Movies in Theaters This Friday, April 18, 2014: Transcendence, Heaven is For Real, A Haunted House 2, and More
Captain America: The Winter Soldier may have been the big-ticket movie for the last two weeks, but I wouldn’t be surprised if audiences finally started shifting their attentions elsewhere. Last week, Rio 2 made a strong showing at the box office in an attempt to dethrone Cap. This week, it could be any number (or a combination) of films that take down the mighty Avenger.
Personally, I am most excited to see Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, Transcendence, as it finally heads to theaters. The sci-fi film could potentially be good (on the flip side, it could be awful). It stars Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, and Rebecca Hall (The Prestige). There’s an exciting trailer below if you’re interested in the Artificial Intelligence film.
With Easter this coming weekend, I could also see the religious film Heaven is for Real making significant waves, too. It also has the support of a best-selling novel (which it is based on). The film is directed by Randall Wallace (Secretariat) and stars Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine). This one technically released on Wednesday.
The other two wide releases are about exact opposites. A Haunted House 2 is the second horror spoof comedy starring Marlon Wayans. Bears, on the other hand, is the Disney documentary about, you got it, bears. Both will surely contribute this weekend (albeit in different ways).
In limited theaters, the list includes another Rebecca Hall movie (A Promise), as well as 13 Sins, Authors Anonymous, Fading Gigolo (starring Woody Allen), The Final Member, Kid Cannabis, Make Your Move, Next Goal Wins (set to release Saturday), Poseidon Rex, Proxy, Small Time, Tasting Menu, That Demon Within, and Trailer Park Boys 3: Don’t Legalize It.
Check out the trailers, links, and synopses below! Oh, and have a great Easter weekend!
Crossing new lines and breaking old barriers, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is the sequel to the hilarious box-office hit starring Marlon Wayans as Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With spine-tingling tension and hilarious punch-lines A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is inspired by the latest supernatural horror movie franchises and shows that this time… it’s not just the house that’s haunted!
In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska! Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.
Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him.
However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should.
Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.
Elliot Brindle is a bright, meek salesman, drowning in debt – and desperate as he’s about to marry the love of his life. Upon receiving a phone call informing him that he’s on a hidden camera game show where he must execute 13 tasks to receive a sum total cash prize of $6.2M, Elliot dismissively follows through with his first two instructions: swat the fly that is currently bothering him, then eat the fly. With thousands of dollars suddenly appearing in his bank account, Elliot remains skeptical, though comforted by the knowledge that he can stop playing at anytime if only to lose every penny that he’s won. Trapped into the horrors manipulated by unseen spectators, Elliot’s need to complete the game escalates as the tasks grow more extreme, to a devastating point of no return.
Young Friederich has humble origins, but rises to the attention of his new boss, Karl. As he volunteers to tutor his employer’s son, he gets more and more attached to Karl’s young wife Lotte. She refuses however to betray her husband even when they learn Friedrich must go to Mexico for two years to supervise a mining project for Karl. Friedrich and Lotte swear one another they will stay true to each other, but the oncoming war keeps them apart for far longer than expected. After six years, Friedrich goes back to Germany and finally sweeps Lotte off her feet.
After a dysfunctional group of unpublished writers accept ditzy Hannah (Kaley Cuoco of TV’s THE BIG BANG THEORY) into their fold, the last thing they expect is her overnight success. While her career takes off, her eccentric and envious colleagues struggle to find their own way. A lonely pizza boy (Chris Klein of AMERICAN PIE) tries to deal with his growing crush on Hannah. An optometrist (Dylan Walsh of TV’s NIP/TUCK) stalks a literary agent (Jonathan Banks of TV’s BREAKING BAD) for his stay-at-home wife (Teri Polo of MEET THE PARENTS). And a military veteran (Dennis Farina of GET SHORTY) starts selling his Clancy-esque masterpiece at a local hardware store. Tensions rise, rivalries form, and hearts are broken. Rejection turns to desperation. Good thing they’re only armed with pens…
Fioravante decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray. With Murray acting as his “manager”, the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.
Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern, and New York the Metropolitan Museum. But Husavik, Iceland—a diminutive village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle—boasts the world’s only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. Founded and curated by Sigurður “Siggi” Hjartarson, the Icelandic Phallological Museum houses four decades worth of mammalian members, from a petite field mouse to the colossal sperm whale, and every “thing” in between. Lamentably, Siggi’s collection lacks the holy grail of phallic phantasmagoria: a human specimen. Siggi’s world changes dramatically when he receives generous offers from an elderly Icelandic Casanova and an eccentric American. However, as the competition for eternal penile preservation heats up between the two men, Siggi soon discovers that this process is more complicated than it initially appeared.
In their debut feature film, Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math follow Siggi on his dogged, often emotional quest to complete his exhibition in a peculiar, yet startlingly relatable, story of self-fulfillment and the value of personal legacies (both big and small).
