OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening March 22, 2013
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Admission (PG-13 for profanity and some sexuality) Tina Fey and Paul Rudd co-star in this adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s best seller of the same name about a straitlaced Princeton admissions officer tempted to bend the rules for an applicant (Nat Wolff) after a friend she hasn’t seen in years suggests that he might be the son she surrendered for adoption as a baby. With Michael Sheen, Lily Tomlin and Gloria Reuben.
The Croods (PG for scenes of peril) Animated adventure about a family of prehistoric cave dwellers that embarks on a perilous trek in search of a better life after encountering a stranger (Ryan Reynolds) who has discovered fire. Voice cast includes Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Cloris Leachman and Catherine Keener.
Olympus Has Fallen (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity) Gerard Butler stars in this political thriller as a disgraced Secret Service agent who gets a shot at redemption after the president (Aaron Eckhart) is kidnapped and held hostage inside the White House. With Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Angela Bassett and Dylan McDermott.
The Sapphires (PG-13 for violence, profanity, sexuality, smoking and mature themes) Musical dramedy, set in 1968, recounting the true story of a singing quartet comprised of Australian aborigines (Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell) who ventured to Vietnam to entertain the troops. With Chris O’Dowd, Tory Kittles and Eka Darville.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Dorfman in Love (R for sexuality) Romantic comedy about a frustrated young woman (Sara Rue) trapped at home caring for her unappreciative brother (Jonathan Chase) and widowed father (Elliott Gould) until she gets a new lease on life after volunteering to cat sit for a guy (Johann Urb) she has a secret crush on. Support cast includes Sophie Monk, Scott Wilson and Catherine Hicks.
Eden (R for profanity, drug use, sexuality and disturbing violence) Jamie Chung plays the title character in this fact-based drama recreating the harrowing ordeal of a Korean-American teenager forced into prostitution in Las Vegas after being kidnapped in New Mexico. With Beau Bridges, Scott Mechlowicz and Matt O’Leary.
Gimme the Loot (Unrated) Vandalism drama about a couple of graffiti artists (Ty Hickson and Tashiana Washington) who hatch an elaborate plan to spray paint their latest masterpiece on the New York Mets’ home run apple. With Joshua Rivera and Zoe Lescaze.
Hunky Dory (Unrated) Musical drama, set in Wales in 1976, about a high school teacher (Minnie Driver) who mounts a rock & roll production of The Tempest in order to shake her apathetic students out of the doldrums. Featuring Aneurin Barnard, Danielle Branch and Robert Pugh.
InAPPropriate Comedy (R for pervasive profanity, crude humor, graphic sexuality and drug use) Politically-incorrect comedy examining a computer tablet’s store of offensive apps. Ensemble cast includes Lindsay Lohan, Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez and Adrien Brody.
Love and Honor (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, drug use and brief violence) Romance drama about a heartbroken soldier (Liam Hemsworth) who goes AWOL in Vietnam and returns to the States to win back his girlfriend (Teresa Palmer) after getting dumped. With Aimee Teegarden, Chris Lowell, Wyatt Russell and Austin Stowell.
MURPH: The Protector (PG for mature themes and mild epithets) American hero biopic about Lt. Michael Murphy, the late Navy Seal posthumously awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for sacrificing his life for his buddies in 2005.
My Brother the Devil (Unrated) Cross-cultural drama chronicling the challenges faced by a couple of troubled Arab brothers (Fady Elsayed and James Floyd) hanging out on the tough streets of London during their turbulent teen years. With Said Taghmaoui, Arnold Oceng and Anthony Welsh.
New World (Unrated) Action thriller about a police detective (Jeong-jae Lee) in fear of being exposed after infiltrating the upper reaches of a ruthless crime syndicate. Cast includes Min-sik Choi, Jeong-min Hwang and Ji-hyo Song. (In Korean with subtitles)
Silver Circle (PG-13 for violence, drug use, sensuality and brief profanity) Animated political potboiler about a band of freedom fighters who have vowed to wrest control of the American economy back from the corrupt bureaucrats in charge of the Federal Reserve Bank. With voicework by Greg Shea, Robert Dunn, Hyonsoo Moon and De’Lon Grant.
Starbuck (R for profanity, sexuality and drug use) Baby-daddy comedy about a 42 year-old sperm bank donor (Patrick Huard) who suddenly finds himself the defendant in a class action paternity suit filed by 142 of the 533 children he fathered over a decade earlier. Cast includes Julie LeBreton, Antoine Bertrand and Dominic Philie. (In French and Spanish with subtitles)
You Don't Need Feet to Dance (Unrated) NYC documentary about an African immigrant who doesn’t let the loss of the use of his legs to polio prevent him from earning a living, doing charity work, or performing with a musical group in which he sings, plays drums and dances on his hands.