New films in theaters this week:
— “Delightful Water Universe” (not rated), a conspiracy-thriller/comedy from local filmmaker Trent Harris.
— “Earth” (rated G), a nature documentary culled from the television miniseries “Planet Earth.”
— “Fighting” (rated PG-13), a street-fighting drama starring Channing Tatum.
— “Gigantic” (rated R), a quirky character comedy-drama featuring Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel.
— “Hunger” (not rated), a drama based on the real-life, 1981 hunger strike in Northern Ireland.
— “The Informers” (rated R), a multi-character tale based on the short stories by Bret Easton Ellis.
— “Obsessed” (rated PG-13), a revenge-thriller starring Ali Larter and Beyonce Knowles.
— “The Soloist” (rated PG-13), a fact-based drama starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx.
Neither “Fighting” nor “Obsessed” were widely screened for critics. And unfortunately, a problem with the digital print prevented me from seeing “The Soloist” in its entirety. (I did enjoy the 20 or so minutes I saw, though.)
Surprisingly, the noxious “Informers” was shown to critics. It’s awful and features the most unlikable film characters in quite some time.
And both “Gigantic” and “Delightful Water Universe” are quirky to a fault. As always, Harris’s fans may find things to like in his movie, however.
“Hunger” is very graphic in its depiction of prison abuses. For those who can withstand its visual assaults, it is very powerful material.
Poster art courtesy DisneyNature
The week’s best movie is “Earth,” a worthy successor to Disney’s “True Life Adventures” shorts. While much of the footage has been seen before, it’s even more breathtaking on the big screen.
Which, if any of these movies, fit into your weekend viewing plans?