Out This Week: 14 May 2015

Stylized violence, Ethan Hawke, musical-chick-flick, something off the back-shelf. What're your options at the cinemas this weekend?

This weekend, moviegoers are going to be treated to some movies with a lot of buzz, and judging by their critical reception, they seem to be winners! Sure the two big releases of this weekend are a sequel and a remake, but that can also mean they will deliver both on entertainment and quality.

Mad Max: Fury Road
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Directed By: George Miller
With: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

Heads Up: The cult-classic franchise, which gave the world Mel Gibson back in the 80’s, is resurrected by original trilogy director George Miller. The movie is getting almost unanimous positive reviews – it is at 99% on Rotten Tomatoes after 70 reviews. Set in a post-apocalyptic Australian dessert where two factions of men and women are fighting for dominance and survival, this film is a must-see in the cinema.

Good Kill
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Directed by: Andrew Niccol
With: Ethan Hawke, January Jones, and Zoë Kravitz 

Heads Up: Kiwi director Andrew Niccol makes either good interesting films (Gattaca, Lord of War) or spectacular failures (The Host, In Time). His latest, Good Kill, is the story of a pilot and a family man who begins to question the ethics of his job as a drone pilot. Watch it for that man gathering the accolades: Ethan Hawke. Is there anyone who knows of him and doesn’t like him?

Pitch Perfect 2
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Directed by: Elizabeth Banks
With: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, and Elizabeth Banks

Heads Up: This sequel for the sleeper hit from 2012 is about a college “a cappella” singing group competing to win an international competition that has never been won by Americans. Reviews are mostly positive, so if you like musical comedies, you will find a lot to enjoy here.

Accidental Love
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Directed By: Stephen Greene
With: Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener, and James Marsden

Heads Up: A political satire about a waitress who accidentally gets a nail lodged in her head, ending up leading a political cause in Washington D.C. Although credited as directed by Stephen Greene, there is no such person. The original director David O. Russel disowned the film after he could not finish it the way he wanted, and after years of sitting on the shelf, the producers have assembled what seems to be a train-wreck by all accounts. So unless you can’t find tickets for any other movie (or anything else to do), avoid it — especially considering that its already out on home video.

About Abdullah Y

Abdullah Y is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is an avid consumer of everything Pop Culture; movies, TV, music, photography, podcasts, and social media. He loves to travel and to share his experiences.