Daily Archives: November 4, 2016
Ed Gass-Donnelly’s got style and atmosphere to burn, that’s for sure. In the opening moments of his new elegiac horror-thriller Lavender, we track into a frozen tableau of police investigating a grim crime scene in a rustic farmhouse. The cops hover like statues over sheet-draped bodies as the camera glides between them, coming to rest on a petrified girl slumped against a bedroom wall, clutching a bloody razor. As she stares blankly into us, we wonder, is this girl a killer? Why would she do such terrible things?
This weekend will be a big one at the box office, as the brain trust at Marvel Studios look to launch a brand new franchise with a classic character. Will they deliver the goods again? Here’s our prediction:
Doctor Strange is yet another new piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe about to be carved out. Directed by horror regular Scott Derrickson, the film follows Stephen Strange, a noticed surgeon who has lost the use of his hands, into the supernatural, spiritual side of the MCU. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Strange and, while he looks the part, it’s definitely going to be interesting to see how much the actor is able to claim ownership on the character a la Chris Evans or Robert Downey Jr. As of this writing, the film is sitting at 90% fresh over at Rotten Tomatoes, which is simply outstanding. How will this translate at the box office this fall? Methinks fairly solidly, though not spectacularly. Look for a first place showing for Doctor Strange with $101 million.