New releases for the weekend of June 10
The wildly popular video game makes a gamble that it will be wildly popular on the big screen. Director Duncan Jones ("Moon," "Source Code") makes it intriguing, but the track record of video game movies? Oof.
"From This Day Forward"
In an intimate and of-the-moment documentary, director Sharon Shattuck takes a look at a small-town family and the impact of a father transitioning to a woman. And the family is her own. (Gateway Film Center)
Another highly personal documentary offering this week features the rise and fall of a 1980s Hollywood cult started by a charismatic teacher. The film is culled from years of footage shot by the director when he was a member.
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"From Dusk 'Til Dawn"
The Gateway Film Center's horror series Nightmares on High Street brings weekend screenings of the 1996 collaboration between two of the most maverick filmmakers of the time, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino.
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This bizarre dystopian romantic dark comedy totally held up to a repeat viewing, so I'm comfortable saying it's one of the best movies of the year so far.
"The Nice Guys"
Writer-director Shane Black's pulpy action-comedy has flown under the radar this summer, but it's as much fun as his great "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang." (3 1/2 stars)* * * Also playing:
There are moments of brilliance in this pop music, "Spinal Tap"-esque parody from the Lonely Island, but it has difficulty maintaining it over feature length. (2 ½ stars)
It's got the same overstuffed issues as several of this year's superhero offerings, but we'll place it above "Superman v. Batman" and below "Captain America: Civil War."