2016 releases are beginning to ramp up, marked by the debut of the first new Coen Brothers movie since 2013’s Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest from the sci-fi revisionist history genre, and tons more! Here are our staff’s picks for everything you need to see this weekend.
1. Hail, Caesar!
If it’s starting to feel like the Coen Brothers can truly do no wrong, well, it’s because that’s probably true. Inside Llewyn Davis, True Grit, and No Country for Old Men are just a few examples of the ceiling for Ethan and Joel Coen, and with Hail, Caesar!, it looks as though they’ve struck gold again. The story centers around a kidnapping set to the backdrop of Hollywood’s Golden Age of filmmaking. From there, it’s a tale fraught with intrigue, as well as the careful touch of its skilled directors.
Rotten Tomatoes has the movie at a generous 76%, placing it firmly in the “must-see” category for anyone looking for a movie to end the early-year drought brought on by the end of Oscar season. Releases like this are typically saved for the fall months, but Hail, Caesar! acts as a rare exception to that unwritten rule. Starring Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes, its cast certainly isn’t short on star power either.
2. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
The history of movies akin to this one is one that’s not entirely positive, with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter having been an unmitigated disaster both critically and at the box office. Here to break that brief trend though is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, acting as a surprisingly solid entry into the genre of historical revisionist cinema. For our own review, we outlined all the highs and lows, giving you a taste of what to expect in theaters. Don’t let the 40% Rotten Tomatoes score scare you away: Keep your expectations realistic, and PPZ will provide exactly what it should for audiences.
While our other two choices this week both could be classified as comedies, Regression is decidedly more serious. It stars Ethan Hawke as a hard-nosed detective trying to get to the bottom of a young girl’s (Emma Watson) accusations levied against her father (David Dencik). As he gets deeper and deeper into the case though, a larger conspiracy begins to unravel, brought on as the girl begins to recall memories dug up by a renowned psychologist (David Thewlis). Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t give it much credit at 5%, but as a movie from the director of The Others, it’s at least worth a shot.
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