A Theater Near You: 'Counselor' has a great cast, worth a look-see

Published on Thursday, 24 October 2013 23:14 - Written by By Stewart Smith ssmith@tylerpaper.com

Here’s what’s new in theaters this weekend.

“The Counselor”

What’s it about? A lawyer (Michael Fassbender) finds he’s in over his head after getting involved in the drug trade.

Will it be good? It’s got a heck of a cast (Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt) and the thought of Ridley Scott directing a Cormac McCarthy adaptation is exciting, even if his last couple films have been a bust. I’m keeping myself cautiously optimistic. Early word on this is that it’s the precise opposite of a mainstream-friendly film, though that really only further piques my interest in it. Chances are it’ll be frustrating but worth digging into.

Rated R for graphic violence, some grisly images, strong sexual content and language.

 

“Bad Grandpa”

What’s it about? Serial prankster Johnny Knoxville puts on elaborate old man prosthetic make up and travels the country with a young boy companion. The two secretly film their irresponsible, irreverent and shocking antics in front of unsuspecting bystanders and victims.

Will it be good? Knoxville’s antics on MTV and film are some indescribably sophomoric and often gross, and yet (even against my better judgment) I still find myself unable to refrain from laughing hard at so much of it. There’s no accounting for taste (of which these movies generally have none) but this could well end up being embarrassingly funny. Or painfully unfunny. I don’t really see there being much middle ground with a movie like this.

Rated R for strong crude and sexual content throughout, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use.