Universal Pictures’ effort to reclaim its place as the Home for Horror takes a step backward with this duller-than-dull 89 minutes of your life you’ll never get back. Frankly, the board game is scarier, but only if you break the rules.
The good news is that four of this week’s new movies have ties to the area. The bad news is that they’re opening on World Series weekend, when many of us are otherwise occupied. Well, there are DVRs for the games.
The documentary “Getting to the Nutcracker” and the drama “The Umbrella Man” have won Audience Awards from the recently concluded Kansas International Film Festival and will play at the Glenwood Arts starting Friday.
Ken Burns' series "The Roosevelts" earned PBS its biggest audience in two decades, making it the documentary maker's third most popular film after "The Civil War" and "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery."
"Stonehearst Asylum," starring Jim Sturgess, Kate Beckinsale and Ben Kingsley, is a Victorian-era psychological thriller with some good twisty turns thanks to the inspiration of an Edgar Allan Poe story.
"Laggies," starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell, is a lovely lark that provides a lively consideration of the benefits of taking a break from the pressure of keeping up with the twentysomething Joneses.
Jason Schwartzman, in "Listen Up Philip," plays a frosty frothy Faustian Philip Roth-ian narcissist novelist with such an acid tongue you'll wonder if someone has spirited away the usually sweet, self-deprecating actor and stashed him in a trunk somewhere.
One thing director Peter Sattler gets right in the new film "Camp X-Ray" is the way life can entrap even without prison walls. Pvt. Cole, a young soldier played by Kristen Stewart, joins the Army to escape small-town Florida and ends up guarding Ali, a Guantanamo Bay prisoner played by "A Separation" star Payman Maadi. From scraps of conversation, you gather Cole was as eager to leave her home's mentality as much as the reality, only to find a different brand of small-mindedness and repression in this man's army.