Movies in Theaters This Friday, January 16, 2015: Paddington, Blackhat, The Wedding Ringer, and More
Although last weekend was noticeably more crowded, this weekend’s release date schedule is impressive. That doesn’t mean the movies will be better quality but at least we’ll have more movies to choose from (hopefully). It also helps that they get an extra day with the long weekend upon us.
Besides the expanded releases of Still Alice and American Sniper, the family film Paddington releases wide alongside the spy-thriller Blackhat, the comedy The Wedding Ringer, and the sci-fi film Vice.
These movies feature stars like Bruce Willis, Chris Hemsworth, Nicole Kidman, and, for the comedy fans, Kevin Hart.
In limited release, there are a bunch of notable options as well. Escobar: Paradise Lost deals primarily with drug cartel leader Pablo Escobar (played by Benicio del Toro).
I’m also excited for Son of a Gun but mostly because it is a crime thriller starring Ewan McGregor. The Australian film has been on my radar for awhile and it finally does come out in the U.S. this weekend.
The rest of the limited releases are Appropriate Behavior, Little Accidents (starring Elizabeth Banks), Loitering With Intent, The Phoenix Project, Spare Parts, , and Three Night Stand.
If you’d like to know more about any of these movies, you can find a trailer and a synopsis below.
Enjoy your long weekend!
Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s BLACKHAT follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.
Directed and produced by Michael Mann, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and it is written by Morgan Davis Foehl. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce alongside Mann, while Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod serve as the executive producers.
Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. Arriving alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who find him with a label tied around his neck which reads ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ They offer him a temporary home whilst he searches for the explorer who impressed Aunt Lucy all those years before.
But when Paddington catches the eye of a sinister, seductive taxidermist, it isn’t long before his home – and very existence – is under threat…
Julian Michaels (Bruce Willis) has designed the ultimate resort: VICE, where anything goes and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like humans. When an artificial (Ambyr Childers) becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between Julian’s mercenaries and a cop (Thomas Jane) who is hell-bent on shutting down Vice, and stopping the violence once and for all.
Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.
For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine. (K.Y.)
In Colombia, a young surfer meets the woman of his dreams – and then he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar.
In a small American town still living in the shadow of a terrible coal mine accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws together a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy in a web of secrets.
Two male actors/close friends want to jumpstart their careers. They end up making a big shot producer think that they have a hot script that everyone wants to get their hands on. The 2 men then drive to upstate New York and hole up in a family member’s country home- with 10 dedicated days to write said script. Dominic and Raphael then get derailed by a beautiful gardener, Ava and Dominic’s sister, Gigi. Both women appear at the house, which was supposed to be serene enough to focus on the task at hand. But to add to the problems, Gigi’s boyfriend Wayne arrives, still suffering from PTSD, and his brother Devon as well, creating even more havoc. A looming deadline and complicated personal histories create scenes that are humorous and emotional.
Four scientists craft a machine to reanimate deceased organisms.
Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia’s most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch. But protection comes at a price. Lynch and his crew have plans for their young protegee. Upon release, JR must help secure Lynch’s freedom, staging a daring prison break. As a reward, he’s invited to join the crew as they plan a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. However, as things start to go wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. JR finds himself unsure of whom he can trust and on a collision course with his former mentor.
Based on an incredible true story, SPARE PARTS chronicles the journey of four undocumented Mexican-American high school students from Phoenix,AZ who form a robotics club and are led by their teacher (George Lopez) with nothing but spare parts and a dream to compete against MIT in a National Underwater Robotics Competition. Starring George Lopez, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis, Carlos Penavega, and Alexa Vega.
In this romantic comedy with a twist, Carl (Sam Huntington, Veronica Mars, Fanboys) has a great life. He’s recently married to the beautiful and smart Sue (Meaghan Rath, Cyberbully), and has a good job as a video game designer at a prestigious company. But Carl’s not satisfied – he desperately wants a promotion, and more importantly, a marriage with greater excitement and inspiration. In an attempt to reconnect with Sue, Carl organizes a weekend trip to a ski lodge with high hopes for relaxation, exercise, and sexual adventure. But this isn’t Carl’s first trip to the B&B. He doesn’t tell Sue he actually spent many passionate weekends at the very same place with his sexy ex-girlfriend Robyn (Emmanuelle Chriqui, Entourage) – a woman he is still secretly obsessed with. Carl and Sue’s world is turned upside down when they arrive to find Robyn, still beautiful and enigmatic, running the lodge. Now Carl will have to face the greatest temptation of his life – the one who got away.