Movies in Theaters This Friday, September 27, 2013: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Don Jon, Baggage Claim, and More
It seems like weeks since we’ve had a truly crowded weekend. When I was looking forward to the weekend and what I’d potentially see, I was glad to see a little variety. Of the new releases, only one really has me excited, but at least there is potential for more, right?
This week’s token sequel goes to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The follow-up to 2009’s animated film returns a lot of the voice cast (most notably Bill Hader, Anna Faris, and Andy Samberg) and will be another food adventure for Flint and his crew. It’s directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn.
For a more original film, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon finally reaches theaters nationwide. The film premiered way back in January at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The general consensus was positive then and I’m hoping it continues the trend with audiences. JGL plays a porn-addicted womanizer that falls for a beauty (played by Scarlett Johansson) who has the potential to get him out of his rut.
Baggage Claim is the third and final wide release. It looks like a more traditional rom-com when compared to Don Jon. Baggage Claim is directed by the author (David E. Talbert) of the source material (also titled “Baggage Claim”) and stars Paula Patton as a flight attendant struggling in the love department. It does sound a bit generic, but those types of movies tend to find audiences.
It’s also worth noting that Rush, which released in a couple theaters last weekend, is expanding nationwide. Ron Howard fans outside of N.Y. and L.A. (like me) can finally catch the movie that stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor).
There are a good number of limited releases with plenty to offer.
Starting with As I Lay Dying, James Franco (of all people) directed the adaptation of William Faulkner’s popular novel. It’ll be interesting to see how he pulls off the narrative peculiarities. It’ll also be interesting to see how comedic actors like him and Danny McBride (Hot Rod) come off in the serious period drama. Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) is also featured in the film.
Metallica Through the Never is another movie I wouldn’t mind catching. The movie will start in IMAX 3D before expanding next weekend. It marries actual concert footage and a fictional narrative (starring Dane DeHaan) to create a film for both Metallica fans and movie fans.
I also wanted to plug Charlie Stratton’s Therese because it stars Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Tom Felton (Harry Potter). Olsen plays a sexually-repressed woman that embarks on a tragic affair. That’s about all I know at this point.
The rest of the crop includes Dark Touch, Morning, Muscle Shoals, The Network, On the Job, The Secret Lives of Dorks, and We Are What We Are.
Enjoy your weekend!
Pledging to keep herself from being the oldest and the only woman in her entire family never to wed, Montana embarks on a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up where Sony Pictures Animation’s mouth-watering comedy left off. Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention — a machine that turned water into food causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now creating food-animals – “foodimals!” Flint and his friends embark on a dangerously delicious mission to battle hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders and other foodimals to save the world – again!
Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to “pull” a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn’t compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she’s determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Based on the 1930 classic by Faulkner, it is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family’s quest to honor her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.
In a remote town in Ireland, eleven-year-old Neve finds herself the sole survivor of a bloody massacre that killed her parents and younger brother. Suspecting a gang of homicidal vandals, the police ignore Neve’s explanation that the house is the culprit. To help ease her trauma, dutiful neighbors Nat and Lucas take her in with the supervision of a social worker. Neve has trouble finding peace with the wholesome and nurturing couple, and horrific danger continues to manifest. Haunted objects, an eerie score and a moody, oneiric look complement this intense and frightening peek into child abuse and the searing imagination of writer/director Marina de Van.
If you don’t know Marina de Van’s work, you should. She has written with Francois Ozon (8 Women), and her daring first feature, In My Skin, included her main character eating her own flesh. Her second feature, Don’t Look Back, screened at Cannes in 2009. De Van’s films are intense, intellectual and brutally honest. This newest film is a viciously drawn and taut supernatural thriller that adds to her growing body of bold work.
Metallica Through the Never is a groundbreaking music-driven 3-D motion picture event. The film combines a spectacular never-before-seen live-performance by Metallica created exclusively for the film and a suspenseful narrative to produce a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience.
Emerging young star Dane DeHaan (A Place Beyond the Pines, Kill Your Darlings, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 & 3) portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission that turns into a surreal adventure, while Metallica performs its most iconic songs during a roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena.
