Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Paul Thomas Anderson Says 'Edge Of Tomorrow' Is "F*cking Great," Also Loves 'Grand Budapest Hotel'  Paul Thomas Anderson Says 'Edge Of Tomorrow' Is "F*cking Great," Also Loves 'Grand Budapest Hotel' 10 Unaired TV Pilots By A-List Directors That We Want To See 10 Unaired TV Pilots By A-List Directors That We Want To See 'Kick-Ass' Creator Mark Millar Says A Hit-Girl Solo Movie Was Once In The Works With 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans 'Kick-Ass' Creator Mark Millar Says A Hit-Girl Solo Movie Was Once In The Works With 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot 30 Films You Forgot Were Oscar Winners 30 Films You Forgot Were Oscar Winners Watch: Tom Hardy & Gary Oldman Face Off In The First Trailer For Thriller ‘Child 44’ Watch: Tom Hardy & Gary Oldman Face Off In The First Trailer For Thriller ‘Child 44’ The 10 Best Films Of 2005 The 10 Best Films Of 2005 Review: Documentary 'Night Will Fall' Is A Powerful Reminder Of The Horrors Of The Holocaust Review: Documentary 'Night Will Fall' Is A Powerful Reminder Of The Horrors Of The Holocaust Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Snitch' & 'Dark Skies' To Have A 'Stand Off'

The Playlist By Emma Bernstein | The Playlist February 22, 2013 at 5:32PM

Oh thank heavens. Finally, it's Academy Awards weekend. On Sunday evening, we'll all tune in to watch a parade of the anoited in sparkly haute couture gowns and even sparklier diamonds hand out golden statues of little nude men. And groan and nod sagely and screech out, "I told you so!" as the winners are announced. And be utterly thankful that at long, long last the awards season is over.
1
Snitch Dark Skies

Oh thank heavens. Finally, it's Academy Awards weekend. On Sunday evening, we'll all tune in to watch a parade of the anointed in sparkly haute couture gowns and even sparklier diamonds hand out golden statues of little nude men. And groan and nod sagely and screech out, "I told you so!" as the winners are announced. And be utterly thankful that at long, long last the awards season is over. Minus the sad fact that Jennifer Lawrence probably won't be dispensing bon mots with the same frequency; the "Catching Fire" press tours can't come soon enough! So, if you're all caught up with the Oscar contenders, and have watched enough GIFs of J-Law to make your eyes bleed but are itching for something to do before Sunday's gala, there's always the awards un-hopefuls debuting in theaters this weekend. Kids are creepy; The Rock is a government snitch; Brendan Fraser is back for seconds, this time in live action; and writer-director-actor-Lena-Dunham-friend Alex Karpovsky tops that by having TWO movies out on the same day. Ballots in, folks -- tell us what you'll be watching in the comments below!

Dark Skies

"Dark Skies." Directed by Scott Stewart. Starring Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett, and J.K. Simmons. Our review: "The ultimate alien abduction movie, something that could do for peaceful nighttime slumbers what 'Jaws' did for a day at the beach, has yet to be produced and 'Dark Skies,' a new sci-fi horror thingee that grafts the alien abduction theme onto what is essentially a loose remake of 'Poltergeist,' certainly attempts such a feat. And it is pretty scary. Unfortunately, all its hard work is undone by a bewilderingly goofy ending that is roughly the cinematic equivalent of an unwanted anal probe." Metacritic: no score yet Rotten Tomatoes: 33% The Playlist: C

"Snitch." Directed by Ric Roman Waugh. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jon Bernthal, Barry Pepper, Michael K. Williams, Benjamin Bratt, and Susan Sarandon. Our review: "Is this some bargain basement action thing or is it actually attempting to thoughtfully investigate both the role of drugs in American society and the somewhat haphazard way in which those infractions are being prosecuted? As it turns out, neither: 'Snitch' is just a big, dumb, ugly-looking waste of time, one that turns one of cinema's most charismatic heroes into a restless drone." MC: 53 RT: 51% PL: D

Red Flag
"Red Flag." Directed by and starring Alex Karpovsky. Also starring Jennifer Prediger, Onur Tukel, and Caroline White. Our review: "It’s a fun, laugh-out-loud dark comedy, and proves that Alex Karpovsky and crew have made their mark." MC: 64 RT: 82% PL: B+
 
"Rubberneck." Directed by and starring (again!) Alex Karpovsky. Also starring Jaime Ray Newman and Amanda Good Hennessey. Our review: "Karpovsky makes a valiant attempt to inject introspection and intellectualism to a genre defined by bloodshed and boobs, but 'Rubberneck' is a thriller too drab and self-obsessed to ever be truly thrilling." MC: 54 RT: 50% PL: C

"Stand Off." Directed by Terry George. Starring Brendan Fraser, Martin McCann, Yaya DaCosta, David O'Hara, and Colm Meaney. Our review: "The movie is toothless and cute enough that it will easily win over art house audiences who don't like to be challenged or hassled. But everyone else will find 'Stand Off' banal and aggravating." MC: n/a RT: no reviews yet PL: D

Whole Lotta Sole
"Inescapable." Directed by Ruba Nadda. Starring Alexander Siddig, Marisa Tomei, Jessica Anstey, and Joshua Jackson. Ah yes -- another "Taken" doppelganger. Father blah blah daughter abducted blah confronting a violent past and lots of dudes with guns blah BANG! EXPLOSION! Set in South Africa. MC: 34 RT: 22%

"11 Flowers." Directed by Xiaoshuai Wang. Starring Liu Wenquing, Wang Jinchun, and Yen Ni. This coming-of-age-meets-murder-mystery tale succesfully captures its young protagonist's worldview -- it is, after all, a story firmly rooted in the director's childhood -- but drags a bit along the way. MC: 71 RT: 100%

"Future Weather." Directed by Jenny Deller. Starring Perla Haney-Jardine, Amy Madigan, Lili Taylor, and William Sadler. Balancing female melodrama and environmental crusading can be tough, but Deller manages a delicate blend that also showcases promising new talent in Haney-Jardine. MC: no score yet RT: no score yet

This article is related to: Dark Skies, Snitch, Red Flag, Stand Off, Inescapable


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates