What to Watch (And What to Skip) In Theatres This Week
The film stars Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche as the passengers of a space prison ship filled with human guinea pigs, on the edge of a black hole and, says reviewer Liam Lacey, on the boundary of body and spirit.
Jim Slotek looks at the inspirational reality-based Canadian film, The Grizzlies (B), about a Saskatchewan teacher, (Ben Schnetzer) who used lacrosse to give purpose to desperate Nunavut teens. Co-written by Graham Yost (Speed, Justified) the film features Tantoo Cardinal and Will Sasso and “a landscape that is both crushing and awe-inspiring.” Jim also talks to Nunavut-born producer Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and director Miranda de Pencier, about flipping the “white savior” teacher trope.”
The music film, Teen Spirit( C-plus), the directorial debut of Max Minghella, stars Elle Fanning as a Polish immigrant farm-girl on the Isle of Wight (not exactly type-casting) who enters an English singing competition TV show. Jim Slotek found the film more a dream-like parable about stardom than anything coherent.
For baby-sitting the kids this Easter weekend, there’s Disney’s documentary feature, Penguins (C plus), which reviewer Thom Ernst reports mixes genuinely astounding footage with needless cutesy embellishments, including a penguin named Steve, whose internal monologue is voiced by Ed Helms.
The Curse of La Llorona (D), says Liam Lacey, is a frighteningly dull horror flick based on a Mexican legend of a ghostly bogie-woman who snatches children. The film stars Linda Cardellini as a widowed social worker and Better Call Saul’s Raymond Cruz as a slightly amusing “unorthodox” exorcist.
Have a great weekend.