Coming Soon Trailers: The Circle, How to be a Latin Lover, Baahubali 2.

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Coming Soon Trailers: The Circle, How to be a Latin Lover, Baahubali 2.

Despite a new Tom Hanks film, the biggest movie this week may come from India.

Umm. Yes, please.

 

Two new films and two limited releases round out a rather quiet April.  A Techno-Thriller starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson heads to be big screen alongside a quirky comedy about an aging gigolo.  Sleight, a drama about a young street magician, is slated for a limited release.  The movie that will probably make the most money this week (albeit mostly at the foreign box office) will be Baahubalie 2: The Conclusion.  This historical war epic is one of the most expensive features to come out of the burgeoning “Tollywood” film region in India, and has a simultaneous world wide release that may make it the big noise this weekend.

Wide Release.

The Circle.

A young professional (Emma Watson) finds out that her dream job at a tech firm run by a charismatic billionaire (Tom Hanks) may be hiding a darker secret.

See It?:  Rent it.

Seems like a tight thriller that lacks a big punch.  It also feels like this film missed the height of the hysteria over the current surveillance state by a couple years.  Social angst moves fast, and I can say that under a Trump administration silicon valley is probably not even on most people’s top ten “shit I’m worried about” list.

How to Be a Latin Lover.

Maximo was a charming young man who used his good looks to seduce wealthy women.  Now an older man, he is tossed out on the street by his sugar momma when she upgrades to a younger man.  Penniless and rusty in the ways of scamming a living, he is forced to move in with his estranged sister (Selma Hayek) and her young son.

See It?:  Rent it.

The premise feels like its been done before, but I trust the talent associated with this project.  There is a plethora of “just shy of top tier” comedians here, and long time comedian Ken Marino (Party Down, Wet Hot American Summer) is at the helm.  Should be a fun watch for a weekend rental.

Limited Release.

Baahubali 2:  The Conclusion.

The second part of an historical epic, this film follows the protagonist Baahubali’s son as he attempts to reunite the kingdom of Mahishmati, while discovering the legacy of his famous warrior father.

See It?:  Yes.

The caveat with most movies from India that you have to be OK with some singing and dancing breaking out spontaneously during the movie applies here…but the sweeping grandeur of the epic war scenes on display, plus the completely bonkers action sequences has me really excited for this.  After the magic that was Dangal, I’m becoming a bit of a Indian film fanatic.

Sleight.

Bo is a young African American street magician trying to get by.  Tragedy leaves him as the sole provider for his young sister, and he has to turn to illegal avenues to keep them both off the street.  Eventually his ties to drugs and violence put his remaining family in jeopardy.

See It?:  Yes.

I was really intrigued by this film when the first trailer dropped months ago.  It has a really strong aesthetic, the cinematography is attractive, and young star Jacob Latimore seems capable of carrying a difficult movie.  Movies about magicians are hit or miss, but this looks like it has enough elements to keep the plot moving.

Video on Demand.

Voices from the Stone.

Emilia Clarke plays a young nurse who moves into an imposing castle in Tuscany to care for the heir of the property.  As she gets to know the young mute man, she begins to suspect that supernatural influences are behind his affliction.

See It?:  Netflix it.

Despite being charmed by another Gothic horror movie this year (The Cure for Wellness), I’m not quite sold here.  The cinematography and set locations are beautiful, and the atmosphere is serviceable…but I’m just not sold on Emilia Clarke.  I did like her in Terminator Genisys, but she doesn’t have the right delivery for this type of film.

Rupture.

A woman with an acute fear of spiders is abducted and forced into a bizarre medical experiment by people who claim she may not even be human.

See It?:  Rent it (if you have a strong stomach.)

While the visuals are not always great here, I do like the unflinching devotion to unrelenting body horror.  Reminds me a bit of Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin.  I like the genre, so I’m down, but this is certainly not for everyone.

Below Her Mouth.

Two women from very different walks of life share a passionate weekend together.  When their affair threatens to become more than a fling, both of them have to face the sudden upheaval to their lives and identities.

See It?:  Netflix it.

I’m genuinely intrigued, but only because of all of the critical accolades.  Based solely on the trailer, this is another artsy erotic drama where the sex is omnipresent and mostly just being used for titillation.  Could we write a love story about lesbians that isn’t 90% eye candy for horny dudes?

 

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