Some weekends are just perfect for dishing out oodles of death and destruction. This one, for instance, brings us a theater schedule that features all manner of gory violence and evil plotting, followed by some good old-fashioned, cold-blooded killin' sprees. We have revenge-hungry assassins, period piece murder, vacationing serial killers, natural disaster fatalities, and a deadly hang-gliding accident. Plus, the Williams Sisters totally kill it on the tennis court. And there's always the chance that David Alan Grier might off Craig Robinson for trying to wed his daughter in the latest "Tyler Perry Presents" movie. Frankly, the debut of B-grade bloodbath "No One Lives" could not be better timed, its title capturing the mood and material of this release slate with judicious pith. With that in mind, we'd like to know, dear readers: which homicidal stories pique your debauched interest? Or will you be hanging with F. Scott Fitzgerald instead? Tell us in the comments below!
"The Great Gatsby." Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, and Isla Fisher. Our review: "With the sound off, Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' surely looks as radiant and extraordinary as some of the most dazzling movies ever committed to celluloid, but with the sound up and the experience on full volume, the movie is mostly a cacophony of style, excess and noise that makes you want to turn it all down a notch...or three..." Metacritic: 55 Rotten Tomatoes: 46% The Playlist: C+
"Sightseers." Directed by Ben Wheatley. Starring Steve Oram and Alice Lowe. Our review: "'Sightseers' homicidal holiday isn't just a pitch-black comedy made with skill, will and brains; it's also another demonstration that Wheatley is, to use an all-too-appropriate phrase, going places." MC: 66 RT: 82% PL: A
"Aftershock." Directed by Nicolas Lopez. Starring Eli Roth, Andrea Osvart, Ariel Levy, and Nicolas Martinez Zemborain. Slow to pick up any speed and sporting lots of violent (albeit imaginative) deaths, this disaster film never strays too far from the formula fence. MC: 40 RT: 39%
"Stories We Tell." Directed by Sarah Polley. Our review: "Fans of Polley's work to date will be delighted by a documentary that serves simultaneously as a gripping mystery, a moving record of a family and a fascinating investigation into the nature of truth, memory, and the documentary form itself." MC: 91 RT: 93% PL: A-
"No One Lives." Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. Starring Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Lee Tergesen, and Derek Magyar. Our review: "Almost coming off like an academic blueprint of what a serial killer movie should look like, rather than anything with a distinct voice or authorial hand, 'No One Lives' shocks by virtue of being completely uninteresting." MC: 26 RT: 14% PL: D
"The Source Family." Directed by Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille. This doc about Jim Baker's 1970s Hollywood cult is chock full of archival material and engaging interviews, but never seems to find a direction or make much of an argument. MC: 57 RT: 73%