OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening July 26, 2013
BIG BUDGET FILMS
The Wolverine (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity and intense violence) Sixth installment in Marvel Comics’ X-Men franchise, set in Japan, finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) stripped of his invincibility and locked in a life or death battle with a mysterious figure from his past (Hiroyuki Sanada) whose daughter (Tao Okamoto) is his current love interest. With Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee and Brian Tee.
The To Do List (R for profanity, graphic dialogue, pervasive sexuality, crude humor, and teen alcohol and drug abuse) Aubrey Plaza stars in this coming-of-age comedy about a Miss Goody Two-Shoes who decides to lose her virginity over the summer before she goes off to college. Cast includes Bill Hader, Andy Samberg and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Blue Jasmine (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and mature themes) Cate Blanchett stars in the title role of this dysfunctional family drama, directed by Woody Allen, about a neurotic, New York City socialite prompted by a life crisis to travel from New York to San Francisco to reconnect with her long-estranged sister (Sally Hawkins). Ensemble cast includes Alec Baldwin, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard and Bobby Cannavale.
Breaking the Girls (Unrated) Complicated crime thriller about a couple of college coeds (Madeline Zima and Agnes Bruckner) who enter a pact to murder each other’s enemies. Featuring Sam Anderson, Shawn Ashmore and Shanna Collins.
Drug War (Unrated) Explosive crime thriller, set in Tianjin, China, about a convicted meth dealer (Louis Koo) who fingers members of his former drug cartel in order to avoid the death penalty. With Sun Honglei, Haung Yi and Li Jing. (In Mandarin with subtitles)
Frankenstein's Army (R for profanity, graphic violence and grisly images) Found footage horror flick about a battalion of Russian soldiers assaulted by an army of Nazi zombies created in a lab by a mad scientist (Karel Roden) and unleashed by Hitler in a last gasp to win World War II. Co-starring Joshua Sasse, Robert Gwilym and Alexander Mercury.
Neander-Jin (Unrated) Screwball comedy with a Freudian twist about a young woman (Sarah Muelhause) whose search for the perfect mate ends when she crosses paths with a 10,000 year-old Neanderthal Man (Jon Chardiet). Supporting cast features Milton Welsh, Rick Zieff and Norbert Alich.
The Time Being (Unrated) Suspense drama revolving around a struggling artist (Wes Bentley) who tries to save his marriage by taking job doing surveillance work for a reclusive millionaire (Frank Langella) with a hidden agenda. Cast includes Sarah Paulson, Corey Stoll and Ahna O’Reilly.