Movies in Theaters This Friday, August 9, 2013: Elysium, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Planes, We’re the Millers, and More
After a seemingly uneventful first weekend in August, the movie industry has followed it up with one of the most crowded weekends I can remember. All the genres (except for horror) seem to be loosely represented in the wide release department. On top of four wide releases (ranging from Wednesday to Friday), there are nine limited releases.
The biggest draw should (key word: should) be Neill Blomkamp’s (District 9) sci-fi action thriller Elysium. It stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster in 2154 as Damon’s character tries to infiltrate a utopian space station to cure his cancer. District 9 was one hell of a first offering from Blomkamp and Elysium seems like a perfect follow-up, exploring a similar universe but with a different plot.
If I had to choose which movie I’d see next given the releases, I’d go with We’re the Millers. The raunchy comedy, by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), has some of our favorite comedy stars, including Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses), Ed Helms (Cedar Rapids), Nick Offerman (NBC’s Parks and Recreation), and Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers). Jennifer Aniston also adds some starpower to the picture about a fake family that travels to Mexico to bring back a huge shipment of drugs. Please note this film already released on Wednesday, August 6th.
Next on the list are the more family-friendly films like Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and Planes. Thor Freudenthal’s (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) Percy Jackson film is the second in a franchise (based on the book series by Rick Riordan). Logan Lerman reprises his role as Percy Jackson. This film already released on August 6th as well.
Planes is Disney’s not-really-sequel to Cars. It takes place in the same universe, but there doesn’t appear to be any more connection other than that. The spin-off includes the voices of Dane Cook (Employee of the Month), Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (NBC’s Seinfeld), and Val Kilmer (Top Gun). Klay Hill (Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure) served as the director.
In limited release, I wanted to quickly plug Prince Avalanche because I saw this movie back in June during the Seattle International Film Festival. It’s a much different comedy than you’d expect from David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) but is still very, very funny. It features comedy genius Paul Rudd (Anchorman) and the always-great Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild).
The second limited release I’d suggest checking out is Lovelace. I haven’t seen the movie, but it looks like an interesting turn for Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!). She’ll be playing Linda Lovelace in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s (both of Howl) pornography biopic. The film also features actors Peter Sarsgaard (Shattered Glass), Juno Temple (Killer Joe), and Sharon Stone (Casino).
The rest of the limited releases are Blood, Chennai Express, The Good Son, I Give it a Year, In a World…, Jug Face, and Off Label.
Enjoy your weekend!
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.
Based on the publishing phenomenon, PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS continues the young demigod’s epic journey to fulfill his destiny. To save their world, Percy and his friends must find the fabled and magical Golden Fleece. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters (known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle), they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil.
From high above the world of “Cars” flies “Planes,” Disney’s upcoming animated action-packed comedic adventure starring Dusty, a big-hearted, fast-flying crop duster who dreams of competing in the most exhilarating around-the-world air race in history. There’s only a couple of not-so-small problems — Dusty is not exactly built for racing and he also happens to be afraid of heights.
Despite his fear and with encouragement from his mentor, a naval aviator named Skipper, Dusty narrowly qualifies for the big competition. Dusty’s sportsmanship and speed begin to rattle the defending champ of the race circuit, Ripslinger, who will stop at nothing to see Dusty fail.
When disaster strikes during the climax of the final race, Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test. With the support of friends old and new, Dusty reaches heights he never dreamed possible.
From New Line Cinema comes the action comedy “We’re The Millers,” starring Jennifer Aniston (“Horrible Bosses”) and Jason Sudeikis (“The Campaign”). The film is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (“Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”).
David Burke (Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids-after all, he has his scruples. So what could go wrong? Plenty. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when he tries to help out some local teens and winds up getting jumped by a trio of gutter punks. Stealing his stash and his cash, they leave him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms).
In order to wipe the slate clean-and maintain a clean bill of health-David must now become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad’s latest shipment in from Mexico. Twisting the arms of his neighbors, cynical stripper Rose (Aniston) and wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and the tatted-and-pierced streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts), he devises a foolproof plan. One fake wife, two pretend kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the “Millers” are headed south of the border for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang.
Thriller charting the moral collapse of a police family. Two cop brothers, smothered by the shadow of their former police chief father, must investigate a crime they themselves have committed.
Rahul embarks on a journey to a small town in Tamil Nadu to fulfill the last wish of his grandfather: to have his ashes immersed in the Holy water of Rameshwaram. En route, he meets a woman hailing from a unique family down South. As they find love through this journey in the exuberant lands of South India, an unanticipated drive awaits them.
A young boy stays with his aunt and uncle, and befriends his cousin who’s the same age. But his cousin begins showing increasing signs of violent behavior.
Since they met at a party, ambitious high-flyer Nat and struggling novelist Josh have been deliriously happy despite their differences. Josh is a thinker, Nat’s a doer..but the spark between them is undeniable.
Their wedding is a dream come true, but family, friends and even the minister who marries them aren’t convinced that they can last. Josh’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe, and Nat’s handsome American client Guy, could offer attractive alternatives.
With their first anniversary approaching, neither wants to be the first to give up, but will they make it?
An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star. Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation
Jug Face tells the story of a pregnant teen trying to escape a backwoods community when she discovers that she may be sacrificed to a creature in a pit. The entity in the pit requires a life for keeping the community safe. The face of the person to be sacrificed is crafted onto a ceramic jug. When ignored, the entity unleashes an evil onto the community. Now no one is safe as tragedy befalls each member one by one and they soon realize that the pit wants what it wants.
In 1972—before the internet, before the porn explosion—Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the high-life when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor. As Linda Lovelace she became an international sensation—less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with an impressive capacity for fellatio. Fully inhabiting her new identity, Linda became an enthusiastic spokesperson for sexual freedom and uninhibited hedonism. Six years later she presented another, utterly contradictory, narrative to the world—and herself as the survivor of a far darker story.
Doctors today are liberally writing prescriptions for psychotropic drugs such as Adderall, Ambien, Zoloft, and Prozac (to name but a very few). Often these drugs are combined in polypharmacy cocktails or are given out for unapproved or untested indications, leading to abuse, dangerous side effects, and heavy dependence. In OFF LABEL, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher (October Country) examine our runaway pharma-culture by weaving together the stories of drug-testing subjects, Big Pharma representatives, and many others touched by the rampant use of pharmaceuticals. Together, they create a poetic, sometimes amusing and frequently heartbreaking emotional road trip through an overmedicated, misdiagnosed, and drug-addled America.
An odd couple of sorts, meditative and stern Alvin and his girlfriend’s brother, Lance, dopey and insecure, leave the city behind to spend the summer in solitude repainting traffic lines down the center of a country highway ravaged by wildfire. As they sink into their job in the remarkable landscape, they learn more than they want to about each other and their own limitations. An unlikely friendship develops through humor and nasty exchanges, leading to surprising affection.
Adapted from Icelandic film Either Way, Prince Avalanche is driven by wonderful performances by Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, and Lance LeGault. Writer/director David Gordon Green gets back to his independent roots with this character study, which shows his knack for realistically capturing people and finding meaning in their lives and dreams. With a soundtrack by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo and gorgeous cinematography by Tim Orr, Prince Avalanche bucks convention by exploring male bonding in a refreshingly genuine way.