Movies in Theaters This Friday, February 27, 2015: Focus, The Lazarus Effect, Maps to the Stars, and More
Happy Friday! If you’re in the market for a movie, this weekend has quite a bit to offer. There are only two wide releases but the list of limited releases is bountiful.
The biggest release of the weekend, by far, goes to Focus. The romantic con film stars big names like Will Smith and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street). Not only that but the team behind Crazy, Stupid, Love (Glenn Ficarra and John Requa) directed the film. As for hopes and expectations, I personally hope the film focuses (he he) more on the con aspect than the love story. I could see it going either way.
Besides Focus, the horror film The Lazarus Effect could be a big draw, especially given Olivia Wilde’s name. She’s joined by Mark Duplass in the film by David Gelb that’ll see Wilde’s character brought back to life only to exhibit some, well, evil tendencies.
In limited theaters, David Cronenberg’s (Cosmopolis) Maps to the Stars finally releases. In true Cronenberg fashion, the movie is considered a satire of Hollywood. It’s got an even buzzier cast that includes recent Oscar winner Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska (Stoker), and Robert Pattinson.
I also wanted to mention the film ’71 because it stars the red-hot Jack O’Connell (who was great in both Starred Up and Unbroken from last year). The historical thriller involves a solider (O’Connell) that is separated from unit during the Irish conflict dubbed “The Troubles.”
This weekend also features a run of other limited releases including A La Mala, Ana Maria in Novela Land, Bluebird, Deli Man: The Movie, Eastern Boys, Ejecta, Everly, The Hunting Ground, The Salvation, and Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal. If you’re interested in any of these movies (or the previously mentioned ones), check below for a trailer and synopsis.
Enjoy your weekend!
Nicky Spurgeon is an extremely accomplished con man who takes an amateur con artist, Jess, under his wing. Nicky and Jess become romantically involved, and with Nicky’s profession of being a liar and a cheater for a living, he realizes that deception and love are things that don’t go together. They split, only to see each other three years later… And things get messy.
The film follows a group of medical students who discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.
A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.
A LA MALA, In Theaters February 27. When aspiring actress Maria Laura’s best friend begs her to flirt with her boyfriend to test his fidelity, Maria finds a lucrative new career. After being hired by women across the city, Maria is given a gig that should be business as usual until she ends up falling head over heels for her latest mark.
Ana Maria is having a bad day until she magically switches places with the main character of her favorite telenovela. As she struggles to escape from Novela Land, Ana Maria finally understands why her real life was such a mess.
In the northern reaches of Maine, a local school bus driver becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection, and fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus. What happens next shatters the tranquility of her small logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have enormous consequences.
For some, delicatessen food is close to a religious experience. A tender, crumbling cut of corned beef steeped in its juices. A full-bodied garlic dill pickle. Spicy brown mustard with grain. A blintz that melts in your mouth like a creamsicle on a summer’s day. Recipes and culinary garnishes from Hungary, Poland, Russia, Romania that flowed into late 19th and early 20th century America and soon became part of an American culinary and cultural vernacular – Deli.
Deli Man is a documentary film produced and directed by Erik Greenberg Anjou; the third work in his trilogy about Jewish culture. The celebrated preceding films are “A Cantor’s Tale” and “The Klezmatics – On Holy Ground,” which have to date screened at more than two hundred international film festivals and have been broadcast in the U.S., Israel, Canada and Poland. The principal guide of Deli Man is the effusive and charming Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation delicatessen man, owner and maven (as well as a Yiddish-speaking French trained chef) who currently operates one of the country’s top delis, Kenny and Ziggy’s in Houston. Kenny and Ziggy’s has been touted in press reviews ranging from “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” to the L.A. Daily News.
They come from all over Eastern Europe: Russia, Romania, Ukraine. They are Eastern boys. The oldest appear no more than 25; as for the youngest, there is no way of telling their age. They hang around the Gare du Nord train station in Paris. They might be prostitutes, but there is no way of knowing for certain. Muller, a discreet man in his late fifties has his eye on one of them – Marek. One afternoon, Muller gathers his courage and speaks to him. The young man agrees to come visit Muller the following day, at his place. However the next day, when the doorbell rings, Muller doesn’t have the faintest idea that he has fallen into a trap.
EJECTA is the story of two men who witness an unexplainable event in the atmosphere on the eve of a historic solar storm and must survive a terrifying life form that’s hunting them. An anonymous group will stop at nothing to unearth the truth behind what happened that night to the men and prove to the world that we were never alone in the universe.
An action/thriller centered on a woman who faces down assassins sent by her ex, a mob boss, while holed up in her apartment.
From the team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice — despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level.
The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Stafford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Cristina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, 13, a child star. One of Stafford’s clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remake of the movie that made her mother, Clarice, a star in the 60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night… Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was 9 and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania and befriended a limo driver Jerome who is also an aspiring actor.
In 1870s America, a peaceful American settler kills his family’s murderer which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader. His cowardly fellow townspeople then betray him, forcing him to hunt down the outlaws alone.
Directed by Academy Award Winner, Peter Pau, Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal is a big budget (30M US) romantic fantasy adventure about the legendary hero Zhong Kui, a fabled warrior with mysterious powers who is forced to conquer the realms of Heaven and Hell to save his people and the woman he loves.
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