Next Screening, “Adrift” with Shailene

Actually, the first film of the day is a belated viewing of “Beast.” Then there’s “Hereditary,” the new Toni Collette horror piece from A24.

But STX is releasing this Shailene lost-at-sea adventure without previewing it for critics, and as I am on my fifth sailboat, third cruising sailboat, and I’m a Shailene booster from WAY back, “Adrift” is the one I’m most looking forward to.

Sure, Shailene damaged her brand with the damned “Divergent” movies, cut-and-paste YA sci-fi based on books that were more commodities than works of fiction. But “Big Little Lies” gave her back her mojo, holding her own with Nicole, Laura and Reese.

Now the first weekend in June isn’t prime movie release date real-estate, which is why Blumhouse cheery-picked South by Southwest fanboy praise reviews for “Upgrade.”

“Action Point,” a Johnny Knoxville non-Safety Inspected theme park comedy, wasn’t previewed for critics.

And “Adrift” is also lumped in there, its pre-release rep damaged by not letting critics see it. The trailers have been impressive, even if the story is fairly conventional (in sailing quarters, anyway, the “sailor” on board is hurt in a boat-crippling accident, the inexperienced mariner must get them to safety).

STX should spend a little money and preview these pictures, unless “Hurricane Heist” and “Bad Moms” and “The Circle” and “The Foreigner” and “Gringo” and “Den of Thieves” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” are sole ambitions. They did release “Edge of Seventeen,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Molly’s Game.” It’s not like EVERYthing they make is crap. Why let people think that if the movie’s good?

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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