OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening September 25, 2015
BIG BUDGET FILMS
The Green Inferno (R for torture, sexuality, profanity, disturbing images, aberrant behavior, graphic violence, drug use and brief frontal nudity) Grisly horror flick about a group of American environmental activists who venture to Peru to save the Rain Forest only to end up on the run from a tribe of cannibals. Ensemble cast includes Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton and Daryl Sabara.
Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG for action, rude humor and scary images) Spooky animated sequel finds Dracula (Adam Sandler) relaxing his haunted inn's monster-only policy while enlisting the assistance of his ghoulish pals in putting his half-human/half-vampire grandson (Asher Blinkoff) through monster boot camp. Voice cast includes Selena Gomez, Mel Brooks, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Keegan-Michael Key, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon and Nick Offerman.
The Intern (PG-13 for suggestive content and brief profanity) Workplace comedy about the intergenerational tensions which arise when a 70 year-old widower (Robert De Niro) comes out of retirement to take a position interning at an online fashion website. With Rene Russo, Nat Wolff, Adam Devine and Drena De Niro.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
99 Homes (R for profanity, sexual references and brief violence) Diminshed dreams drama, set in Orlando during the housing market collapse of 2008, about a cash-strapped single-dad (Andrew Garfield) who ends up having to take a job with the ruthless realtor (Michael Shannon) who'd foreclosed on his home. With Laura Dern, Noah Lomax and Cynthia Santiago.
The Anomaly (Unrated) Futuristic, sci-fi about thriller an ex-soldier (Noel Clarke) in a race against time to escape the clutches of a mind-control biotech company that plans to kill him in less than ten minutes. Featuring Alexis Knapp, Brian Cox and Luke Hemsworth.
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead (Unrated) Rise and fall documentary about National Lampoon, the subversive humor magazine which morphed into a Hollywood phenomenon before finally flaming out in 2010 when its CEO was sent to prison for artificially inflating the company's stock in a Ponzi scheme. Featuring commentary by Chevy Chase, P.J. O'Rourke and Bill Murray.
The Keeping Room (R for rape and graphic violence) Civil War saga, set towards the end of the conflict, about a couple of resourceful Southern Belles (Hailee Steinfeld and Brit Marling) who, with the help of a slave girl (Muna Otaru), take up arms to defend their home from marauding Union soldiers. With Sam Worthington, Kyle Soller and Ned Dennehy.
Labyrinth of Lies (R for sexuality) Justice delayed drama, set in Berlin in 1958, revolving around an idealistic young prosecutor (Alexander Fehling) frustrated by government bureaucrats in his attempt to prosecute fugitive, Nazi War criminals. With Johannes Krisch, Hansi Jochmann, Andre Szymanski and Johan von Bulow. (In German with subtitles)
Mississippi Grind (R for profanity) Road drama about a couple of down-and-out, riverboat gamblers (Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn) who join forces in a desperate attempt to change their fortunes. Support cast includes Yvonne Landry, Anthony Howard and Jayson Warner Smith.
The Reflektor Tapes (Unrated) Rockumentary about the making of the band Arcade Fire's album Reflektor.
Sleepless in New York (Unrated) Lovesickness is the subject of this documentary exploring the profound emotional pain adolescents and others experience in the wake of rejection.
Stonewall (R for sexuality, violence, drug use and pervasive profanity) Historical drama, set in New York City, revisiting the 1969 riot at a Manhattan bar which kickstarted the Gay Rights movement. With Ron Perlman, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joey King and Caleb Landry Jones.
Theresa Is a Mother (Unrated) C. Fraser Press plays the title character in this musical comedy as a flat-broke single-mom with three daughters (Schuyler, Maeve and Amaya Press), who grudgingly asks her parents for permission to move back home after failing to make it as a singer in New York City. Supporting cast includes Edie McClurg, Richard Poe and Robert Turano.
Western (Unrated) Undocumented alien documentary chronicling the toll that the flood of immigrants across the Rio Grande is taking on the border towns of Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, New Mexico.