Weekend Openings: Australian Melodrama and Canadian Horror

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For this first weekend in September, we have an interesting variety of titles coming to theaters. Chief among them, we have the latest from Derek Cianfrance and Kevin Smith, along with plenty more. Cianfrance has a melodrama to share, while Smith has a horror comedy, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s a week without any home runs, but with some solid singles and doubles. With the Telluride Film Festival about to begin and the Venice Film Festival already underway, times are changing. The movies are getting more and more awards friendly, which I obviously dig. Telluride reviews will be coming from Mark in short order, so stay tuned for that. For now though, let’s look at what’s new this weekend!

Best Bet This Week

“Yoga Hosers” (Invincible Pictures)

watch-get-canadian-with-first-trailer-for-kevin-smiths-yoga-hosers-1200x520Call me a Kevin Smith apologist if you will, but I think this film is getting a raw deal. As I said in my review yesterday, it’s charming and the fun becomes infectious. In terms of his Canadian horror comedies, I preferred Tusk, but this is still worth checking out. I believe it’ll soon be a cult classic of sorts, or at least a popular midnight movie to experience with a crowd. You probably already know if you want to see this or not, but if you’re on the fence, I say go for it. Who knows, you might be in for a surprise! If nothing else, it’s unlike anything else out there right now.

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 25%
Oscar Hopes – Nope
Screen Count – Limited Release

Also Opening of Note

The Light Between Oceans” (Buena Vista)

The-Light-Between-OceansI like this film more than some of my colleagues seem to, though it’s certainly a mixed bag at times. Derek Cianfrance is more of a John Cassavetes than a Douglas Sirk, so it’s a weird fit, but it works. In part, he’s helped by Michael Fassbender’s strong lead turn. The movie probably is a step down from where it needs to be for awards consideration, but who knows? If it does well with audiences, it might get a second life. For now, it’s a solid second choice in theaters this weekend, if you ask me. Fans of period pieces should be in for a treat.

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 59%
Oscar Hopes – Perhaps in some technical categories
Screen Count – 1,500 Screens

“Klown Forever” (Drafthouse)

1497I dug the first installment of this now comedy franchise. Danish humor is apparently extraordinarily dirty, but more importantly, it’s often hilarious. I haven’t seen this sequel yet, but it seems like a worthy followup. Klown wasn’t high art, don’t get me wrong, but it was so successful in its quest for laughs that I’m eager to check this out. I have a screener I just haven’t gotten around to yet, but I will soon. If you saw the first one, I’d imagine you’re interested in this one. If so, give it a look and prepare to laugh quite a bit!

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 78%
Oscar Hopes – No chance
Screen Count – Limited Release

“Max Rose” (Paladin)

1200Jerry Lewis returns to the big screen in this independent dramedy that’s been bouncing around for a while. At one point, it seemed like a potential Best Actor play for him, but reviews haven’t been too kind. I suspect it’ll have a short lifespan overall, but I’m sure some of you are curious. This is another one I haven’t put the screener on for yet, but that’ll be coming soon. If it’s some kind of unlikely gem, I’ll be sure to let you all know. In the meantime, fans of Lewis will probably give this one a look at the very least.

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 38%
Oscar Hopes – Unlikely
Screen Count – Limited Release

“Morgan” (20th Century Fox)

morgan-gallery8-gallery-imageA wannabe Ex Machina knock off, I didn’t care for this science fiction flick at all. It wastes an interesting premise and a cast led by Kate Mara, and that’s almost unforgivable. I saw the twist coming literally within the first few minutes, and that helped make this even more interminable. Worse, it’s not even a particularly good twist. There are very sporadic flashes of something better, but mostly this is junk. It might wind up making a few bucks, but it’s easily one of the worst options this weekend, so pay it no mind. Quite simply, you can do a lot better.

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 42%
Oscar Hopes – Nope
Screen Count – 2000 screens

“White Girl” (FilmRise)

000068.26559.16197_whitegirl_still1_morgansaylor_briansenemarc__bymichaelsimmonds_-_h_2016A drug and sex drenched character study that frustrates more than it compels, I was let down by this one. As you can see in the review that should be up now on the site, it’s basically a calling card film. In many ways, it’s standard issue Sundance Film Festival fare, and what worked in Park City just didn’t work for me here in the Big Apple. Elizabeth Wood could very well be a filmmaker to watch out for, but she’s still a work in progress. It’s not the worst release this week, but it’s far from the best one as well. Alas.

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 76%
Oscar Hopes – Highly unlikely
Screen Count – Limited Release

The Rest

“The 9th Life of Louis Drax” (Summit Premiere)
“Antibirth” (IFC Midnight)
“Kickboxer: Vengeance” (RLJ Entertainment)
“Skiptrace” (Saban Films)
“Starving the Beast” (Railyard Films)
“Zoom” (Screen Media Films)

What will you be watching at the movies this weekend? Discuss it in the comments below!

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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Max Loehrke

dig the addition of the rotten tomatoes scores to compare and contrast – because that normally plays a big role in picking what to watch for me


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