Movies in Theaters This Friday, October 18, 2013: Carrie, Escape Plan, The Fifth Estate, and More
Can we keep the streak going? After a pretty dismal start to the year (in terms of wide releases), Prisoners, Rush, Don Jon, Gravity, and Captain Phillips have all been great movies.
Coming into this week, my best guess for critical success would’ve gone to The Fifth Estate. Starring the uber-popular Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Rush star Daniel Brühl, the WikiLeaks movie had a lot of potential. Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga) is in charge of directing the movie and I’m still hopeful it can continue the streak.
Carrie, which has the source material to be a winner, has the remake-factor going against it. Chloe Grace Moretz (Hugo) and Don Jon star Julianne Moore are good enough names to headline the project, but remakes (especially horror ones) have a lot of climbing to do. We’ll see if Kimberly Peirce’s (Stop-Loss) latest can achieve the feat.
To cover our bases, we had to get another action movie with aging stars, right? Robert De Niro (in The Family), although not that old, has been in charge of that as of late. However, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger (at an average age of 66.5) take the reigns with Escape Plan. The break-out-of-prison movie also stars Jim Caviezel…and unfortunately probably has the worst chance of continuing the wide release streak.
In limited releases, I wanted to mention both 2 Jacks and Paradise. I’ve seen both and wanted to plug the names behind the movies more than the actual quality. 2 Jacks stars Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Sienna Miller (Stardust) while Paradise stars Julianne Hough (Footloose), Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and Octavia Spencer (The Help).
The real winner this week will probably go to 12 Years a Slave, though, because practically everywhere I’m looking pegs this as a serious contender. It also stars Benedict Cumberbatch (second movie this weekend), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things), Michael Fassbender, and Brad Pitt. Personally, I’m most excited to see this movie…but of course it’s in limited theaters.
The rest of the limited movies are Adventures in the Sin Bin, All is Lost, Big Ass Spider, Enzo Avitabile Music Life, Haunter, Hellbenders, I’m in Love with a Church Girl, and Torn.
Enjoy your weekend!
A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
One of the world’s foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called “The Tomb.” Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built. ESCAPE PLAN is the first pairing of action legends Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in leading roles, and co-stars Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan.
Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society—and what are the costs of exposing them?”
2 Jacks is a comical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s short story Two Hussars, comparing the generational change from father to son within the same business.
The fast-paced Hollywood lifestyle, with romance and glamor, comes alive in 2 Jacks; a now-and-then look at the renowned way of living. Legendary film director Jack Hussar (Danny Huston), notorious gambler and womanizer, returns to the LA scene to raise money for his next feature film. Back in LA, Jack walks himself into an eventful night. Doing what he does best, Jack seduces the stunning Diana (Sienna Miller), attends some wild industry parties, and narrowly escapes a brush with the law, all before playing a high-stakes poker game at dawn.
As years pass, Jack Hussar Jr. (Jack Huston) later arrives in Hollywood to follow his father’s career path for his directorial debut. Soon after arriving, Diana (now played by Jacqueline Bisset) notices her daughter falling for her former lover’s son. Within this film we see the struggle of a son trying to step out of his father’s Hollywood shadow.
TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.
Brian (Michael Seater) is a shy kid who owns a vintage van that has been appropriately dubbed the “Sin Bin.” Brian loans the van out to his friends for their romantic exploits while he remains a frustrated virgin. Then he meets Tony (comedian Bo Burnham in a scene-stealing role) in the bathroom of the high school where he holds court. Tony wants to use the Sin Bin, and makes a deal that he will teach Brian the art of wooing women in exchange. Unfortunately, everything becomes much more complicated when Brian falls for Tony’s girl, Suzie (Emily Meade). With his brother Benny (Brian Petsos) and their neighbor Officer Totsch (Tim Blake Nelson at his comedic best) entering the picture, Brian is going to need all the help he can get to navigate this love triangle.
First-time director Billy Federighi captures the absurd world of high school romantic relationships with a young cast that blends fresh faces with established talent. The intelligent and funny Sin Bin is poised to join the pantheon of exceptional high school comedies that speak across the generations through the universal absurdity of young love.
