This may be the best opening weekend for movies in 2015…thus far. Winners are everywhere, must-see pictures litter the cineplex. Heavens.
“The Martian” is Ridley Scott’s best-reviewed film in this millennium, his best sci-fi film since “Blade Runner.” And it’s funny, thanks to Matt Damon’s jokey to-the-camera narration, and Team Nerd back on Earth, scrambling to help him rescue himself from the Red Planet. Good popcorny fun. Go. Enjoy.
“Sicario” is an outstanding drug wars thriller that’s been opening in a platform release. Much of the country gets to see it this weekend. And it should. See it. It’s practically a Donald Trump campaign ad, with its depiction of Mexican drug murders, illegal immigration and the “war” underway on our southern border. Aside from that, it’s got breathless suspense, brutal violence and that favorite of Hollywood DEA/military thrillers, “surgical strikes.” Brutal picture, terrific reviews for that one.
“The Walk” is being hyped as one of those movies that will cause some people to get dizzy and leave the theater, thanks to the CG wire walking scenes in the finale. Hogwash. It’s well-done and tautly played, a bit nerve wracking. The 3D intensity isn’t anything anybody who goes to the movies more than rarely should be impressed, but not overwhelmed. Terrific reviews for this one, too.
In some markets (including Orlando), “Finders Keepers” opens, an amusing and engaging doc about a couple of Carolina hicks who fight over a sawed-off human foot. Seriously. Enzian has it in Orlando. Very good reviews for this one.