Some say Riddick, maybe the concluding chapter of a trilogy that began with 2000’s Pitch Black and continued with 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick, is a sequel nobody wanted. Others say it’s just the studio’s way of keeping Vin Diesel happy so he’ll make yet another Fast and Furious movie.
Anyway, it opens this week, and if you’ve been pining to know what happened to the murderous Furyan who can see in the dark after he was stranded on that desolate planet, well, here’s your answer. If not, well says here it’s pretty violent.
In other news, Sarah Polley’s much remarked about documentary on her family’s hidden secrets, Stories We Tell, opens. Karen Martin says that while it’s maybe not too much information, it does meander a bit. And The Canyons — the Bret Easton Ellis-penned, Paul Schrader-directed erotic thriller starring Lindsay Lohan and the porn star James Deen — pops up at Market Street Cinema. Philip Martin says it isn’t exactly good, but it is deeply interesting in some unexpected ways.
And in his OnFilm column, Martin argues that despite the failure of a few high-profile movies this summer, blockbuster culture isn’t going away anytime soon. But, hey, we’ve made it through the summer season. Things are bound to get better.
Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full reviews.