Movies in Theaters This Friday, August 2, 2013: 2 Guns, Smurfs 2, The Spectacular Now, and More
After a barrage of blockbusters, we take a week off in preparation for more next weekend. Still, there are two movies, one with a duo of action stars, that come out in wide release.
The most prominent release goes to the comic book-inspired 2 Guns. Action stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg finally team up for the action movie. Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband) directs Wahlberg again in a movie about a DEA (Washington) and NCIS (Wahlberg) agent that realize they’ve been set up after a bust. It also stars Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), James Marsden (X-Men), and Bill Paxton (Titanic).
The second wide release is The Smurfs 2. The sequel looks like a family movie through and through. It features the voices of Hank Azaria (Happy Feet Two), Neil Patrick Harris (CBS’ How I Met Your Mother), and Brendan Gleeson (Gangs of New York). The movie technically released on July 31st, so it’s been available for a couple days.
In limited release, there are two movies I’ve already seen. Incidentally, I loved both of them for much different reasons.
Starting with Europa Report, Sebastián Cordero’s science-fiction picture did its homework regarding the “science” aspect. It’s about six astronauts that fly a mission to one of Jupiter’s moons (named Europa). On the way there, the communication goes out and they must land on Europa to repair their shuttle. The rest of the movie is a truly tense deep space adventure. It’s been available On Demand for a bit, and for a full list of showtimes click here.
The second noteworthy limited release goes to the Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley-starring The Spectacular Now. I saw it as part of the Seattle International Film Festival earlier this year and it is still in the running for my favorite movie of the year. The high school drama tackles much more adult issues. However, it’s still a coming-of-age tale that is pretty dang powerful. Check it out if it plays near you!
The Canyons is one last limited release worth mentioning. It certainly sounds differet if nothing else. Although I haven’t seen this one yet, I do know it’s an erotic thriller by Paul Schrader (American Gigolo) starring the embattled Lindsay Lohan and adult star James Deen. The film is being distrubted by IFC Films and will expand next week.
The rest of the limited releases are The Artist and the Model, Drift, Our Children, and Top Cat.
A DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. While fleeing, they learn the secret of their shaky alliance: Neither knew that the other was an undercover agent.
The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer’s newest creation – creatures called the Naughties – into real Smurfs.
Marc Cros, an elderly sculptor, lives with his wife Lea in the south of France, safe from the War that rages in the distance. He seems to have reached the end of his life and of his art. One day, Léa gives shelter to a beautiful young Spanish political refugee named Mercè. Marc soon understands that the girl, who agrees to pose for him, inspires him and that he has no choice but to embark on this last artistic (and sensual) adventure
When Christian, an LA trust-fund kid with casual ties to Hollywood, learns of a secret affair between Tara and the lead of his film project, Ryan, he spirals out of control, and his cruel mind games escalate into an act of bloody violence.
Set in a remote town on Australia’s spectacular and rugged coastline in the early ‘70s, DRIFT tells the story of two brothers at the genesis of the modern surf industry.Determined to escape a life of factory work and petty crime, headstrong older brother Andy (Myles Pollard) and his wayward surf prodigy younger brother Jimmy (Xavier Samuel) form a volatile alliance. With their seamstress mother Kat (Robyn Malcolm) they fashion custom-made Drift wetsuits and new shorter surfboards out of their back yard garage.Their fledgling business generates a powerful buzz amongst the hard-core local surfers, but the brothers’ progressive ideas are soon at odds with their conservative town and find themselves embroiled in a violent feud with a drug-dealing biker gang looking to manipulate Drift’s early success.Enter JB, an infamous surf filmmaker (Sam Worthington) and Lani (Lesley-Ann Brandt), his gorgeous Hawaiian companion who drift into town just as the brothers’ business and troubles begin to escalate. The travellers embody the era’s anti-establishment vibe and are skeptical, but soon realize if the brothers can survive and stay true to their surfing roots, they might be part of something greater than they ever imagined.Based on true stories from the era, Drift is the action filled story of a complex family of outsiders who struggle to escape their troubled past to forge a successful future…stumbling upon the worldwide multi-billion dollar cultural movement we know today.
An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter’s fourth largest moon.
Based on true events, celebrated director Joachim Lafosse’s intense, multi-layered dissection of an unorthodox family unit created an unprecedented buzz at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and won Emilie Dequenne the prestigious Best Actress Award.
OUR CHILDREN was critically heralded as one of the top art-house world cinema films of 2012 and Belgium’s official entry for the 2013 Academy Awards.
Young and full of life, Murielle (Emilie Dequenne, Rosetta) has a promising future ahead of her when she meets and falls head over heels for Mounir (Tahar Rahim, A Prophet). A wedding soon follows, and the happy couple quickly set about preparing to make a family.
However, with family come ties, and none come as tight as that between Mounir and his adoptive father (Niels Arestrup, A Prophet, Sarah’s Key).
As Murielle continues to bring new life into the family, frictions between Mounir and Doctor Pinget reach boiling point. Helpless to extract her husband and children from the wealthy nest that Doctor Pinget has provided for them, Murielle is drawn into an unhealthy family dynamic. There is only one way out of this nightmare, and for Murielle all sense of reasoning begins to abandon her.
THE SPECTACULAR NOW is the story of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) – high school senior, effortless charmer, and self-proclaiemd “life of the party” – and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with the “nice girl” Aimee Fineky. While Aimee dreams of the future, Sutter lives in the now. And yet somehow, they’re drawn together. What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – one that doesn’t look for tidy truths. The film was directed by James Ponsoldt and written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber ((500) DAYS SUMMER), and also features wonderful supporting turns from Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Top Cat and the gang face a new police chief, who is not at all happy with the poor officer Dribble’s performance trying to prevent Top Cat’s scams.
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