New movies opening this weekend include The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone), Walk of Shame (Elizabeth Banks), Bad Johnson, Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), Decoding Annie Parker (Helen Hunt), The Protector 2 (Tony Jaa), and Whitewash (Thomas Haden Church). I’m sure Spider-Man 2 (review | trailer) will clean-up at the box office this weekend. Continue reading for a summary of the new movies for this week.
Movies for May 2, 2014
It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.
After losing an audition for her dream job, an aspiring Los Angeles TV news anchor goes out for an uncharacteristic night of partying. She awakes in a stranger’s bed to a phone message from her agent telling her the job is hers, if she can make it across town by 5 pm. Stranded in an unknown area without money, a phone, and a car, she embarks on a series of misadventures as she races to the most important job interview of her life.
BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
Based on a true story. Two women on remarkable journeys over 15 years. The brave, very funny and always irreverent Anne Parker watches her family stalked and devastated by a cruel illness, and as singular her spirit she is still deeply affected as she is left virtually alone in the world. Mary Claire King, a brilliant geneticist believes there is a genetic link to the type of cancer that afflicts people like Annie but few believe her and even fewer support her. As the years pass the illness reaches Annie and changes not only her body, but her relationship with her husband and her son, both little equipped to deal with the mayhem that descends upon them. Remarkably, Annie rises up and fights against the odds as she is dealt blow upon blow, learning as she goes something that she believes might save her. Dr. King also meets many seemingly insuperable obstacles, but managers to find something of unimaginable significance as slowly, inexorably these two women stories begin to converge, until the final, heroic, and uplifting final.
THE PROTECTOR 2, Starring Tony Jaa (ONG BAK) and RZA, is an extreme fight movie, an endlessly intense, nerve-racking film full of fists, elbows, kicks and daredevil stunt scenes and amazingly choreographed fighting moves that will pump hot blood through the bodies of all action fans.
In the harsh, wintry woods of rural Quebec, Bruce (Thomas Haden Church), a down-on-his-luck snowplow operator, accidentally kills a man during a drunken night joyride. Stricken with panic, he hides the body and takes to the deep wilderness in hopes of outrunning both the authorities and his own conscience. But as both begin to close in, Bruce falls apart mentally and morally and mysteries unravel to reveal who he was before the accident, the truth behind his victim, and the circumstances that brought them together in a single moment.
A charismatic womanizer receives his comeuppance after his penis mysteriously leaves his body and takes human form.
A young couple moves to the woods and soon finds their nightmares and reality colliding.