Out This Week: 28 April 2016

Jeff Nichols and Jeremy Saulnier on the same weekend!

This weekend has several mid-level films with a bunch of A-list cast. There are films in different genres for all tastes, and luckily we have not one but two must-see films, so let’s check them out:

Mother’s Day
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Directed by: Garry Marshall
With: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, and Jason Sudeikis
Heads up: So here is the synopsis: three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother’s Day. Vague and generic? Welcome to Garry Marshall‘s world! After all, he is the same guy who gave us Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. These films are disposable chick-flicks. Still the cast is amazing, and at worst it will be harmless and forgettable good time, so why not!

Bastille Day
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Directed by: James Watkins
With: Idris Elba, Richard Madden, and Kelly Reilly
Heads up: A young artist and former CIA agent embark on an anti-terrorist mission in France. Idris Elba as a special agent; sign me in! So he is not the new 007, but judging from the trailer, this looks like so much fun. Also “Robb Stark” is playing his wing-man which is an added bonus.

Midnight Special
Midnight Special

Directed by: Jeff Nichols
With: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, and Adam Driver
Heads up: A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child’s special powers. Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter and Mud) is a young director with an impressive resume, and this film was received just as well as his previous films. This is my top pick of the week.

Green Room
Green Room Poster

Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier
With:   Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, and Patrick Stewart
Heads up: After witnessing a murder, a punk rock band is forced into a vicious fight for survival against a group of maniacal skinheads. Director Jeremy Saulnier impressed the cinephiles with his directorial breakout film Blue Ruin two years ago, now he is at it again only with a bigger cast. Green Room is getting as much love as his previous film, so I would highly recommend checking out this film as well.

I am Wrath

Directed by: Chuck Russell
With:  John Travolta, Christopher Meloni, Amanda Schull, and Rebecca De Mornay
Heads up: A man is out for justice after a group of corrupt police officers are unable to catch his wife’s killer. For a second week in a row we get a B-movie starring a former A-list star, and this time around it’s Travolta‘s turn to wreak havoc to avenge his wife’s murder. This is purely a stupid action film, and I’d only recommend it for the fan of that genre.

Baaghi Poster

Directed by: Sabir Khan
With:  Shraddha Kapoor, Tiger Shroff, and Sudheer Babu
Heads up: Ronny and Siya are two rebellious 20-somthing who meet and fall in love in a disciplinary school in Kerala. Years later Ronny has to team up with Raghav his old nemesis from school to rescue Siya, who was abducted by a gang in Thailand where she is kept as a prisoner in a tower building. This film looks like a hodgepodge combination of The Karate Kid and The Raid. I don’t think it will be any good, so avoid! Or let me know in the comments if I am wrong.

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