Best known for writing the weird and frequently cut sketches on SNL, Kyle Mooney now moves up to feature film, with this movie about a sweet odd dude who learns a devastating truth and turns to a childhood show for comfort. More or less. Brigsby Bear is both more complex than the trailer makes it seem, and simpler. It is, though, a strong debut for Mooney as a features writer, even if the high concept doesn’t quite pan out.
Director Kogonada, who made his name making supercuts and video essays, blew people away at Sundance with this, his feature film debut. Columbus is also a rare movie that has sense to put John Cho in the lead role.
The Dark Tower
Stephen King’s opus about a dimension-hopping mystical gunslinger is a surprisingly boring and conventional bad movie that is bound to disappoint everyone. What a waste of Idris Elba.
Full review here.
Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal re-team for a gritty docu-drama about the Detroit race riots, particularly the incident at the Algiers Motel in which three black men died during a police brutality incident. What exactly happened has never really been established, so Bigelow and Boal have some room to invent, which suits their style perfectly. This is a tough watch, but timely.
Didn’t Halle Berry already make this movie with Chloe Grace Moretz?
Taylor Sheridan, the writer of Sicario and Hell or High Water, makes his directorial debut with Wind River. Looks tense and nervy, the defining mark of a Taylor Sheridan script. Let’s just hope his directing keeps up with his writing.
I want to ask “why?” but at the same time, this actually looks kind of good? Creepy kids, creepy dolls, this is perfect horror movie stuff in a dusty farm setting. I mean, there’s no way it can be worse than The Boy.
The Glass Castle
I’m really trying to get on board with Brie Larson, the future Captain Marvel, but movies like this tripe make it REALLY hard.
Ingrid Goes West
Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza star in this movie about social media obsession gone awry. Totally into it, and Plaza is having a helluva year.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature
The Trip to Spain
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back, this time eating and bickering their way across Spain. If you haven’t seen The Trip or the The Trip to Italy, catch the fuck up. They’re delightful. “Gentlemen to bed, for we leave at nine-thirty!”
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
This looks so stupid, but the good kind of stupid. Like a bunch of talented people committed to a premise they knew was stupid with the intention of making it a good time. Perfect summer movie, really.
Steven Soderbergh returns to feature film with another heist movie, this time with a bunch of good ole boys targeting a NASCAR track. This looks GREAT and I can’t wait.
It looks like 8 Mile meets Napoleon Dynamite but with a girl, but people having been raving about Patti Cake$ at pretty much every film festival since Sundance.
Weirdly, there are no major releases this week.