hunt, which they must solve in order to inherit his estate. With both siblings in financial troubles, the light-hearted adventure becomes fraught with tension and self discovery.
See It?: Wait till it’s free. The premise is interesting, but it feels very self important and kitschy. I was also disturbed by how the sister’s new flame looks so much like her brother that every time they cut from the two siblings talking into a love scene, I honestly thought it was the brother and sister going at it. Not a great vibe.