OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening August 30, 2013
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Closed Circuit (R for profanity and brief violence) Legal thriller about a couple of ex-lover lawyers (Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall) whose lives are threatened when they decide to defend the prime suspect (Dennis Moschitto) in the terrorist bombing of a bustling London market. With Jim Broadbent, Ciaran Hinds and Claudia Simmons-Howe.
Getaway (PG-13 for profanity, rude gestures, mayhem and pervasive violence) High-octane action thriller revolving around a retired race car driver (Ethan Hawke) who hijacks a custom-built Mustang and joins forces with a cute computer whiz (Selena Gomez) to rescue his wife (Rebecca Budig) from the clutches of a mysterious kidnapper (Jon Voigt). With Paul Freeman, Bruce Payne and Ivailo Geraskov.
One Direction: This Is Us (PG for mild epithets) Oscar-nominee Morgan Spurlock (for Super Size Me) directs this concert flick featuring backstage footage and chronicling the British boy band’s meteoric rise to superstardom. Quintet includes Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and and Louis Tomlinson.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Afternoon Delight (R for profanity, drug use and graphic sexuality) Midlife crisis dramedy set in L.A., about a bored housewife (Kathryn Haghn) who spices up her life by hiring a stripper (Juno Temple) as a live-in nanny. With Jane Lynch, Josh Radnor, Jessica St. Clair and Michaela Watkins.
American Made Movie (G) Nostalgic factory documentary revisits the glory days of the United States’ manufacturing industry when exports still exceeded imports.
I Declare War (Unrated) Coming-of-age dramedy about a group of 12 year-old neighborhood kids whose fantasy game of Capture the Flag turns realistic when jealousy rears its ugly head. Ensemble cast includes Siam Yu, Gage Munroe, Michael Friend, Aidan Gouveia and Mackenzie Munro.
King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis (Unrated) Re-release of the Oscar-nominated, 1970 documentary chronicling the life and career of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Includes appearances by Harry Belafonte, Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby.
The Lifeguard (R for drug use, profanity, disturbing images, graphic nudity and explicit sexuality) Kristen Bell stars in the title role of this jailbait drama as a jaded, NYC TV reporter who quits her to move back home to suburban Connecticut to work as a lifeguard only to end up having an affair with a troubled, 16 year-old (David Lambert). With Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Joshua Harto and John Finn.
Our Nixon (Unrated) Tricky Dick documentary, first aired on CNN, revisiting the events surrounding the Watergate break-in which brought down the Nixon administration. Featuring recently-unearthed, Super 8 film footage of White House insiders John Ehrlichman, Dwight Chapin and H.R. Bob Haldeman.
Passion (R for profanity, sexuality and violence) Brian de Palma directs this English language remake of Crime d’amour, the French thriller about the escalating, cutthroat competition between a corporate executive (Rachel McAdams) and her ambitious protégé (Noomi Rapace). With Karoline Herfurth, Paul Anderson and Rainer Bock.