Published Apr 05, 2013Inevitably, as the weather gets warmer, insects begin to emerge once more. Keep the bugs out of your movie-going schedule this weekend by perusing some of this week's film review highlights below. When you're done, you can head over to our Recently Reviewed section for even more information on all the newest film releases.
First up is Fede Alvarez's much-talked-about Evil Dead remake (pictured), which takes a straight-faced, downright gory approach to the silly original. But in the wake of more recent cabin in the woods movies like, ahem, The Cabin in the Woods and Resolution, can a film seated in shock and stylization hold its own?
Then there's the re-release of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park in 3D. It doesn't beg whether or not the film is good, because it has obviously stood the test of time since its 1993 release, but whether the 3D aspect actually adds anything to the already famous film.
If we know that 49 million Americans are going hungry, then Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush's A Place at the Table should come as no surprise. But though hunger is inarguably a problem, are Jacobson and Silverbush telling us the full story with these characters or simply attempting to force our focus onto governmental errors?
Wayne Blair's The Sapphires is like an Australia-based Dreamgirls for the family. Focusing on three sisters (Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy and Miranda Tapsell), their cousin (Shari Sebbens) and their singing group, the film functions as a sassy feel-good movide that just might have the potential to win you over if you let it.
Lastly, we have Kirk Caouette's Hit 'n Strum, the story of Mike (Caouette), a homeless street musician, who is struck by Stephanie's (Michelle Harrison) car. She tries to buy him gifts to alleviate her guilt, but instead she gets a lesson on "the value and nobility of his cookie-cutter, anti-conformist lifestyle." Unfortunately, Hit 'n Strum may not actually have any of these qualities.
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