OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening October 25, 2013
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Bad Grandpa (R for profanity, crude humor, graphic sexuality, frontal nudity and brief drug use) Stunt comedy featuring hidden cameras and starring Jackass’ Johnny Knoxville as a cantankerous octogenarian who takes his impressionable, 8 year-old grandson (Jackson Nicholl) on a very eventful, cross-country road trip. With Spike Jonze, Georgina Cates and Brittany Mumford.
The Counselor (R for profanity, sexuality, graphic violence and grisly images) Three-time Oscar-nominee Ridley Scott directed this crime thriller based on a script by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) about an avaricious attorney moonlighting as a drug-dealer (Michael Fassbender) whose life spirals out of control. Cast includes Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo and Ruben Blades.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Blue Is the Warmest Color (NC-17 for explicit sexuality) Homoerotic romance drama about a 15 year-old virgin (Adele Exarchopoulos) whose satiates her carnal cravings in the arms of the blue-haired art student (Lea Seydoux) she’s been fantasizing about. Supporting cast includes Salim Kechiouche, Aurelien Recoing and Catherine Salee. (In French with subtitles)
Bridging the Gap (Unrated) Behind-the-scenes documentary about the Vienna Boys’ Choir features members discussing the group’s cross-cultural appeal.
Capital (R for profanity, sexuality and drug use) Blind ambition is the theme of this psychological thriller chronicling the efforts of the greedy CEO (Gad Elmaleh) of a European investment bank to fend off a hostile takeover by an American hedge fund. With Gabriel Byrne, Natacha Regnier and Celine Sallette. (In French and English with subtitles)
Go Grandriders (Unrated) Golden Years documentary highlights the 1,000 mile trek of a scooter club comprised of senior citizens with an average age of 81 and suffering from an assortment of ailments. (In Mandarin with subtitles)
I Am Divine (Unrated) Drag queen documentary about Harris Glenn Milstead, aka Divine, the cross-dressing star of such John Waters films as Pink Flamingos, Polyester and Hairspray.
One Chance (PG-13 for profanity and sexuality) Musical biopic about Paul Potts (James Corden), the amateur opera singer who became a reality-TV sensation en route to winning the Britain’s Got Talent competition. With Simon Cowell, Jemima Rooper, Julie Walters and Colm Meany.
Spinning Plates (Unrated) Gourmet documentary highlighting the operations at three extraordinary restaurants: Alinea in Chicago, Illinois; Breitbach’s Country Dining in Balltown, Iowa; and La Cocina de Gabby in Tucson, Arizona.
The Square (Unrated) Arab Spring documentary examining events surrounding the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 as recounted by a half-dozen activists who protested in Tahrir Square. (In Arabic with subtitles)
When I Walk (Unrated) Autobiopic, directed by documentary filmmaker Jason Dasilva, chronicling his life since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006 at the age of 25.