Movies in Theaters This Friday, January 31, 2014: Labor Day, That Awkward Moment, and More
There’s no doubt the biggest entertainment of the weekend (and probably the year) will occur outside the movie theater. Even if football isn’t for everyone, the Super Bowl is its own beast. Believe it or not, this huge event carries some weight in the movie industry. There’s no doubt studios took this into mind (much like the television industry).
Still, there are two wide releases that will try to corral audiences Friday and Saturday. Jason Reitman’s (Juno) Labor Day is probably the bigger of the two movies. The drama stars Josh Brolin (Oldboy) and Kate Winslet. I’m hoping this movie can break the January mold.
The other wide release belongs to That Awkward Moment, which I actually think looks decent. Maybe it’s because I’m a huge fan of Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station). Zac Efron is the more mainstream star with new director Tom Gormican running the show.
In limited theaters, the biggest draw, I suppose, is Best Night Ever. It’s another one of those spoof movies by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Vampires Suck). I also should mention At Middleton comes out, which stars Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven) and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air).
The rest of the limited releases are 12 O’Clock Boys, Armistrice, Brightest Star, Charlie Victor Romeo, Love is in the Air, Somewhere Slow, Tim’s Vermeer, and The Wait. Check out all the synopses and trailers below.
Have a great weekend…and Go Hawks!
“Labor Day” centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.
Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”
The 12 O’CLOCK BOYS are a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore — popping wheelies and weaving at excessive speeds through traffic, the group impressively evades the hamstrung police. In Lotfy Nathan’s wild, dynamic documentary (three years in the making), their stunning antics are envisioned through the eyes of young adolescent Pug – a bright kid from the Westside obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks. Premiering to critical acclaim at the SXSW and Hot Docs Film Festivals (where Nathan won the HBO Emerging Artist Award), 12 O’CLOCK BOYS provides a compelling and intimate personal story of a young boy and his dangerous, thrilling dream.
Armistice is a gripping, brutal, psychological film with a supernatural edge that charts one man’s fight to preserve his humanity and sanity over years of terrible imprisonment.
Royal Marine A.J Budd (Joseph Morgan) awakes in a mysterious house and is forced to fight for his life everyday against grotesque inhuman opponents. Trapped alone in an unchanging prison of unbreakable routines, he must kill everyday or die himself. As days stretch into years, the isolation and unceasing violence threaten his very soul.
The only note of hope lies in the journals of a former prisoner of the house, WW1 officer Lieutenant Edward Sterling (Matt Ryan). Discovered behind a secret wall, Sterling’s diaries serve as a mentor to the young marine and help to keep him alive, but what dark fate befell their author?
The stories of these two men from different times interweave as their desperation to escape the endless killing leads them both into taking terrible measures.
It’s not only teenagers who find themselves when they go off to college. Two brilliant actors best known for dramatic roles join forces in a romantic romp, and they have a ball. Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia play strangers who meet while escorting their teen children to campus-tour day at a mythical college named Middleton (the film is in part a hilarious parody of American college life).
Farmiga unleashes her comedic skills as Edith, a shockingly honest character who’s so far out at the end of her rope that she can’t take anything seriously. Garcia, in spectacles and bow tie, plays George, a hyper-fastidious heart surgeon so self-controlled that he insists on backing into parking slots. They clash immediately, ditch the tour and through a series of escapades find themselves sliding helplessly into love and something far more than they ever imagined. The cast includes Tom Skerritt, Peter Riegert, and Taissa Farmiga, Vera’s much-younger sister, who plays the studious, driven daughter Audrey. This charming romance, which takes turns between silly and serious, radiates a joy that will linger long after the credits roll.
Claire is about to get married and she goes to Las Vegas with her sister and two friends for her bachelorette party. Things quickly spiral out of control.
After the heartbreaking end of his first love, a recent college graduate sets out to win back the girl of his dreams only to discover a greater journey awaits him.
A unique and riveting theatrical experience, CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO (CVR) is a performance documentary derived entirely from the “Black Box” transcripts of six major real-life airline emergencies.
When you board an airplane, who are those people in uniform to whom you entrust your life? What do they really do when things go horribly wrong? Derived entirely from the Cockpit Voice Recorder transcripts of six major airline incidents and accidents, Charlie Victor Romeo puts the audience inside the tension-filled cockpits of actual flights in distress, offering a fascinating portrait of the psychology of crisis and a person’s will to live to the last second.
Antoine is a lawyer living in New York. On his way back to France for the final round of a job interview, Antoine finds himself sitting right next to his ex-girlfriend Julie. With a seven-hour flight ahead of them, they are going to have to speak to each other.
When Anna Thompson (Jessalyn Gilsig) gets mixed up in a convenience store robbery, she makes a split-second decision to walk out of her life and into the unknown. On her travels, she meets Travis (Graham Patrick Martin), a teenage drifter on his own journey of self-discovery. Sparse and provocative, Somewhere Slow shines light on how sometimes we must learn to break our own rules to find the lives we’ve been yearning to live.
Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically — 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers.
Spanning eight years, Jenison’s adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen.
Who Determines What is Real?
An enigmatic phone call from a psychic, catapults a family into a state of suspended belief while waiting for their recently deceased mother to be resurrected. One sister believes the claim, and the other staunchly opposes it until she encounters a chance at love, giving her hope that anything, even resurrection, is possible. A discordant struggle between sisters plays out in a world where the virtual and real often converge.
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