NEW IN THEATRES: In with the Old

There aren’t any wide releases this week that are very exciting. Not only do they have low Rotten Tomatoes scores, but they just look uninteresting. There is one film that is releasing on the coasts that is worth checking out, but other than that it might be a good week to check out some indies that have been playing at your local art houses.

Here are the Film Misery picks of the week:

intheloop1) In the Loop (8 theatres)

Directed By: Armando Ianucci

Rotten Tomatoes: 94% | Metacritic: 83

Synopsis: “The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. The US General Miller doesn’t think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster. But, after Simon accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington, DC…”

View the Trailer | Official Website

Here’s what Keith Phipps from The Onion, A.V. Club has to say:

Iannucci has made a mercilessly funny film that, beneath the laughs, chillingly falls on the believable side of how politics really gets done. Flawed, distracted people bicker, sidestep, and deceive one another. They shout and sharpen their wits rather than finding common ground. They let personal grudges and stubbornness dictate policy. All the while, the world drifts toward war.

500daysposter2) (500) Days of Summer (85 theatres)

Directed By: Marc Webb

Rotten Tomatoes: 90% | Metacritic: 74

Synopsis: “This is a story of boy meets girl, begins the wry, probing narrator of 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, and with that the film takes off at breakneck speed into a funny, true to life and unique dissection of the unruly and unpredictable year-and-a-half of one young man’s no-holds-barred love affair.” — From Yahoo! Movies

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Here is a quote from my review:

About once every summer an Indie film comes along that captures an audiences attention and gets out of its inner city art houses and expands with critical and commercial success. Past examples of this include movies like Once, Little Miss Sunshine, and Napoleon Dynamite. This summer, that movie will be Sundance sensation (500) Days of Summer.

(500) Days of Summer is a movie that everyone can get behind. It’s a light piece of summer entertainment, but free of fluff. The movie is creative, but it doesn’t feel completely original. Instead it feels like those romantic comedies that we have seen over and over finally done right. It has a non-linear narrative, but it never loses focus. Most of all, it’s just plain fun.

 

What movies are you seeing this weekend?

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