Academy Award® winner Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost, an open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) with a musical score by Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), the film is a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience.
Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner’s intuition, and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest.
Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.
Lionsgate & Roadside Attractions, Black Bear Pictures and Treehouse Pictures present a Before The Door/Washington Square Films Production. Robert Redford in All Is Lost. The director of photography is Frank G. DeMarco and the underwater director of photography is Peter Zuccarini. Production designer is John P. Goldsmith. Editor is Pete Beaudreau. The music is composed by Alex Ebert. Visual effects supervisor is Robert Munroe. Executive producers are Cassian Elwes, Laura Rister, Glen Basner, Joshua Blum, Howard Cohen, Eric d’Arbeloff, Rob Barnum, Kevin Turen, Corey Moosa and Zachary Quinto. The producers are Justin Nappi and Teddy Schwarzman. Produced by Neal Dodson p.g.a. and Anna Gerb p.g.a. Written and directed by J.C. Chandor.
BIG ASS SPIDER is a TREMORS-style creature feature about a towering mutant arachnid rampaging across Los Angeles and the two unlikely heros who try to stop it.
This project is the fruit of the two artists’ reciprocal esteem for one another. It is also the result of many years spent following the musical artistry of Enzo Avitabile, a well-known figure on the world music scene recognized for his passion for research and experimentation.
Music has always played a decisive role in Demme’s films, which is evident in all his works for the big screen. Over the years, this passion has been expressed in various video clips, and above all, documentaries (The Pretenders, New Order, Talking Heads, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young) which received high critical acclaim by the public, and film and music critics alike.
One of his latest documentaries tells the story of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and others have brought him to shoot on location in Haiti and New Orleans.
This film gives us the incredible opportunity to experience a story told through the eyes of one of the greatest directors in the world, not only about the music of a “unique” artist like Avitabile, but also of Naples, a city with all its treasures and contradictions.
The ghost of a teenager who died years ago reaches out to the land of the living in order to save someone from suffering her same fate.
The Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints, a team of blasphemous ministers who live in a constant state of debauchery, work to drag the worst of demons back to Hell.
Cars. Good looks. Mansions. Money. Women. Miles Montego has it all. Including a past. He was king of the streets as a high-level drug trafficker, and although he has tried to move on, the DEA isn’t convinced. Miles is still rolling with his old friends and colleagues, and the feds are certain he has not fully retired from his criminal past. When Miles meets Vanessa Leon, a woman who is different than every other woman he’s met, he is drawn to her beauty and her faith. She is a “church girl” in every sense of the word. Increasingly, he is torn between a life that he knows and a love that he feels. As Vanessa experiences his lavish lifestyle, mobster-type friends, gun play, and encounters with past women, Vanessa must reconcile her faith in God and her growing love for Miles. Both are tested to their last ounce of faith and strength in God and each other. God continues to chip away at Miles through struggles from his past, having to live up to his reputation, feelings of unworthiness, the death of his mother, federal charges, his friends being indicted, the strain on his relationship with Vanessa, almost losing her in a near-fatal car accident, and finally the spiritual breakdown that brings him on his knees to face God one-on-one.
I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL is a powerful, inspiring story of a love between a man and a woman, a gift of second chances, and a family at home and in church that never stops praying and believing.
Lamb Mannerheim’s faith is shaken after a plane crash burns two-thirds of her body, and she shocks her small-town congregation when she publicly renounces God. As she sets out to experience the worldly pleasures of Las Vegas, she meets a bartender and a cynical lounge singer who help her check off as many dirty deeds as possible from her Napkin of Sin bucket list.
An unexpected bond forms between two women when their sons are killed in an explosion at a local shopping mall. When the police find evidence of a bomb, one of the sons, a Muslim American, becomes the prime suspect, threatening the two mothers’ new friendship and forcing them to question how well they knew their own children. Torn is a powerful dramatic journey that invites each of us to confront our own perceptions of the world and one another.
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