Movies in Theaters This Friday, February 1, 2013: Bullet to the Head, Stand Up Guys, Warm Bodies, and More
Last week saw three major releases, interestingly all being Rated R movies. This week we get a little variation as Hollywood tries hard to finally produce a winning movie in the new year…at least in the wide release circle. While Sunday may not be the best day for movies given the Super Bowl, last year saw the start of a fruitful run by Chronicle, so there’s still hope.
First, there’s Bullet to the Head, which quite frankly looks similar to every other Sylvester Stallone action movie. My less-than-stellar review is here.
Secondly, Stand Up Guys releases wide after a very small run in mid-December (likely to get award show consideration). The early reviews weren’t as revered as I was hoping, but a film that stars Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, and Al Pacino has to be good, right?
Last, the half-love-story, half-zombie-apocalypse “paranormal romantic comedy” Warm Bodies also lands in theaters near you (you can read Sandrine’s review here). Personally, this is the one I’m the most interested in. Director Jonathan Levine is my biggest draw because 2011’s 50/50 was my favorite movie of that year. I just hope this movie isn’t too Twilight-y.
In limited release, the biggest movie that jumps out is The Gatekeepers. The Israeli documentary has been getting lots of buzz recently at Sundance and it nabbed one of the five documentary feature Academy Awards nominations.
Rounding out the rest of the crop is David, Girls Against Boys, and The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia.
More information about the films are below. Enjoy your Super Bowl weekend!
Sylvester Stallone stars as Jimmy Bobo, a New Orleans hitman who forms an alliance with Washington D.C. detective Taylor Kwon to bring down the killer of their respective partners.
From director Walter Hill comes the action thriller “Bullet to the Head.”
“Bullet to the Head” also stars Sung Kang (“Fast Five”), Sarah Shahi (Showtime’s “The L Word”), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”), Christian Slater (TV’s “Breaking In”), John Seda (HBO’s “The Pacific”), Weronika Rosati (HBO’s “Luck”), and Jason Momoa (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”).
STAND UP GUYS stars Academy Award (R) winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin in a tough but touching action comedy as retired gangsters who reunite for one epic last night.
VAL (Al Pacino) is released from prison after serving twenty-eight years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend DOC (Christopher Walken) is there to pick him up, and the two soon reteam with another old pal, HIRSCH (Alan Arkin). THeir bond is as strong as ever, and the three reflect on freedom lost and gained, loyalties ebbed and flowed, and the days of glory gone by. And despite their age, their capacity for mayhem is still very much alive and well – bullets fly as they make a hilariously valiant effort to compensate for the decades of crime, drugs and sex they’ve missed.
But one of the friends is keeping a dangerous secret – he’s been put in an impossible quandary by a former mob boss, and his time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. As the sun rises on the guys’ legendary reunion, their position becomes more and more desperate and they finally confront their past once and for all.
After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.
The story revolves around the lives of 3 Davids in 3 different parts of the world in 3 different eras.
1975 London- 30 year old David works for Iqbal Ghani, a dreaded Mafia don who controls the entire Asian community. He is a protege who is poised to take over the empire until a revelation which changes the course of his future.
1999 Mumbai- 19 year old David is a musician born into a family of devout Christians. A happy go lucky teenager who loses all semblance of his peaceful existence when his family gets dragged into a political issue.
2010 Goa – 40 year old David is a fisherman living in the small fishing village of Betul in Goa. He falls in love with the deaf and mute Roma- the only hitch is that she is engaged to be married to his best friend Peter in 10 days!
All 3 Davids are about to take a step which is going to change their lives forever.
3 LIVES, 3 DESTINIES, CONNECTED BY 1 NAME – ‘DAVID’.
Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror-both Palestinian and Jewish- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. The Gatekeepers offers an exclusive account of the sum of their success and failures. It validates the reasons that each man individually and the six as a group came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two-state solution.
When Shae (Danielle Panabaker), a naïve college student, is tormented by several men in a matter of days, she reaches her breaking point, and is drawn into her friend Lu’s (Nicole LaLiberte) twisted plan for revenge. Together, the two embark on a gruesome killing spree, terrorizing and brutally murdering not just their attackers, but any man who gets in their way. However, after a wild weekend of retaliation, the friendship between the girls shifts into a dangerous obsession, and their perverse game becomes a desperate struggle for Shae to maintain control against Lu’s deadly and seductive influence.
A young family is tormented by the horrors of the past in The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, a chilling new film based on a true story from the producers of The Haunting in Connecticut.
Building on the terror of A Haunting in Connecticut, this horrifying tale traces a young family’s nightmarish descent into a centuries-old Southern hell. When Andy Wyrick (Chad Michael Murray, House of Wax) moves his wife Lisa (Abigail Spencer, TV’s Mad Men) and daughter Heidi to an historic home in Georgia, they quickly discover they are not the house’s only inhabitants. Joined by Lisa’s free-spirited sister, Joyce (Katee Sackhoff, TV’s Battlestar Galactica), the family soon comes face-to-face with a bone-chilling mystery born of a deranged desire…a haunting secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path.
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