Joe's Movie Picks-Week of June 27
The big movie opening this week in Indianapolis is “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” Initially looked upon as one of the big releases of the summer (given the blockbusters the first three entries were), it was not screened for local critics, which is often a sign the movie is not very good. I can't yet offer an opinion, but I'll be hitting the 9 pm Thursday screening and offer my opinion Friday morning at The Film Yap. Also opening this week in Indianapolis is "Obvious Child," starring comedian Jenny Slate, who was previously best known for her short stint in "Saturday Night Live," where she dropped an F-bomb during the broadast. She's earning raves for this small comedy centering on her pregnancy and the potential early termination of such. My partner Christopher Lloyd calls it "an honest, funny and brave portrait of a young woman trying to navigate her way through life" in his review. "Obvious Child" is playing at Keystone Art Cinema starting this week. Also playing Keystone Art Cinema June 27-28 is "The Room," part of the "Midnight Madness" film series. If you haven't seen "The Room," you owe it to yourself to check out this hard-to-describe film that falls into the so-bad-it's...well, REALLY bad category. It's a movie any cinephile worth his or her salt should see at some point in their life, so why not this weekend? If you like your movies of the outdoor persuasion, head over to the Indianapolis Museum of Art this weekend for their "Summer Nights" series. This week they're screening "The French Connection." Another really fun evening. Bring your own picnic, some bug spray, and someone you love, and have a good time under the stars! If you want to stay in, you have a few options on home video, including "300: Rise of an Empire," the somewhat underwhelming sequel to Zack Snyder's "3o0." You get more sandals, more swords, and more sweaty, gritty sex and violence. Also new is "Enemy," starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Denis Villeneuve, who directed last year's "Prisoners," the tremendous kidnapping film that also starred Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman. If you're a fan of seeing movies for free, The Film Yap has free passes to two movies running next week. The first is "Tammy," the comedy starring Melissa McCarthy of "Bridesmaids," which screens Monday, June 30 on Indy's northeast side. The other is "Earth to Echo," a film I have seen and have pretty strong feelings about (sorry, but I can't divulge those feelings quite yet), which screens on the northwest side of town Tuesday, July 1. Click the respective movie titles on how you can enter to win passes for yourself and a guest to either or both of these screenings! That's it for this week! Be sure to let me know what you've been watching, and until next time, let's go see a movie. About Joe: Joe Shearer is the co-owner of The Film Yap, a collection of Central Indiana’s Premier Film Geeks, along with former Indianapolis Star A&E editor Christopher Lloyd. He wrote movie reviews for INtake and indy.com The Magazine and has written for publications like MovieMaker Magazine, the Indianapolis Star, and Indianpolis Monthly. You can read more of Joe’s work and all of the latest in movie reviews, interviews, commentaries and other movie coverage, as well as free movie pass giveaways and more, at www.thefilmyap.com.