Movies in Theaters This Friday, March 22, 2013: Admission, The Croods, Olympus Has Fallen, and More
On this week’s docket is a mishmash of wide releases, including a conventional comedy, an animated family feature, a sketch comedy, and an action-political-thriller. Others in-between can be found in limited release, too.
Starting with Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, Focus Features is releasing a comedy about an admissions officer that may have found her child previously put up for adoption. The premise may not be as exciting as Fey and Rudd teaming up.
Next, The Croods is an animated comedy about a prehistoric family that leaves their sheltered cave to explore the real world. Voiced by Nicholas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, and more, it kind of sounds like a play on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Then again, maybe I’m just an English nerd.
The most off-the-wall release is InAPPropriate Comedy, which is a sketch comedy film starring Adrien Brody, Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsey Lohan, and Ari Shaffir.
THe last wide release is Olympus Has Fallen, which has a very 24-like premise. However, instead of Jack Bauer saving the President when the White House is under siege, it’s Mike Banning (Gerard Butler).
Technically, Spring Breakers hits a wide audience this weekend after releasing limitedly last week.
With the end of March already approaching, some of the limited releases are holdovers from last year’s awards circuits. Two movies – Gimme the Loot and Starbuck – I saw during the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) finally get released.
The rest of the crop includes Blancanieves, Dorfman in Love, The Happy Poet, Hunky Dory, Love and Honor, My Brother the Devil, New World, The Sapphires, and Silver Circle. More information can be found on these below.
Have a great weekend!
Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Paul Rudd (This is 40) are paired for the first time on-screen in Admission, the new comedy/drama directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz (About a Boy, In Good Company), about the surprising detours we encounter on the road to happiness.
Every spring, high school seniors anxiously await letters of college admission that will affirm and encourage their potential. At Princeton University, admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is a gatekeeper evaluating thousands of applicants. Year in and year out, Portia has lived her life by the book, at work as well as at the home she shares with Princeton professor Mark (Michael Sheen). When Clarence (Wallace Shawn), the Dean of Admissions, announces his impending retirement, the likeliest candidates to succeed him are Portia and her office rival Corinne (Gloria Reuben). For Portia, however, it’s business as usual as she hits the road on her annual recruiting trip.
On the road, Portia reconnects with her iconoclastic mother, Susannah (Lily Tomlin). On her visit to New Quest, an alternative high school, she then reconnects with her former college classmate, idealistic teacher John Pressman (Paul Rudd) – who has recently surmised that Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), a gifted yet very unconventional New Quest student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption years ago while at school. Jeremiah is about to apply to Princeton.
Now Portia must re-evaluate her personal and professional existences, as she finds herself bending the admissions rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the future she thought she always wanted – and in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having.
The Croods is a 3D comedy adventure that follows the world’s first modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home is destroyed. Traveling across spectacular landscape, the Croods are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures — and their outlook is changed forever.
In the laugh-out-loud sketch comedy film InAPPropriate Comedy, a computer tablet full of the world’s most hilariously offensive apps breaks through the borders of political correctness, stirring up cultural anarchy; with a star-studded cast including Adrien Brody, Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez and Lindsay Lohan, this edgy, no-holds-barred comedy makes sure no taboo is left untouched!
When the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger crisis. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directs an all-star cast featuring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd and Rick Yune.
Southern Spain in the 20s.
Carmen is a beautiful girl whose childhood was haunted by a cantankerous mother-in. Fleeing a past she has no memory, Carmen will make an unusual encounter: a troupe of dwarves Toreros will adopt it and give it the nickname “Blancanieves.”
This is the beginning of an adventure that will lead Carmen / Blancanieves to itself, to its past, and especially to a fate like no other …
Poor Deb Dorfman – twenty‐seven and single, living in suburban Los Angeles with her depressed and unappreciative widowed father and working for her manic and unappreciative married brother. Deb desperately needs to get her own life.
So, when Jay, her unrequited love, needs a cat sitter for a week, Deb volunteers. Bad news: Jay just moved into a downtown L.A. loft and it’s a total mess. Good news: This gives Deb one week to transform the chaos into the perfect home for Jay and win his heart. That’s not the only transformation that will occur before Jay returns.
Deb is suddenly transported from the gray sameness of suburbia to the 24/7 Technicolor energy of downtown LA. It’s a rude awakening. She meets Jay’s neighbor, Cookie, a hottie artist and confirmed bachelor, who encourages and appreciates her. Other neighbors, wild and sexy models, give her a makeover. Deb internally and externally begins to change in ways that threaten her father and brother.
All builds to the night of Jay’s surprise return at Cookie’s Gallery opening. Will she choose Jay or Cookie or something or someone else? Will Deb break free to live her own life and forgive her Dad? Over the course of one crazy week, brave Deb Dorfman will discover true love by having learned to love herself.
Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they must hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme.
