As the weather begins to heat up, so too does Hollywood. We’ve finally exited the beginning of the year lull that always follows Oscar season, launching us straight into the season’s biggest releases. This weekend kicks off the first round of 2016’s tentpoles movies. It’s a slate packed with plenty to see, and our staff’s picked out the best of the bunch. So without further ado, here are your top three releases of the weekend.
1. 10 Cloverfield Lane
There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not 10 Cloverfield Lane is a sequel to its found-footage namesake. J.J. Abrams himself admits that it’s more of a spiritual successor than a straight follow-up effort, and based on what we’ve seen, that was the right call. Already scoring at 90% on Rotten Tomatoes (with a positive review from us as well), it’s quickly gaining traction as one of the year’s best thrillers. Perhaps this will be the beginning of a “barely a sequel” approach where movies share little else besides their titles and basic themes; if that’s true, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a good example of a whole lot of potential.
2. The Brothers Grimsby
Sacha Baron Cohen has never been one to go with the grain throughout his career, having ruffled feathers ever since his days as the titular host of Da Ali G Show. In recent years though, he’s struggled to recapture the simple genius of his various comedic personas. The Brothers Grimsby appears to be his attempt at doing just that. In it, we see the story of two brothers separated at a young age, reunited in the midst of a vast web of secret agents and intrigue. And even if it’s not quite fresh by Rotten Tomatoes’ standards, that doesn’t mean it’s not completely without its high points.
3. Eye in the Sky
The second thriller releasing this weekend, Eye in the Sky is as culturally relevant as it is suspenseful. Starring Aaron Paul, Helen Mirren, and the late Alan Rickman, it dives headfirst into a complex moral quandary surrounding a single drone strike. The dilemma presented is simple: A suicide bomber is identified in a home with two of the U.S.’s most wanted terrorists in tow. But when a child is seen directly outside the house, a tough decision must be made as to whether it’s worth one innocent life to save dozens. Sitting at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, it appears as though it capitalizes on its strong premise in a big way.
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