Upcoming Theatrical Releases
Director: Judd Apatow
R; 2 hr. 2 min.
Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin Quinn) that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo-enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment-but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something. (Synopsis by Universal Pictures)
At its core this is a standard Apatow rom-com flick. What sets it apart is the chemistry between Schumer and Hader as they navigate the vulgar female libido. As adult-themed comedies go, this is a good one. See it.
Director: Peyton Reed
PG-13; 1 hr. 55 min.
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. (Synopsis by Marvel)
The only way to play a movie like this is tongue-in-cheek, even if it suffers from the typical Marvel plot devices. This isn’t a great movie, but it could have been a much worse experience. Rent it.
Upcoming DVD Releases
Director: David Robert Mitchell
R; 1 hr. 34 min.
After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her. (Synopsis by Radius-TWC)
Simplistic and intelligent in its execution. All the right elements are in place: great scares, a stellar cast, and a deeper metaphor. One of the better films to come out of the genre. See it.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Director: John Madden
PG; 2 hr. 2 min.
Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they’ve found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) venture into the Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead. Meanwhile, Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) navigate the swirling waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two very eligible suitors, and recent arrival Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) finds a muse in Sonny’s mother, Mrs. Kapoor (Lillete Dubey) for his next novel. As his marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desai), the love of his life, quickly approaches, Sonny finds his plans for the new hotel making more claims on his time than he has available. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is Muriel, the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the big day nears, family and guests alike find themselves swept up in the irresistible intoxication of an Indian wedding. (Synopsis by Fox Searchlight)
Did you forget this existed? I did. About as bland as a movie can be despite the exceptional cast. At best, it’ll give you something to do on a slow Thursday afternoon. Skip it.