Movies in Theaters This Friday, June 28, 2013: The Heat, White House Down, and Byzantium, and More
Another quiet week (relatively speaking) in movies. June has been a great box office month – Man of Steel set June records, while both Monsters University and World War Z succeeded last week (World War Z, even though it earned less money, was the biggest winner in my opinion). My best educated guess (take that at face value) is that both wide releases won’t make huge waves this weekend. However, I’ve been wrong before!
The first wide release, The Heat, releases after being moved back from an initial spring release date. The move back is probably a good sign for the movie because that generally means it was well received. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) hit a home run back in 2011, so maybe he’ll continue the trend with the good-cop/bad-cop comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
Next, Roland Emmerich’s (Independence Day) action film White House Down premieres. Every year, there are two or three combinations of films that seem the exact same. It happened with The Illusionist and The Prestige back in 2006. Even this year, Oblivion and After Earth looked very similar. Emmerich’s pic undoubtedly will be compared to the earlier-released Olympus Has Fallen. White House Down stars Channing Tatum (who has been on a hot streak recently) and Jamie Foxx who are trying to survive a terrorist attack on the White House.
In limited release, you may be able to catch Byzantium, the newest film by Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire). The fantasy thriller stars Saoirse Ronan (The Host) and Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters). Also, another notable limited release is Redemption, starring Jason Statham. Statham himself has been typecast as a rugged action star, so this one may not seem all that groundbreaking. But, don’t judge a book by its cover right?
The rest of the limited releases are: 100 Bloody Acres, A Band Called Death, Copperhead, Hidden Universe 3D, I’m So Excited!, Laurence Anyways, Petunia, and Some Girl(s) (starring Adam Brody and Kristen Bell).
Enjoy your movie and your weekend!
Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) couldn’t be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. From Paul Feig, director of “Bridesmaids.”
In Columbia Pictures’ “White House Down,” Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it’s up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.
In 100 Bloody Acres, brothers Reg and Lindsay Morgan are struggling to keep their organic blood and bone fertilizer business in motion. Their secret “recipe” for success (using dead car crash victims in their product) was a huge boon to business, but lately supply has been gravely low. Months have passed since their last find, and an important new customer is now waiting on a delivery. When junior partner Reg (Damon Herriman of Justified) stumbles upon 3 travelers stranded on a remote country road, he cooks up a radical solution to their problem, and a way of finally gaining the respect of his bossy big brother (Angus Sampson, featured in the upcoming Insidious: Chapter 2). But when Reg starts to fall for Sophie, one of the intended victims, things get complicated. A bloody good time, the Cairnes’ brothers witty horror-comedy blends sly Australian humor, gory fun, and a clever storyline that gives “recycling” a whole new context.
Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early ’70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death’s music— and band name—too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell…the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.
Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.
Copperhead is unlike any Civil War movie to date. It is a film of the war at home – of a family ripped apart by war, of fathers set against sons and daughters, of a community driven to an appalling act of vengeance against a man who insists on exercising his right to free speech during wartime. A story of the violent passions and burning feuds that set ablaze the home front during the Civil War, Copperhead the Movie is also a timeless and deeply moving examination of the price of dissent, the place of the individual amidst the hysteria of wartime, and the terrible price of war – a cost measured not in dollars but in fractured families, broken loves, and men dead before their time.
Based on the extraordinary novel by Harold Frederic, who witnessed these conflicts firsthand as a small child, Copperhead tells the story of Abner Beech, a stubborn and righteous farmer of Upstate New York, who defies his neighbors and his government in the bloody and contentious autumn of 1862. The great American critic Edmund Wilson praised Frederic’s creation as a brave and singular book that “differs fundamentally from any other Civil War fiction.”
Copperhead is the great untold Civil War story. Far from the Virginia battlefields whose names etch our history, the war of Copperhead visits the devastation and unimaginable loss of a civil war upon a family and a community whose strength and very existence are tested by fire, rope, knife, and betrayal. This is the Civil War come home.
With Copperhead, director Ron Maxwell, who with Gettysburg and Gods and Generals established himself as our foremost cinematic interpreter of the American Civil War, takes on the War from a stunning and unexpected and richly, unforgettably humanist angle.
Hidden Universe takes audiences on a breathtaking tour of deep space in the cinematic medium that does it best. Our universe is brought to life on the giant IMAX® screen with unprecedented clarity through mesmerizing, real images captured by Hubble and the world’s most powerful telescopes. Explore spectacular galaxies and travel the terrain of Mars; witness images of distant celestial structures including stunning images of our sun; and peer deep inside vivid clouds of nebula to see previously unseen forms. Journey back further into space to learn secrets that until recently were completely hidden, providing a whole new insight about how the universe was formed. Discover amazing clues that reveal the stars in the night sky are not only tiny specks of light but actual opportunities for life to exist on other planets. In an age where space tourism has become reality, the film offers an inspiring story of human endeavor from a prime seat with a magnificent point-of-view. Produced by December Cinema Productions.
When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves.
In the 90s, Laurence tells Fred, his girlfriend, he wants to become a woman.
Against all odds, and perhaps themselves, they face the prejudices of those around them, resist the influence of their family, and brave the phobias of the society they bother.
For ten years, they try to survive this transition, and embark on an epic adventure in which their loss seems to be the ransom.
The story of a family whose growth is stunted… a family that learns how to love themselves while loving each other (a little too much).
BRITTANY SNOW and THORA BIRCH star in Ash Christian’s must-see DARK COMEDY about a family of New Yorkers coming to terms with the chaos and misgivings of life. From pregnancy to sex addiction to overbearing parents, Petunia is a film about the unpredictability of life that is sure to have you laughing the whole way through.
Homeless and on the run from a military court martial, a damaged ex-special forces soldier navigating London’s criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man’s identity — transforming into an avenging angel in the process.
Based on his play by the same name, Neil LaBute’s script follows a successful writer (Adam Brody) who, on the eve of his wedding, travels across the country to meet up with ex-lovers in an attempt to make amends for past relationship transgressions. Crisscrossing from Seattle to Boston, he reunites with high school sweetheart SAM (Jennifer Morrison), sexually free-spirited TYLER (Mia Maestro), married college professor LINDSAY (Emily Watson), his best friend’s little sister REGGIE (Zoe Kazan), and “the one that got away” BOBBI (Kristen Bell). Daisy von Scherler Mayer (PARTY GIRL) directs this journey of a modern-day Candide stumbling through a landscape familiar to most men—messy breakups.
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