Spring Movies: Opening March 3, 2017

Spring Movies: Opening March 3, 2107

I’m excited about Logan since he has been my favorite X-Men character and I like that this is another R-rated superhero movie. I like the grittier ones. Before I Fall seems like a teenage Groundhog Day but with a more serious tone. The trailer for Table 19 didn’t wow me, but I do love the Duplass’ brother, who wrote it. It makes me sad that the reviews are not good so maybe I’ll wait to catch it later. Donald Cried is one of those awkward comedy movies that I would probably enjoy if I watched it, but I don’t know if I want to go out of my way to see it. I’m curious to check out Contemporary Color because of the various musical acts.

If you are feeling sappy, you can watch The Shack. It mostly reminds me that I find Sam Worthington the most bland actor currently alive. If you like a bit of cynicism in your sap, The Last Word would probably be up your alley with a grumpy old lady who everyone hates, but she turns it all around by the end of the movie. I’m only guessing since it seemed like I saw the entire film in the trailer.

The cast looks good for Wolves, especially Michael Shannon and Carla Gugino, but the premise bored me and if the reviews aren’t good, I’m not going to waste my time. I love spooky weird stuff like both Lavender and The Institute, but I guess the former is filled with ghost-story cliches and the latter by James Franco almost comes across as a spoof.

Finally, there is Catfight, which I first learned about by listening to a Doug Loves Movies podcast episode that had the writer/director of the film along with stars Anne Heche and Sandra Oh. The director and Anne Heche derailed the podcast completely and were so obnoxious they were kicked off after 20 minutes. Sandra Oh stayed on since she’s a class act and it was the weirdest episode I ever listened to of that podcast. Even after listening to that and wanting nothing to do with Anne Heche or the director, after seeing the trailer, I think it looks like an interesting movie.

Logan

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen

Directed by: James Mangold
Written by: James Mangold, Scott Frank, Michael Green

Rating: R
Length: 2 hour 17 min
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
Quick Description: Smart Action

Logan is trying to hide out while taking care of an ailing Xavier when he is forced out into the open after a young mutant with similar powers to his own appears.


Before I Fall

Starring: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Cynthy Wu

Directed by: Ry Russo-Young
Written by: Maria Maggenti, Lauren Oliver (based on a novel by)

Rating: PG-13
Length: 1 hour 39 min
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%
Quick Description: Teen Groundhog Day

A teenage girl keeps living her last day over and over again while trying to figure out if she can prevent her death.


Table 19

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Stephen Merchant

Directed by: Jeffrey Blitz
Written by: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

Rating: PG-13
Length: 1 hour 27 min.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%
Quick Description: Wedding Comedy

The very recent girlfriend of the best man still shows up to the wedding to find herself sitting at the reject guest table.


Donald Cried

Starring: Jesse Wakeman, Kris Avedisian, Louisa Krause

Directed by: Kris Avedisian
Written by: Kris Avedisian, Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman

Rating: NR
Length: 1 hour 25 min
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%
Quick Description: Awkward Comedy

A man returns to his hometown and runs into his childhood friend who seems stuck as a man-child.


Contemporary Color

Starring: Simon Bennett, David Byrne, Nika Danilova

Directed by: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross

Rating: PG-13
Length: 1 hour 47 min
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%
Quick Description: Documentary

In the summer of 2015, David Byrne put together 10 musical artists or groups to perform with 10 color guard teams across the US and Canada.


The Shack

Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell

Directed by: Stuart Hazeldine
Written by: John Fusco, Andrew Lanham, Destin Daniel Cretton

Rating: PG-13
Length: 2 hours 12 min
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%
Quick Description: Sappy

God invites a depressed, grieving father to a shack in the middle of the forest so he won’t be so sad.


The Last Word

Starring: Shirley Maclaine, Amanda Seyfried, AnnJewel Lee Dixon

Directed by: Mark Pellington
Written by: Stuart Ross Fink

Rating: R
Length: 1 hour 48 min
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%
Quick Description: Grumpy Old People

A woman who has controlled everything in her life decides she also needs to control her obituary before she dies but the writer she hires for the job finds that everyone hates the woman.


Wolves

Starring: Taylor John Smith, Michael Shannon, Carla Gugino

Directed by: Bart Freundlich
Written by: Bart Freundlich

Rating: R
Length: 1 hour 50 min
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%
Quick Description: Gambling Addiction

A teenage basketball star seems to have a bright future but he’s dealing with his father’s gambling addiction at home.


Lavender

Starring: Abbie Cornish, Dermot Mulroney, Justin Long

Directed by: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Written by: Colin Frizzell, Ed Gass-Donnelly

Rating: NR
Length: 1 hour 32 min
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%
Quick Description: Spooky Repressed-Memory Ghost Story

A therapist suggests a patient visit her childhood home when she loses her memory, but then she starts to see weird visions.


The Institute

Starring: James Franco, Pamela Anderson, Topher Grace, Josh Duhamel

Directed by: James Franco, Pamela Romanowsky
Written by: Adam Rager, Matt Rager

Rating: R
Length: 1 hour 30 min
Rotten Tomatoes Score: n/a
Quick Description: Old Timey Thriller

In 19th century Baltimore, a young woman checks herself into an institute for grief but when the treatment becomes increasingly more bizarre, she wants to check herself out but can’t.


Catfight

Starring: Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone

Directed by: Onur Tukel
Written by: Onur Tukel

Rating: NR
Length: 1 hour 36 min
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%
Quick Description: Comedy Action

Two former college friends aren’t thrilled with their own lives when they run into each other at a fancy event, which leads to fighting.

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