Movies in Theaters This Friday, February 8, 2013: Identity Thief, Side Effects, Lore, and More
There are lots of movies coming out this week, with a majority unfortunately being limited releases. However, there are two wide releases to choose from.
The comedy Identity Thief stars two of Hollywood’s hottest comedy commodities – Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids). Even if the movie looks a little silly, you can count on these two for great performances.
Secondly, Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Channing Tatum. Written by Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informat!), the movie is Mara’s first role since her amazing turn in the U.S. version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Also, it may unfortunately be our last Soderbergh film after a long, successful filmmaking career.
In limited releases, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, a film by Roman Coppola, hits theaters. Also, the award-winning war thriller Lore is available.
Rounding out the weekend are The Playroom, Shanghai Calling, The Sorcerer and the White Snake, and Would You Rather. Keep reading for more information on these titles.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Horrible Bosses’ Jason Bateman and Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy lead the cast of Identity Thief, an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name. With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, he’ll find out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score.
Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Orlando, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using to finance these sprees reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson”… and it belongs to an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the U.S.
With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back.
SIDE EFFECTS is a provocative thriller about Emily and Martin (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law) – intended to treat anxiety – has unexpected side effects.
Set in a stylized Los Angeles, ‘A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III’ is a playful comedy of lost love, friendship, revenge fantasies, and Brandy Alexanders. Charles (Charlie Sheen) is a successful graphic designer whose fame, money and charm have provided him with a seemingly perfect life. When his true love, a perplexing beauty named Ivana, suddenly breaks off their relationship, Charles’ life falls apart and he swirls into a downward spiral of doubt, confusion and reflection. With the support of his loyal intimates— Kirby (Jason Schwartzman), Saul (Bill Murray), and his sister, Izzy (Patricia Arquette) — he begins the hard road of self-evaluation to come to terms with a life without Ivana. The film begs the question: Is it possible to love and hate someone at the same time?
After her Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads her younger siblings across a war-torn Germany in 1945. Amidst the chaos, she encounters mysterious Jewish refugee Thomas, who shatters her fragile reality with hatred and desire. To live, she must trust someone she was taught to hate and face the darkness within herself.
In 1970s suburbia, Maggie and her younger siblings spend the night telling each other stories in the attic. Downstairs, as their parents entertain guests over the course of a gin-soaked evening, truths are unearthed and betrayals come to light. With standout performances from John Hawkes, Molly Parker, and a cast of talented young actors, Julia Dyer’s second feature is an honest and challenging look at the reality behind the façade of a seemingly perfect American family.
Imagine a steady stream of immigrants, traveling across a vast ocean to a foreign country, searching for new jobs and better lives. But the immigrants are Americans, and the country they are moving to… is China.
SHANGHAI CALLING is a romantic comedy about modern-day American immigrants in an unfamiliar land. When an ambitious New York attorney is sent to Shanghai on assignment, he immediately stumbles into a legal mess that could spell the end of his career. But with help from a beautiful relocation specialist, a well-connected foreign businessman, a clever but unassuming journalist, and a street-smart assistant, Sam might just save his job, discover romance, and learn to appreciate the many wonders Shanghai has to offer.
Action director Ching Siu-Tung helms this fantasy film based on an old Chinese legend about an herbalist who falls in love with a thousand-year-old White Snake disguised as a woman. Jet Li stars as a sorcerer who discovers her true identity and battles to save the man’s soul.
In the wake of her parent’s death, Iris struggles to make ends meet while caring for her terminally ill younger brother.
Shepard Lambrick, a seemingly philanthropic aristocrat, expresses an interest in helping them.
When he invites her to an exclusive dinner party, she accepts. Also attending the dinner party are seven more desperate individuals.
They soon find themselves trapped in Lambrick’s mansion and forced to play a sadistic game of Would You Rather, where the winner will be awarded untold amounts of money.
As the game progresses, the dilemmas Iris and the other players face grow increasingly deadly.