Friday, July 29, 2016



This week in theaters it's all about thrills and some laughter. Two of the new wide releases are high-intensity thrillers. "Nerve" takes us on a crazy ride into the world of risky online games (no, not Pokemon GO), while "Jason Bourne" reunites us with the lovable super-spy with identity issues. If action and thrills aren't your thing, there's also the R-rated comedy "Bad Moms". In limited release, check out the drama "Into the Forest" starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood.

Synopses, details, critical reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.



Official Synopsis

The next chapter of Universal Pictures' Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA's most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.

Film Details

  • Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed, Tommy Lee Jones

  • Director: Paul Greengrass

  • Genre: Action, Thriller

  • Running Time: 123 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief strong language

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 57% (99 fresh, 75 rotten, score: 5.8/10)
  • Metacritic: 58 out of 100 (19 positive, 25 mixed, 5 negative).

The world didn't really need another Bourne movie, but we got it anyway. "Jason Bourne" may have reunited director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon for a third time, but the effects of their collaboration have diminished this time around. Since the spinoff didn't do so well, Universal must have figured they should just stick to what made the original trilogy so good, and that's exactly what we get here. More of the same. Which is both good and bad.

The action sequences are dazzling, Damon is still a convincing action star, but it doesn't help that the character's arc was mostly completed in the previous films, leaving Bourne with a mediocre and unmemorable new plot that exists only to bind together various set pieces.



Official Synopsis

Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico [Emma Roberts], has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition partnered with a mysterious stranger [Dave Franco], the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.

Film Details

  • Starring: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Samira Wiley, Kimiko Glenn, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer, Juliette Lewis

  • Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

  • Genre: Adventure, Crime, Mystery

  • Running Time: 96 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for thematic material involving dangerous and risky behavior, some sexual content, language, drug content, drinking and nudity-all involving teens

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 57% (40 fresh, 30 rotten, score: 5.7/10)
  • Metacritic: 58 out of 100 (18 positive, 14 mixed, 0 negative).

"Nerve" works a lot better than it should, mostly thanks to Roberts and Franco, who bring enough charisma and energy to keep you invested in the proceedings even when social commentary turns into routine thriller and the suspenseful moments give way to a disappointing conclusion.

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Official Synopsis

In this new comedy from the writers of THE HANGOVER, Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.

Film Details

Bad Moms Poster
  • Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Annie Mumolo, Oona Laurence

  • Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

  • Genre: Comedy

  • Running Time: 101 min.

  • Rating: R for sexual material, full frontal nudity, language throughout, and drug and alcohol content

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 64% (54 fresh, 30 rotten, score: 5.8/10)
  • Metacritic: 60 out of 100 (17 positive, 12 mixed, 2 negative).

"Bad Moms" is one of those raunchy comedies that doesn't pull any punches. It's all very hard-R, and perhaps many will be turned away by the verbal gore and bad behavior. But, the cast is perfect and the film succeeds in its subversive approach to movie moms archetypes while also delivering some softer messages regarding family bonds and parenting.


Into the Forest Movie

Official Synopsis

A worldwide power outage sends the globe toward the brink of apocalypse, forcing two sisters living in their isolated house in the Canadian woods to adapt to their new reality and fight for survival in this stirring end-of-the-world thriller.

Film Details

Into the Forest Poster
  • Starring: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Rennie, Wendy Crewson, Michael Eklund

  • Director: Patricia Rozema

  • Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

  • Running Time: 101 min.

  • Rating: R for a scene of violence involving rape, language and some sexuality/nudity

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 77% (23 fresh, 7 rotten, score: 6.9/10)
  • Metacritic: 59 out of 100 (11 positive, 6 mixed, 1 negative).

If after reading the synopsis you might be expecting to see an effects-driven post-apocalyptic thriller, you should look elsewhere. "Into the Forest" is a character-driven drama focused on delivering a more intimate look at the fall of civilization. Wood and Page deliver solid performances under Rozema's confident direction. It's not for everyone, but it's definitely worth a look.

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