Welcome to Annotate This, where we concisely gather reviews, trailers, and annotate the posters for movies heading to your local cineplex or art house theater this week. Click on the image above to add your comments to the mix.
The Great Gatsby
This movie garnered so much hype before its release, they even turned it into a book, which I've heard is mainly based on the soundtrack. One reviewer had to use razzle-dazzle and razzmatazz in the same sentence. Our review by Rich Juzwiak is here.
Stories We Tell (Limited Release)
Directed by Sarah Polley, who also made the wonderful/heartbreaking Take This Waltz, this is a truth-bending film about documentary, story-telling, and family secrets. It's elegiac and exuberant and entertaining.
No One Lives (Limited Release)
With an original premise, a vicious gang captures a seemingly normal couple and entombs them in an abandoned cabin. Twists abound! And yes, you read right—this movie comes from "the director of Midnight Meat Train."
He's Way More Famous Than You (Limited Release)
In what reads like an elongated Jennifer Lawrence-in-real-life impression, Halley Feiffer plays herself. As she tries to revive her starlet status amid the movie industry's vicious popularity contest, He's Way More Famous Than You both makes fun of its crassness but spouts a lot of crassness. It's been called unhinged, in a good way.
Venus and Serena (Limited Release)
Sightseers (Limited Release)
And Now a Word from Our Sponsor (Limited Release)
Assault on Wall Street (Limited Release)
In this movie, an average New Yorker loses "everything" when the economy crashes. Therefore, a revenge story. For an idea about its complexity, its subheading is three words offset by periods: "POWER. GREED. JUSTICE."
Aftershock (Limited Release)
Eli Roth presents and co-wrote Aftershock with director Nicolas Lopez. It's an adventure-travel-horror story about an American tourist in Chile, who meets some gorgeous female travelers. When everything seems to good to be true, there will be a disaster.