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

New in Theaters May 31: After Earth, Now You See Me

View Chris Kavan's Profile

By Chris Kavan - 05/30/13 at 03:58 PM CT

Memorial weekend was a big win for Hollywood with Fast Six, Epic and even the disappointing Hangover III opening to big numbers. The momentum is there and this week two films will try to make their mark at the box office: a sci-fi actioner and crime thriller with a magic angle. The only issue is the box office is getting quite crowded - so with so many different choices, it's going to be tougher for middle-of-the-road films to make an impact. What chances do the two films have this week?

AFTER EARTH When I saw the director of this film, I admit I took a double-take. The last three films from M. Night Shyamalan have been a disastrous adaptation (The Last Airbender), a horrendously scripted and acted nature "horror" story (The Happening) and a pretentious mess (The Lady in the Water). While I still have misgivings about After Earth, this could be the one that brings the director back into my good graces. He has not just Will Smith, but his son Jaden as a father returning to his family after an extended military tour and a son who just wants to be a hero like his father. Guess what? He gets that chance when their ship crash lands on Earth - an Earth that has been abandoned by man for 1000 years and is quite changed as a result. I like the visuals I have seen from previews - good creatures design, plenty of lush scenery (CGI and otherwise) and a compelling relationship between father and son. While Smith often chooses "safe" projects, he rarely disappoints. While I doubt this is going to have the impact of Iron Man 3 or even Star Trek Into Darkness - it still looks worth checking out.

NOW YOU SEE ME This is the kind of smart crime thriller that won't probably do extremely well at the box office but should still come out on top with foreign grosses and home video thrown in. Don't get me wrong, I think this movie should succeed. If nothing else, it has a killer cast: Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Mélanie Laurent and Michale Caine - young and old unite. The teasers have me intrigued as a group of magicians pull off a seemingly impossible bank robbery half a world away from their venue. I'm thinking a mix of incredible technology and the real trick (or should I say.... ILLUSION) of every magician - misdirection. I don't know if the film is going to be half as smart as the trailers let on, but even if things get muddled, I can't imagine you'll be bored with the caliber of actors involved. I might not get to see it in theaters, but it's one I am keen to watch.

With a few weeks already in the bank, summer really is going into full swing. Blockbusters come and go, but it's the movies with staying power that truly make their mark. We'll see what films are still on top this Sunday and how these new entries compete.


Avoid spam Captcha: Sign Up + or Log In +   

Recent Blog Posts

All Posts

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

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
Movies I Want To See by Rod
Movies I've Watched by Chris Ghost
Movies I Want To See by OracleElizabeth
movies of 2019 by skater4159
Movies First Seen in 2018 by royaluglydudes
Movies of 2017 by Stoney McStonerson
Best films of 2009 by Daniel
The Films of the Coen Brothers by SIngli6




Contact FilmCrave Public Relations    

Advertise and Business

Developer API

Contact Us


About us



Support FilmCrave

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use


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