Looks like the New year is starting with a slow week for new releases at the theaters. New films this week include The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine, Phoebe Fox) and The Search for General Tso (documentary). I think I’ll wait for the DVD. Continue reading for a summary of the new films for this weekend.
New Movies for January 2, 2015
When a group of orphaned children are forced to move from their home in London, caretakers Phoebe Fox and Helen McCrory bring everyone to the desolate and eerie British countryside. 40 years after Arthur Kipps left, this supernatural horror film introduces this new group to the now abandoned Eel Marsh House; an odd but seemingly safe location. It isn’t long before Eve starts to sense that this house is not what it appears to be as the children in her care begin to disappear. As their house of safety becomes a house of horrors, Eve enlists the help of Jeremy Irvine to help investigate what is happening. Eve soon discovers that it may not be a coincidence that she has come to reside in the house inhabited by the Woman in Black.
The Search for General Tso is a feature-length documentary tracing the origins of Chinese American food through what is arguably America’s most popular takeout meal — General Tso’s Chicken. Anchoring the film is an upbeat quest, through small towns and big cities across America and beyond, to understand the origins and popularity of Chinese American food and its top-selling dish. Who was General Tso? And why do nearly fifty thousand restaurants serve deep-fried chicken bearing his name? Using this Americanized dish and its mysterious mastermind as a lens onto a larger story of immigration, adaptation, and innovation, the film follows a lighthearted journey, grounded in cultural and culinary history, through restaurants, Chinatowns, and the American imagination. Visits to present-day Chinese restaurants spark forays into the past, guided by chefs, scholars, and the occasional opinionated customer. The film’s lively soundtrack and shadow-puppet animations contribute both whimsy and momentum, as viewers find they’re on a search to answer a deeper question: how did America’s Chinese food become so… American?