Friday, May 10, 2013
Best and worst movies in theaters the weekend of May 10
Why so serious? This week, the comedies flop and the dramas/thrillers prevail.
Chilling documentaries and a they-said-it-couldn't-be-done version of a classic novel make this weekend in cinema one for the intellect. Here are the 5 must-see movies and the 5 don't-see movies in theaters now:
The Great Gatsby -- Baz Luhrmann makes judicious artistic choices in his adaptation of the sublime, almost unfilmable Jazz Age novel.
At Any Price -- The “trouble on the farm” theme is taken to melodramatic heights, with fine performances from a strong ensemble cast, including Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, and newcomer Maika Monroe.
The Source Family -- This disturbing documentary is an object lesson in psychological manipulation and shows how a 1970s commune turned into a cult.
No Place on Earth -- Aided by dramatic re-enactments, this documentary chronicles the extraordinary survival story of Ukrainian Jews fleeing the Nazis.
Iron Man 3 -- The latest chapter of the Robert Downey Jr. superhero franchise veers wildly between the frivolous and the consequential.
Peeples -- This broad comedy in the mold of Meet the Parents has scattered laughs and a pleasant supporting cast but overall isn’t very memorable.
Aftershock -- This horror-disaster thriller starring Eli Roth unleashes mayhem on a group of party guys visiting Chile during an earthquake.
Midnight's Children -- Adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s prize-winning novel fails to capture the fantastical and mythic nature of the source material and is instead a flavorless feast.
The Big Wedding -- Despite a strong cast, this intended farce is slow-moving and lacks believable characters.
Pain and Gain -- This action comedy on steroids has too many stars, plot twists, and violent scenes to deliver a cohesive film.