As October nears its end and Halloween approaches right around the corner (it’s on a Monday this year!?), of course we are treated to a few Halloween films. Here’s last Friday’s list of movies, including four major new releases, three of which were sequels.
Tom Cruise returns as Jack Reacher, the character of his that no one really asked for him to return for. Apparently the first film made just enough to warrant a sequel, and since apparently this based off of some well-run series, there is plenty of source material to pull from. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back features his signature fight style for a little guy and co-stars Cobie Smulders as a wrongfully accused Army Major. If Cruise wants to return as Ethan Hunt (Mission: Impossible) but every action star should probably be allowed one reoccurring action part. No one wants to see Matt Damon running around, beating people up in several different roles other than Jason Bourne, so Cruise should probably stick to one as well.
Sadly, Tyler Perry returns with the low budget Madea franchise, this time pitting his old Big Mama character against the paranormal in a Halloween version of his antics. Needless to say, this will probably play alright with its desired audiences. The other Halloween fare this week is another sequel, or prequel, with Ouija: Origin Of Evil, from director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush). With great reviews and coming off an original that was not very liked but made enough money to justify a sequel, Flanagan’s competence makes this one a must-see, as he seems to be able to turn just about any idea into something special, even a based-on-a-board game franchise.
Lastly, the comedy that is jam-packed with all the right cast but apparently falls a bit short in the laughs department is Keeping Up With The Joneses, in which Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot move in next door to Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher and turn their life upside down, when they turn out to be James Bond-like agents. All I can say is Gadot and Fisher look amazing in this and may be worth the price of admission, even if it doesn’t land any of its jokes.
Actor Ewan McGregor directs his first film in which he also stars with American Pastoral, alongside Jennifer Connolly and Dakota Fanning, in which he plays a father looking for his daughter after she is accused of a violent act. Good Kids stars Nicholas Braun and Zoey Deutsch in a film which is basically the premise of American Pie, from the people that brought you American Pie, where nerds look to let loose before they head off to college. Lastly, Moonlight seems to be the Indie film everyone is talking about this week, as it follows a young man’s struggle to find himself. Keanu Reeves stars in The Whole Truth, James Franco stars in King Cobra, and Ethan Hawke and John Travolta both star in In A Valley of Violence.
My weekend was one spent at work, which was the same as last week. I also got my first tattoo, one to which I’ve been told is fairly big for a first tattoo, but it was to honor my girls and it wasn’t too painful, so good big or go home is what they tell me. The entertainment I watched over the weekend was the epic season premiere of The Walking Dead, which is still weighing on my mind and will definitely take some time to come to terms with… I’m not sure it’ll ever quite register. But more on that later.