Opening in Theaters: The Other Woman, Brick Mansions, The Quiet Ones

The Other Woman

Summer blockbuster season is just around the corner, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 going wide in the US next weekend and Godzilla the next, but until then, Hollywood is biding its time, throwing a few more, shall we say… lesser (being gentle here) films at us until then. One of those films is called The Other Woman. There was a 2009 film with this same title starring Natalie Portman that you probably remember from your Netflix Instant Queue; well, this one stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and, drumroll….., Sports Illustrated covergirl and very, VERY young supermodel, Kate Upton. We’re talking born in 1992 young. Feel creepy yet?

Anyway, The Other Woman centers on three women, each of whom are in a relationship with one man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), two dating (Upton and Diaz), one married (Mann), and upon making this discovery they naturally decide it’s girl power time–let’s use our collective blondness and hotness for evil as opposed to good this time.

This film is directed by Nick Cassavetes, the guy who brought us such diverse films as The Notebook, Face Off, Alpha Dog and My Sister’s Keeper, and while it’s getting rather poor reviews for being short on laughs/excitement, Leslie Mann’s performance is getting some nods as the savior of an otherwise subpar film. Despite Mann being the star of the film, Diaz and Upton will be the true box office draws, and will likely be enough for The Other Woman to finally take down Captain America at the box office.

 

 

Brick Mansions

This film features Paul Walker. I believe that may be the only reason to see it after watching the trailer… It is (shockingly…) a guy flick, and I have no idea what it’s about. According to the synopsis “An undercover cop tries to take down a ruthless crime lord with access to a neutron bomb by infiltrating his gang.” WHAT. That. Is. Ridiculous.

Let’s get to what really matters. The fact that my Kentucky/DC guy, John Wall, is in an ad for this movie. Why? Who cares!?

 

Glorious. John Wall’s Wizards lead the Bulls in his first ever playoff series 2-0. I credit this wonderful trailer.

 

The Quiet Ones

It’s Finnick!! And Jared Harris! WoOoOOooOoO. This has not been a good year for horror thus far after a stunning 2013 with Evil Dead 2, The Conjuring, The Purge, and Mama in 2013; despite a fairly creepy trailer and a Hunger Games kinda/sorta star, I do not see this film doing well this weekend, and this weekend is its only shot.

I (may…) give it a chance myself after being rather disappointed at a fairly well-reviewed Oculus film, but this looks like your standard ghost hunter affair, along the lines of The Conjuring and other recent horror tropes set in the past; it’s certainly been done before, and Lionsgate just isn’t working for it.

 

Locke

Now THIS is the film I would like to see this weekend, so naturally, it’s only playing in major cities (not Lexington, Kentucky…)

Tom Hardy is becoming one of the most sought after actors in the business and a Philip Seymour Hoffman “actor of his generation” kind of buzz is being tossed about his name–that’s how good this movie, and his body of work, is. An intimate, challenging film, set entirely within a vehicle–Locke is one if you have the opportunity to do so–I suggest you go and see.

Also….

THIS.

 

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