While still in the pre-Oscars terrible movie dumping season you can’t expect greatness so its always a nice surprise when a decent movie does come out. “Kung Fu Panda 3” is getting good reviews and should be enjoyed by the whole family. It should easily take the top spot at the box office. With that exception, this week looks like another studio flea market with lots of bad films being unloaded.
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Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
Po (Jack Black) meets his long lost father Li Shan (Bryan Cranston) and the two team up to fight an evil that threatens all of China.
Big names, great animation, and a fun script are some of the things that have impressed critics about Kung Fu Panda 3. This is the best reviewed movie of the week and should do well with families.
Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Rebel Wilson
The Finest Hours (2016)
PG-13 – drama/action
Chris Pine plays Coast Guardsman Bernie Webber. A bad storm splits a ship in half and it’s up to Webber and his team to save the crew.
“The Finest Hours” is getting mixed reviews. While the action scenes of the rescue are good, the movie is slow leading up to them.
Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana, Josh Stewart, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, Kyle Gallner, Graham McTavish
Fifty Shades of Black (2016)
R – comedy
Marlon Wayans stars in a parody of “Fifty Shades of Grey”.
This film was not shown to critics which is always a bad sign. The actual “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie came off as a parody at times so it’s hard to imagine what originality a parody of a parody could bring without reaching a bit. The trailer appears to set the mark pretty low for the comedy.
Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Andrew Bachelor, Affion Crockett, Mike Epps, Jane Seymour, Fred Willard, Florence Henderson
Jane Got a Gun (2016)
R – western
Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) thought she, along with her husband Bill Hammond (Noah Emmerich) had escaped the Bishop Boys gang (led by Ewan McGregor) until her husband comes home shot. To defend her family from the gang, Jane seeks out a “gun” (Joel Edgerton) who happens to be her ex fiance (Joel Edgerton).
There are a lot of red flags with “Jane Got a Gun”. First, it wasn’t shown to critics. It went through 2 directors, 2 distributors, 2 cinematographers, a rewrite, and 4 lead actors before it was finally made. Michael Fassbender, Jude Law, and Bradley Cooper all dropped out of this film. Joel Edgerton who was originally cast as the villain John Bishop was recast as the former lover. The film was made for $25 million dollars, very low by Hollywood standards, yet isn’t expected to make that back as its forecast to only make $1 million in its opening weekend. On the plus side, you do have a bit of an odd “Star Wars” prequel reunion with Ewan McGregor (Obi Wan Kenobi) once again injuring the love interest of Natalie Portman (Padme Amidala), unfortuantly it doesn’t appear this assault will be as memorable as his light saber duel with Darth Vader.
Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich, Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro, Boyd Holbrook