By Jack Rico
It’s the middle of March and so far, 2017 has offered some terrific fare such as Get Out and Logan. But this week, the quality isn’t as robust as previous weeks. The stellar films to see this week are The Belko Experiment, BlueBeard and Betting Zero. One has a very thrilling ride of a concept that includes Bogotá, Colombia, the other, a Korean thriller that looks fascinating, and the last, a superlative work on investigative journalism that is sure to gouge the eyes of Herbalife. Enjoy the trailers and Listen to our podcast for our in-depth reviews of this week’s releases and more.
INDIE & LIMITED RELEASES
Betting on Zero (1hr 39m, Documentary)
Director: Ted Braun
Cast: William Ackman, Julie Contreras
Synopsis: Writer/director Ted Braun follows controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman as he puts a billion dollars on the line in his crusade to expose Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history.
Bluebeard (1hr 57m, Thriller)
Director: Soo-youn Lee
Cast: Jin-woong Jo, Dae-Myung Kim, Chung-ah Lee
Synopsis: Dr. Seung-hoon sedates his landlord before medical check-up, when the old man begins telling him a convincing murder confession.
Frantz (PG-13, 113m, Drama)
Director: François Ozon
Cast: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber
Synopsis: In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé’s grave to lay flowers.
They Call Me Jeeg (112 min, Action/Comedy/Sci-Fi)
Director: Gabriele Mainetti
Cast: Claudio Santamaria, Luca Marinelli, Ilenia Pastorelli, Stefano Ambrogi
Synopsis: Enzo, a lonely and misanthropic small time crook, uses the superpowers gained after falling in the Tiber river to chase down a crazy gangster called “The gypsy”.
The Belko Experiment (R, 88m, Action/Horror/Thriller)
Director: Greg McLean
Cast: Adria Arjona, Michael Rooker, Abraham Benrubi, Tony Goldwyn
Synopsis: In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.
Beauty and the Beast (PG, 129m, Family)
Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad
Synopsis: An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
T2 Trainspotting (R, 117m, Drama)
Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle
Synopsis: After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.
Song to Song (R, 129m, Drama/Romance)
Director: Terrence Malick
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara
Synopsis: Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.