KID CANNABIS is the true story of an Idaho teen dropout who builds a multimillion-dollar marijuana ring by trafficking drugs through the woods across the Canadian border. But his pursuit of the high life – complete with girls, guns, and vicious rival drug lords – may leave this ex-pizza boy in way over his head.
Donny’s a cocky kid from New York who likes to dance. He goes to New Orleans and he unwittingly takes part in a criminal act. He is arrested and sent to jail. He gets out on parole and makes a living by dancing in the streets. But his parole officer tells him to stop it because he’s not suppose to be where he goes to dance as part of his parole. The officer tells him to get a job but he only wants to dance. He decides to go back to New York even though he’s not allowed to. He goes to his brother Nicky who has a club. He learns that Nicky and his partner Kaz had a falling out when a rich guy convinced Kaz that he doesn’t need Nicky. Nicky told Kaz that he’s just using him to get to Kaz’s sister who is also a performer who is hoping an agent will take her as a client because she could be sent back to Japan where she is from. When Donny sees her, he can’t help but be interested in her despite Nicky telling him not to go near her.
In 2001, the tiny Pacific island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, garnering headlines across the world as the worst soccer team on the planet. A decade after that humiliating night, they remain rooted to the bottom of FIFA’s World rankings, having scored only twice in seventeen years. They have lost every competitive game they have ever played. Against this backdrop of serial underachievement, the team face the daunting prospect of a qualification campaign for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It would take a miracle-maker or a madman to turn the team’s fortunes around – and in maverick Dutch coach Thomas Rongen the islanders somehow find both. As a loan appointment from the mighty U.S. Soccer Federation, with experience of playing alongside football greats like George Best and Johann Cruyff, Rongen is completely unprepared for what greets him on the island – in his own words it is “by far the lowest standard” of football he’s ever seen, with only half of his team even fit enough to play a whole game. A lack of athleticism aside, Rongen’s ailing squad contains the emotionally scarred goalkeeper who conceded 31 goals against Australia a decade earlier and a member of Samoa’s third gender, the fa’fafine, who lives 24/7 as a woman. To complicate matters further the team’s best player has been posted 6000 miles away by the US military. With the team about to embark on a grueling World Cup Qualification campaign, Rongen has just one month to transform this ragtag of losers into a winning team – and perhaps learn a little about himself along the way./blockquote>________________________________________________________________________
A small, secluded island off the coast of Belize suddenly finds itself terrorized by a deadly predator from the planet’s distant past when deep sea divers accidentally awaken an ancient evil.________________________________________________________________________
Zack Parker’s PROXY is a European-style suspense-thriller that promises to challenge the traditional cinematic form.
A very pregnant Esther Woodhouse (Alexia Rasmussen) is walking home after her latest OB appointment, when she is brutally attacked and disfigured by a hooded assailant. When Esther seeks consolation in a support group, she finds friendship and empathy in Melanie (Alexa Havins), another mother scarred with tragedy. Esther soon begins to believe that the horrific event might be a bittersweet act of fate. However, friendship and empathy can be very dangerous things when accepted by the wrong people.
PROXY marks the fourth feature film by Writer-Director-Producer Zack Parker and his largest undertaking to date. Shot on-location in the varied mid-west scenery of Indiana, Zack utilized the latest in filmmaking technology to bring this horrific tale to life. With a stellar cast (Alexia Rasmussen, Alexa Havins, Kristina Klebe, Joe Swanberg) a talented production team, including Along The Tracks Productions alumni Executive Producer Michael Khamis, Cinematogrpaher Jim Timperman, Sound Designer Sonny Wingler, the musical stylings of the ever-talented team The Newton Brothers, as well as new addition, Producer Faust Checho of FSC Productions, PROXY is sure to deliver a never before seen cinematic journey.________________________________________________________________________
A young guy decides to skip college in favor of joining his father’s on the lot of his used-car business.________________________________________________________________________
It’s been a year since Marc and Rachel booked a table at the best restaurant in the world, situated in an idyllic cove of Costa Brava. When it turns out that the booking is on the same date as the last night before the restaurant closes forever, their booking becomes even more important. The thing is just that Marc and Rachel are no longer together. They have been separated for a year and not seen each other during that time. Not willing to miss this unique culinary event, however, they both decide to meet at the restaurant – and it becomes a night of nothing you would have expected.________________________________________________________________________VIDEO CODE HERE
A psychological action-thriller revolving around a dutiful cop (played by Daniel Wu) guilt-ridden over saving the life of a crime boss. When the crime head continues his violent and extreme ways.________________________________________________________________________
Recently out of jail and completely broke, Julian has a plan to get outrageously rich. However, he first has to deliver his product to Montreal where his rival Cyrus is waiting to close the deal. In the meantime, the government’s plan to legalize marijuana threatens Ricky and his dope business, so he goes to Ottawa to take action against the impending bill. With Julian and Ricky on a road trip, Bubbles joins the pair with his own agenda – to go find the inheritance left for him by his long-lost parents. The trio runs into trouble when ex-park supervisor Jim Lahey and Randy go after the boys in hopes of making them rot in jail.________________________________________________________________________
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