There are plenty of notable new films set to hit the big screen this week. Can’t decide which option to buy tickets for first? Here are our staff’s picks for the top three flicks to check out in theaters this weekend.
1. Freaks of Nature
It’s Halloween weekend, and that means it’s our last chance to stuff as many horror movies as possible into the remaining days until the end of the month. Freaks of Nature is the perfect way to kick off the festivites, as a horror/comedy telling the story of a small town infested by vampires and zombies under an alien invasion. It may be a borderline insane premise, but it also boasts an all-star comedic cast that includes: Vanessa Hudgens, Dennis Leary, Bob Odenkirk, Joan Cusack, Keegan-Michael Key, and Patton Oswalt.
The oddest part of this whole situation though is the fact that even with a wide release this weekend, critics have yet to widely screen the film. It’s a smaller release from Sony, and hasn’t got much in the way of a huge marketing push. Based on the various trailers floating around, it looks as though there are worse ways to spend a couple hours of your Halloween weekend.
2. The Wonders
The Wonders is already starting to generate Oscar buzz in the foreign film category, and it’s no small wonder given its early reception. The Italian-made film focuses on the coming-of-age tale of Gelsomina, a young girl living on a farm with her family. It’s a far quieter film than Freaks of Nature in terms of its content and tone, but don’t let that scare you away from what promises to be more of a think-piece than a gory thriller.
In terms of the Oscar buzz, critics across the board seem to agree. Currently, it’s scoring out at a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, with their consensus calling it “charming coming-of-age tale that doubles as a quietly effective tribute to a vanishing way of life.” Over at The Village Voice, we see a similarly glowing review, dubbing The Wonders “a beautifully smudgy sketch of both a way of living and a way of growing up.” It’s certainly not a film in the vein of Halloween, but that doesn’t make it worth any less of our time!
3. Our Brand Is Crisis
Election season is heating up here in the United States, making it the perfect time to take a look at how the political machine operates. Our Brand Is Crisis, based on the documentary by the same name, follows a campaign manager named Jane (Sandra Bullock), pulled back into the game to run a campaign in South America. In a war-torn nation, we see the intricacies of the system, and the massive stakes should the wrong candidate be elected.
Early critical returns haven’t been positive for the Bullock-led flick, sitting down around 26% on Rotten Tomatoes. That said, the overall score doesn’t tell the whole story. Most critics are calling Our Brand Is Crisis a good idea that doesn’t quite deliver, with very few venturing to say it’s not worth seeing. If nothing else, it’s an apt statement on how campaigns are won and lost, and the moral sacrifices made along the way. Rounding out our top three movies of the weekend, it leaves you with plenty of variety for the holiday weekend!
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