Movies in Theaters This Friday, September 26, 2014: The Equalizer, The Boxtrolls, and More
After a busy weekend last time around, this weekend’s slate of movies will do its best to compete. In fact, both wide releases should (“should” being the key word) do pretty well.
Personally, I’m most excited to see Laika’s (the studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman) latest movie, The Boxtrolls. Rather than rehash what I’ve already said, I’d suggest taking a look at my opinion here.
The other release probably appeals to more people as a whole (but probably won’t do as well). That movie is The Equalizer which just so happens to be based on the old TV show. More excitedly, it joins Denzel Washington and his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua.
In limited theaters, I wanted to mention a few movies specifically:
Jimi: All Is By My Side, the Jimi Hendrix biopic fueled by Andre 3000’s (Battle in Seattle) performance, has the most draw on paper.
The Two Faces of January also has a notable cast (which includes Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac) and is based on Patricia Highsmith’s psychological thriller.
Lastly, I wanted to mention Two Night Stand just because it stars one of my favorite up-and-comers, Miles Teller (Divergent). Be warned, though, this one is probably a cheesy rom-com.
The rest of the limited movies are Asmodeixa, Days and Nights, Fishing Without Nets, Good People, Mas Negro Que la Noche, Plastic, Pride, and The Song.
Have a great weekend with whichever movie you decide on!
An orphaned boy raised by underground creatures called Boxtrolls comes up from the sewers and out of his box to save his family and the town from the evil exterminator, Arichibald Snatcher.
In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
ASMODEXIA is a Spanish Horror Movie, written by Mike Hostench & Marc Carreté, produced by M’s Entertainment and directed by Marc Carreté
Reckless desire wreaks havoc over Memorial Day weekend as a family confronts the volatile and fragile nature of love. Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” set in rural New England in 1984.
FISHING WITHOUT NETS is a story of pirates in Somalia, told from the perspective of the pirates.
Shot in East Africa using Somali non-actors, Fishing Without Nets tells the mesmerizing and sobering story of the bandits from the Somali point of view. First-time feature filmmaker Cutter Hodierne combines the epic cinematic vision of a glorious action-thriller with intimate, textured qualities of an art film, humanizing the pirates by bringing us inside their moral dilemmas and gut-wrenching struggles.
The movie won the Directing Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and is based on a short film of the same name which took home the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Discovering a cache of cash in their dead tenant’s apt, a couple in debt take the money and find themselves the target of a deadly adversary-the thief who stole it.
A drama based on Jimi Hendrix’s life as he left New York City for London, where his career took off.
Greta moves into her recently deceased aunt’s mansion and starts throwing wild parties with her friends; however, what looks to be the best summer of the lives turns into a fight for their lives after Beker, her aunt’s prized cat, drowns in the home’s pool.
High octane thriller PLASTIC tells the story of intelligent and brazen Sam (Ed Speleers), who leads a ring of university students to become credit card thieves in order to augment their income. As their activities become more daring, they accidentally rob a notorious gangster named Marcel (Thomas Kretschmann) and are forced to up their game to pay him back 10 times the amount they stole … with interest. To pay off the debt, they take their scam on the road to Miami; the city of “high stakes”.
After a series of unfortunate mistakes, Sam’s team is still short of the cash needed to clear their debt, so they set their sights on a daring jewellery heist that could not only cover their debt but also make them filthy rich. Their plan turns sour, however, when members of the team start betraying each other. Now it’s up to Sam to finish the scam he started while turning the tables on Marcel before they all go down.
Based on a true story, PLASTIC’s talented cast of credit card thieves features ring leader Ed Speleers from hit UK series Downton Abbey, and accomplice, BAFTA-winner Will Poulter (We’re the Millers). Additional accomplices in the heist include Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Sebastian De Souza (The Borgias) and beautiful fresh recruit Emma Rigby (The Counselor). Veteran actors Thomas Kretschmann, known for his roles as a heavy in Resident Evil and U-571, and Graham McTavish (The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey, Colombiana), round out the cast.
PLASTIC is directed by Julian Gilbey, known for his visceral hoodlum thriller Rise of the Foot Soldier and abduction thriller A Lonely Place To Die and produced by Terry Stone, Chris Howard and Daniel Toland.
U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.
Aspiring singer—‐songwriter Jed King is struggling to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his famous father when he reluctantly agrees to a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival. Jed meets the vineyard owner’s daughter, Rose, and a romance quickly blooms. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit. Suddenly thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation, his life and marriage begin to fall apart.
Screenwriter Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive) makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul, 1962, and adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when wealthy American tourists Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his young wife Collete (Kirsten Dunst) meet American expat Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a scammer working as a tour guide. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the couple’s hotel puts all three on the run together and creates a precarious bond between them as the trio’s allegiance is put to the test.
A no-strings-attached, online hook-up turns into a morning-after disaster for twenty-something New Yorkers Megan (Analeigh Tipton) and Alec (Miles Teller). When a paralyzing blizzard hits the city trapping them in Alec’s cramped Brooklyn apartment, they are forced to get to know each other far beyond the confines of a typical one-night stand. Marking the directorial debut of Max Nichols, Two Night Stand is a sexy, romantic comedy about finding love in the digital age.
Months after graduating from college Megan is unemployed, unattached and unable to get off the couch. Heartbroken by the collapse of her wedding engagement, she considers internet romance with limited interest. But following a chance encounter with her ex (Josh Salatin) and his new girlfriend (Kellyn Lindsay) – and egged on by her roommate Faiza (Jessica Szohr) and her boyfriend Cedric (Scott Mescudi, aka Kid Cudi) – Megan boldly propositions Alec, a cute and funny guy she meets online, inviting herself to his apartment for her first ever one-night-stand. After a calamitously unromantic morning after, she tries to make a discreet exit only to discover that the city has been pulverized by a record-breaking snowfall that shows no sign of letting up.
Unable to leave the building, she sheepishly takes shelter with an equally mortified Alec. Forced to spend another day and night together, Megan and Alec’s first real face-to-face conversation veers from banter to bickering and back, as the provocative chemistry that lit up their online introduction quickly reignites. While rating each other’s erotic IQs, they realize they have a unique opportunity for a hands-on learning experience that inevitably leads them to a very adult snow day.
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