As expected, Madea squashed the box office last weekened. Can she outwit the competition? Probably. No one liked The Snowman. This week my pick is Suburbicon; I would recommend Brimstone & Glory to the general public, while cautioning against Amityville: The Awakening and Jigsaw. (All I See Is You is apparently not as bad as expected.)
Amityville: The Awakening is a direct sequel to 1979’s The Amityville Horror and the 10th installment in the Amityville series. A teenager moves into the haunted house on Long Island in the 1970s. The film, made in 2014, and delayed until now, stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bella Thorne. A reminder that Ronald DeFeo, Jr. committed familicide (of real people! SIX PEOPLE!) in 1974. The house on Ocean Avenue was knocked down long before long-faced Bella Thorne could have moved in. And every goth teenager in America saw the 2005-remake AND KNOWS THE STORY. (I can’t believe I’m this bothered, either!)
Jigsaw is a movie all about the bad guy from Saw. Earlier this week I was chatting with a peer about Hostel, and I just can’t fathom that Eli Roth paved the way for this crap.
All I See is You stars Blake Lively as a blind woman who regains her sight and begins to realize that all is not what it seems! Maybe her husband is controlling and bad! Maybe he’s just not as handsome as she thought.
Novitiate stars Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Morgan Saylor, and Dianna Agron. A young woman, raised in 1960s Texas by an agnostic, single mother, joins the convent at what she claims is the urging of God. But following Vatican II, and the actions of the head nun, she begins to question her devotion.
Thank You For Your Service stars Miles Teller in this military drama. That this has overlap with Lone Survivor and Sniper should be enough to tell you to look the other way. And how is it that America keeps producing and releasing these war movies but we haven’t taken to the streets to demand the end of the wars? Somehow you just know this film is going to glorify the violence, strife, and killing, without the empathy of actual sacrifice, despite the alleged empathy of the trailer.
Suburbicon is directed by complicit man George Clooney and stars complicit man Matt Damon, which is a damn shame because the script was written by Clooney, Teddy Schwarzman, and Joel and Ethan Cohen. It’s another Cohen return to The Wrong Man trope, and that’s totally man jam!
The Square is a dark comedy from Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure) and stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, and Terry Notary. An art curator, who seems like a real dick, finds his world in total chaos after his phone is stolen.
Brimstone & Glory is a documentary about the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico.
The Divine Order is a Swiss drama about a woman fighting for women’s equality in 1971.
Félicité is a Senegalese drama film directed by Alain Gomis. It follows a strong-willed woman, a singer and bar entertainer, who must raise funds for her son’s health care. The film received six awards at the African Academy Awards, a record, and has been submitted to the Academy Awards; it is Senegal’s first submission.
Crash Pad stars Domnhall Gleason as a “hopeless romantic” (a real Nice Guy) who falls in love with an older woman and is crushed to learn that he is an “instrument of revenge.” Sigh.
Let There Be Light is this week’s Christian film, but there’s no doubt, like, since it stars Kevin Sorbo.
Mansfield 66/67 is a documentary about the last years of Jayne Mansfield’s life. Unfortunately the documentary “asks” if her “life spiraled out of control” because of her alleged relationship with the Church of Satan, and that just seems…unfair.
Maya Dardel stars Lena Olin as an aging poet who announces, on NPR, that she will bequeath her entire estate to a young, male, poet. Things spiral before she disappears.
Acts Of Vengeance stars Antonio Banderas as a lawyer who vows to avenge the murder of his wife and daughter.
The Truth About Lies is a truly original romantic comedy about a total loser who tells a string of lies so he can get a job and sleep with a beautiful woman.
Flesh and Blood is a film directed by, and starring, Marc Webber. It is loosely inspired by his own family.