The Netflix series returns to the Upside Down for its second season, as the 'Saw' franchise goes up against George Clooney's 'Suburbicon' in theaters.
The long-running Lionsgate franchise — which sees the titular serial killer Jigsaw subjecting people to fatal puzzles — gets a fresh makeover, with a new storyline and new characters. Michael and Peter Spierig direct the seventh film, again featuring a score by Nine Inch Nails musician Charlie Clouser.
John Kramer, the inventive psychopath named Jigsaw (played by Tobin Bell), died five films ago and this edition picks up 10 years after his supposed death. According to THR's review, the various torture contraptions aren't "particularly clever" and moviegoers are likely to "tired after suffering through the film's convoluted twist ending." Still, genre fans will be satisfied by the gore.
George Clooney directs the crime-comedy starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac. Written by the Coen brothers, the Paramount title takes place in a quiet family neighborhood filled with larger-than-life characters who are all rattled by a suspicious home invasion. It is based on a true story of a couple in Levittown, Pennsylvania, in the 1950s.
However, THR's review warns, "In the hands of director George Clooney, the material has some nasty charms, for sure. But it pushes too hard from the start, then steadily goes off the rails from dark to dyspeptic, lacking the originality, bite or tonal consistency to make up for dipping from a very familiar James M. Cain well. Its bigger problem is a timely subplot about virulent racism among white Americans that comes off as a mishandled afterthought."
Miles Teller stars in the Universal drama as a Iraq War veteran who struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder while trying to integrate back into family and civilian life. American Sniper scribe Jason Hall makes his directorial debut with the adaptation of David Finkel’s 2013 book. Amy Schumer and Haley Bennett are also featured in the cast.
"It's an important film representing a large percentage of our country and not just veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, but mental illness in general," says Teller. "It's something we don't understand, but we've been sending guys to war for centuries and we don't know how to bring them back. This movie will help people understand what these very young women and men are going through. It's tough stuff. This will help bridge that gap between civilian and soldier."
Blake Lively stars in the psychological thriller as a woman who was blinded as a child but later undergoes a successful corneal transplant to restore her sight. However, she then discovers that clarity of vision exposes the cracks in her marriage to her husband, played by Jason Clarke. Marc Forster directs the movie, which also features Yvonne Strahovski and Danny Huston.
However, THR's review called it "blind boredom" with a "tonally vague script" that morphs "from sluggishness to confused ludicrousness, as it turns into a thrill-deprived thriller. ... Whatever is happening onscreen, there's very little here to engage the mind, making it more tempting to close your eyes and surrender to the blind blur of sleep."
The Sony Classics drama stars Margaret Qualley as a young woman who is training to become a nun, but struggles with issues of faith, the changing Catholic Church and sexuality during the early 1960s and the era of Vatican II. During that controversial period, over 90,000 nuns left their orders for a variety of reasons. Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson and Dianna Agron co-star in the film.
The drama is written and directed by Maggie Betts, who said she "was really interested in the nuns in the convent as a symbolic exploration of the way that women love, and all the various things women put themselves through." THR's review called it "sexy ... as well as being stylish, impressively performed and intellectually ambitious."
Tthe documentary about the prolific writer aims to unearth a treasure trove of archival footage and features filmmaker Griffin Dunne talking at length to his “Aunt Joan” about the eras she covered and the eventful life she’s lived, including partying with Janis Joplin in a house full of L.A. rockers, hanging in a recording studio with Jim Morrison and cooking dinner for one of Charles Manson’s women for a magazine story.
THR's review called it "a disarming portrait of the octogenarian writer whose intellectual powers have clearly not dimmed even as she's become physically frail. The filmmaker's closeness to his subject makes his film more interesting for its personal than informational aspects."
Just in time for Halloween, Stranger Things launches its highly anticipated second season on Netflix. The Duffer brothers have ramped up the scares for the eight-episode sci-fi sequel, a follow-up to last summer's TV sensation that streamed the Upside Down world of Barb, Eggos and '80s nostalgia into homes everywhere, spawning breakout stars in Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Woldhard.
When Hawkins kids return, including Eleven (Brown) and a rescued Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), the official season-two description teases a "bigger, sinister entity" threatening those who survived one year after the events of the first season. "We want the fans to be surprised as much as they can when they actually watch the show," said Ross Duffer of not reading too much into the trailers and the surprises that are in store.
NBC's twisty FBI mystery series moves to a new night when it returns for season three. There are new tattoos to decipher when the premiere jumpes ahead 18 months after the shocking flash-forward that capped season two, revealing that Jane (Jaimie Alexander) and Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) had gotten married.