A few big movies come out this week. I was pretty excited about Kingsman: The Golden Circle, but reviews say it suffers from the sequel curse of adding too much of what made it good before and killing the spark. I think I’ll still see it though. I always find the trailers for each LEGO movie to be not very enticing, but I laugh constantly while watching them so I’m ready for The LEGO Ninjago Movie. I am really excited to see Battle of the Sexes which should be a period piece, but some of that sexism is still around today. I feel that Stronger is the right movie to make about the Boston Marathon bombing a few years ago because it is based on a true person that suffered and not some made up hero like the Mark Wahlberg movie that came out last year.
While watching the trailer for Victoria and Abdul, I kept thinking how rude it was for the British to rule over India for so long, but that’s not the point of the movie. Judi Dench looks like the best thing in it. Finally, The Tiger Hunter looks like a cute fish-out-of-water story, Friend Request made me laugh at its usage of technology instead of making anything look scary, and Woodshock doesn’t seem to be about anything beyond looking at Kirstin Dunst through some gauzy filter.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Written by: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Length: 2 hour 21 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%
Quick Description: British sequel, now with more Americans
After the British headquarters is destroyed, the Kingsman cross the ocean to visit their U.S. counterparts.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Starring: Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Pena, Abbi Jacobson, Justin Theroux
Directed by: Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan
Written by: Bob Logan, Paul Fisher, William Wheeler, Tom Wheeler, Jared Stern, John Whittington
Length: 1 hour 41 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%
Quick Description: Another LEGO movie, this time with ninjas
A bunch of teens are secret ninja warriors that need to defeat an evil warlord, who happens to be one of the teen’s dad.
Battle of the Sexes
Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue
Directed by: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Written by: Simon Beaufoy
Length: 2 hour 1 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
Quick Description: King vs Riggs tennis match
The 1973 true story of former tennis champ, Bobby Riggs, saying he could beat the women’s number one tennis player, Billie Jean King.
Victoria and Abdul
Starring: Judi Dench, Olivia Williams, Michael Gambon, Ali Fazal
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Written by: Lee Hall, Shrabani Basu (book)
Length: 1 hour 52 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%
Quick Description: Queen Victoria makes a friend
Late in her life, Queen Victoria strikes up a friendship with an Indian clerk.
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Richard Lane Jr.
Directed by: David Gordon Green
Written by: John Pollono, Jeff Bauman (book), Bret Witter (book)
Length: 1 hour 56 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
Quick Description: Survival story
True story of Jeff Bauman who was injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and became a symbol of hope for the city.
The Tiger Hunter
Starring: Danny Pudi, Rizwan Manji, Jon Heder, Karen David
Directed by: Lena Khan
Written by: Sameer Asad Gardezi, Lena Khan
Length: 1 hour 34 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%
Quick Description: 1970 immigrant story
In the 1970s, an Indian man moves to Chicago to become an engineer, but struggles to find work. He wants to impress his girlfriend back home so he tries to play off that he’s a bigger deal in the U.S.
Starring: Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan
Directed by: Simon Verhoeven
Written by: Matthew Ballen, Philip Koch, Simon Verhoeven
Length: 1 hour 32 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%
Quick Description: Facebook ghost stalker
Weird girl starts stalking a classmate on Facebook, and even after killing herself, the stalking doesn’t stop.
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Pilou Asbaek, Joe Cole, Jack Kilmer
Directed by: Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy
Written by: Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy
Length: 1 hour 40 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 8%
Quick Description: Gauzy drug trip
A woman deals with her grief and other issues by going on a long drug trip.