ANTHROPOID || “She’s very young… still has romantic ideas about the war… war is not romantic.” You can create all the fictional villains you want, but none will ever carry quite as much weight as the real-life villain of Adolf Hitler and the subsequent war that followed. In “Anthropoid,” Cillian Murphy leads a group in an operation to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich. Presented as mostly a drama, the film’s trailer makes it feel more like a thriller.
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS || First of all, this feels solely like an Oscar venture to get Meryl Streep in something that is not “Ricki and the Flash” and that could potentially see her nominated. Secondly, it’s hard to see this released so closely after “Marguerite,” a foreign film with the exact same plot. Whenever this occurs, it feels completely unoriginal and as if the script were simply public domain. Not being a fan of Hugh Grant, either, it puts this film on the “barely need to see” watchlist.
PETE’S DRAGON || Continuing their venture to recreate their older, animated properties as bigger budget, live action fares, Disney delivers “Pete’s Dragon,” a spin on the 1977 half-live action, half-aminated film of the same title in which a young orphan boy is found in the woods along with his friendly pet dragon. What helps this particular film feel bigger is not the animation, but the impressive cast in Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard.
SAUSAGE PARTY || Not entirely sure anyone was clamoring for an R-rated animated film, but here it is in all it’s glory. “Sausage Party” is said to be Seth Rogen’s best film in quite some time, offering a look into the life of the food that we buy on a daily basis. I do have to say the trailer looks absolutely hilarious, as household food reacts to being eaten, with violence and sexual undertones running rampant.