Several new films this week, bringing the quality meter up a few notches! Let’s take a look.
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS – A beautiful stop-motion animated tale that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Absolutely worth your time, and films like this need all the help they can get.
WAR DOGS – Todd Phillips follows up THE HANGOVER films with the true-ish story of two bros who inadvertently become arms dealers for the CIA. A huge performance from Jonah Hill elevates the insanity of the material. Should feel similar to Michael Bay’s PAIN & GAIN.
HELL OR HIGH WATER – This wasn’t on the monthly preview since its release was up in the air, but it’s on a few screens here now, and it’s supposed to be a heck of a thriller *cough* currently rocking a 98% on RT. Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges front this western heist film about two brothers robbing the banks that are foreclosing on the family farm. I saw director David Mackenzie’s breakout YOUNG ADAM back in 2004 at TIFF, it’s nice to see he’s finally realising his potential.
BEN-HUR – This patently unnecessary remake is getting summarily dismissed by critics and theatregoers alike, and will likely die a brutal death at the box office this week. Even an IMAX release won’t help. Rule number one: you need a STAR to make a story like this work. Someone with charisma and chops. Jack Huston has neither. Watch it at your own risk.