This week, Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron team up in “Long Shot,” one of the few releases making up this latest slate. Luckily, the romantic comedy is also one of 2019’s best films, saving the day. Read on for more.
PICK OF THE WEEK
A mix of comedy, political satire, and romance, this film would not initially seem like the vehicle to team Seth Rogen with Charlize Theron. However, with a screenplay by Liz Hannah and under the direction of Jonathan Levine, it works phenomenally. The heart, the humor, and the surgically precise political zings all are in evidence from start to finish. The New York Times agreed:
“Long Shot” isn’t going to save the romantic comedy, but it’s an adrenaline shot of pure pleasure to the genre’s failing heart.
“Long Shot” is one of the year’s more underrated titles. The sequence set to “It Must Have Been Love” by Roxette remains one of the best this year at making audiences smile. If you have a soft spot for romantic comedies, or just quality cinema, this is a must own. The fact that it wasn’t a hit at the box office only proves how much audiences missed the boat with this one.
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Total Box Office: $30,316,271
Major Awards: None yet
In honor of this week’s release of “Luce,” the pick today is going to be another movie that began its life on stage; “Rabbit Hole,” once a successful play before translating to film. John Cameron Mitchell took the anguish of the drama and translated it on to the screen, earning Nicole Kidman an Academy Award nomination in the process. Roger Ebert was quite taken by the drama, as well as the dark humor, as you evidenced below:
The film is in a better state of mind than its characters. Its humor comes, as the best humor does, from an acute observation of human nature. We have known people something like this. We smile in recognition.
Prep for the latest stage adapted drama by revisiting this one today.
OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED
Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the sole recommended title in “Long Shot”:
“Body at Brighton Rock”
This survival tale really flew below the radar this spring when it hit theaters. However, it does announce filmmaker Roxanne Benjamin as someone to watch. The A.V. Club seconds that notion:
Wild animals. Dead bodies. Rustling noises in the dark. With these minimalist elements, Benjamin casts a nerve-fraying spell, playing tricks on the audience.
Box Office: $5,123
Brian De Palma‘s latest outing showcases many of his signature filmmaking tools, albeit in far lower brow material than usual. Still, it’s De Palma, and New York Magazine found that to be enough to warrant a recommendation. From their take on the picture:
Underfunded, sketchily written, and heavily cut (maybe one reason the writing seems sketchy), Brian De Palma’s Domino still puts contemporary thrillers to shame.
De Palma completists will want to give it a look.
Box Office: N/A
A home invasion thriller, this will scratch an itch for anyone hoping for some quick and dirty B level thrills. Dennis Quaid pops up to do the terrorizing here, and the Los Angeles Times was sure glad he did:
The real secret weapon of “The Intruder” is the intruder himself, played by Dennis Quaid in a completely unhinged performance of true lunacy.
You likely already know if this is for you or not.
Box Office: $35,419,122
This animated feature is essentially only aimed at children. The Washington Post, however, was still up for the ride. As one of the places who found it a bit on the charming side, the outlet had this to say:
UglyDolls are already adorable. You don’t have to work that hard to convince anyone.
Families should consider this as the kid friendly option this week.
Box Office: $20,150,241
“The White Crow”
Ralph Fiennes directs and co-stars in this biopic of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. Once considered a potential awards vehicle, it had to settle for simply solid notices, like this one from Rolling Stone:
Director Ralph Fiennes makes this hypnotic look into the young life of controversial ballet icon Rudolph Nureyev (Oleg Ivenko) a thing of bruised beauty and an exhilarating gift.
Box Office: $1,822,057 (and counting)
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