By Jack Rico
We begin the last week of March with ten movie releases. Arnold is back! as well as biblical films and the most anticipated Asian action film of the year amongst others. Noticeably, Latino films are really trying to establish themselves as a mainstay in Hollywood with Cesar Chavez and an all-star cast of Latino actors. Protagonist Michael Peña is perhaps one of the best of them with an ear shot of an Oscar sometime soon. Documentaries are rare this week with only the premise of a nanny photographer making the rounds. Apart from that, B actors from the 80’s make appearances, but their films at least offer something intriguing, which means that their trailers are at least worth looking at.
Below is the list of ALL the movies coming out this weekend and I rank them in descending order of my personal interest…
10. Mistaken for Strangers (75 min, Documentary/Comedy/Music)
Director: Tom Berninger
Cast: Matt Berninger, Tom Berninger, Aaron Dessner
Synopsis: In 2010, rock band The National were about to embark on the biggest tour of their career. After ten years as a band, and five critically acclaimed albums, they were finally enjoying wider recognition. Lead singer Matt Berninger invited his younger brother, Tom, to join the tour’s crew. A budding horror filmmaker, Tom – who is nine years younger than Matt and listens exclusively to heavy metal – decided to bring his camera along. Tom’s at sea in the world of indie rock, and living in his brother’s shadow brings out the younger sibling in him – he drinks, complains, and struggles to balance his ambition with his tour responsibilities. The result is a film about brothers and about making something of your own.
9. Hide Your Smiling Faces (81 min, Drama)
Director: Daniel Patrick Carbone
Cast: Ryan Jones, Nathan Varnson, Colm O’Leary
Synopsis: After a neighborhood tragedy, two adolescent brothers confront changing relationships, the mystery of nature, and their own mortality. Hide Your Smiling Faces is an atmospheric exploration of rural American life through the often distorted lens of youth.
8. Finding Vivian Maier (83 min, Documentary)
Director: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
Cast: John Maloof, Mary Ellen Mark, Phil Donahue
Synopsis: A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one the most accomplished street photographers.
7. Locker 13 (R, 90 min, Thriller)
Director: Bruce Dellis, Jason Marsden, Matthew Mebane, Adam Montierth, Donovan Montierth
Cast: Ricky Schroder, Rick Hoffman, Krista Allen, Tatyana Ali, Jesse Garcia
Synopsis: Skip delves into the mysteries of an old locker. His sage supervisor recounts chilling tales that underscore the importance of making the right choice. The stories come into play when Skip faces a life-or-death decision of his own.
6. No God, No Master (PG-13, 94 min, Crime/Drama/History)
Director: Terry Green
Cast: David Strathairn, Sam Witwer, Ray Wise
Synopsis: When a series of package bombs show up on the doorsteps of prominent politicians and businessmen in the summer of 1919, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Agent William Flynn (Strathairn) is assigned the task of finding those responsible. He becomes immersed in an investigation that uncovers an anarchist plot to destroy democracy. Based on true events of the 20s the film sets the stage for a timely drama with resoundingly similar parallels to the contemporary war on terrorism and the role government plays to defeat it.
Director: Drake Doremus
Cast: Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce, Mackenzie Davis, Amy Ryan, Alexandra Wentworth
Synopsis: When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family’s relationships and alters their lives forever.
4. Cesar Chavez (PG-13, Biography)
Director: Diego Luna
Cast: Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, Gabriel Mann, John Malkovich, Jacob Vargas
Synopsis: Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the world.
3. Sabotage (R, 109 min, Action/Crime/Drama/Thriller)
Director: David Ayer
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Olivia Williams
Synopsis: Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
2. The Raid 2 (R, 150 min, Action/Crime/Thriller)
Director: Gareth Evans
Cast: Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Yayan Ruhian
Synopsis: Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.
1. Noah (PG-13, 138 min, Adventure/Drama)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman, Nick Nolte
Synopsis: A man is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.