Movies in Theaters This Friday, December 12, 2014: Exodus: Gods and Kings, Inherent Vice, and More
After a thoroughly disappointing week last weekend, you’d think we’d have a lot to look forward to this weekend. And while that is somewhat true (since we have a new Ridley Scott movie), you could still categorize this weekend as lackluster.
However, if you are trying to sneak a movie in before the midweek release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, you do have a few options…
…just not in wide release. In fact, there is only technically one wide release and it belongs to Exodus: Gods and Kings. Just a short year ago, Scott released another anticipated film (The Counselor) with a great cast to very poor critical reception. I’m hoping this one turns out differently.
Before I move on to the limited releases, I wanted to mention Top Five is using this weekend to expand its already limited release last weekend.
On to the rest of the new movies. To me, the biggest and most anticipated release belongs to Paul Thomas Anderson’s seventh feature film, Inherent Vice. The film adaptation stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, and Owen Wilson. It’s Anderson’s name, though, that gets me the most excited.
The rest of the limited releases are After the Fall, The Captive (starring Ryan Reynolds), The Color of Time, and Expelled.
Check out a little bit about each movie below. And, of course, enjoy your weekend!
From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharoah Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
When everyday family man Bill loses his job, his peaceful life quickly spirals out of control. Terrified that he will lose everything he has achieved, he turns to a life of crime, descending into drastic and dangerous measures to stay ahead of the law. As he fights to provide for his family, Bill discovers that the only thing worse than getting caught is getting away with it.
Teenager Cassandra is locked up against her will unable to contact her family to let them know she’s still alive. Flashback to eight years ago when 9-year-old Cass was abducted from her father’s truck and he goes straight to the authorities who immediately peg him as the prime suspect. Eight years later, her father, Matthew, is still being investigated by the police who are also trying to crack the bigger problem of crimes against children, Matthew’s marriage has deteriorated and leads in the case are hard to come by. So much time but so little has changed and it’s going to be up to Matthew and Cassandra herself to repair the estranged family.
The Color of Time is based on Pulitzer prize-winning poet CK Williams’ collection of the same name. The film blends together adaptations of 11 of the poems to create a poetic road trip through CK William’s life. The film takes us on a journey through several decades of American life from CK’s childhood and adolescence in Detroit in the 1940s and 50s to the early 1980s: CK and his wife Catherine are married with their son Jed. CK prepares for a reading of ‘Tar’ in New York City, and spends his nights struggling to write new poems, haunted by memories of his past. As CK drives to his reading in New York City, he remembers central moments of his life: we come to experience and understand both his relationship to love and loss, and how he found his calling as a poet through the women in his life. The film takes us back and forth between past and present, punctuated by voice-over from CK Williams’ poems, recreating the experience of memory and exploring how the fragments of one’s man life can be turned into poetic expression: his loving relationship to his mother, his first sexual experiences as a teenager, his first love and the struggle to preserve a form of innocence and wonder, the illness and loss of a close friend, and finally his life together with Catherine.
Felix (Cameron Dallas) is a legendary prankster who always charms his way out of trouble. However, after his third strike at school, the principal has had enough and expels him. Never defeated, Felix resorts to his infamous ways and devises a plan with his brother (Marcus Johns), best friend (Matt Shively), new friend (Lia Marie Johnson) and classmate (Andrea Russett) to hide it from his parents.
“Inherent Vice,” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.
When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.
It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.
With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon.
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