Cameron Crowe's "Aloha," documentary "Sunshine Superman," and "San Andreas" all open locally. Plus: Summer Movie Nights in Veterans Park kicks off Saturday.
Monday, May 25 through Sunday, May 31: See Mad Max: Fury Road again, or for the first time
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Even with it having been in wide release for a couple of weeks now, I can’t stop proselytizing for Mad Max: Fury Road. An immediate inductee into the action movie hall of fame, George Miller puts to shame nearly every other director of the kinetic arts to shame at the spry age of 70. Relentlessly paced, it still manages to find time to develop its characters (even those on the periphery) so that you care about the stakes. It’s one of the very best movies you’ll see this year, and you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t partake in its exquisite pleasures on the big screen.
Friday, May 29: Aloha, Sunshine Superman and San Andreas open locally
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Handful of decent options available to you this week or at the very least, options we have reason to be optimistic towards. Cameron Crowe has been in the cinematic wilderness for a while now in the post-Almost Famous era, busying himself with zoo purchases and documentaries about euphemistically named grunge bands, so I would love for Aloha to be a win for him. The cast is sprawling (Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride, John Krasinski) and more than capable of bringing strong source material to life. So here’s to hoping.
Pulse-pounding documentaries are few and far between, but a portrait of the father of the BASE jumping movement should be just that. Carl Boenish was jumping off of cliffs, buildings and bridges with only scant moments to deploy his parachute in an era where such things were simply not done. Sunshine Superman lays bare the triumph and tragedy of a life lived perilously on the edge.
We all love Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. We all love watching national monuments or busting cityscapes fall prey to calamitous natural disaster. Combine those two, and you’ve got San Andreas. While the movie doesn’t appear to feature a scene in which The Rock punches the faunt line back together, it does feature him attempting to crest a tsunami wave like a surfer astride a large-scale boat, so you win some and lose some. Hopefully it provides the large scale destruction and heroics we demand from such a picture.
Friday, May 29: The Big Sleep
Dusk @ Paul’s Alley Cinema (south alley of 170 S. 2nd St.) –Weather Permitting – (FREE)
While the story that director Howard Hawks and screenwriter William Faulkner sent a cable to original author Raymond Chandler to inquire as to how one of The Big Sleep’s characters met their grisly fate only for Chandler to be equally confused may prove apocryphal, it does provide context for this film’s twisty, delicious convolution. This may not be the most iconic Bogart/Bacall pairing the cinema has to offer, but it’s exquisite nonetheless.
Friday, May 29 through Sunday May, 31: Muppets From Space
10 a.m., 12:30 p.m & 3 p.m. @ Select local Marcus Theaters (purchase tickets here)
While not exactly the best exemplar of the Muppet brand, Muppets From Space is still fun for kids. Plus, it has Hulk Hogan. No other Muppets film can boast the star of Suburban Commando and No Holds Barred in its arsenal.
Saturday, May 30: Big Hero 6 kicks off Summer Movie Nights in Veterans Park
Dusk @ Gift of Wings kite store (FREE)
We’ve finally reached the point where the weather is reliable enough to start the outdoor movie season in earnest. And the Summer Movie Nights series in Veterans Park is a reliable family option for said moviegoing. While Big Hero 6 would not have been my first choice for last year’s Animated Picture Oscar, I did like it quite a bit. It’s decisively pro-science viewpoint is come about far more honestly than the pejorative Pollyannaisms of last week’s release Tomorrowland, the action is concise and kinetic, and Baymax, the giant fluffy cloud of medical and emotional assistance at the film’s center is an all-time great children’s movie sidekick. So take your kids out and enjoy a movie under the stars this weekend.