Movies in Theaters This Friday, August 16, 2013: Jobs, Kick-Ass 2, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and More
After last week’s crowded weekend, things aren’t slowing down. Four more wide releases hit theaters with another crop of seven limited ones joining them.
My heart is torn between Kick-Ass 2 and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Coming off the success of 2010’s Kick-Ass, Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) came in, added Jim Carrey, and looks to have put together a fun film. If it’s anything like the original, it should be a winner. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are all back for more.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler, on the other hand, has the looks to be one of the first major awards contenders. How can I know that before I even saw the movie? Look at the studio (The Weinstein Company), the genre (historical drama), subject (overcoming prejudice), and talent (Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, John Cusack, Jane Fond, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Jr.). Oh yeah, and Lee Daniels (Precious) serves as the director.
Another potential hit could be the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs. Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad (21) play the two most influential persons that helped create Apple. With Social Network vibes, Joshua Michael Stern’s (Swing Vote) also shows lots of potential.
The final wide release belongs to Robert Luketic’s (21) thriller Paranoia. I’ll be honest, it looks like a movie reserved for January or February. With that being said, at least it stars Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Amber Heard (The Rum Diary), and Harrison Ford.
Two limited releases are quickly worth noting. First, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (read Simone’s review here), a film festival favorite, finally gets a limited release. Having seen this movie, I can personally laud the performances from leads Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone) and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The Western is directed by David Lowery.
The second notable limited release belongs to Austenland (read Sandrine’s review here). Jerusha Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) was in charge of the romantic comedy that stars the lovable Keri Russell (Waitress). Also featuring Bret McKenzie (HBO’s Flight of the Conchords), the movie is about a woman (Russell) that’s obsessed with Jane Austen and travels to a resort called “Austenland.”
The five other limited releases are Cutie and the Boxer, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, Spark: A Burning Man Story, We the Parents, and You Will Be My Son.
Enjoy your weekend!
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The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and ground-breaking entrepreneur who let nothing stand in the way of greatness. The film tells the epic and turbulent story of Jobs as he blazed a trail that changed technology — and the world – forever.
The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows.
An African-American’s eyewitness accounts of notable events of the 20th century during his tenure as a White House butler.
An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss’s old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage.
The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.
Experience the everyday magic of Jane Austen’s world in this one-of-a-kind Regency resort. Visit the quaint acreage of Mansfield Theme Park, get into an Empire waist state of mind, and partake in exquisitely historical activities, from Calligraphic Letter-Writing to Meeting the Landed Gentleman Of Your Dreams.
A reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York tale explores the chaotic forty year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara.
Drew: The Man Behind The Poster is a feature-length documentary highlighting the career of Artist and Illustrator Drew Struzan, whose most popular works include the Indiana Jones, Back to the Future and Star Wars trilogies.
Telling the tale through exclusive interviews with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Thomas Jane, Sam Witwer, Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and many other artists, critics and filmmakers, this film spans the journey of Drew’s early life and career in album cover art through his success as one of the most recognizable and influential movie poster artists of all time, to his most recent ‘post retirement’ life and works of fine art.
Each year, 60,000 people from around the globe gather in a dusty windswept Nevada desert to build a temporary city, collaborating on large-scale art and partying for a week before burning a giant effigy in a ritual frenzy. Rooted in principles of self-expression, self-reliance and community effort, Burning Man has grown famous for stirring ordinary people to shed their nine-to-five existence and act on their dreams. Spark takes us behind the curtain with Burning Man organizers and participants, revealing a year of unprecedented challenges and growth. When ideals of a new world based on freedom and inclusion collide with realities of the “default world,” we wonder which dreams can survive.
We the Parents, a feature documentary film, follows the people and events surrounding the first ever school transformation under California’s ‘Parent Trigger’ law. Parents, with the help of the non-profit group Parent Revolution, gather signatures from over 51% of the families at McKinley Elementary School in Compton, CA. When their petitions are turned in to the district, demanding that a charter school take over McKinley, the controversy begins. Everyday people, who simply want a better life for their children, suddenly find themselves doing extraordinary things: appearing on television, speaking at press conferences, lobbying in the state capital, and becoming community leaders. On their journey they inspire a national movement and discover that education is a political beast.
A story that focuses on the problematic relationship between Paul Marseul, owner of a prestigious vineyard in Saint Emilion and his son, Martin, who works with him on the family estate. Paul is a demanding and passionate wine-maker but is a domineering father. He is not happy that his son may one day succeed him. He dreams of a son who is more talented, more charismatic . . . and more in line with his own aspirations. Things deteriorate as Paul’s trusted manager Francois is dying of cancer. When Francois’ son Philip, also in the wine business, returns from California to look after his father, Paul sees Philip as his ideal son and turns away from his own flesh and blood
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