Another Tuesday, another new movie release day.
The Rum Diary
Synopsis: Based on the debut novel by Hunter S. Thompson. Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen’s financial benefit, or use them to take the bastards down. — (C) FilmDistrict
Cast: Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribsi
Mark’s Review: Johnny Depp has been on a roll of mediocre films lately (Rango withstanding) but The Rum Diary is a bit of a different animal. It’s very well acted and it’s got a pretty good story. It’s just a bunch of “meh”. It’s certainly worth the view if you’re a Depp fan or if you rented the movie from the Redbox…but not really buy worthy.
Synopsis: Curtis LaForche lives in a small Ohio town with his wife Samantha and six-year-old daughter Hannah, who is deaf. Money is tight, and navigating Hannah’s healthcare and special needs education is a constant struggle. Despite that, Curtis and Samantha are very much in love and their family is a happy one. Then Curtis begins having terrifying dreams about an encroaching, apocalyptic storm. He chooses to keep the disturbance to himself, channeling his anxiety into the obsessive building of a storm shelter in their backyard. But the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within the community doesn’t compare to Curtis’ private fear of what his dreams may truly signify. Faced with the proposition that his disturbing visions signal disaster of one kind or another, Curtis confides in Samantha, testing the power of their bond against the highest possible stakes. — (C) Sony Classics
Cast:Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham
Mark’s Review: On all accounts, Take Shelter is a phenomenal film. Michael Shannon is such an underrated actor (who usually gives 110% in every role he’s in). Jessica Chastain is now an Oscar nominated actress. Probably worth the rent.
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
Synopsis: Tom Six’s internationally controversial follow-up to the original cult smash, The Human Centipede: Full Sequence ups the ante with a brute force unparalleled in motion pictures today. — (C) IFC Films
Cast: Laurance R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie, Maddie Black, Kandace Kaine
Mark’s Review: If you’ve seen Part I then you know that Part II is probably worth the pass.