New in Theaters – 4/8/16

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The Boss

Academy Award (R)-nominated star Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Tammy) headlines The Boss as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget. McCarthy is joined in The Boss by an all-star cast led by Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage and Kathy Bates. Directed by Ben Falcone (Tammy), the comedy is based on an original character created by McCarthy and written by McCarthy and Falcone alongside their Groundlings collaborator, Steve Mallory. The film is produced by McCarthy and Falcone through their On the Day productions and Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy through their Gary Sanchez Productions.

Scott’s Take

As someone who has a love/hate relationship with Melissa McCarthy, this one looks like it’s more like Tammy and less like Bridesmaids. The McCarthy market over saturation continues.

Steve’s Take

Ditto.

Hardcore Henry

Strap in. Hardcore Henry is one of the most unflinchingly original wild-rides to hit the big screen in a long time: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who’s got her? His name’s Akan (Danila Kozlovsky); he’s a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy (Sharlto Copley.) He may be on your side, but you aren’t sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You’re likely going to need it…

Scott’s Take

Every single time I see the trailer for Hardcore Henry trailer, it reminds me of the countless hours I spent in the arcade as a child, watching someone else play video games. This looks like a very well made one trick pony.

Steve’s Take

So very weird. It makes me dizzy.

Everybody Wants Some!!

On the heels of his success with the groundbreaking drama Boyhood, director Richard Linklater shifts gears to sports for this comedy about a successful college baseball team that plays hard both on and off the diamond. Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechin, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Dutch, Will Brittain, and Glen Powell star.

Scott’s Take

If this is half as great as Dazed and Confused, we have a big winner. Steve has already seen it and I’ll let him steer you in the right direction.

Steve’s Take

Yes, I did see it, but I didn’t have the time for a full review. Thankfully Claudio did. Now, I will say that this one just has no plot. Yes, it is at 91%, but it isn’t for everyone. The ending is just absurd. I did love the comedy, the music and the atmosphere of that baseball team. For me, it is a 3 out of 4 stars film.

Claudio’s Take

Check out Claudio’s review here!

Demolition

Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law, Phil (Chris Cooper), to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep, Karen Mareno (Naomi Watts) and amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son, Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.

Scott’s Take

Watching the trailer for Demolition reminds me a lot of last year’s flop Aloha directed by Cameron Crowe. Not that it looks bad, actually to me, Demolition looks great.  It just looks like a really TOUGH sell. Oh well, I’ll be seeing this one on Saturday!

Steve’s Take

What a sad tale. People won’t flock to see this one, but certain guys (Scotty) will be dragged to the theater to see it.

Next Week

My pick this week is Everybody Wants Some and Midnight Special which goes wide this weekend. Next week we have The Jungle Book, Criminal and Barbershop: The Next Cut. Have a great weekend everyone.