The Weekender: Allelujah! Don’t Bend, ‘Ascend’!

Movie of the Week

Jupiter Ascending
Look, this film’s going to be a mess. I know it, the Wachowskis know it and Universal certainly knows it. But as with their miraculous Cloud Atlas, I’d rather a film reach for the stars (in this case literally) and miss the mark, than show no ambition whatsoever. I don’t think this space opera, about a janitor who’s really a queen on another planet who accidentally starts a massive intergalactic war (like I said, a mess), will even be in the same league as Cloud Atlas. But few filmmakers are taking risks on as big a scale as the Wachowskis.

Seventh Son
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

• 2015 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts – Texas Theatre
The Duke of Burgundy – Texas Theatre
Leviathan – Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano

Blu-Ray Pick

John Wick
John Wick
While most action films are blandly directed affairs with some poorly staged fights and explosions to fill in the gaps, John Wick delivers a beautifully choreographed revenge thriller that takes time to build its world. There may not be a whole lot of substance per se, but it’s a blast to watch and a thrill ride that’s handled with care.

ABCs of Death 2 (75%)
The Best of Me (8%)
Dear White People (92%)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby* (62%)
Dracula Untold (22%)
Hector and the Search for Happiness (35%)
Nas: Time is Illmatic (100%)
Ouija (7%)
The Overnighters (98%)
The Retrieval (92%)
Starred Up (99%)
Starry Eyes (76%)
The World Made Straight (71%)

About Schmidt*
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Every Man for Himself [The Criterion Collection]
Kull the Conquerer
Love & Basketball*
Lust for Life
My Best Friend’s Wedding*
Pom Poko
Porco Rosso
Tales from Earthsea


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