At the Movies: Week of August 3

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation [PG-13], fifth and best of the Tom Cruise action series, drew more than 6 million fans last weekend to become America’s most popular movie.

Weekend of July 31- August 2, 2015
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The weekend’s top 5:
1. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation [PG-13] – Best of the Tom Cruise “Impossible” sequels, it “proves that a summer flick can be as smart as it is exciting” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).
2. Vacation [R] – Dad [Ed Helms] takes his wife and sons on a cross-country trip to Walley World. “Lazy, idiotic and gross — I laughed my ass off” (Vulture)
3. Ant-Man [PG-13] – With his spectacular shrink-suit, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) must save the world and redeem himself as a father. “Infectious, silly entertainment” (Austin Chronicle)
4. Minions [PG-13] – Silly yellow creatures in overalls find a new evil master in super-villain Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock). “A visual sugar rush for the preschool set” (The Globe and Mail)
5. Pixels [PG-13] – Former videogame champion (Adam Sandler) must defeat an alien invasion. “Cringe-worthy” (ReelViews)

Word of mouth grades from Cinemascore:

A Ant-Man
A Jurassic World
A Minions
A Southpaw
A- Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation
A- Trainwreck
B+ Mad Max: Fury Road
B+ Shaun the Sheep Movie

B+ Spy
B+ Terminator: Genisys


movie inside out

The critics most admire Pixar’s tour-de-force animated feature Inside Out 94, “a hilarious ride that delights the eye, the mind and the heart” (Marc Mohan). Thumbs also up for documentaries The Look of Silence, an examination of genocide in Indonesia, and Amy, which portrays the brief, tragic life of jazz singer Amy Winehouse. Also well-reviewed: Mad Max: Fury Road, with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, which The Guardian calls “extravagantly deranged, ear-splittingly cacophonous, and entirely over the top.”

Review scores from Metacritic
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shaun the sheep movie 2015

New in theaters this week:

Shaun the Sheep Movie [PG] – Playful, inventive animated adventure about a rascally sheep.
Ricki and the Flash [PG-13] – A guitar heroine (Meryl Streep) who abandoned her family gets a shot at redemption. Directed by Jonathan Demme, with Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield.
Fantastic Four [PG-13] – Four young outsiders with otherworldly physical powers must work together to save Earth.

On the horizon:
October 2He Named Me Malala, David Guggenheim documentary about Malala Yousafzai, who survived Taliban assassination attempt to advocate for women’s and children’s rights, and to win Nobel Peace Prize.
October 9Steve Jobs, with Michael Fassbender in the title role, directed by Danny Boyle from a script by Aaron Sorkin. Premieres at New York Film Festival.
October 16Bridge of Spies, Cold War spy drama directed by Steven Spielberg; screenplay by Joel & Ethan Coen and Matt Charman; starring Tom Hanks.
October 23Suffragette, set in 20th-century England, with Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.
November 13 Rock the Kasbah – Barry Levinson directs a glittering cast (Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson) in a whimsical comedy about a TV talent show in Afghanistan.
November 27I Saw the Light biopic of country singer Hank Williams.


telluride film festival 2015September 4 – 7 Telluride Film Festival, “a summer camp for cinephiles” (Eugene Hernandez, Indiewire) in the Colorado mountains over Labor Day Weekend, programs a small lineup of new and classic films that isn’t announced until the day before the festival begins.
September 10 – 20 Toronto International Film Festival salutes the golden age of television this year as well as contemporary cinema.
September 26 – October 11 New York Film Festival:

  • Opening night: World premiere of Robert Zemeckis’s 3D dramatic thriller The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle from a script by Aaron Sorkin, premieres Oct 9 with Michael Fassbender in the title role.
  • Closing night: Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle’s directorial debut.