Movies in Theaters This Friday, May 2, 2014: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Walk of Shame, Belle, and More
Since it is finally May, we can start gearing up for quite the month of movie releases. And boy could this be a potentially killer month for Hollywood.
First on the agenda is the hotly-anticipated The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I was underwhelmed by Marc Webb’s first Spidey film, but I have some renewed confidence the sequel will do better. For one, it doesn’t have to be bogged down by the origin story. For two, it added Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle). We shall see!
Besides that, the rest of the movies are limited releases. This isn’t that shocking because big releases like Spider-Man 2 scare away the competition (perhaps just a few weeks by the looks of things).
The biggest limited release is probably the comedy Walk of Shame. Starring Elizabeth Banks, the film does look like it has some potential. However, potential doesn’t always equal success.
The other two limited movies I wanted to mention were Belle and Decoding Annie Parker. Belle is directed by Amma Asante (A Way of Life) and is based on the famous Dido Elizabeth Belle painting you’ve probably seen. Decoding Annie Parker, on the other hand, is Steven Bernstein’s directorial debut and stars Helen Hunt and Aaron Paul. Check either out if you get the chance.
Quickly, the limited releases also include The Bachelor Weekend, Bad Johnson, Beneath the Harvest Sky, Blood Glacier, Farmland, Ida, Mr. Jones, The Protector 2, and Whitewash.
Each film is shown below with a trailer and synopsis. Enjoy your weekend!
We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.
It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.
No one makes a less likely candidate for a wild stag party than Fionnán (Hugh O’Conor), a set designer so comfortable in his masculinity that he feels no shame in micromanaging the decor for his forthcoming wedding. But his adoring fiancée, Ruth (Amy Huberman), feels that Fionnán really needs to cut loose in one last bachelor’s hurrah with his mates. She recruits Davin (Andrew Scott), Fionan’s best friend — and her ex — to make the arrangements. The gents opt for a camping trip, but what promises to be a leisurely weekend of fresh air and some light hiking is about to get a major dose of testosterone. The Machine (Peter McDonald), Ruth’s notoriously obnoxious brother, is determined to tag along.
Old friendships will be fortified, new ones will be forged, and a spate of boyish behaviour will prove to help these men become a little more mature. Finely textured performances and the beauty of the Irish countryside combine with Butler’s assured direction, culminating in a fun, hilarious and ultimately very moving experience.
A charismatic womanizer receives his comeuppance after his penis mysteriously leaves his body and takes human form.
BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
Casper (Emory Cohen, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES) and Dominic (Callan McAuliffe, THE GREAT GATSBY) have been fiercely loyal friends since childhood. Desperate for a way out of their quiet town on the Maine-Canada border, the boys make a pact to pool their earnings on a car and hit the road. But when Casper is drawn into drug smuggling with his outlaw father (Aidan Gillen, “The Wire,” “Game of Thrones”) to pay his share, their friendship is pushed to the brink and adult choices forced on them all too soon. A standout narrative debut from Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly (THE WAY WE GET BY), BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY is a gripping coming-of-age thriller set against an authentic portrait of small-town American life.
Scientists working in the Austrian Alps discover that a glacier is leaking a liquid that appears to be affecting local wildlife.
In the film, we meet the 11-year-old Annie Parker, living the perfect young life, loved by her mother, father and older sister. But something horrible is stalking this family.
On a fall afternoon in 1976, young Annie hears a noise from upstairs and an agonizing downward spiral begins.
Meanwhile, far away, a brilliant research scientist named Mary-Claire King, against the advice of virtually everyone who knew her, is embarking on a journey that would end in a discovery of such significance that it would be considered one of the most important scientific discoveries of the twentieth century and touch millions of lives—including that of Annie Parker.
By the age of 19, Annie Parker had lost both her mother and her father and was already pregnant and married to Paul. While immature and barely a man himself, Paul was the source of her joy just as her older sister was her spirit guide. Her sister soon falls victim to the same evil that killed their mother; she too died, leaving Annie virtually alone.
However, Annie Parker’s challenges had hardly begun.
She was then diagnosed with the same disease that killed her mother and sister- breast cancer – and her world begins to spin out of control affecting not only her body, but also her relationship with her husband, her child and her friends.
She loses everything a person can lose, but remarkably Annie continues her fight. As each tragedy befalls her, something remarkable happens. She grows stronger and, well… funnier. She becomes a life force unto herself, determined to survive it all believing, simply, that she can will herself to live.
As Anne battles cancer, the relentless unwavering Mary-Claire King is battling all established medical views about the origins of cancer. She believes that some cancers have a genetic link a notion rejected by her by her peers.
Against all odds, she and her band of researchers make a remarkable discovery that is hailed as of unimaginable importance.
As these two women’s story wind inexorably towards one another, more discoveries are made that go beyond mere science.
MOST AMERICANS HAVE NEVER STEPPED FOOT ON A FARM OR RANCH OR EVEN TALKED TO THE PEOPLE WHO GROW AND RAISE THE FOOD WE EAT. FARMLAND WILL TAKE AN INTIMATE LOOK AT THE LIVES OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN THEIR ‘20S, ALL OF WHOM ARE NOW RESPONSIBLE FOR RUNNING THEIR FARMING BUSINESS.
THROUGH THIS FILM FROM AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR, JAMES MOLL, YOU’LL STEP INSIDE THE WORLD OF FARMING FOR A FIRST-HAND GLIMPSE INTO THE LIVES OF YOUNG FARMERS AND RANCHERS. LEARN ABOUT THEIR HIGH-RISK/HIGH REWARD JOBS AND PASSION FOR A WAY OF LIFE THAT HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, YET CONTINUES TO EVOLVE.
Poland, 1962. Anna, an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent, is a novice. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna about her Jewish roots. Both women start a journey not only to find their family’s tragic story, but to see who they really are and where they belong. They question what they used to believe in. Both of them are trying to go on living but only one eventually can.
A young couple moves to the woods and soon finds their nightmares and reality colliding.
THE PROTECTOR 2, Starring Tony Jaa (ONG BAK) and RZA, is an extreme fight movie, an endlessly intense, nerve-racking film full of fists, elbows, kicks and daredevil stunt scenes and amazingly choreographed fighting moves that will pump hot blood through the bodies of all action fans.
After losing an audition for her dream job, an aspiring Los Angeles TV news anchor goes out for an uncharacteristic night of partying. She awakes in a stranger’s bed to a phone message from her agent telling her the job is hers, if she can make it across town by 5 pm. Stranded in an unknown area without money, a phone, and a car, she embarks on a series of misadventures as she races to the most important job interview of her life.
In the harsh, wintry woods of rural Quebec, Bruce (Thomas Haden Church), a down-on-his-luck snowplow operator, accidentally kills a man during a drunken night joyride. Stricken with panic, he hides the body and takes to the deep wilderness in hopes of outrunning both the authorities and his own conscience. But as both begin to close in, Bruce falls apart mentally and morally and mysteries unravel to reveal who he was before the accident, the truth behind his victim, and the circumstances that brought them together in a single moment.
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