This week, as with so many weeks, the discussion has been dominated by a future blockbusters, namely Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,. but that’s certainly not the only game in town. We’ve also got the latest from Steven Spielberg, a couple of interesting thrillers, a new horror flick, and, oh yeah, that movie where Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting dead body. Check out the week’s best offerings below.
SWISS ARMY MAN
This film about a desperate man (Paul Dano) and the corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) who unexpectedly saves his life blew up at Sundance a few months ago, and now the rest of the world is finally getting a look at the footage. It looks just as bizarre as it sounds, but in surprisingly uplifting way.
Every few years, Steven Spielberg reminds us just how talented he is, and this year he’s doing it with The BFG, Disney’s adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl novel about a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). You can be as cynical about kids’ movies as you want, but this looks dazzling, and everyone in your family will want to see it this summer.
We don’t see a lot of Mel Gibson on the big screen anymore, for obvious reasons, but he’s still got some movie star swagger left in him, and this trailer seems to prove it. Gibson, fittingly, plays a kind of wreck of a man, a tattoo artist who has to protect his long-lost daughter (Erin Moriarty) from a group of thugs. This movie might prove as generic as they come, but for the moment I’m intrigued.
THE BYE BYE MAN
This horror film focuses on the titular figure: a mysterious specter who can seemingly compel people to commit violent acts as much as he wants. Horror cinema has long grappled with the “why are we so violent?” question, and while this may prove to be another forgettable meditation on that theme, it does look nice and atmospheric.
Adrien Brody is a newspaper columnist investigating a mysterious death, and the criminally underused Yvonne Strahovski is the seductress who pushes him toward the case. Certain things about this just scream “generic thriller,” but I think we could all appreciate both leads more, and as a journalist, I’m frankly very curious to see how Brody’s character manages to afford things like that tuxedo.