Movies in Theaters This Friday, January 25, 2013: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Movie 43, Parker, and More
Just like last week, plenty of audiences will have their choice between three wide releases. With a wide genre variety, they all cater to different audiences.
Starting with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as the fairy tale characters that, yes, hunt witches. If it weren’t for Renner, I probably wouldn’t be very interested. However, he’s proved time and again to be one of my favorite working actors. Tommy Wirkola is the film’s director, and I’ve actually seen his horror-comedy Dead Snow (from back in 2009), and I urge everyone to go rent it right now.
The other wide releases are Movie 43 and Parker. Movie 43 is a comedy directed by Peter Farrelly (Dumb & Dumber) and apparently a bunch of others. It has the biggest ensemble cast I’ve ever seen, including everyone from Hugh Jackman to Seann William Scott to Richard Gere. Parker is maybe the beginning of a new franchise, as Jason Statham stars as a fictional criminal created by Donald Westlake in over 20 of his novels.
In limited releases, there are plenty of options, too, including the theatrical release of John Dies at the End (read Kristen’s review here). Two-time Oscar winner Bill Guttentag’s political thriller Knife Fight also premieres this weekend. The final two movies, Noobz and Supporting Characters can also be found, and their synopses and trailers are below.
Which movie will you be seeing? Have fun and enjoy the weekend!
After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches…their past.
From the twisted minds of producers Peter Farrelly (Hall Pass, Shallow Hal) and Charles Wessler (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber), comes Movie 43– the outrageous new ensemble comedy starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Movie 43 is not for the easily-offended and contains jaw-dropping, sometimes shockingly disturbing, but always entertaining intertwined storylines you’ll have to see to believe.
Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez team up to get their cut in the crime thriller, PARKER, based on the series of bestselling novels by Donald E. Westlake.
Parker (Jason Statham) is a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: Don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and don’t hurt people who don’t deserve it. But on his latest heist, his crew double crosses him, steals his stash, and leaves him for dead.
Determined to make sure they regret it, Parker tracks them to Palm Beach, playground of the rich and famous, where the crew is planning their biggest heist ever. Donning the disguise of a rich Texan, Parker takes on an unlikely partner, Leslie (Jennifer Lopez), a savvy insider, who’s short on cash, but big on looks, smarts and ambition. Together, they devise a plan to hijack the score, take everyone down and get away clean.
PARKER is directed by Academy Award nominee Taylor Hackford (“Ray”) and also stars Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce (HBO’s “The Wire”) and Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte.
It’s a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t.
Knife Fight is about sex, drugs, money and how politics is really played-a knife fight in a telephone booth, where blood is spilled, low blows are common and the best candidate is not always the best person.
“noobz”: an indie film comedy that is the first realistic look at competitive gaming.
A gamer clan take a road trip to Los Angeles in order to enter the Cyberbowl Video Game Championships.
Best friends Nick (Alex Karpovsky, “Girls”) and Darryl (co-writer Tarik Lowe) are a New York film editing duo hired to salvage a botched comedy from a manic director (Kevin Corrigan, Pineapple Express) gone AWOL. But what starts as a simple job quickly sends their relationships—with their significant others and each other—reeling. Amidst trouble with his fiancée (Sophia Takal, V/H/S), Nick finds himself falling for the film’s flirtatious ingénue (Arielle Kebbel, “90210”); Darryl, meanwhile, struggles to focus on his editing work in between fights with his tempestuous girlfriend (Melonie Diaz, Be Kind Rewind). With real humor and heart, Supporting Characters offers a sharp, knowing take on life and love in the big city.
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