Thursday, December 24, 2020
In this week leading up to Christmas, some of the bigger Netflix films will be showing up on your home screen, as will Wonder Woman 84 on Christmas Day (a simultaneous theatrical and streaming release).
Theater offerings include Hilary Swank going batshit crazy, and Milla Jovovich fighting some impressive looking monsters. Here's this week's movie roundup, including both theatrical releases at Harkins and Roadhouse, and streaming releases via The Loft Cinema.
FATALE—Now Playing at Harkins Tucson and Roadhouse Cinemas
Okay, I’ll say it in the first sentence: this movie is a crap fest. But it’s a crap fest that allows a good actress like Hilary Swank to go into psycho mode and, as things turn out, she makes for an okay psycho.
Swank plays Valerie Quinlan, the crazy character in this Fatal Attraction rip-off in which a lot of humans die but all bunnies are spared. Valerie meets Derrick (Michael Ealy), the story’s main character and victim of the psycho’s craziness, during a one-night stand in Vegas. She meets him again as the result of a major leap in scriptwriting logic, and that’s when the movie goes off the rails.
The film is one crazy coincidence and plot hole after another as cast members fall like dominoes with Ealy looking really sad and Swank going into crazy smile-crazy eyes mode. Liken this project to some of the low-grade stuff we see the likes of Nicolas Cage and Bruce Willis inhabiting now. Like Cage, Swank has the ability to shine in the occasional trash flick, wherein Willis just looks bored.