Movies in Theaters This Friday, January 10, 2014: The Legend of Hercules, Raze, and More
Like most years, January (specifically the beginning of January) is a bit of lull for new movies. Since movies are jam-packed into the end of the year, the push has been for limited releases to qualify for the following year before expanding in January. This was the case with Zero Dark Thirty in 2012 and 2013, and we’re seeing the same thing with Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Lone Survivor – all which should see more theaters this weekend.
Still, there are some new movies coming out this weekend. However, there is only one threatening in the wide release department. The Legend of Hercules will hit the national limelight starting today (well, last night technically). It is one of two Hercules-inspired movies this year.
In limited releases, the only one I’d heard of before researching this weekend’s releases was Raze. Josh Waller’s horror action film played at Tribeca last year but had to wait until 2014 to get a release.
The list of other limited releases includes The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box, Banshee Chapter, Black Coffee, Chander Pahar: Mountain of the Moon, Cold Comes the Night, Divorce Corp., Dumbbells, If You Build It, In Bloom, Loves Her Gun, and The Truth About Emanuel.
IN THE EPIC ORIGIN STORY THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, KELLAN LUTZ STARS AS THE MYTHICAL GREEK HERO – THE SON OF ZEUS, A HALF-GOD, HALF-MAN BLESSED WITH EXTRAORDINARY STRENGTH. BETRAYED BY HIS STEPFATHER, THE KING, AND EXILED AND SOLD INTO SLAVERY BECAUSE OF A FORBIDDEN LOVE, HERCULES MUST USE HIS FORMIDABLE POWERS TO FIGHT HIS WAY BACK TO HIS RIGHTFUL KINGDOM. THROUGH HARROWING BATTLES AND GLADIATOR-ARENA DEATH MATCHES, HERCULES EMBARKS ON A LEGENDARY ODYSSEY TO OVERTHROW THE KING AND RESTORE PEACE TO THE LAND.
Ancient mysteries. Powerful evil. And a fearless hero’s quest through a fantastical realm of steam-powered wonders and sinister magic… In THE ADVENTURER: THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX, seventeen-year-old Mariah Mundi’s life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped. Following a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, Mariah discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artifact that grants limitless wealth – but also devastating supernatural power. With the fate of his world, and his family at stake, Mariah will risk everything to unravel the Curse of the Midas Box!
In 1963 the U.S. government began experimenting on unsuspecting Americans with chemical agents intended to induce mind control. The programme was named ‘MK-ULTRA’ and the results were horrifying… When her best friend James Hirsch goes missing, Internet journalist Anne Roland decides to investigate and discovers he made a videotape of himself taking a mind-altering drug before vanishing into thin air. Further probing guides her to anarchist poet and novelist Thomas Blackburn who gets illegally high on LSD-type hallucinogens supplied by a friend. But when Anne learns this friend has been extracting the drug from the pineal glands of dead humans, the search leads to the mysterious Chamber 5 in a Black Rock desert research centre where she enters an alternate universe of stretched sanity, brain receivers, sinister Numbers stations and Lovecraftian illusion. Based on real documents, actual test subject testimony and uncovered secrets about testing run by the CIA.
Robert (Henson) picked the wrong time to meet his soul mate! After being fired from his own father’s company, he feels like his luck has run out – until Morgan (Dennis) enters into his life. Just as things start to heat up between them, trouble brews as Morgan’s ex-husband (Rucker) vows to get her back and Robert’s gold-digging ex-girlfriend (Hubbard) returns with an agenda of her own. With the help of his cousin (Keyes), Robert’s about to find out how much good can come out of a bad situation in this charming romantic comedy that’s good to the last drop.
A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop.
More money flows through the family courts, and into the hands of courthouse insiders, than in all other court systems in America combined – over $50 billion a year and growing. Through extensive research and interviews with the nation’s top divorce lawyers, mediators, judges, politicians, litigants and journalists, this documentary uncovers how children are torn from their homes, unlicensed custody evaluators extort money, and abusive judges play god with people’s lives while enriching their friends. This explosive documentary reveals the family courts as unregulated, extra-constitutional fiefdoms. Rather than assist victims of domestic crimes, these courts often precipitate them. And rather than help parents and children move on, as they are mandated to do, these courts – and their associates – drag out cases for years, sometimes decades, ultimately resulting in a rash of social ills, including home foreclosure, bankruptcy, suicide and violence. Solutions to the crisis are sought out in countries where divorce is handled in a more holistic manner.
Dumbbells is a light-hearted buddy comedy set amongst a group of misfit employees that work in a struggling fitness center in the Los Angeles area. Reminiscent in tone to independent films such as Waiting and Office Space, with an element that pays hommage to the dialogue rich 80’s throwback comedies like National Lampoons.
The movie focuses on Chris Long, a washed up college hoop star turned trainer, who’s plagued by bitterness from past misfortunes. Having once had plans for a lucrative NBA career and “the easy life,” Chris’ now finds himself in an existence that lacks purpose and direction. The story takes a turn when new owner, Jack Guy, a shallow Hollywood type, arrives on the scene. Armed with “big ideas,” (and plenty of his own secrets) Jack unleashes a plan to turn the gym into a reality show. Conflict arises when Chris and most of the staff resist Jack’s “ideas” at all costs. Nothing goes as planned, but in the process, Chris and Jack forge an unexpected friendship. As a team, Chris and Jack are able to assist each other in facing their demons from the past, and as a result, they’re able to lead the group down a path toward fulfilling all of their dreams.
From the director of WORDPLAY and I.O.U.S.A. comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. IF YOU BUILD IT follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible. Directed by Patrick Creadon and produced by Christine O’Malley and Neal Baer, IF YOU BUILD IT offers a compelling and hopeful vision for a new kind of classroom in which students learn the tools to design their own futures.
Set in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in 1992. Friends Eka and Natia look to leave childhood behind as they ignore societal customs and work to escape their turbulent family lives.
Loves Her Gun was shot in Brooklyn, New York and Austin, Texas (and a few highways in-between!). The entire project was a wonderful experiment in which all the events, scenes, and character developments were tightly scripted…but in an effort to keep the portrayals as natural and real as possible…all of the dialogue was improvised by the actors themselves. In a further effort to keep the film believable we made the cast toob and work and play music and sleep in the RV. We even went so far as to use live rounds when filming most of the gun firing.
Allie leads an unfocused life with no job and a lame boyfriend. So it’s no surprise when she hops on the next bus (well more of an RV full of karate rockers) to Texas after being attacked on the streets of New York. Seeming to improve as she settles into the slower-pace of Austin, her fears continue to haunt her. She quickly falls into Texas gun culture as a means to feel safe. She walks the fine line between reasonable self-preservation and paranoid withdrawal. Can she maintain healthy relationships, or will the weapons she uses to protect herself cause her problems worse that the ones she was fleeing?
Awakening after being abducted, JAMIE finds herself in a concrete bunker, and she discovers that she is not alone. She and SABRINA, a fellow abductee, both soon realize that they are in a modern day “coliseum” where, along with 48 other women, they are condemned to kill each other in order to protect their very own loved ones.
Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario), a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious, new neighbor (Jessica Biel), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper.
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