Over the course of two whirlwind, sun-soaked summer days, Malcolm and Sofia travel on an epic urban adventure involving black market spray cans, illicit bodegas, stolen sneakers, a high wire heist, and a beautiful, rich girl’s necklace that is literally their key to becoming the biggest writers in the City.E
THE HAPPY POET is an all-organic, mostly vegetarian comedy about Bill, a struggling poet who pours his heart, soul, and last few dollars into starting a healthy food stand, surprising friends and customers with his dry wit and offbeat passion. Motivated by help from a rag-tag group of supporters and a budding romance with a poetry-loving customer, Bill strives to make a difference in the world, until surprising complications jeopardize his new friendships and threaten Bill’s dreams for a hot dog-free future. THE HAPPY POET cleverly re-works the classic American film story of the underdog struggling against the system, adding a dose of deadpan humor and a fresh take on a young generation’s interest in the intersection of a social conscience and the food we eat
From the producer of Billy Elliot comes this funny, coming of age film featuring songs from artists as diverse as David Bowie, Lou Reed, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Dusty Springfield and Electric Light Orchestra.
In the heat of the summer of 1976, keen drama teacher Vivienne fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end of year music version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. To engage her students, she uses hits of the time, which will be performed by a fresh young cast led by rising star Aneurin Barnard.
In this romantic drama set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the moon landing, two charming and passionate young soldiers (Liam Hemsworth and Austin Stowell) will go to any length for love – even sneaking away from a war to fly halfway around the world. When Dalton Joiner (Stowell) finds out that his girlfriend Jane (Aimee Teegarden) has dumped him, he vows to go home during his one-week leave to win her back. His best friend Mickey Wright (Hemsworth) will do anything to help his buddy out – as long as there might be a few girls along the way. In just seven days they must get to the States, change Jane’s mind and make it back to the war without getting caught. But when they arrive stateside they find Jane and her beautiful, committed activist friend Candace (Teresa Palmer) at the heart of the anti-war movement. Joiner and Wright must make some life changing decisions as they spend a week in July 1969 learning the truth about love, honor and commitment.
A young boy poses as a street-hardened gangster in order to impress his older brother, putting them both on a treacherous path that could destroy their family in this gritty urban drama. Mo (Fady Elsayed) is an isolated 14-year-old boy who longs to be accepted by his peers. His older brother Rashid (James Floyd) runs with a local gang and earns enough money to support their family. In Mo’s eyes, there’s nobody cooler than “Rash,” and in a desperate bid to prove his manhood, the sensitive younger sibling accepts a dangerous job. Unfortunately, his actions will have unforeseen consequences that could ruin both brothers’ lives
After the untimely death of Korea’s biggest crime syndicate Goldmoon’s chairman, power struggle between top lieutenants begins – mob’s rank no.2 Jung Chung and no.3 Lee Joong-gu are the potential heirs to the throne. In order to control and observe this transition, the police begin a new operation called ‘New World’. Sitting at the pivot of this operation is none other than Jung’s right hand man, Ja-sung, who has been working undercover for 8 years. Police chief Kang has been his handler since the beginning, and he knows how fragile Ja-sung is at this moment. With a baby on the way, Ja-sung has been wanting to leave the job for some time, before he’s exposed as a mole and traitor by the mob. He’s torn between his duty and honor as a cop, and members of his gang, whom he knows will follow him to hell and back.
Adding fuel to the fire, chief Kang uses mob’s internal information he obtained from Ja-sung to worsen the relationship between Jung and Lee. Due to Kang’s intimate knowledge of internal affairs, Jung is convinced that there is a mole within his group. He pays a group of hackers to hack into chief Kang’s database and brutally kills 2 undercover cops. To his utter surprise, he also discovers that his most trusted lieutenant Ja-sung is a cop too, but refuses to eliminate him. Meanwhile, Lee is convinced that Jung is conspiring against him and the mob by working with the police and orders his men to attack Jung and his group once and for all. Jung is mortally wounded but lives long enough to tell Ja-sung to make up his mind and choose a side. Operation New World is coming to a close, and Kang has full control over who succeeds to the throne. Not wanting to play the role of Kang’s pawn any longer, Ja-sung makes one final decision that nobody could have predicted.
1968 was the year that changed the world. And for four young Aboriginal sisters from a remote mission this is the year that would change their lives forever. Around the globe, there was protest and revolution in the streets. Indigenous Australians finally secured the right to vote. There were drugs and the shock of a brutal assassination. And there was Vietnam. The sisters, Cynthia, Gail, Julie and Kay are discovered by Dave, a talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. Billed as Australia’s answer to ‘The Supremes’, Dave secures the sisters their first true gig, and flies them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops. Based on a true story, THE SAPPHIRES is a triumphant celebration of youthful emotion, family and music
At the center of corruption is the Federal Reserve who has gained enormous amounts of control over America’s economy, with disastrous effects beginning to show.
Standing opposite, is the band of Rebels who have vowed to take back the freedom they once knew…and they won’t go down without a fight.
Monetary mayhem. Explosions. Romance. Silver Circle plans to take indie animation to a whole other level.
Just when David learns that Wosniak Valerie is pregnant, this eternal youth 42 years discovers he is the sire of 533 children.
In the process, he also learns that his children are grouped in a class that wants to overturn anonymity clause he signed when his sperm donations. Devastated, David refuses to reveal.
Unfortunately, given its precarious financial situation, David can not do better than to ask his friend (a very bad lawyer) to help enforce his rights. Along with legal action to try to convince their parent to be the class to send David an envelope with each of their profiles.
Hit by a visceral curiosity, David can not help but open the envelope to discover who his children are. Without telling his lawyer, incognito, David goes to meet her children. This gives rise to very intense moments that every time David reveal a new facet of fatherhood.
Ultimately, David must choose between a normal life with Valerie or accept being the father of 533 children.
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