Movies in Theaters This Friday, November 27-29, 2013: Oldboy, Homefront, Black Nativity, and More
Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! Besides giving thanks and maybe some Black Friday shopping, Thanksgiving is also a time to release some of the year’s best movies. This Thanksgiving, we’re down just a little bit (by comparison, the popular Life of Pi came out last Thanksgiving weekend). However, last week’s huge release, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, could be to blame for that.
Still, there are three wide releases this week:
Oldboy, Spike Lee’s (Inside Man) rendition of the 2003 South Korean film (based on a manga series), finally releases. The release date has been shifted a few times, but it does appear we can finally see the new one starting today. It stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), and Sharlto Copley (Elysium).
Homefront, a movie starring Jason Statham and James Franco, also hits wide theaters. The Rated-R action-thriller sees Statham in a very Statham-like role (a tough guy trying to save his and his family’s lives). The movie is directed by Gary Fleder, who directed one of my all-time favorites in Runaway Jury.
Black Nativity rounds out the wide releases. The musical stars Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Tyrese Gibson (The Fast & Furious), and Jennifer Hudson. Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me) directed the film.
The most noteworthy limited release belongs to the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) stars as the iconic South African President Nelson Mandela. Naomie Harris (Skyfall) and director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boelyn Girl) are also involved in the project. The movie technically releases on the 29th, and hopefully it’ll expand soon.
The rest of limited released movies are Caught in the Web, Cousin Jules, Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey (November 29th), and The Punk Singer (November 29th). Check out all these movies more thoroughly below.
Enjoy Thanksgiving folks!
In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs’ rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.
HOMEFRONT stars Jason Statham as former drug enforcement agent, Phil Broker, a family man who moves off the grid with his daughter, to a seemingly quiet bayou backwater to escape his troubled past. However, Broker’s world soon becomes anything but quiet once he discovers that an underbelly of drugs and violence riddles the small town. Soon, a sociopathic methamphetamine kingpin, Gator Bodine (James Franco) puts Broker and his daughter in harm’s way forcing Broker back into action in order to save his family and the town.
An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.
The story begins on a bus, when white-collar worker Ye refuses to give up her seat to a senior citizen. Her defiance is videotaped by a journalist intern and played during a news show. The video sparks intense debate on and off the Internet. Some Internet users search for Ye’s personal information and post it all online. The issue soon brings tremendous changes to the families of both the journalist intern and Ye’s boss.
This unusual documentary chronicles five years in the grim, silent life of an elderly French couple (the husband was nearly eighty). In it, not one word is spoken. They live in a rural area, and the film follows their daily routine in extraordinary detail. Though the man’s wife died during the filming, the filmmakers continued and show the old man doing his chores alone, awaiting his own death.
A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey is the adventure of 700 people trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd pole,” a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming. Battling the most treacherous terrain on the planet, the trekkers spread their message of ecological compassion through human’s most basic means -by walking on foot, village to village, and showing by example. Surviving harrowing injuries, illness, and starvation, they emerge with nearly half a ton of plastic litter strapped to their backs, triggering an historic green revolution across the rooftop of the world.
Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage* and intimate interviews with Hanna, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.
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