Movie Beat – 01.17.14

01.17.14 - Big Bad WolvesBig Bad Wolves – If it takes a criminal to catch a criminal, then it takes a maniac to strike fear into the heart of a maniac. A father who is seeking revenge and a cop seeking justice decide to operate outside the law on a teacher they suspect is the man responsible for a series of murders. Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad, Dov Glickman, Menasheh Noy, and Dvir Benedek star, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado write and direct, and Magnolia Pictures gives this a limited release.


01.17.14 - Devil's Due

Devil’s Due – Ah found footage! What luck that the couple that gave birth to the spawn of Satan had the foresight to document ever-single significant moment leading to the birth. Oh well, I suppose Abraham Zapruder didn’t have the foggiest notion what he was about to film either. Starring Allison Miller, Zach Gilford, Robert Belushi, Colin Walker, Odessa Sykes, and Catherine Kresge. Written by Lindsay Devlin and directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. Out in wide release from 20th Century Fox.


01.17.14 - GBF

G.B.F. – First, they were outcasts. Then, they were ridiculed. Now, they are commoditized. The Gay Best Friend, every girl has to have one. Tanner (Michael J. Willett) outs himself (or gets outed by force-depending on your point of view) and the race to land him as the GBF between Fawcett (Sasha Pieterse), Caprice (Xosha Roquemore), and ‘Shely (Andrea Bowen) is a tight one. Plus, these three Queen Bees are pushing Brent (Paul Iacono), Tanner’s real best friend out of the picture. Written by George Northy and directed by Darren Stein. Out in limited release from Vertical Entertainment.


01.17.14 - Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – Jack Ryan bore witness to 9/11, fought in Afghanistan, joined the CIA as an analysis, and now has uncovered a plot by the Russians to take over the world, or destroy it trying. Those pesky Russians, always trying to take over. Chris Pine steps into the shoes of the latest Jack Ryan incarnation, and Kevin Costner, Kiera Knightly, Peter Andersson, David Paymer, and Kenneth Branagh lend their services. Written by Steven Zaillian based on the novels and character created by Tom Clancy, with Branagh directing as well. Out in wide release from Paramount Pictures.


01.17.14 - Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son – The old saying is that blood is thicker than water. That saying is put to the test when it is discovered that two children were switched at birth and have been raised by the wrong parents for six years. The children are young enough that if they were to be switched now, they might not have a lasting memory of the previous parents. But, six years is more than enough time for a parent to grow attached to a child. What to do? Writer/director Hirokazu Kore-eda explores this world with help from Masaharu Fukuyama, Yoko Maki, Lily Franky, Machiko Ono, Jun Kunimura, and Kirin Kiki. In limited release from IFC Films.


01.17.14 - Maidentrip

Maidentrip – Laura Dekker wants to sail the seas all alone. She is fourteen, Dutch, and needs permission from the government to set out on such a dangerous mission. She documents her voyage around the globe, and several stops on land, with a digital camera. Director Jillian Schlesinger edits it all together to give a portrait of a young girl coming into her own. A much more optimistic approach than All Is Lost, but one is fiction and one is reality. In limited release from First Run Features.


01.17.14 - The Nut JobThe Nut Job – Constantly having to rustle up and store nuts has drained all the life from Surly (Will Arnett). Then one day an accident and an idea intersect, and Surly sees a way out. A nut shop! All he has to do is assemble a crew of skilled technicians to break into the nut shop, and he is living high off the hog. I wonder if Surly watches heist films… Additional voice work from Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Stephen Lang, and Maya Rudolph. Written by Lorne Cameron and directed by Peter Lepeniotis. Out in wide release from Open Road Films.


01.17.14 - Reasonable Doubt

Reasonable Doubt – Mitch (Dominic Cooper) is driving home one night when a man runs directly in front of his car. Mitch can’t deal with the crime he has haphazardly committed, and flees the scene. Fate twists when he is assigned to the man charged with the crime, Clinton (Samuel L. Jackson). Fate twists a little more when Mitch uncovers that Clinton might have had more to do with this particular crime, than he led on. Fate twists even more when Clinton begins to exact his revenge on Mitch. Directed by Peter Howitt and in limited release from Lionsgate.


01.17.14 - Ride Along

Ride Along – Ben (Kevin Hart) is a pushover. He is halfway decent at his job of a suburban high school cop, but to marry Angela (Tika Sumpter), he is going to have to prove his worth to James (Ice Cube) a tough LA Cop. From ‘Fuck The Police’ to The Man, Cube does it all. Ben thinks he is up to the challenge, but it’s harder than you think. Co-starring John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, and Bryan Callen. Written by Phil Hay and directed by Tim Story. Out in wide release from Universal Pictures.


01.17.14 - Summer In February

Summer in February – Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper) and his friend of good breeding, Gilbert (Dan Stevens) are trying to enjoy life in Cornwall, 1913. Munnings was born poor, but has risen in stature thanks to his paintings. Gilbert was born rich, and thanks to his riches, is entitled to his pick of the litter. The aristocrat, Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning) is the woman who comes between them, drives a wedge into their friendship, and exploits their class differences. Hattie Morahan, Shaun Dingwall, and Max Deacon also star with Christopher Menaul directing. Tribeca Films gives this a limited release.