Theatrical Releases: Deliver Us From Evil & Tammy

TAMMY || July 4th, 2014

DeliverUsFromEvil-poster Being a natural born skeptic, I find it difficult to buy into anything that is based on a true story or in this case, as the posters make it more clear than the title of the film, this is inspired by actual accounts from an NYPD officer. “Deliver Us From Evil” succeeds in creating an effectively creepy tone and offers a nice blend of mystery thriller and horror film, but as the critics stated already, it borrows a little too much from “Seven” and “The Exorcist” while never quite reaching its potential.

EarthToEcho-poster Found footage meets Steven Spielberg’s “E.T. Extraterrestrial”, in this studio jumping “Earth To Echo” which started at Disney and eventually was sold to Relativity. Putting together a group of kids that find themselves in possession of a tiny little alien looking to get home, they must battle against the odds of being discovered all while helping the alien to “phone home” if you will. Although I would probably rather just watch Spielberg’s classic again, I will still probably venture out for this at some point.
RENTAL
LifeItself-poster Roger Ebert was a mentor to me without having ever been in contact. He was an inspiration and a visionary, proving that you can still make your own path this world. He is so sorely missed right now, as I often wonder how he would feel about certain films that I find myself seeing. “Life Itself” explores this man and offers insights throughout his illustrious career, putting film critics on the map. Even though the single person documentary is played out I will see this one out of respect for him.
RENTAL
Tammy-poster Well, you cannot deny that Melissa McCarthy has fallen into a typecast that makes her the same exact character throughout all her films. Starting with “Bridesmaids” and spinning off from “Identity Thief” to “The Heat”, now she plays the weird, quirky character of Tammy in the film with the same name. “Tammy” is vague in its marketing and being a comedy, I assume this is not out of keeping secrets but of having not such a great film. Regardless, I have enjoyed most of her previous outings and for that I will give this a shot.
THEATER

America-poster With a title like “America: Imagine the World Without Her”, it is hard not to know what you are getting yourself into. In a documentary attempt to show how world history would be altered without the United States of America, the trailer for the film does little to peak ones interest besides showing clips from our illustrious history here on earth, followed by a historical reenactment of the Revolutionary War where George Washington is killed rather than helping to win the war. Since most of my history lessons happen through film these days, I am the slightest bit curious about this film.
25% MAYBE
BeyondTheEdge-poster In 1953, Sir Edmund Hilary became the first expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In the documentary “Beyond The Edge”, a mix between archival footage and a reenactment on the mountain itself, the history of the record-breaking expedition is displayed while present technology allows for a recreation of the events in 3D none-the-less. With breathtaking views and a journey that a majority of us will never encounter, this appears to be an interesting way to travel to through the unknown. But having experienced this mountain in similar films, I feel I can skip this one. PASS
Cinemanovels-poster “Cinemanovels” is a sharp looking independent film that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Exploring a daughter’s loss of her film-making father, Lauren Lee Smith plays a stoic looking lead who meanders around the trailer, at least, with little expression over even involvement. The film teases drama of whether she was close with her father and the blossoming stardom she faces with being the daughter of a high profile film-maker, but with little emotion to draw me in, this film loses me.
PASS
TheGirlOnTheTrain-poster “Strangers On A Train” gets a little bit of an independent film makeover with the new film, not so cleverly titled “The Girl On The Train”. Heavy-handed in the film noir department, a documentary film-maker meets an attractive woman on a train who asks if he will kill someone for her. Unsure whether he carries this out or not, the rest of the trailer appears to be an interrogation with “Avatar” star Stephen Lang. PASS
AHardDaysNight-poster Having never seen this film starring the Beatles, I am now sort of interested to see what the hype is all about. “A Hard Day’s Night” features the band-mates playing stylized versions of themselves as they are about to blow up worldwide. Featuring their music, this remastered, remixed version of the film is getting a theatrical release and although I am tempted to see it in a theater setting I may just wait for it to reach home video.
25% MAYBE
LekarHumDeewanaDil-poster Let it be known that over forty seconds of this trailer is production title cards. Let it also be known that I made it about another forty seconds before I could not do it anymore. Oh, Bollywood film-making, will I ever understand you. So over-the-top and unfunny, “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil” is the latest in a long line of Indian films that I simply do not understand. Half of the portion of the trailer that I endured contained inexplicable screaming at a level of incoherency. And the style of the film is so overwrought, it pains me to watch. HELL NO
MeAndYou-poster What looks like a film with the production quality of something out of the ’80s or ’90s, the trailer for “Me & You” does not have a single word of dialogue spoken throughout the entire thing. Mentioning Bernardo Bertolucci, who did classics like “Last Tango In Paris” and “The Dreamers”, this has the look and feel of those films without having the star-power to back it up. What is likely an emotional drama between the couple depicted in the trailer, this film loses me without ever uttering a single word.
PASS
Premature-poster To be completely frank, if this raunchy comedy were not Rated R, I would have checked out almost immediately. But “Premature”, which is described as “Groundhogs Day” meets “American Pie”, leans into its punches and for that I may give this film a shot. Rob (John Karna) is living the same day over and over again in which he gets hit by a car on his bike, misses an opportunity to go to Georgetown (involving the talented Alan Tudyk), and gets his first blowjob from the hottest girl in school when his mom walks in. All of this continues to happen until he can figure out how to stop it and with plenty of pretty faces, I am mostly sold.
25% MAYBE
SchoolDance-poster Who in the hell let Nick Cannon direct a feature film? “School Dance” looks like one of the dumbest “comedies” to come out in the last few decades, mixing films like “Step Up” with the Los Angeles school systems where gangs run rampant. Now add a cheesy, not funny comedy style to the film along with sad cameos from Mike Epps, Katt Williams, and Wilmer Valderrama, and to once again emphasize that someone let Nick Cannon direct a film, this film and its trailer is one of the saddest things I have ever seen.
HELL NO
Wrinkles-poster There are certain trailers that I see where I strongly wonder if they will make it to the Academy Awards as a nominee. “Wrinkles” is an adult animated film about characters living in a retirement home together. Pining to escape and dealing with life in their own ways, this movie screamed Best Animated Film nominee and would not surprise me if it showed up there. That being said, until that day comes I will probably avoid seeing this film with much more on my docket.
PASS

THEATER

  • Deliver Us From Evil
  • Tammy

RENTAL

  • Earth To Echo
  • Life Itself

MOST LIKELY CATCH ON NETFLIX (75%)

PROBABLY CATCH ON NETFLIX (50%)

MIGHT CATCH ON NETFLIX (25%)

  • America: Imagine the World Without Her
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Premature

PASS

  • Beyond The Edge
  • Cinemanovels
  • The Girl On The Train
  • Me & You
  • Wrinkles

HELL NO

  • Lekar Hum Deewana Dil
  • School Dance

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