Movies in Theaters This Friday, July 19, 2013: R.I.P.D., Red 2, Turbo, The Conjuring, and More
This weekend looks to be a huge draw across the nation. With four (yes, four) wide releases, it should be an interesting box office report come Sunday. Despicable Me 2 has been atop the box office for two weekends in a row, but that should end this weekend.
For action fans, R.I.P.D. and Red 2 both release. Coincidentally, they are both based on comic books (relevant given Comic-Con this weekend, too). R.I.P.D. stars Jeff Bridges (True Grit) and Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) as members of an undead police force. The film looks like it could appeal to fans of the Men in Black series. Red 2, on the other hand, is a sequel to Red and is about a group of retired assassins. I’m impressed with the cast, which includes Bruce Willis, John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire), Anthony Hopkins, and Helen Mirren (Hitchcock).
More family friendly crowds can also see (or rather hear) Ryan Reynolds in the newly-released animated film Turbo. Trying to compete with Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University, DreamWorks’ animated comedy is about a supercharged snail that becomes a racer. It voice stars everyone from Paul Giamatti (The Illusionist) to Samuel L. Jackson to Snoop Dogg. The movie technically released already on Wednesday the 17th.
Finally, if action or animated movies aren’t your thing, you likely like horror movies. Look no further than James Wan’s (Insidious) supernatural horror The Conjuring. The movie is about a paranormal investigating couple (Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) that face their biggest challenge.
In limited release, the biggest draw could come for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives. The Bangkok-set crime thriller follow-up to Drive looks to be a bloody film. It stars Ryan Gosling (among others) and has had a mixed reaction at early film festivals. It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, though it ultimately lost.
The final movie I’d like to bring up is Girl Most Likely. Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) has been on a hot streak lately and this is her newest comedy. It doesn’t sound like a comedy, though, since it deals with a playwright (Wiig) that fakes her own death.
The rest of the limited releases are The Act of Killing, Blackfish, Broken, Computer Chess (released on July 17), D-Day, Dealin’ with Idiots, Evidence, Grabbers, Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (also featuring Snoop Dogg), and Ways to Live Forever.
That does it for this weekend. Have a good time with whichever movie you see!
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on the true life story, “The Conjuring” tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.
Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.
JEFF BRIDGES and RYAN REYNOLDS headline the 3D supernatural action-adventure R.I.P.D. as two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of creatures who refuse to move peacefully into the afterlife.
In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing, next-generation lethal device that can change the balance of world power. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the technologically advanced super weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world-and stay alive in the process.
From the makers of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, Turbo is a high-velocity 3D comedy about an underdog snail who kicks into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. But after making fast friends with a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goes, Turbo learns that no one succeeds on their own. So he puts his heart and shell on the line to help his pals achieve their dreams, before Turbo-charging his own impossible dream: winning the Indy 500.
In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris (The Fog Of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), the filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.
Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the mulit-billion dollar sea-park industry.
The story of a young girl in North London whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack.
Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, COMPUTER CHESS transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.
D-Day is a 2013 Indian crime-thriller film co-produced by DAR motion pictures and Emmay Entertainment Private Limited. The Hindi feature film D-Day (slated for release on July 19, 2013) is the next directorial offer from Nikhil Advani.
Faced with the absurd competitiveness surrounding his son’s youth league baseball team, Max Morris, a famous comedian, decides to get to know the colorful parents and coaches of the team better in an attempt to find the inspiration for his next movie
A detective hunts down a killer using video footage shot by the victims of a massacre at an abandoned gas station.
Imogene (Kristen Wiig) is a failed New York playwright awkwardly navigating the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year’s News. After both her career and relationship hit the skids, she’s forced to make the humiliating move back home to New Jersey with her eccentric mother and younger brother (Annette Bening and Christopher Fitzgerald).
Adding further insult to injury, there’s a strange man (Darren Criss) sleeping in her old bedroom and an even stranger man sleeping in her mother’s bed (Matt Dillon). Through it all, Imogene eventually realizes that as part of her rebuilding process she must finally come to love and accept both her family and her Jersey roots if she’s ever going to be stable enough to get the hell away from them.
GRABBERS tells the story of Ciarán O’Shea, a charming but heavy-drinking local Garda who is tasked with greeting Lisa Nolan, a straight-laced young officer who has just arrived to a small fishing village off the West coast of Ireland. Not that there’s much for them to do, aside from dealing with the occasional drunk, and that’s usually O’Shea himself. But strange doings are afoot: the crew of a fishing boat disappears, whales start appearing dead on the shore, a local lobsterman catches a strange tentacled creature in his trap. Soon it becomes clear to Garda O’Shea and Nolan that there’s something big out there, and that it’s hungry. It’s time to rally the villagers, arm the troops…and head to the pub!
Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp Examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of 7 groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail and have made him a cultural icon. Interviews with Iceberg Slim, Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, and Quincy Jones.
ONLY GOD FORGIVES is an intense drama about Thai boxing, drug cartels, revenge and justice in the criminal underworld of Bangkok.
Like most inquisitive boys, 12-year old Sam wants to know about UFOs, horror movies, ghosts, and girls. Sam also has leukemia, and although the adults in his life don’t want him to dwell on it, Sam wants to know everything about his disease and death, a possibility he might face. Together with his best friend, Felix, he embarks on a “scientific investigation” with questions, observations, evidence, reflections, and lists of all the things he wants to do someday — like breaking a world record, flying in a blimp, kissing a girl for the first time, and experiencing what it’s like to be a teenager. In this poignant yet ultimately uplifting tale, Sam and his family face the immensity of an uncertain future with love, humor, and a touch of the unexpected.
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