There are several new movies this weekend. They include 300: Rise of an Empire (Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey), Mr. Peabody & Sherman (review), Bethlehem, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Grand Piano, Haunt, and Journey to the West. I expect the 300 sequel to clean up at the box office, but Mr. Peabody & Sherman will be popular with kids. Continue reading for a summary of the new films for this week.
Movies for March 7, 2014
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield — on the sea — as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. “300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine — The Wabac — to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes The Wabac out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.
Bethlehem is the story of a high school football team set against the very real backdrop of the steel industry demise in small town Pennsylvania. After the death of his father, Danny Talbot (Devon Werkheiser) dreams of playing the game he loves are realer than ever. Enter his grandfather, football coach Keith Talbot (Corbin Bernsen), whose need to win eclipses his notion of family. However, while working to earn his place among other dreamers like himself, he begins the journey inside of himself to find his place amongst the broader landscape of a very uncertain time for Main Street, USA. It will be an uphill battle to answer the age old question: Where do I belong?
The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.
Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public in a long awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: “Play one wrong note and you die.” Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper’s motives and look for help without anyone realizing.
A family of five moves into a beautiful, sprawling dream home. One problem: it’s cursed, having caused the deaths of the previous family to occupy it, leaving only one survivor (Jacki Weaver). The family’s moody 18-year-old son and his mysterious new neighbor inadvertently awaken something in the house while also violently shaking the many skeletons in the many closets. Mac Carter’s debut feature is a frightening and powerful character-driven haunted-house film that isn’t afraid to take the action outside.
Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature of the same name, Stephen Chow’s ‘Journey To The West’ is a contemporary remake of the misadventures of a Buddhist monk as he makes a pilgrimage from China to India.