Films that don't really do great always perplex me. Just a decision or two and the film could have become a real failure or a real success. I just wish I could have been around while someone sat and made the final realities for these films that would eventually doom them to forum fodder. Ender's Game is on the higher end of that spectrum while The Counselor proves middling can still go lower.
|1. Ender's Game|
The middling summer release you were hoping this November, novel adaptation, would never become. Ender's game isn't a complete waste of time but if there was ever a solid rental or streaming nomination this would be it. Neither great or terrible, just absolutely mundane.
|2. All is Lost|
Few would have thought Robert Redford would be in the running for any awards this year but All Is Lost has placed him there. He's the only actor and has almost no lines which makes this different than most films you've ever seen.
|3. The Jungle Book|
A Disney classic finally released from "the vault". While I wish Disney wouldn't restrict so much of their library, and they have done so with some Netflix streaming, this vault nonsense still leaves me wondering why they do it. Either way Jungle Book is ingrained in my childhood and I may just pick this one up out of nostalgia.
|4. The Counselor|
On paper, a sure fire award winner. In reality a sad failure of vision. If there was ever proof that good actors and directors don't make a great film, this was the evidence for sure. Not every recipe is good cooking and this one should be skipped altogether.
|5. Killing Kennedy|
Based on the O'Reilly book, this thriller follows Pres. Kennedy and his eventual assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. More than any other this assassination probably inspires more conspiracy theorists.