Welcome back to Weekend Openings everybody! This week, we have a pair of Kristen Stewart movies for you to choose from, along with one very high-profile and surprisingly entertaining remake. I’ve previously reviewed all three titles that I’m mainly interested in running down today, so you’ll know how I feel about those, though they’re hardly the only things in theaters this weekend. There’s definitely options for the discerning cinema goer. For that, we should definitely be thankful. That’s not always the case during the hot summer months, but it is the case during this particular weekend in the middle of July. Here we go!
Best Bet This Week
I’m always a fan of Woody Allen, but this is one of his best ones in some time (at least since Blue Jasmine, if not all the way back to Midnight in Paris). Kristen Stewart gives one of her strongest performances to date, alongside an excellent Steve Carell and Jesse Eisenberg. Allen is at his most enjoyable when dealing with love and the days of yore these days, with this being a prime example of such. Cafe Society also happens to feature my favorite cinematography of the year, courtesy of the legend that is Vittorio Storaro. This is an incredibly pleasurable look at Tinseltown in the 1930’s, so I highly encourage you to see it.
Rotten Tomatoes Score – 80%
Oscar Hopes – Best Supporting Actress (Stewart), Best Original Screenplay (Allen), and Best Cinematography
Screen Count – 5 Screens (Platform Release)
Also Opening of Note
The other Stewart starrer this week but still nothing to sneeze at. It also happens to be the new outing from underrated filmmaker Drake Doremus, which is notable as well. Screening this year at the Tribeca Film Festival and I found it compelling. The pace is certainly languid, but Stewart again, as well as the cinematography again, sold it. Doremus is one of the more interesting directors out there, so anything new from him is worth taking notice of.
Rotten Tomatoes Score – 41%
Oscar Hopes – Probably not
Screen Count – 2 Screens (Limited Release)
Ignore the haters spewing their misogyny and overall bile. There’s a lot to like about this reboot of the classic franchise. For starters, Kate McKinnon gives a star making turn, while the chemistry of all four new Ghostbusters is outstanding. Kind of lost in the shuffle here is that this is the new comedy from Paul Feig, one of the best comedic filmmakers working today. It may not reach the heights of the original, or even Feig’s Bridesmaids, but it’s a good summer movie that’s worth your time and money. Isn’t that what it’s supposed to be as purely blockbuster entertainment, anyway?
Rotten Tomatoes Score – 75%
Oscar Hopes – Long Shot outside of potentially the tech fields
Screen Count – 3,963 Screens
I haven’t seen this Bryan Cranston star vehicle just yet, but I’ve heard decently good things. Nothing extraordinary, mind you, but it sounds like a crime flick that’s a little more low key than usual, and beneficial for it. Cranston is a fun watch in anything that he’s in, so I’d imagine seeing him in a Donnie Brasco-esque piece has some appeal. I obviously have at least two other titles that I’m eager to have you see, but this is definitely another option to have. One more bow in your quiver, as it were. Make of this one what you will.
Rotten Tomatoes Score – 63%
Oscar Hopes – Unlikely
Screen Count – 1,600
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