OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening April 12, 2013
BIG BUDGET FILMS
42 (PG-13 for epithets, ethnic slurs and mature themes) Civil rights drama chronicling Jackie Robinson’s (Chad Boseman) historic breaking of baseball’s color barrier in 1947 upon being signed to a major league contract by the Brooklyn Dodgers’ general manager, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford). With Nicole Beharie, John C. McGinley and Lucas Black.
Scary Movie 5 (PG-13 for profanity, drug use, cartoon violence and crude humor) Latest installment of the horror spoof franchise revolves around a happily-married couple (Ashley Tisdale and Simon Rex) with a newborn who suddenly find themselves stalked by a diabolical demon. Ensemble cast includes Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Mike Tyson, Terry Crews, Bow Wow, Katt Williams, Heather Locklear, Darrell Hammond and Jasmine Guy.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
American Meat (Unrated) Solutions-oriented documentary examining the state of the U.S. meat business from the point-of-view of farmers working in the industry.
The Angel’s Share (Unrated) Ken Loach directed this bittersweet tale of redemption, set in Scotland, about a petty criminal (Paul Brannigan) who promises to turn over a new leaf after his girlfriend (Siobhan Reilly) has a baby. With John Henshaw, Gary Maitland and Jasmin Riggins.
Disconnect (R for sexuality, profanity, violence, graphic nudity and teen drug use) Serendipitous cyber thriller exploring themes ranging from bullying to the invasion of privacy from the perspective of people desperate to make a human connection in today’s totally wired world. Starring Jason Bateman, Paula Patton, Hope Davis and Kasi Lemmons.
Into the White (R for profanity) Strange bedfellows saga, set in Norway during World War II, about five, downed fighter pilots, three German, two British, who team-up to survive the harsh elements in the wilderness. Cast includes Rupert Grint, Florian Lukas, David Kross, Stig Henrik Hoff and Knut Joner. (In English, Norwegian and German with subtitles)
It’s a Disaster (R for profanity, sexual references and drug use) Apocalyptic comedy about four couples who get together for Sunday brunch only to find themselves stuck together in a house as the end of the world approaches. Featuring America Ferrara, Julia Stiles, David Cross, Rachel Boston and Jeff Grace.
Not Today (PG-13 for mature themes) Faith-based drama about a spoiled-rotten rich kid (Cody Longo) who comes to appreciate his many blessings while vacationing in India where he witnesses the sex-trafficking of lower caste girls. With John Schneider, Walid Amini, Cassie Scerbo and Justin Baldoni. (In English, Hindi and Telugu)
Paris-Manhattan (Unrated) Romantic romp, set in Paris, revolving around a lonely, Woody Allen-obsessed pharmacist (Alice Taglioni) whose frustrated father (Michael Aumont) tries to play matchmaker by introducing her to a burglary alarm technician (Patrick Bruel). Support cast includes Marine Delterme, Louis-Do le Lencquesaing and Marie-Christine Adam, with a cameo by Wood Allen. (In French with subtitles)
This Ain’t California (Unrated) Cold War documentary highlighting the exploits of a trio of popular skateboarders who had their heyday in East Germany back in the Eighties. (In German with subtitles)
To the Wonder (R for nudity and sexuality) Terrence Malick directed this romance drama, set in Oklahoma, about a couple (Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko) whose relationship is on the rocks, with him taking up with a childhood friend (Rachel McAdams) while she cries on the shoulder of a Catholic priest (Javier Bardem) questioning the wisdom of his vow of celibacy. With Charles Baker, Romina Mondello and Darryl Cox. (In English, French, Spanish and Italian with subtitles)