Upcoming Theatrical Releases
Now You See Me
Director: Louis Leterrier
PG-13; 116 mins
“Now You See Me” pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen”, a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. “The Four Horsemen” pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law. (Synopsis by Summit / Lionsgate)
The cardinal rule of magicians is to never give away your secrets. In that vein, there is little information available about this Leterrier project. There is certainly plenty of potential, given the content and the actors. All things considered, you could do worse than gambling your money on an early summer film.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
PG-13; 100 mins
A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home. (Synopsis by Sony)
On the one hand, Will Smith has figured out the formula for success. On the other hand, Shyamalan has consistently underperformed in every outing since “The Sixth Sense.” Which trend will win out? Hopefully, it’s Smith’s.
Upcoming DVD Releases
Director: Scott Stewart
PG-13; 97 mins
From the producer of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister comes Dark Skies: a supernatural thriller that follows a young family living in the suburbs. As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that the Barret family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family. Written and Directed by Scott Stewart (PRIEST, LEGION) Starring: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett and J.K. Simmons. (Synopsis by Weinstein)
A mediocre offering that never quite decides on a direction. Coupled with an absolute lack of originality, this is an easy one to skip.