Movies In Theaters This Friday, August 26, 2011: COLOMBIANA, OUR IDIOT BROTHER, and more
Wondering what movies are coming out to theaters this Friday, August 26, 2011? In wide we get Colombiana for action junkies, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark for horror junkies and Our Idiot Brother for comedy junkies. But as always there is more to pick from in limited release. Take a look at the list below and make your pick. Have a great weekend!
Synopsis: A young woman grows up to be a stone-cold assassin after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target – the mobster responsible for her parents’ death.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Synopsis: Sally (Bailee Madison), a lonely, introverted child, has just arrived at the 19th century mansion her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) are restoring. While exploring the sprawling estate, Sally discovers a hidden , long-undisturbed basement. Unwittingly, she unleashes a race of malevolent, dark-dwelling creatures who intend to drag her and her family down into the mansion’s bottomless depths.
Our Idiot Brother
Synopsis: Every family has one: the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together. For sisters Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned (Paul Rudd), an erstwhile organic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty of mankind is a less-than-optimum strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence. Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but he is their brother and so, after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters once again come to his rescue. As Liz, Miranda and Natalie each take a turn at housing Ned, their brother’s unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines. But as each of their lives begins to unravel, Ned’s family comes to realize that maybe, in believing and trusting the people around him; Ned isn’t such an idiot after all.
Synopsis: With the aesthetics of a British gangster flick and the soul of classic film noir, screenwriter Rowan Joffe’s debut feature BRIGHTON ROCK tells the story of Pinkie, an ambitious teenage gangster who will stop at nothing to make a name for himself in Britain’s sinister world of organized crime. His aspirations are nearly derailed when Rose, a naïve local waitress, stumbles upon evidence linking him to a revenge killing. To keep his alibi alive, Pinkie seduces Rose, weaving a chilling web of deception and passion, violence and love. Set in the picturesque seaside resort of Brighton, England, the film updates Graham Greene’s iconic 1939 novel to 1964-at the height of Britain’s Mods and Rockers riots-and stars the sexy, up-and-coming British pair Sam Riley (CONTROL, ON THE ROAD), in a performance of intense cunning and charm, and Andrea Riseborough (MADE IN DAGENHAM and the upcoming W.E. directed by Madonna) as the young couple. Veterans Helen Mirren and John Hurt co-star as friends who set out to protect Rose from Pinkie and the dangerous world she is quickly falling into. Rowan Jaffe’s first feature is a triumph, perfectly capturing Graham Greene’s violent and sexually daring masterpiece.
Synopsis: Chasing Madoff is the compelling story of Harry Markopolos and his team of investigator’s ten-year struggle to expose the harrowing truth behind the infamous Madoff scandal. Throughout the decade long investigation, Markopolos pieced together a chain of white-collar predators consisting of bankers, lieutenants, and henchmen, all linked to the devastating Ponzi scheme. With risk and danger apparent, Markopolos and his loyal team relentlessly continued to pursue the frightening truth. Finding himself trapped in a web of epic deceit, the once unassuming Boston securities analyst turned vigilante investigator now feared for his life and the safety of his family, as he discovered no one would listen.
Synopsis: Atafeh and her brother, Mehran, have grown up privileged, in a home filled with music, art, and intellectual curiosity. While Atafeh dreams of fame and adventure, and she and her best friend, Shireen, explore Tehran’s underground scene with youthful exuberance and determination to be themselves, her brother returns home from drug rehab, renounces his former decadent life, and replaces his once obsessive practice of classical music with more destructive pursuits.
The Family Tree
Synopsis: Life in suburban Serenity, Ohio is never quite as serene as it appears. And just when the Burnett family – Bunnie (Hope Davis), Jack (Dermot Mulroney) and their twin 17 year olds Eric (Max Theriot) and Kelly (Britt Robertson) – seems a lost cause, they get an unlikely and unexpected second chance at happiness when an unusual accident leaves Bunnie with a case of amnesia.
For Jack, work has become a disheartening mix of begging for promotion and empty flirting with co-workers. Bunnie intersperses charity work with playful trysts with their next door neighbor Simon Krebbs (Chi McBride). When one of these liaisons leaves Bunnie unconscious, her memory loss confuses everyone – but no one more than Bunnie, who cannot remember her bad marriage, her children, or even the affair that caused her amnesia.
Bunnie’s new ‘lack of awareness’ masks the Burnett’s problems for a while. And with Jack getting his long-sought promotion and “new Bunnie” feeling closer than ever to Jack and her children, things seem to finally be settling down.
But before long, a stew of past relationships, kids with guns, suicidal teachers, a very zealous religious club, misinterpreted advances, corporate down-sizing, and one very tricky mother-in-law combine to create enough mayhem to test the resolve, sanity and future of any family!
Synopsis: This film asks, “Is it possible for faith and doubt to coexist? What is a healthy soul? What holds us back from inner growth?” Christianity is the “location” of the film, not the subject, concern, or issue. The film could have just as easily been set in a variety of faiths or cultures. The film is not about the rights and wrongs of religion; it is about those moments in life where you lose sight of who you are, what you believe, and where you are going. Those moments of stumbling. The film is about finding your footing. Finding security. Feeling secure in the knowledge you will make it to higher ground. It’s okay to fall short, okay to be inadequate, okay to be afraid, okay to have doubt. But there will be a path through all these things, and you possess within you all you need to draw yourself up to higher ground, to your highest self. –Vera Farmiga
Synopsis: LOVE CRIME is a remorseless tale of extreme office politics, played brilliantly by Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier. Isabelle (Sagnier) is the young ingénue assistant, while Christine (Scott Thomas) is the older woman, a senior executive in a multinational company doing deals around the world. At first they are friendly. Christine, the able executive, is happy to pass the grunt work along to the up-and-coming Isabelle as she learns the ropes. But when Christine starts to take credit for Isabelle’s ideas, and a fellow worker bee begins to fuel Isabelle’s growing doubts about Christine’s duplicitous “all-for-one” attitude, the ground is prepared for all out war.
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