Movies in Theaters This Friday, July 12, 2013: Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, Fruitvale Station, Killing Season, and More
Looking at this weekend’s movies, I would peg two of them (one wide and one limited) as two of my most anticipated summer movies. Outside of those two, there is a great crop of recognizable movies. In all, it should be an interesting box office weekend with the new releases trying to take down the holdover winner Despicable Me 2.
Of the two wide releases, Guillermo del Toro’s monsters vs. robots (and humans) big-budget action film Pacific Rim is much more my style. Hopefully the movie can outperform initial tracking which predicts it as a potential bust (although it can’t be any worse than Disney’s The Lone Ranger last weekend). Starring Idris Elba (HBO’s The Wire) and Charlie Hunnam (FX’s Sons of Anarchy), the plot involves huge monsters threatening to destroy Earth. The human race must turn to two (or three)-man operated robots (called Jaegers) to make a last stand. You can read a review of it here.
The second wide release belongs to Grown Ups 2, the (in my opinion) unnecessary sequel to the critically-panned comedy Grown Ups. The sequel is evidence that money probably means more than quality. With that being said, I do find the comedic leads (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider) to be funny. We’ll see if the sequel can do better than the original.
In limited releases, there are a slew notable movies to highlight. Starting with Fruitvale Station, the tragic true story about Oscar Grant’s fateful New Years finally releases. I say “finally” because it was one of this year’s film festival gems. Although I personally won’t get to see the movie for a bit (thanks to my movie market), I will be keeping tabs on the local theaters. Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut stars Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) and Octavia Spencer (The Help). You can read Sandrine’s review here.
Next on the list, I have Killing Season, a film starring the likes of John Travolta and Robert De Niro. These older actors play retired military men that try to settle their American-Serbian differences.
Lastly, I wanted to mention that the horror anthology sequel V/H/S/2 releases in theaters. It previously landed in various Video On Demand services, so both options are available. I’ve seen both V/H/S and the new film and can tell you 2 is even scarier than the first. If horror and found-footage are your jams, check it out. Of the many directors, Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption) is the most notable. You can read my full review here.
As for the rest of the limited releases, the Michael Cera-starring Crystal Fairy releases alongside Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, The Hot Flashes, The Hunt, Pawn Shop Chronicles, Terms and Conditions May Apply, and Viola.
The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns (with some exciting new additions) for more summertime laughs. Lenny (Adam Sandler) has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.
From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure ‘Pacific Rim.’
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
The true story of the “Flying Sikh” – world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh — who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of India’s most iconic athletes
As Jamie travels in Chile, he invites an eccentric woman to join his group’s quest to score a fabled hallucinogen, a move that finds him at odds with his new companion, until they drink the magic brew on a beach at the edge of the desert.
Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler’s FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family and strangers, Oscar starts out well, as the day goes on, he realizes that changes are not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.
The Hot Flashes is about a basketball team of unappreciated middle-aged Texas women, all former high school champs, who challenge the current high school girls’ state champs to raise money for breast cancer prevention. Sparks fly as the women go to comic extremes to prove themselves on and off the court, become a national media sensation, and gain a new lease on life.
THE HUNT is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life.
Mads Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a highly-regarded school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered. An untruthful remark throws the small community into a collective state of hysteria. The lie is spreading and Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.
Deep in the Appalachian Mountains, a reclusive American military veteran (Robert De Niro) and a European tourist (John Travolta) strike up an unlikely friendship. But when the tourist’s true intentions come to light, what follows is a tense battle across some of America’s most forbidding landscape proving the old adage: the purest form of war is one-on-one.
In this shop, these people may be pawning far more than they bargained for: Brendan Fraser (THE MUMMY), Elijah Wood (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Vincent D’Onofrio (MEN IN BLACK), Academy Award® nominee Matt Dillon (CRASH), Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead), Thomas Jane (“Hung”), Lukas Haas (INCEPTION), and Paul Walker (THE FAST & THE FURIOUS), star in 3 twisted tales all connected by items from a Southern small-town pawn shop. A man searching for his kidnapped wife, a couple of white-supremacist meth heads, and a sad-sack Elvis impersonator, plus more desperate characters come to life in the action-packed and hilarious story written by Adam Minarovich and from the director of THE COOLER and RUNNING SCARED, Wayne Kramer.
A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it … if anything.
Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static-white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil.
From the demented minds that brought you last year’s V/H/S comes S-VHS, an all-new anthology of dread, madness, and gore. This follow-up ventures even further down the demented path blazed by its predecessor, discovering new and terrifying territory in the genre. This is modern horror at its most inventive, shrewdly subverting our expectations about viral videos in ways that are just as satisfying as they are sadistic. The result is the rarest of all tapes-a second generation with no loss of quality
A group of actresses performing in a production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” get caught up in a web of romantic intrigue and revelation.
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