By Jack Rico
‘This Week In Movies’ is a weekly article that catches you up on all nine new film releases coming out in theaters. As we begin November, we have ten films that grace us with compelling stories and a few laughs. Read on! Several Latinos are leaving their imprint on this week’s new film releases beginning with Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez. Known mostly for his horror films, Alvarez deviates into the franchise tech-thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Also, comedian George Lopez does some drama in River Runs Red and Argentina’s Oscar submission El Angel, promises provocative cinema. Look at what else is here that you might like to see and GO SEE IT! And remember to listen to our podcast every Friday for our review of movies and interviews with filmmakers and other notable figures of American and Latino pop culture.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story (R, 117min, Crime | Drama | Thriller)
Director: Fede Alvarez
Cast: Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Merchant
Synopsis: Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.t
The Grinch (PG, 90min, Animation | Comedy | Family | Fantasy)
Director: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier
Cast: Rashida Jones, Tristan O’Hare, Scarlett Estevez, Benedict Cumberbatch
Synopsis: A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.
The Front Runner (R, 113min, Biography | Drama)
Director: Jason Reitman
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Mark O’Brien
Synopsis: American Senator Gary Hart’s presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he’s caught in a scandalous love affair.
Overlord (R, 110 min, Comedy | Drama)
Director: Julius Avery
Cast: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbæk
Synopsis: The story of two American soldiers behind enemy lines on D Day.
INDIE & LIMITED RELEASES
El Angel (118min, Biography | Crime | Drama)
Director: Luis Ortega
Cast: Lorenzo Ferro, Chino Darín, Daniel Fanego, Mercedes Morán
Synopsis: Buenos Aires, 1971. Carlitos (Lorenzo Ferro) is a seventeen-year-old with movie star swagger, blond curls and a baby face. As a young boy, he coveted other people’s things, but it wasn’t until his early adolescence that his true calling—to be a thief—manifested itself. When he meets Ramon (Chino Darín) at his new school, Carlitos is immediately drawn to him and starts showing off to get his attention. Together they will embark on a journey of discovery, love and crime; killing is just a random offshoot of the violence, which continues to escalate until Carlitos is finally apprehended. Because of his angelic appearance, the press dubs Carlitos “The Angel of Death.” Showered with attention because of his beauty, he becomes an overnight celebrity.
River Runs Red (NR, 94min, Thriller)
Director: Wes Miller
Cast: Taye Diggs, John Cusack, George Lopez, Luke Hemsworth
Synopsis: When the son of a successful judge (Taye Diggs) is killed by two police officers (Luke Hemsworth/Gianni Capaldi) and the system sets them free, a hardened veteran detective (John Cusack) finds some incriminating files on the officers and the judge teams up with another mourning father (George Lopez) to take the law into his own hands.
Postcards from London (88min, Drama)
Director: Steve McLean
Cast: Harris Dickinson, Jonah Hauer-King, Alessandro Cimadamore, Leonardo Salerni
Synopsis: A stylish, sexy film about a young man’s journey into an unusual form of escort work, set in an imaginary vision of London’s Soho.
Narcissister Organ Player (91min, Documentary)
Synopsis: Against the backdrop of her provocative and inventive performance, Narcissister reflects on the personal impact of her mother’s illness and death.
Weightless (R, 1h 33min, Drama )
Director: Jaron Albertin
Cast: Marc Menchaca, Julianne Nicholson, Siobhan Fallon Hogan
Synopsis: A loner struggles to forge a relationship with his estranged 10-year-old son.