10 CLOVERFIELD LANE in advance of its opening. These days trailers more resemble endless spoilers that tell the entire story and give away plot points that rule out one of the prime enjoyment factors of films: surprise. First-day Friday audiences (along with those, like TrustMovies, who attend the film's first preview screening the night before) plunked their tushies down in seats in near-total mystery concerning just what kind of film they were about to see.
Dan Trachtenberg (shown above), should eventually recoup its cost and maybe do even better than that. (Plot-wise, if not box-office-wise, a sequel is almost guaranteed.)
John Goodman (above), here in role that matches his imposing size and girth; Mary Elizabeth Winstead (two photos above), who continues to be the go-to girl for just about any kind of role; and John Gallagher, Jr. (below), who manages to be funny and charismatic by refusing to push it -- have been chosen wisely and come through with flying colors.
Damien Chazelle) is, too (for the most part, anyway: our leading lady, who wants to become a clothing designer, seems to morph instead into a superhero by film's finale); and the direction serves the goal. That's all I'll say about this movie that both jumps and mashes genres. From Paramount Pictures, it opens today just about everywhere. Click here to find the theater nearest you.