MARKETPLACE CINEMAS (Henderson) through Thursday, October 26, 2017 — see their website for times:
Halloween season continues at the Marketplace with new supernatural and sci-fi chills and thrills opening this week ! We say bye-bye to the long-running, IT and Lego Ninjago, along with the short-running Flatliners and Blade Runner 2049, but new flicks abound. So, in alphabetical order, this week’s movie marvels are :
Boo 2 ! A Medea Halloween. Rated PG-13 (for sexual references, drug content, and some horror images). Medea and her friends are back in this sequel to last year’s Boo! A Medea Halloween. The first film, which was the ninth in Perry’s Medea series, got mostly negative reviews, but was a hit with its target audience, bringing in just under $75 million in the box office and receiving a solid “A” rating though CinemaScore. With that kind of success, Mr. Perry and Lionsgate got right to work on the sequel in May 2017. No Buzz Yet on Rotten Tomatoes, but 76% of the RT users (most of them fans of the first Boo), are really looking forward to this weekend ! We’ll check on how it did next week.
Geostorm. Rated PG-13 (for destruction, action and violence). 110 minutes. In this sci-fi thriller, Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, and Ed Harris head a team of scientists racing against time to save Earth from natural disasters caused by malfunctions in the climate control satellites that keep the atmosphere stable in the near future. Floods, ice storms and space travel all get the computer-generated effects treatment, and the film will be released to IMAX screens, as well as to conventional theaters. However, the release date was delayed for over a year and a half, and, with a first-time director, The Buzz might not be so great. Stay tuned for next week’s numbers.
Happy Death Day. Rated PG-13 (for violence and terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug use, and partial nudity). 96 minutes. In a plot that sounds strangely familiar, a college student re-lives the day of her death (her birthday) over and over until she discovers who killed her. Described in its publicity as “inventive” and “original,” some kind of twist ending seems assured. The Twisted Buzz ? The critics at Rotten Tomatoes have been surprisingly positive toward this “darkly humorous sci-fi spin on slasher” films, rating it at 64 % positive, and 74% of the RT users liked it ! CinemaScore reports that opening weekend audiences gave a so-so “B” grade to this combo of Scream and Groundhog Day; and the first weekend box office take of over $26 million was good enough for #1 ! For those who don’t mind a bit of humor and parody with their scares, this looks like a pretty good bet.
The Mountain Between Us. Rated PG-13 (for peril, some graphic injuries, and a “scene of sexuality”). 111 minutes. This “survival romance” features a powerful cast: Oscar winner Kate Winslet and the increasingly-familiar Idres Elba (most recently, The Dark Tower) star as two strangers who survive a plane crash in the snow-covered mountains and must cross the wilderness to survive. Also featuring Beau Bridges as the doomed charter pilot. Based on a popular novel, the film is directed by Palestinian-Dutch Director Hany Abu-Assad, who has been nominated twice for Oscars (best foreign language film). How’s the Buzz ? After its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, a few critics weighed in through Rotten Tomatoes, and came up with a 73% positive rating, but by the time the first weekend had passed, the RT rating had dropped to 45% (not fresh) ! The main complaints were that, in spite of good performances by the two stars, the story is unoriginal, “dreary,” and “far-fetched,” but CinemaScore’s first weekend audiences graded the film a very positive A-. But, the box office has been anemic, with only $20.5 million coming in for the first two weeks.
My little Pony: The Movie. PG (for “mild action”). 101 minutes. This animated musical fantasy film is based on the TV series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The TV show was started in 2010 to re-boot the older cartoons based on Hasbro’s 1980s line of toys. Apparently quite a few people of all ages have become re-obsessed with the “Mane 6”: Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity and the other residents of Ponyville, who are all threatened by “a dark force” in their big screen debut. The voices of Emily Blount, Kristin Chenowith, Liev Schreiber, Michael Pena, Taye Diggs, and other big names are featured. My Little Buzz: Rotten Tomatoes’ critics, who can be a bit cynical about animated features, gave this cartoon a 58% “rotten” score — based on just 31 reviews (a low number which often signals a bad outcome), but the RT users, who are usually the people who want to go see the film anyway, were 89% happy. According to CinemaScore, the first weekend audiences gave Pony a glowing A-, so apparently lots of young kids, and some “bronies” and “pegasisters” (Google ‘em) were very satisfied. The box office seems satisfactory — right at $10 million for the first week. Looks like a good one for young children.
Same Kind Of Different As Me. Rated PG-13 (for “thematic elements including some violence and language). 120 minutes. Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellweger and Jon Voight lend some star power to this inspirational true story of generosity and redemption, in which a wealthy international arts dealer befriends a homeless man and changes his own life, along with the lives of his wife and father. Based on a bestselling book, written by the rich man and his once-homeless friend. The Early Buzz ? No critics have weighed in on Rotten Tomatoes yet, since no critics have seen the film in its entirely. But there are some very negative rumblings: a critic for The Guardian called the trailer for the movie “the worst, most offensive thing I have ever seen,” and the release of the film was delayed for almost a year after the film was dropped by its original studio, Paramount, and picked up for distribution by Pure Flix, the USA’s largest distributor of faith-based films. Check us out next week for some statistics (‘cause they don’t lie !)
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