Forgive the obvious pun, but I’ve got my money on Ralph wrecking his competition at the box office this weekend to cap off a nice week of triumphs for Disney. Robert Zemeckis is also back at it with the help of a non-animated Denzel Washington. And perhaps a little stylized kung fu from a hip-hop chameleon to feed the eclectic palate?
Director: Rich Moore
Starring: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch
Disney fills up its animated features repertoire with this imaginative, on-trend action adventure inspired by iconic video game characters. Having been at it for years, Ralph is tired of being the villain in his arcade game and runs amok in his virtual world while trying to become a hero. The feature comes highly recommended by our very own Joseph.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, John Goodman
After more than a decade since Cast Away (2000), it’s good to have Robert Zemeckis back at live action films. Really good. Denzel impossibly delivers another solid performance as an airline pilot who lands a plummeting plane but runs into trouble once the investigation into the incident begins.
The Man with the Iron Fists
Starring: RZA, Russell Crowe, Lucy Lui
Like other features with the heading “Quentin Tarantino Presents,” RZA’s directorial debut checks off with stylized violence, gore, and a good dose of camp. The homage to kung fu tells the tale of a humble blacksmith in China who defends his village from a band of pilfering warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier (for the much-needed Russell Crowe shoe-in, of course).
A Late Quartet
Director: Yaron Zilberman
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Katherine Keener
Not to be confused with Quartet to be released early next year, this world-renowned foursome of string-players encounters tension in the face of death, rivaling egos, and temptation.
This Must Be the Place
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Sean Penn, Francis McDormand, Judd Hirsch
Sean Penn dons the atrocious, though necessary, getup of a washed-up rock star to hunt down and avenge his father against the Nazi war-criminal who tormented him during WWII.
Director: Jacob Aaron Estes
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Laura Linney, Elizabeth Banks
Pest problems are known to inspire rising tensions in the domestic realm, so the darkly comic turn of events which ensue when a family of raccoons discovers a worm infestation in Jeff and Nealy’s backyard come as no surprise.
Jack and Diane
Director: Bradley Rust Gray
Starring: Juno Temple, Riley Keough, Kylie Minogue
Two teenage girls develop feelings for one another after meeting at summer camp, but when they’ll soon be parted by a move, their attachment manifests itself in terrifying new ways.
Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Jane McNeill, Christopher Denham
Barry Levinson’s latest effort is an against-type mockumentary-style thriller about the chaos which erupts in a small Maryland town when an ecological disaster occurs. Admittedly an unexpected project for Levinson, he nonetheless succeeds within the context of genre.
What will you be seeing this weekend?