Create Game Lists on MeltedJoystick.com
FilmCrave home
   Movies  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  
 
  Login Using Facebook
Twitter
 
     

New in Theaters January 27: A Dog's Purpose, Gold, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

View Chris Kavan's Profile

By Chris Kavan - 01/26/17 at 06:37 AM CT

While 2017 hasn't had the most glamorous of openings, last week truly gave us a win thanks to the performance of M. Night Shyamalan's Split. This week brings us three new films to add to the mix - the emotional A Dog's Purpose - which faces controversy that could affect its outcome, the purported final film in the Resident Evil franchise and another people you love-to-hate drama in Gold. In addition, thanks to the Oscar nominations both La La Land and Moonlight look to expand and capitalize on their popularity. We'll see how close things are and if Split can maintain a decent second weekend amidst the competition.

A DOG'S PURPOSE Until very recently, I would have said that A Dog's Purpose, with its emotional core, about the multiple lives of a dog trying to reconnect with its original owner, would be a shoo-in for the box office crown. However, things for A Dog's Purpose has taken a darker turn when video was posted of a German Shepherd on set looking to be forced in to a pool against its will and also going under for a short period. PETA has been all over this footage and called for a boycott while various people involved with the film (including the author of the novel and one of the producers) have come out trying to provide context and both decrying and defending the actions. Granted, the studio, in part, is trying to scramble and save face but it's too bad, as the film seems like a truly compassionate film when it comes to man's best friend. The film stars Josh Gad (as the voice of the various dogs) along with Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, Peggy Lipton, Logan Miller, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby and Pooch Hall. I still think the film will probably win the weekend, but I also think the bad press is likely to temper the expectations. Still, I expect plenty of tissues to be broken out as it looks like a weeper.


GOLD Gold looks to follow in the steps of recent films like The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short in which we follow a prospector (Matthew McConaughey) who teams up with a geologist (Edgar Ramírez) in order to find gold in the jungle of Indonesia. Now, that sounds like a setup for some kind of comedy/adventure type film, but make no mistake - this is cut-throat all right - but not in the way you think. McConaughey's Kenny Wells must navigate something much more difficult than a jungle - he must contend with backstabbers, politicians, criminals and people he can hardly stand that he calls friends. Now, Gold also looks a lot like a watered-down version of Wolf of Wall Street (and when you're going up against Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio... well, it's hard to compete with that). I guess director Stephen Gaghan took some inspiration but also has some big shoes to fill. Gold looks competent and entertaining but I also don't think it looks like it's going to break out. I predict good but not great results for the film.


RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER The Resident Evil video games have been going strong since 1996 (and just released the latest game earlier this week) while the film series started in 2002 and has enjoyed a solid run. Based on the title, this appears this is going to be the last film in this series (but final doesn't always mean final - Friday the 13th anyone?). Milla Jovovich is once again front-and-center as the enhanced Alice - who is now one of last survivors of humanity following Umbrella Corporations successful zombie outbreak that has ravaged the world. The Final Chapter picks up immediately following the events of Retribution - which is funny, as Retribution came out over four years ago. I have seen most of the Resident Evil - but haven't 'seen Retribution as of yet. As far as I'm concerned, while the series started off strong - and echoed the games somewhat but as they went on they just lost their way, becoming much more action and sci-fi oriented and kind of leaving the whole horror part behind. Thus, I am thinking this Final Chapter is going to go out with more of a whimper than a bang.


Those are the new releases coming out this weekend. With Oscars on the mind, it will be interesting to see how the awards contenders stand up the competition and whether Split can make it a decent second week or if all the excitement has been burned off. I'll be back Sunday with the results.

Comments
0 comments
Name: 

Avoid spam Captcha: Sign Up + or Log In +   
 
Bloggers
Recent Blog Posts
Archive

All Posts

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

 
Log In
Help on how to log into FilmCrave
Login with Facebook
Login with FilmCrave
 
 
What Members Are Doing
Movie Talk
New Movie Reviews
New Movie Lists
2012 by Karmand
Top Movie List by cacb3995
Top Movie List by Seth
Top Movie List by SIngli6
Movies I watched for the Nth time by Rod
Watched in 2017 by tonks76
Movies of 2017 by Stoney McStonerson
Fantastic French Films I Have Seen by Chris Kavan

 

 

 

Contact FilmCrave Public Relations    

Advertise and Business

Developer API

Contact Us

Jobs

About us

SiteMap

 

Support FilmCrave

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use

Privacy

   
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  
Are you sure you want to delete this blog?