There are several new movies this weekend. They include Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Chris Pine, Keira Knightley), Ride Along (Kevin Hart, Ice Cube), The Nut Job (animated), Devil’s Due (Zach Gilford), Back in the Day, Big Bad Wolves, and Jamesy Boy (Mary-Louise Parker, Ving Rhames). I’m a Tom Clancy fan, so I’m looking forward to seeing Shadow Recruit. Ride Along looks funny, and my kids will probably like The Nut Job. Continue reading for a summary of the new movie releases for this week.
Movies for January 17, 2014
Based on the CIA analyst created by espionage master Tom Clancy, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is a blistering action thriller that follows Ryan (Chris Pine) from his quiet double-life as a veteran-turned-Wall Street executive to his all-out initiation as a hunted American agent on the trail of a massive terrorist plot in Moscow. Ryan appears to be just another New York executive to his friends and loved ones, but his enlistment into the CIA secretly goes back years. He was brought in as a brainy Ph.D. who crunches global data — but when Ryan ferrets out a meticulously planned scheme to collapse the U.S. economy and spark global chaos, he becomes the only man with the skills to stop it. Now, he’s gone fully operational, thrust into a world of mounting suspicion, deception and deadly force. Caught between his tight-lipped handler Harper (Kevin Costner), his in-the-dark fiancée Cathy (Keira Knightley) and a brilliant Russian oligarch (Kenneth Branagh), Jack must confront a new reality where no one can seem to be trusted, yet the fate of millions rests on his finding the truth. With the urgency of a lit fuse, he’s in a race to stay one step ahead of everyone around him.
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the lineup in RIDE ALONG, the next comedy from the director of Think Like a Man. When a tough undercover officer’s (Cube) future brother-in-law (Hart) joins him on an overnight shift, the wisecracking trainee gets accidentally embroiled in the seasoned cop’s latest case. Now, in order to prove that he is worthy of his future bride, he must survive the most insane night of his life. Joining Hart and Cube in the film from Tim Story are John Leguizamo, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen and Jay Pharoah. Ice Cube produces alongside Matt Alvarez, Will Packer and Larry Brezner.
In animated 3D, THE NUT JOB is an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure.
After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin.
Sometimes in order to move forward, you have to go back. And in this raunchy comedy, Jim Owens does just that when he heads home for his high school reunion. In an attempt to relive the glory days with his boys and explore an old romance, he nearly destroys his hometown and friendships.
A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings — a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.
A young gang member turns his life around in prison, thanks to the friendship he forms with a convicted murderer who becomes his mentor. The movie is based on a true story.