Monday, June 3, 2013

Weekend Wrapup: After Earth, Now You See Me, The East

Well, at least there was "The East" this weekend. Zal Batmanglij's follow-up to "Sound of My Voice" was another story of an infiltration - in this case, Brit Marling is an agent for a private investigation firm who becomes a member of an anarchist collective that punishes corporations that cover up their illegal actions.

On the whole, the film is a solid indie thriller. And much like "Sound of My Voice," I wouldn't call the picture a great movie, but it's a good step in the right direction for the director and his co-writer.

"Now You See Me" has a lot of tricks up its sleeve, but little in the way of context or content. That being said, it's amusing enough while it lasts.

On the other hand, M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth" is a little dismal. It's not as horrendous as the director's last outing - the virtually unwatchable "Last Airbender," but it's still pretty bad.

And what's with that strange accent that Will and Jaden Smith speak? And. Why. Is. Every. Sentence. Spoken. So. Seriously. In. This. Manner?

Here are my Patch reviews.

I was looking forward to Brian De Palma's "Passion" this upcoming weekend, despite the not-so-great reviews, but it appears to have been pushed back to late August.

So, instead, this weekend I'll catch "The Internship," "The Purge" and Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing."

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