OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening May 10, 2013
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Aftershock (R for rape, profanity, nudity, drug use and graphic violence) Harrowing horror flick, set in Chile, about a half-dozen tourists’ (Eli Roth, Ariel Levy, Nicolas Martinez, Lorenza Izzo, Natasha Yarovenko and Andrea Osvart) ordeal trying to survive the chaos and collapse of civilization in the aftermath of an 8.8 magnitude earthquake. With Selena Gomez, Dayana Amigo and Paz Bascunan.
The Great Gatsby (PG-13 for sexuality, smoking, violent images, partying and brief profanity) Leonardo DiCaprio handles the title role in this adaptation of F. Scott Fitgerald’s classic chronicling the decadent indulgences of a tight-knit set of friends out on Long Island during the Roaring Twenties. With Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Gemma Ward.
Peeples (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and drug use) Tyler Perry produced this kitchen sink comedy about a social climber (Craig Robinson) who shows up unannounced at his girlfriend’s (Kerry Washington) family’s summer home in Sag Harbor to ask her uptight father (David Alan Grier) for her hand in marriage. Supporting cast includes S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler James Ferguson, Kali Hawk, Diahann Carroll and Melvin Van Peebles.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
And Now a Word from Our Sponsor (Unrated) Quirky comedy about an advertising executive (Bruce Greenwood) who can only speak in commercial slogans after suffering a brain injury while watching television. Ensemble includes Parker Posey, Callum Blue and Allie MacDonald.
Erased (R for violence) Cat-and-mouse thriller about a former CIA agent (Aaron Eckhart) who ends up on the run with his estranged daughter (Liana Liberato) after they are both marked for termination as part of a wide-ranging international conspiracy. With Olga Kurylenko, Kate Linder and Neil Napier.
Sightseers (Unrated) Dark comedy about a guy (Steve Oram) with a secret agenda whose attempt to take his sheltered girlfriend (Alice Lowe) on a romantic vacation around the British Isles is frustrated by everything from bad weather to noisy teenagers. With Eileen Davies, Richard Glover and Monica Dolan.
Venus and Serena (Unrated) Tennis documentary highlighting the challenges faced by the Williams sisters on and off the court over the course of 2011 season. Also featuring appearances by Chris Rock, Bill Clinton and Common, as well as reams of archival footage of the competitive siblings being groomed for greatness by their father during childhood.