Movies in Theaters This Wednesday, December 18-20, 2013: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Her, and More
In the penultimate weekend of the 2013 year, this week only has two wide releases (one being pretty big), but it’s probably just the calm before the storm. In limited releases, one of the most anticipated of the year does release, too.
In case you haven’t heard, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is finally releasing and it’s kind of a big deal. For years we’ve been waiting for the sequel to the 2004 comedy hit Anchorman, and today’s finally the day! It returns all the fun from the first one – including stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and Paul Rudd – while adding some formidable additions (like Harrison Ford).
The only other wide release is the family flick Walking with Dinosaurs, and it comes out Friday. It voices stars Justin Long (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) and Karl Urban (Dredd).
In limited releases, most of them probably won’t be main factors in the weekend tally. Quickly, those four movies (three of which release on Friday) are The New Rinksmusuem (releasing today), All the Light in the Sky, The Past, and Wrong Cops.
However, I’m saving perhaps the best for last. Spike Jonze’s (Adaptation) newest sci-fi romance (I’m still wrapping my head around that genre) Her hits limited theaters before expanding after the new year. I’m excited to see what looks like an interesting story and an awesome performance by Joaquin Phoenix (The Master).
Have a great rest of the week and weekend. Be sure to check back next week for the huge Christmas Day line-up.
With the 70’s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.’ Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy… while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. “Walking with Dinosaurs” is the ultimate immersive experience, utilizing state of the art 3D to put audiences in the middle of a thrilling and epic prehistoric world, where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages.
Marie, a well-respected actress in her mid-40s, wonders what her life and career hold for her next. She enjoys the freedom that life without a husband or children provides, but as her acting work slows down she’s not sure what will fill the gap. She is researching the role of a solar engineer for an upcoming film and pondering the future of the planet when a visit from her 25-year-old niece forces her to reflect on aging in Hollywood and her relationships with men.
Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, “Her” follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.
If you’ve visited Amsterdam, you’ve probably been to the Rijksmuseum, one of the world’s preeminent art museums – home to masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer – itself a vast, magnificent structure, built in 1895 by architect Pierre Cuypers. The renovation of the museum (it reopened this past April) went on for 10 long, expensive years, so it is fitting that a documentary on this torturous (and often, inadvertently hilarious) process should turn into not one but two feature-length movies: Spanish architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz have designed an ingenious new entryway, but the Dutch Cyclists Union won’t tolerate reduced access for the 13,000 bicyclists who ride through the passageway daily. The museum’s magisterial director, Ronald de Leeuw, and his successor, the younger, scrappier Wim Pijbes, battle with curators, politicians, designers, city bureaucrats, and the public as the price of construction soars to $500 million. It’s a messy, complicated story that New Yorkers will relate to, but fortunately, one with a glorious ending.
An Iranian man deserts his French wife and two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife’s request for a divorce.
A group of bad cops look to dispose of a body that one of them accidentally shot.
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