Coming Soon: 2 March 2018

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IS there anything worth you spending your hard-earned money to watch at the movie theater this weekend? Several films hit movie theater screens Friday, 2 March 2018. Which productions will be the ones you want to see?

If you have been paying attention to recently released movie trailers, you may have noticed the presence of advertisements pertaining to the Francis Lawrence directed mystery thriller “Red Sparrow.”

The film, originally premiering at Washington D.C.’s Newseum on 15 Feb. 2018, revolves around a Russian spy that falls in love with a CIA operative.

Even though the film is considered by many film critics as being “more stylish than substantive,” Jennifer Lawrence was praised for her performance as Russian spy Dominika Egorova.

While it is not hugely significant to the production, it should be noted “Red Sparrow” is the second film released in as many weeks to feature English actress Charlotte Rampling. Rampling, an accomplished actress in her own right, has had a prominent presence in the entertainment industry since the mid-1960s.

Last week, at least in these United States, we saw the release of the Andrea Pallaoro written and directed “Hannah.” The actress has two more productions scheduled for release later this year, “Valley of the Gods” and “The Little Stranger.” I digress…

Would I go see “Red Sparrow”? Even though I tend to watch films with substantive plotlines, there is a good chance I will watch this film, just for the opportunity to write a review.

If there is one film I am sure I will be watching, it is the Eli Roth directed remake “Death Wish.”

Based on the 1974 Michael Winner directed film of the same title, Chicago Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) becomes a vigilante when his wife is murdered and his daughter brutally attacked by robbers.

The film which serves as the source material for Roth’s remake was based on the 1972 Brian Garfield written novel of the same title.

Of course, there are some differences between the 2018 and 1974 productions, least of all being the lead character’s occupation.

In the Roth directed production, Kersey is a doctor; whereas, in the source material, the character was an architect. Interestingly, in the novel Garfield wrote, his lead character was neither a doctor nor was he an architect. The protagonist in Garfield’s novel, Paul Benjamin rather than Paul Kersey, is a certified public accountant.

Further, the setting of the production has also changed. Unlike the New York set novel and 1974 film, the remake is set in Chicago. With the new film having been set in Chicago, the feel of the production will surely feel significantly different to the one Winner directed.

If you are looking for a thriller, the Philip Gelatt directed “They Remain” could be the film for you to watch this weekend.

The film, revolving around two scientists, Keith (William Jackson Harper) and Jessica (Rebecca Henderson), who share a romantic history are tasked with investigating unnatural animal behaviour on the site of a Manson Family-style cult’s compound.

Even though there has been suggestion made the film relies heavily upon vagaries as a principle crutch, this should not justification for not seeing the film.