What should I see this weekend?, 2/24-2/26

ScreenerBlog

In this week's review roundup, FJI recommends you get out to Get Out but stay far, far away from half-baked actioner Collide.

(SR)=Specialty Release

The Good

Get Out: “Comedian Jordan Peele makes an auspicious feature directing debut with this outlandish horror thriller/social satire that transforms topical racial tensions into bracing entertainment.”

My Life as a Zucchini (SR): “Director Claude Barras brings real affection to his stop-motion tale of the day-to-day lives of a group of orphans.”

The Girl with All the Gifts (SR): “Ultimately, The Girl with All the Gifts lives or dies on child actress [Sennia] Nanua's performance. She's phenomenal, by turns glib, vulnerable, disconcertingly opaque and viscerally terrifying.”

Dying Laughing (SR): “A vivid group portrait of the agony and the ecstasy of standup comedy.”

Paraguay Remembered (SR): “A soliloquy transforming the political into the personal.”

As You Are (SR): “The storytelling skills on display are not yet fully mature, and truth be told, the too-leisurely drama seems less rooted in any kind of personal experience than crafted around a studied tradition of indie screen angst. But the relationships feel deeply etched and honest; the visual compositions are sharp and often interestingly angled, without being overly fussy; and the helmer shows impressive skill at working with actors.”

The Blah

Kiki (SR): “Not as much fun as you’d expect, but an honest, if heavy-spirited, take on today’s house scene.”

Lost Cat Corona (SR): “A wandering pet prompts a hectic day of hand-wringing and soul-searching in this underwhelming shaggy-dog comedy that’s elevated by a charming cast of colorful character actors.”

Punching Henry (SR): “A likeable but underwhelming portrait of showbiz humiliation.”

Les Hautes Solitudes (SR): "Strictly recommended for hard-core cineastes only."

The Ugly

Collide (SR): “[Nicholas] Hoult and [Felicity] Jones are unable to breathe much life into their bland characters, and it’s ultimately sad to watch the former Hannibal Lecter and Gandhi reduced to playing silly tough-guy caricatures.”

Bitter Harvest (SR): “An earnest effort at recounting Stalin’s genocide of Ukrainians that is ultimately a soap opera and interchangeable with any number of horror-filled war films.”

Drifter (SR): “A cannibal thriller that runs on fumes, stuck navigating an all-too familiar genre roadmap.”