By Jack Rico
We’re almost closing out September and the movies being released are quality films. This week in movies is packed from head to toe on drama films. Movies such as: Mississippi Grind, The Keeping Room, 99 Homes and Stonewall have recognizable casts and intriguing plot lines.
But if you are not much of a drama type of person, do not worry because the films on the big screen will not let you down. There are documentaries like A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, where a camera crew follows and documents the life of a world wise advocate for anti-bullying Lizzie Velasquez. If you are the kind of person that loves to see a good story being told in a great way, go watch Ashby. Mickey Rourke stars in a role made for him. This film will have you laughing, crying and cheering. All while you take in a great message of friendship.
Now in the commercially wide releases, we have the horror film – The Green Inferno. It is a film like no other out there right now. It’s like Hannibal Lecter and Apocalypto had a baby. The film takes place in the amazon rainforest, where a tribe of cannibal people takes a few Americans for what seems to be the craziest idea for ‘Lunch.’ Finally, Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway team up to create a fun, good feel movie in The Intern. And Adam Sandler comes back to the animated world, with the second part of Hotel Transylvania. Enjoy the week because every week is movie week!
INDIE & LIMITED RELEASES
The Reflektor Tapes (Unrated, 1h15m, Documentary/Music)
Director: Kahlil Joseph
Cast: Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Arcade Fire
Synopsis: A blend of interviews, concert footage, and personal moments chronicle the making of the band Arcade Fire’s album, Reflektor.
Mississippi Grind (R, 108m, Drama)
Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Cast: Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Yvonne Landry, Anthony Howard
Synopsis: Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what’s been lost.
The Keeping Room (R, 1h35m, Drama)
Director: Daniel Barber
Cast: Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Sam Wothington, Muna Otaru
Synopsis: Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women – two sisters and one African-American slave – must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army.
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (PG-13, 1h18m, Documentary)
Director: Sarah Hirsh Bordo
Cast: Lizzie Velasquez
Synopsis: A documentary following the life of Lizzie Velasquez her triumphant journey to the other side of bullying, and her mission to inspire and empower a more positive online environment.
99 Homes (R, 2h0m, Drama)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Clancy Brown
Synopsis: A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker who’s the source of his frustration.
Stonewall (R, 2h9m, Drama)
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Ron Perlman
Synopsis: Set in 1960s New York, a gay runaway (Jeremy Irvine) finds a sympathetic community at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. In time, harassment from the police galvanizes his political conscience.
Ashby (Unrated, 1h 43m, Comedy/Drama)
Director: Tony Mcnamara
Cast: Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, Sarah Silverman
Synopsis: When new kid in town Ed Wallis (Nat Wolff) is given an assignment to interview an older person, he turns to his mysterious neighbor, Ashby Holt (Mickey Rourke) for help. That new connection leads to unexpected journeys for both of them.
10 Days in a Madhouse (Unrated, 1h 51m, Drama)
Director: Timothy Hines
Cast: Coriline Barry, Christopher Lambert, Kelly LeBrock
Synopsis: In 1887, at age 23, reporter Nellie Bly, working for Joseph Pulitzer, feigns mental illness to go undercover in notorious Blackwell’s Island a woman’s insane asylum to expose corruption, abuse and murder.
The Intern (R, 121m, Action & Adventure/Drama/Mystery)
Director: Nancy Meyers
Cast: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo
Synopsis: Ben Whittaker is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
The Green Inferno (R, 1h 43m, Action & Adventure)
Director: Eli Roth
Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara
Synopsis: Student activists crash in the Amazon jungle and are taken captive by a tribe of cannibals.
Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG, 1h 29m, Animated Comedy)
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Cast: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Mel Brooks
Synopsis: Concerned that his half-human grandson isn’t showing his vampire side, Dracula (Adam Sandler) and his friends put the boy through a “monster-in-training” boot camp just as Drac’s old-school father (Mel Brooks) decides to pay a visit.