Metallica Through the Never features the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and was filmed with state-of-the-art 3-D photography captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously. Metallica, one of the most popular and influential rock bands in history, is James Hetfield (vocals, guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums), Kirk Hammett (guitar, background vocals) and Robert Trujillo (bass, background vocals). The film is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal (Predator, Kontroll) and produced by Charlotte Huggins (Journey to the Center of the Earth). Credits are not final.
Five days in the life of an American couple immediately following the accidental death of their child. An every day story of tragedy, loss, acceptance, hope and renewal. Morning follows the divergent paths of Mark and Alice Munroe as they circle each other in a heart-breaking pas-de-deux of grief before finally coming to grips with their shared loss.
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River,” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start their own successful studio, known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.
THE NETWORK is the story of Afghanistan’s first independent television network – TOLO TV – and the family behind it. Launched in 2004, TOLO TV has grown to be Afghanistan’s largest and most successful television network employing over 800 Afghans, producing news, current affairs, drama, comedy, music, and lifestyle programs. But as the country faces the impending withdrawal of foreign troops, and with security rapidly deteriorating, the film questions what does the future hold for TOLO TV and their employees, many of whom are women.
The cycle of life and death and scheming at its highest level are on full display in ON THE JOB, a gritty crime thriller that delves deep into the inner-workings of the ingenious hitmen, honest cops, ambitious federal agents, and shady government officials. The film is based on the true scandal that rocked the Philippines where prison inmates were contracted by high-level politicians to temporarily leave jail and conduct a series of assassinations before returning to incarceration.
After a prominent drug dealer is murdered by two criminals – Tatang (Joel Torre) and Daniel (Gerald Anderson) – Sergeant Acosta (Joey Marquez) takes the lead on the investigation, but their trail goes cold almost immediately. It might have to do with the fact that Tatang and Daniel get shuttled right back into prison after their killing spree and it’s the last place the cops are looking; the perfect cover-up.
Federal agent Francis (Piolo Pascual) is called in to oversee the case by Manrique (Michael De Mesa), his controlling father-in-law and Congressman, on the orders of General Pacheco (Leo Martinez), but who is really pulling the strings? Not trusting his superiors to find the right leads, Acosta continues to stay involved and starts to show Francis just how immoral his orders are. Now caught in a web of deceit and corruption, Acosta and Francis are on a collision course with the government officials who will do anything to silence them – and no one is safe.
Payton (a dork) is in love with Carrie (the head cheerleader) who is dating Clark (the football captain). When she realizes that Payton’s crush is likely to last until middle age, Carrie sets him up with Samantha – a dorkette who works in the local comic book store. Of course, the course of true love is never smooth, Clark’s behaving strangely and Carrie’s plans run afoul of Payton’s inability to follow the simplest of instructions. Can Carrie succeed in getting Payton together with Samantha? And what’s Clark’s secret?
Set in the lower echelons of 1860s Paris, Therese Raquin, a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille, by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin. Therese spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and her evenings watching Madame play dominoes with an eclectic group. After she meets her husband’s alluring friend, Laurent, she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences.
In WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, a seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank (Bill Sage, BOARDWALK EMPIRE) rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris (Ambyr Childers, THE MASTER) and Rose (Julia Garner, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR) are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years.
WE ARE WHAT WE ARE also stars Michael Parks (DJANGO UNCHAINED), Golden Globe Nominee Kelly McGillis (WITNESS), Nick Damici (STAKELAND), Wyatt Russell (THIS IS 40) and newcomer Jack Gore. WE ARE WHAT WE ARE was written by Mickle and Damici. The two previously collaborated on the screenplays for Mickle’s first two features, MULBERRY STREET and STAKELAND (winner of the Midnight Madness Audience Award at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival).
A re-imagining of the 2010 Mexican film of the same name, director Jim Mickle paints a gripping portrait of an introverted family struggling to keep their macabre traditions alive.
The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival before screening at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight.
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