What should I see this weekend?, 3/24-3/26

ScreenerBlog

It's a slow week at the box office, with only ten new films hitting theatres. From the pens of our reviewers, here's which of them are worth seeing.

(SR)=Specialty Release

The Good

Dig Two Graves (SR): “This slow-burn thriller oozes suffocating menace as its teenaged protagonist starts poking around her family tree and finds it rotten to the root.”

Bokeh (SR): “A contemplative Malick-like drama that leans heavily on its Iceland locations and the genuine chemistry between its two young actors.”

I Called Him Morgan (SR): “An intriguing exposé of a gripping story.”

The Blah

Power Rangers: “Better than expected, worse than hoped for.”

Life: “It’s not that Life is a terrible film. It looks good. It’s acted well. There’s no concrete, workable list of problems you can address to make it a better movie. All the elements for a successful, if small-scale, original sci-fi outing are present, except for the big one: a convincing argument for why it was made in the first place.”

Wilson: “Woody Harrelson noshes on the scenery as an amiable sociopath taking a hit-and-miss stab at getting a life.”

CHIPS: “California motorcycle cops break up a gang preying on armored cars. Reboot of yet another mediocre TV series provides a small amount of painless diversion.”

Prevenge (SR): “As the psychodrama of a lonely woman with a score to settle acquires seriousness, it saps the misanthropic sense of mischief and madness, causing the movie to lose its way. Still, the gleeful post-feminist subversiveness of the premise and Lowe's willingness to explore the darkest avenues of pre-partum blues should help the modest production stake out a small niche.”

I, Olga Hepnarova (SR): “Clothed in luminous jazz-cool monochrome by first-time feature directors Petr Kazda and Tomas Weinreb, the film is an artfully austere character study pitched at the audience who made Pawel Pawlikowski's similarly retro-chic Polish drama Ida into an Oscar-winning cult hit. But this relentlessly somber Czech Republic-Poland-Slovakia-France co-production is a lesser work in both style and substance.”

The Ugly

American Anarchist(SR): “A disturbingly contentious film that seems unable to situate its subject in any historical context. For most viewers, the pic’s witch hunt against an aging schoolteacher who long ago changed his political ideas will probably have the opposite effect from what is intended, provoking more sympathy than repulsion.”