Coming Soon Trailers: Kingsman 2, LEGO Ninjago, Friend Request.
LEGO goes for the triple crown with Ninjago, Kingsman tries its hand at a sequel, and the home market has five new offerings.
This weekend the box office is filled with risky bets. The LEGO series of movies have been solid cash cows for Warner Brothers, but this week they roam a little further afield with an adaption of a more obscure toy line franchise. Similarly, the first Kingsman movie was a bit of a surprise hit that blended action with tongue in cheek humor. The sequel beefs up the already impressive cast and ups the ante on the action sequences, hoping to prove that their success was not just a fluke. Our third wide release is a teen oriented horror film, Friend Request, that is going to have to pray people are looking for an alternative to IT. I wouldn’t count on it…
The home market has many of the usual suspects: a documentary, I horror flick, a serial killer story based on a true events, and a quirky comedy. I could pretty much cut and paste that description week after week for VOD, and it would be true nearly every time.
Kingsman the Golden Circle.
The Kingsman, Britain’s covert defenders of the realm, are targeted for destruction by an old enemy. Pushed into a corner, they must team up with their American counterparts in order to foil the evil scheme.
See It?: Wait for Reviews.
I’m not sold on the Kingsman franchise. It just looks a tad too naff. It doesn’t quite go as far as full on spoof of James Bond-style British spy flicks, but it also doesn’t play like a straight action thriller. To be honest, it gives me uneasy reminders of The Avengers (not the super heroes, the British spy film that I consider to be the worst movie I have every personally seen.) If people rave about the sequel as much as they did the first movie, maybe give it a gander.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
A young ninja warrior and master LEGO builder must lead his team of Ninjago warriors against an evil warlord, who also happens to be his dad.
See It?: No.
The first two LEGO movies drew big audiences, but they traded on easily recognizable pop culture icons like Gandalf and Batman. Ninjago does have a TV series as well as a line of toys, but I doubt it has the cross-cultural cachet that the other two movies had. I also think the first two movies were overcooked Robot Chicken sketches stretched out to a feature length run time…so I’m not exactly a fan of this latter day LEGO revival.
A popular young woman is a minor Face Book celebrity until she unwittingly adds a creepy stalker from her school to her friend’s list. At first, the trouble is just a loss of status, but soon people on our heroine’s friend’s list start winding up dead. Can she unravel the source of this curse before she herself winds up deleted?
See It?: No.
This is a pretty shallow dive into the recent horror genre of adding supernatural terror to popular media. There are a ton of these coming out all the time, and you could save yourself ten bucks by renting on of those – they’re that interchangable. Or, if you want to see new media done in a smart way go check out Ingrid Goes West.
Video on Demand.
A documentary about the life and music of Dean Dillon, a Nashville star with less notoriety outside of the Grand Ole Opry.
See It? Nope.
If you’re a fan of Nashville notables, you probably already know about Dillon. If you’re not a fan of Nashville notables, you probably won’t give a shit about Dillon. Either way, you don’t need a documentary about him.
Tired of living like a second-class citizen because she’s a woman, Amanda uses a magic mirror to swap the gender roles of all of the men and women in town.
See It?: Sure.
The premise isn’t exactly ground-breaking, but the jokes come easily enough and the two leads are fairly likable. If you’re looking for a comedy, you could do worse.
When Joe’s fiancee breaks it off with him in favor of another man, he decides to continue on with his bachelor party anyway. He arrives at a secluded rental property, only to find that his friends have abducted the guy who his ex left him for, with plans to make him pay for wrecking Joe’s engagement.
See It?: Skip It.
I was really hoping this film was going to go in a dark direction, but instead you just get a budget The Hangover with a goofy kidnapping comedy.
A convicted murderer and his cellmate are broken out of jail by the murderer’s three sons. As the renegades begin a reign of terror through the southwest, the wife and mother of the rampaging family has to defend herself and her family in press.
See It?: Sure.
The action is a little flacid, and I don’t love Robert Patrick’s holy roller dialogue, but the premise is engaging and the cast is solid. If you shopping for a crime thriller, you could do worse.
The House October Built 2.
A group of friends attempt to put their horrific past behind them. A year ago, they were kidnapped on Halloween by the Blue Skeleton group and put through hell while trying to enjoy a tour of America’s famous haunted houses. This Halloween, they decide to continue their tour as an act of solidarity…only to see evidence that the Blue Skeletons are still at large and targeting haunted houses.
See It?: Nope.
Another found footage horror film. Meh. The “filming an indie movie that turns into a real life horror” genre has really got to go on hiatus. This shit is getting old.