By Felix Dalgo
We begin the month of September this week and Labor Day is almost upon us. With summer almost done, the new releases for the next several days will try to provide us with a good laugh, because this week the comedies are really taking over. With such films as: Addicted to Fresno, Break Point, Bloodsucking Bastards and a Walk in the Woods, you could have some good chuckles, but if you are in the mood for something more edgy and informative, the documentary A Sinner in Mecca will open your eyes to a world that not many people have seen, from the point of view of openly gay muslim director Parvez Sharma.
Finally we have the return of one of the more beloved B-action franchises – The Transporter: Refueled. It brings you back into the mysterious world of these highly trained delivery men who don’t ask questions, they only take the “packages” from point A to point B. This time the man behind the wheel of the luxury vehicle will not be Jason Statham but we are introduced to a brand new transporter with Ed Skrein in the lead role. Whether it lives up to the expectations of the first 3 films is something for the viewer to decide. So pick a film, head to the theaters and let us know which film you liked the best. Never forget, every week is movie week!
The Transporter – Refueled (PG-13, 1hr 36m, Action/Adventure/Suspense/Thriller)
Director: Camille Delamarre
Cast: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Gabriella Wright
Synopsis: In this latest installment of the high-octane action franchise, Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) brings his courier skills to a bank heist perpetrated by two mysterious blondes, earning him the attention of a mysterious adversary.
INDIE & LIMITED RELEASES
Dragon Blade (R, 2hrs 7m, Action, Adventure, Drama)
Director: Daniel Lee
Cast: Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody
Synopsis: Jackie Chan produces this action movie. When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius (Adrien Brody) arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An (Jackie Chan) and his group of trained warriors teams up with an elite legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius (John Cusack) to maintain the delicate balance of power in the region. To protect his country and his new friends, Huo An gathers the warriors of thirty-six ethnic nations together to fight Tiberius in an incredible epic battle.
A Walk in the Woods (R, 1hr 44m, Action/Adventure & Comedy)
Director: Ken Kwapis
Cast: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Kristen Schaal, Nick Offerman
Synopsis: Lauded travel writer Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) returns to America after decades abroad with the intention of retiring. However, he’s drawn in by the lure of the Appalachian Trail, which he challenges himself to hike the entirety of. He’s joined on his journey by a long lost friend, habitual criminal and line-stepper Katz (Nick Nolte), and the two embark on an unforgettable and challenging adventure.
Before We Go (PG-13, 1hr 29m, Comedy/Drama/Romance)
Director: Chris Evans
Cast: Chris Evans, Alice Eve, Emma Fitzpatrick, Scott Evans
Synopsis: Two strangers stuck in Manhattan for the night grow into each other’s most trusted confidants when an evening of unexpected adventure forces them to confront their fears and take control of their lives.
Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos (Animation)
Director: Gabriel Riva Palacio Alatriste
Voice Cast: Angelica Vale, Maite Perroni, Omar Chaparro, Ninel Conde, Carlos Espejel
Synopsis: Hispanic animated movie about Toto, (voiced by Bruno Bichir) who was born the runt of the litter. But, when an evil rancher threatens to destroy his home and his family, Toto must go from a timid young “chicken” to a brave and scrappy rooster. Toto and his friends must band together on an egg-citing adventure that will prove that big surprises can come from little packages.
Addicted to Fresno (Unrated, 1hr 25m, Comedy)
Director: Jaime Babbit
Cast: Judy Greer, Natasha Lyonne, Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, Clea Duvall, Fred Armisen
Synopsis: This is a comedy about co-dependent sisters who work as hotel maids in Fresno, CA. Shannon is fresh out of sex rehab when her younger, overly optimistic lesbian sister Martha lands her a job as a maid at Fresno Suites, the local hotel.
A Sinner in Mecca (Unrated, 1hr 19m, Documentary)
Director: Parvez Sharma
Synopsis: In this bold documentary, gay Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma secretly records his pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that filming is forbidden there and homosexuality is criminalized.
Break Point (R, 1hr 30m, Comedy)
Director: Jay Karas
Cast: Jeremy Sisto, Amy Smart, David Walton, J.K. Simmons
Synopsis: Two odd-couple brothers who have lost touch are brought together when they decide to compete in a grand slam doubles tennis tournament despite not having played together for years.
Chloe & Theo (PG-13, 1hr 21m, Drama)
Director: Ezna Sands
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Theo Ikummaq, Ashley Springer, Andre de Shields, Mira Sorvino
Synopsis: A young woman, Chloe, living by her wits on the streets of New York City, has a chance meeting with a wise Inuit Eskimo, Theo, who was sent to New York by his elders to provide a message to the people of the world.
Dirty Weekend (Unrated, 1hr 33m, Comedy/Drama)
Director: Neil LaBute
Cast: Mathew Broderick, Alice Eve, Phil Burke
Synopsis: During a layover in Albuquerque, work colleagues Les and Natalie discover more about each other than they ever thought possible. Les is drawn into the city by past experiences he can’t forget. Natalie follows along as her own secrets are revealed.
Bloodsucking Bastards (Unrated, 1hr 26m, Comedy/Horror)
Director: Brian James O’Connell
Cast: Fran Kranz, Emma Fitzpatrick, Joey Kern
Synopsis: Bloodsucking Bastards takes audiences on a hilarious, blood-spattered roller coaster ride in the most terrifying locale of all: the American workplace.