For some reason, there are a lot of great movies coming out this week. Nobody can say for sure why, but it’s better not to look a gift horse in the mouth. All I know is that when you go to the theater this weekend, you can probably just close your eyes, point at the marquee and find a great film. We at Eventful have two cents to put in on each and every film release this week, so we better get to it.
First up is Red 2, the anticipated sequel to the very successful 2010 action film. Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses still gets by with the help of his civilian girlfriend Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), ex-partner Marvin (John Malkovich), and former Cold War nemesis Ivan (Brian Cox). After trying to settle back into the simple life, Moses is again yanked out of it when he discovers a familiar Cold War nuclear attack plot centering on an old friend (Anthony Hopkins). He’ll have to dodge Russians, Interpol, his old ally Victoria, and an old lover (Catherine Zeta-Jones) to get things back to normal. There’s a new face joining the crew behind the scenes too, as Director Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) joins the franchise as a replacement for Robert Schwentke, who is directing…
…R.I.P.D., the new supernatural action-comedy starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. Like Red 2, R.I.P.D. is loosely based on an indie graphic novel. Reynolds stars as a detective who is killed on-duty, then recruited by the afterlife’s law enforcement agency known as the Rest In Peace Department. He’s partnered up with a 130 year-old law man from the old west (Jeff Bridges). Together they go after malevolent spirits that would rather terrorize the living than cross over to the other side. Bridges is amazing in his role as the aging mentor (think his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn, but funnier) and the witty, snappy back and forth between him and Reynolds is sure to create a lot of laughs. They’ll only add to the laughs that Reynolds has spawned this week from his starring role in…
…Turbo, the latest 3D animated feature from DreamWorks Animation. The studio that brought you Shrek and Kung Fu Panda is now delving into the realm of sports with their latest film about a snail with the need for speed. Ryan Reynolds voices Theo, the snail who idolizes Indy 500 drivers and dreams of leaving his slow life in the dust. His dreams bring him ridicule, until an accident with nitrous oxide makes him as fast as his human idols. While adults may lament the premise, the film has received positive reviews for its humor and underdog story; guaranteeing it’ll be a hit with kids.
And let’s not forget The Conjuring, a very highly anticipated horror film starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as two paranormal investigators who try to help a haunted family, but find something darker then they could’ve ever imagined. The film has been years in the making and is based on a real life case by popular investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The film has already received tons of critical and audience acclaim, setting up The Conjuring to become one of the scariest movies of the year.
The Indie Scene
While we don’t get to talk about many indie films on the Eventful Blog, there’re some noteworthy entries during this busy week. The first is the “art house” crime thriller Only God Forgives. This is the second pairing of Director Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling after their 2011 film, Drive. Gosling has said in interviews that the script is one of the most bizarre he’s ever read, and feels more like a video game than a movie. And what a video game it would be; Gosling stars as Julian, an expatriate who runs a Muay Thai boxing club that’s really a front for his drug smuggling. After his brother is beaten to death for murdering an underage prostitute, Julian’s overbearing and ruthless mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) forces him to avenge his brother’s murder.
There’s also Girl Most Likely, the latest from directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor, The Extra Man). It stars the incredible Kristen Wiig as Imogene, a woman who’s realizing that she’s as far off from her big plans as she could possibly be. After suffering a breakdown, she is left in the custody of her ditzy mother (Annette Benning) and forced to live with her mother’s boyfriend, George Bush (Matt Dillon), her younger brother, and the young hunk who’s renting her room.
With so many new movies coming out this week, you have absolutely no excuse not to check out one of these fine films at a theater near you. Check out show times for Red 2, R.I.P.D., Turbo, The Conjuring, Only God Forgives, and Girl Most Likely on Eventful.