One big release and three solid flicks made for nothing but winners with the upcoming week’s releases.
THE JUNGLE BOOK – Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories have entertained readers, and film goers , for years but this version skillfully blends live action and CGI to make the stories sing like never before. Mowgli is played by a young actor but the animals he lives and adventures with are mainly special effects voice by the likes of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson , and Christopher Walken. Idris Elba is on hand as en evil Bengal Tiger who makes it his mission to terrify the boy. Great stuff from Jon Favreau(Iron Man).
ME BEFORE YOU – Romantic drama about a young woman who takes a job as a caregiver for a downbeat ex-banker who has been wheelchair bound since a car accident two years earlier. She winds up making it her mission to improve his outlook and help him see life is not through with him. This may sound saccharine but it is well rendered thanks to charming leads and a nice supporting turn by Jenna Coleman(Doctor Who’s Clara Oswald) as the best friend.
ALIEN HUNGER – A park ranger and a sheriff must rescue campers from an invasion by angry aliens in this sci-fi actioner on a budget. Luckily this has tongue firmly planted in cheek , great gore effects, and lots of in-jokes(listen carefully to the names of the characters ). The film also benefits from two 80’s icons, Richard Hatch and Vernon Wells(The Road Warrior’s Wez). Stick around for the end credits which are laced with bloopers.
THE PHENOM – A pitcher on the verge of stardom suffers a breakdown while in a big game. He is shifted back to the minors where a therapist tries to help unravel his complicated past and get back to putting up zeroes. Good performances by Johnny Simons and Paul Giamatti.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.