A summer blockbuster sequel, one of the worst titles of the year, one of the worst concepts of the year (Kevin Spacey is a cat!) and a rare Matthew McConaughey misfire round out the 2nd batch of movies ready for home consumption in this week’s BuRStS. Here’s the movies to buy, rent, stream and skip for the week of November 1st:
Star Trek Beyond —MOVIE HOT TAKE REVIEW—
Super Simple Synopsis: Member Spock? Member Captain Kirk? I member!
You have somehow not suffered from sequel fatigue and are a Trekkie.
The sequel fatigue is enough to make you not want to buy it but not enough to make you not want to see it.
Because you’re binge watching everything Star Trek.
J.J. Abrams only produced this one.
MHT Verdict: Buy it!
As revealed here previously, sequel fatigue has set in around these parts but this latest Star Trek was a fun ride.
Anthropoid —MOVIE HOT TAKE REVIEW—
Super Simple Synopsis: The code name for the operation to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich during WWII.
You’re a WWII movie buff.
Let’s be real: Anthropoid is fun to say even if it is a terrible title.
Cillian Murphy is usually pretty good.
Like sequel fatigue, movies about WWII have a certain level of fatigue at this point, too.
MHT Verdict: Rent it!
A solid albeit somewhat unspectacular film that was ill-fitting as summer fare.
Nine Lives —MOVIE HOT TAKE REVIEW—
Super Simple Synopsis: Kevin Spacey’s spirit gets stuck in a cat. Yup, that’s a real movie that someone paid him to make.
The YouTube cat videos have brainwashed you.
It’s got a cat in it. How bad could it be?
Christopher Walken is in it. How bad could it be?
You watched the trailer and realize just how bad it could be.
MHT Verdict: Skip it!
If you only have a limited number of movie lives, don’t waste one on this dud.
The Sea of Trees –NO REVIEW–
Super Simple Synopsis: Matthew McConaughey goes on a spiritual journey in the woods of Japan. Alright, alright, alright!
Because Matthew McConaughey is fabulous.
Gus Van Sant directs.
It’s either this or that Kevin Spacey cat movie.
Even with McCounaghey, Van Sant, Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe, The Sea of Trees scored a lowly 10% on the Tomatometer.
MHT Verdict: Stream it!
It has to be better than Nine Lives. Right?