Coming Late Trailers!: IT, Home Again.
We’re back and ready to break down all the new movies out this week in theaters and on VOD.
Site issues kept us busy fixing bugs this week, so we missed our usual trailer preview schedule. Since the major wide release coming out this week is IT, and everyone and their cousin already knows about it, we toyed with just giving this week a pass. Looking at the list of VOD, however, it felt that it would be a disservice to all those films that already get less attention than their big screen brethren.
We’ve got three new wide releases this week and seven VOD offerings and the sun is already starting to set, so let’s get cracking.
In the sleepy town of Derry, Maine, an ancient evil lurks. This cosmic horror manifests as a clown and preys on the fear of children to sustain itself. It bites of a bit more than it can chew, however, when it starts to terrorize a group of outcast children called the Losers Club. Already marginalized, they begin to put together the pieces of the puzzle of why children go missing in Derry so often. When It attacks them personally, they band together to try to rid their home of a creature as old as time.
See It?: Yes.
The trailers have all looked solid. The second in particular had me so creeped out during my viewing of It Comes At Night that I swore there was somebody sitting beside me in that empty theater. The film evokes the vaguely unsettling nostalgia of small town life that is central to Stephen King’s magnum opus. While I love Tim Curry’s take on Pennywise the Clown, Bill Skarsgard seems to have a terrifying flare to his iteration that stands out. This should make up for The Dark Tower fiasco.
A woman (Reese Witherspoon) recently separated from her husband decides to move back home with her daughters. While trying to sort out a new life, she winds up giving shelter to three novice film makers who make her life even more surreal than before. Everything gets complicated when her husband shows up, forcing her to decide if she wants to move on or restart her old romance.
See It?: No.
There’s just not enough comedy or romance in this romantic comedy. I can’t see that the amateur film makers add anything to the plot either. In fact, before reading the blurb, I totally missed them being film makers in the trailer. In short, this trailer does nothing to shed any light on why this rom com should get your time or money, so it gets neither.
Five people from very different walks of life all end up trapped in an elevator during the terror attacks of September 11th.
See It?: Wait for Reviews.
I have to say this is a well done trailer. Despite the subject matter and Sheen being attached to this, I am interested in seeing it just based on the trailer. Whoopi Goldberg seems to be on her game and I like Luis Guzman in pretty much anything he does. It remains to see if the tension on display here can be sustained for a whole movie, and if Sheen fucks it up (notice he says next to nothing in this trailer, not a strong indicator of his being an asset here.)
Video on Demand.
A family on the verge of splitting up winds up with more than marital problems on their hands. Their young son, enamored with the paranormal, reaches out to a supernatural creature he is convinced is haunting the house, asking it to help keep his parents from getting a divorce. It works inasmuch as the parents forget about needing a lawyer and find they need an exorcist instead.
See It?: Skip it.
This film doesn’t quite do enough. The young boy is a tad wooden in his delivery, but not horrendous. The plot is a touch generic, but has some nice elements. The monster doesn’t look great, but the director does a pretty good job of keeping it veiled with neat angles and camera tricks. If there was nothing else on, I wouldn’t leave the room, but I wouldn’t fire this up on my own either.
A man struggling to support his new family decides to head north and take work at an oil field. The isolation, grueling work, and temptation of a pretty local girl start to tear him away from his old life.
See It?: Wait.
I like dramas that are small but powerful. There’s quite a bit that’s interesting here, but the film just lacks a solid hook. I kept waiting for the moment in the trailer where the conflict becomes overt, but it never seems to come. If this ends up free on any of the streaming platforms, I’d give it a view, but just can’t quite justify a full rental.
A thief fleeing his former associates comes across a dying old man in the dessert. The old man gives Amir a prophecy and a mission that could change his life. Not normally the heroic type, Amir must embrace his new destiny when his old partners take a hostage from his past and hire 8 lunatic mercenaries to find him.
See It?: Wait.
Another near miss. The aesthetic and characters are intriguing, as is the wild blend of styles. This trailer has elements of old spaghetti westerns, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Aladdin, and even some Jackie Chan flicks. That sounds amazing…but the rough cuts and choppy cinematography seem to be hiding a lack of technical competence that could sink this film fast. Another film I’d catch on the cheap.
A documentary that looks the aftermath for eight families and communities where a police officer was killed in the line of duty.
See It?: Netflix it.
The technical aspects of this film are very polished. It blends personal testimony with social commentary and recordings with a deft touch. It’s definitely got an agenda, and stops just short of saying “blue lives matter”…but that is certainly the context into which this film is stepping.
A brilliant scientist discovers a way to displace matter via wormholes. Wanting to explore further, she tries the device on herself, only to pop back into her old life with disturbing visions and the inability to make new memories. When she falls asleep, her mind resets to the day of the experiment, causing her sanity to spiral out of control.
See It?: Yes.
This is another film on the edge, but it does just enough to earn a rental. The dialogue can be a tad junky, and the sci-fi is trope heavy, but the subtle Alice in Wonderland imagery and the overall feel of the piece makes my interested. I don’t think this will be amazing, but I think its competent and plays with some cool ideas.
The Limehouse Golem.
A serial killer who scrawls taunting messages in his victim’s blood is the talk of London. Scotland Yard assigns an old inspector with a checkered past the case, hoping to rid themselves of him should he inevitably fail to stop the killer. As the old detective makes his way through the sordid streets and back alleys, he begins to think that not everyone wants the killings to stop.
See It?: Yes.
A period mystery with a solid cast, The Limehouse Golem is a rarity outside of the UK. Bill Nighy is delightfully crusty as the old inspector, and the rest of the cast seems adequate. The real partner to the detective in this dance is the setting, and the film is richly evocative of an old London that is equally squalid and glittery.
A notorious circus ring master named Kane has invited several social media stars to the reopening of his macabre circus. They are tasked with surviving one night in order to win a large cash prize, plus the fame and notoriety attached to Circus Kane.
See It?: Burn it with fire.
What do you get if you take all of the cleverness out of a SAW movie, all of the grim swagger out of a Rob Zombie movie, and all of the thrills out of a survival horror flick? You get Circus Kane, a pedestrian and by the number crazy clown mess.