Plus: "Cold Light of Day"
Judging by the trailer (it wasn't screened for review, so we're guessing here), "Branded" looks like a dystopian satire of a future where huge corporations have enslaved the populace with advertising messages. The part where the futuristic satire takes place is that giant monsters made of burger-chain sandwich wrappers and soda bottles go berserk and lay siege to humankind. The film stars Ed Stoppard (son of the brilliant playwright Sir Tom), Leelee Sobieski, Jaffrey Tambor and Max von Sydow, and it actually looks pretty intriguing, like a mashup of "The Matrix" and "Adbusters." It's rated R for language and some sexual content.
Also not screened for review was "Cold Light of Day" (PG-13 for language and sexual content), a thriller about a young Wall Street trader whose family is kidnapped while vacationing in Spain. Given that the cast includes such heavyweights as Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver and "Man of Steel's" soon-to-be Superman Henry Cavill, that's not encouraging. Look for reviews online as soon as they become available.