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What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Gatsby' & 'Peeples' To Attract Lots Of 'Sightseers' But Generate Little 'Aftershock'

The Playlist By Emma Bernstein | The Playlist May 10, 2013 at 2:23PM

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!
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The Great Gatsby Peeples Sightseers Aftershock

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

"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+

"Peeples." Directed by Tina Gordon Chism. Starring Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, and S. Epatha Merkerson. Our review: "At times, 'Peeples' says so much about communities and foundations built and enhanced by future generations that you wish it also didn't bend over backwards to present gags about nudist beaches and threesomes, not to mention repeated plays of Wade's [Robinson's] kids-centric motivational song." MC: 50 RT: 39% PL: C+


Sightseers

"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," Sarah Polley

"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

Venus And Serena
"Assault On Wall Street." Directed by Uwe Boll. Starring Dominic Purcell, Erin Karpluk, Edward Furlong, Keith David, Michael Pare, and John Heard. Our review: "To say this sort of thing is unfortunately topical is a cowardly way of saying that there's never, ever been a good time for this sort of picture with this type of moral outlook. But the age of being offended by this sort of thing might also be long gone: the only question on viewers' minds during the film's violent climax is how exactly Boll was able to get so much shoddy footage on location." MC: 24 RT: 20% PL: D-

"Java Heat." Directed by Conor Allyn. Starring Kellan Lutz, Ario Bayu, and Mickey Rourke. The Indonesia-set shoot-em-up is a study in panache, with a retro styling that hearkens past action gems. Also, Bayu is fairly strong; Lutz is... well, not. But perhaps most intriguing is the fact that Rourke's ambiguous accent requires occasional subtitling. MC: 36 RT: 0%

"Venus & Serena." Directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major. Our review: "Despite a ridiculous eye roller of a song from Wyclef Jean (who provided most of the film's music) playing over the final credits, we left 'Venus and Serena' inspired to get out in the sun and get moving. And call our siblings." MC: 66 RT: 80% PL: B


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"And Now a Word From Our Sponsor." Directed by Zack Bernbaum. Starring Bruce Greenwood, Parker Posey, Callum Blue, and Allie MacDonald. Our review: "'Sponsor' has a wonderful, sly point to make about how most ad slogans work because they flatter the listener...But most of the time...the project seems compromised by a meager budget and limited scale." MC: 36 RT: 10% PL: C


"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%


This article is related to: The Great Gatsby, Peeples, Sightseers, Aftershock, Stories We Tell, No One Lives, Venus and Serena, The Source Family


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