Movies in Theaters This Friday, January 24, 2014: I, Frankenstein, Gimme Shelter, Gloria, and More
After a wide crop of releases last weekend, Hollywood seems to be back down this coming weekend. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a couple movies worth mentioning. As always, its about balancing expectations for the wide releases while keeping an eye on the limited ones.
I, Frankenstein is the lone wide release this weekend. It packs a punch with stars like Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) and Yvonne Strahovski (NBC’s Chuck). It’ll be interesting to see how the movie does because it has the stars and the source material. However, it also looks like it could easily underperform. We’ll see.
As far as limited releases go, Gimme Shelter could be an interesting pick if you can find the movie. The biggest name is probably Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers), but both Rosario Dawson (Trance) and Brendan Fraser (Crash) also appear in the drama by Ron Krauss. I’ll keep an eye on it.
Gloria is the second release I really wanted to talk about. It doesn’t have name recognition (both in title or stars), but it has the critical reception behind it. Since it released awhile ago in Chile – and later became their official Academy Award selection – it’s been around for some time. Now, we can finally see it in select theaters.
I also should probably mention Knights of Badassdom released in select theaters already on Tuesday. It stars Peter Dinklage (HBO’s Game of Thrones) and Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club).
The rest of the limited movies are 24 Exposures, Enemies Closer, Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America, Run & Jump, Stranger by the Lake, and Visitors. All these (and the others) can be seen in more detail below.
Have a fantastic weekend!
200 years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein’s creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind. From the co-writer of the hit supernatural saga, UNDERWORLD, comes the action thriller I, FRANKENSTEIN, written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie, screen story by Kevin Grevioux and Stuart Beattie, based on the Darkstorm Studios graphic novel “I, Frankenstein” created by Kevin Grevioux. The story is brought to life by a cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein.
A fetish photographer and a homicide detective are brought together when a young model turns up dead. They develop an unlikely friendship, as both are interested in what the other does for a living.
Deep within a forest on the US-Canadian border, two sworn enemies must work together to escape a ruthless drug cartel hell-bent on retrieving a drug shipment which went missing there.
A pregnant teenager flees life with her drug-addicted mother and ends up living on the street before being welcomed into her first real home in Gimme Shelter, an extraordinary tale of survival and redemption inspired by actual events. For 16-year-old Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens), life has been a constant struggle to overcome the harsh reality of a subsistence existence with her abusive mother, June (Rosario Dawson), and June’s string of lowlife boyfriends. When she finds herself pregnant and alone, Apple temporarily takes shelter with her biological father, Tom (Brendan Fraser), a wealthy Wall Streeter living in a New Jersey mansion with his wife Joanna (Stephanie Szostak) and two young children. But Apple’s inability to adjust to her new circumstances, and her refusal to terminate her pregnancy, soon force her back onto the streets. Desperate to find a haven for herself and her unborn child, Apple reluctantly agrees to move into a suburban shelter that houses other pregnant teens. Emotionally scarred and unable to trust those who want to help her, it seems unlikely that Apple will be able to adapt to the shelter’s strict rules and high expectations. With her safety and that of her unborn child at risk, Apple must find a way to break the shackles of her unhappy past and embrace the future with clarity, maturity and hope. Inspired by the real-life, David-and-Goliath story of Several Sources Shelters founder Kathy DiFiore, award-winning writer and director Ronald Krauss wrote his original screenplay while spending a year in a shelter for pregnant teens, and based his poignant screenplay on the lives of several of the shelter mothers. Gimme Shelter stars Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical franchise, Machete Kills), Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Trance), Brendan Fraser (Crash, The Mummy), James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, Star Wars franchise), Ann Dowd (Compliance, Side Effects) and Dascha Polanco (“Orange is the New Black”). Also appearing in the film are several real life shelter mothers, their babies and Kathy DiFiore. The film is produced by Krauss and Jeff Rice (End of Watch, 2 Guns). Director of photography is Alain Marcoen (The Kid with a Bike, She is Not Crying, She is Singing). Production designer is William Ladd Skinner (This is the End, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise). Costume designer is Ciera Wells (All is Bright, Damsels in Distress). Executive producers are Paul Hellerman (Pulp Fiction, The Mexican) and Scott Steindorff (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Human Stain).
A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman, and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs.
KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM follows three best friends (Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the mythical Middle Ages. Trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some serious evil in the form of a blood-lusting Succubus, from the pits of hell.
Fantasy and reality collide on the Fields of Evermore in an all-out epic battle of make-believe wizards, demons and assorted mythical creatures. Their courage and friendship is put to the test as they attempt to vanquish the evil they have summoned. Will the group prove to simply be foam sword-wielding LARPers, or true “Knights of Badassdom?”
Almost fifty years ago, when she was very young and unknown, Mercedes Sosa broke the mould by drafting, together with other four young artists, the so-called “Manifesto del Nuevo Cancionero” (The New songbook Manifesto). How did this manifesto make an impact on the next generations? How much did the “Nuevo Cancionero” influence the development of the “Nueva Trova Cubana”? How did this ideology affect the politics of both emerging and developed countries? Apart from the millions of records she sold, the thousands of concerts she made all over the world, her countless fans and detractors, Mercedes Sosa left behind an indelible legacy, an ideal that has not become a reality yet but which keeps pushing forward. “Mercedes Sosa, The Voice of Latin America” is a deep intimate journey into Mercedes Sosa’s world, not only as an artist but as human being. An autobiography through her own voice. She will guide us through her life, her successes and failures, her love stories and all her suffering. With never seen before achieve, an artistic construction and several international artists giving their testimony about Mercedes Sosa’s importance for Latin America political and musical history, this documentary will show the ideology of an artists who went beyond the borders of music , to become in one of the most influential personalities of the 20th century.
Dynamo wife and mother Vanetia is rebuilding the life she loved after her 38-year-old husband suffers a personality-changing stroke. Entering the emotional fray is buttoned-up American researcher Ted Fielding, who’s staying for two months.An unconventional love story and authentic portrait of a happy-go-lucky Irish family.
Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.
Director Godfrey Reggio reveals humanity’s trance-like relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species.
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