Here are the Cheat Sheet Entertainment staff’s picks for the top three new movies to catch in theaters this week.
This week’s top pick is Tomorrowland — the latest kid-friendly sci-fi movie from Disney. Directed by Brad Bird, who helmed the critically acclaimed animated feature The Incredibles, Tomorrowland is a mystery adventure film about a futuristic world hidden in time and space. In the film, a world-weary former child genius named Frank (George Clooney), teams up with a precocious teenager named Casey (Britt Robertson) who stumbles upon a badge that appears to instantly transport her to “Tomorrowland” whenever she touches it. That discovery precipitates an adventure that “changes the world—and them—forever,” as stated in Disney’s official movie synopsis.
Besides Clooney and Robertson, the film also features Hugh Laurie as the villainous David Nix and Tim McGraw as Casey’s father. Kathryn Hahn and Keegan-Michael Key (of Key & Peele fame) also show up in small roles. Like the highly successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Tomorrowland derives its name from one of Disney’s theme park attractions. While it remains to be seen if Tomorrowland will spawn an entire series of films like Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl did, the film has so far gotten a mixed reception from the critics, many of whom noted some awkward plot holes.
Tomorrowland currently has 50% approval rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes who noted that while the film is “Ambitious and visually stunning, Tomorrowland is unfortunately weighted down by uneven storytelling.” Still, with everything from jetpacks to evil androids, this special effects-laden spectacle will delight fans of sci-fi and any flaws in its narrative will likely not matter that much to its target audience.
2. Sunshine Superman
Our second selection this week is a documentary about Carl Boenish, a fearless skydiver and cinematographer who is considered the founder of the sport of BASE jumping. Directed by Marah Strauch, this film is filled with stunning footage that Boenish shot himself as he jumped from buildings, antennas, spans, and natural Earth features – all the categories of objects in the BASE acronym. Unfortunately, only days after setting a BASE-jumping Guinness World Record in 1984 with his wife Jean, Carl had a tragic accident. Sunshine Superman currently has an impressive 88% approval rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes.
Our third selection this week is a quirky comedy from independent filmmaker Alonso Ruizpalacios, who directed and co-wrote the screenplay. In the film, an exasperated single mother sends her rambunctious teenage son Tomas (Sebastián Aguirre) to live with his older brother Federico (nicknamed Sombra) in Mexico City. Sombra and his slacker roommate Santos (Leonardo Ortizgris) are supposed to be attending the National University, but have been unable to do so for months due to a student strike. However, their idle lifestyle is soon disrupted when Tomas convinces them to track down Epigmenio Cruz, a legendary Mexican folk-rock singer who is supposedly on his deathbed. Shot entirely in black-and-white on a shoestring budget, Güeros is a humorous and touching tale of youth and self-discovery that currently has a stellar 94% approval rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes.
All movie cast, crew, and awards information courtesy of IMDb.
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