There are a lot of new movies this week. New films include Blackhat (Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis), Paddington (Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman), Vice (Bruce Willis, Ambyr Childers, Thomas Jane), The Wedding Ringer (Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kevin Hart), Little Accidents (Elizabeth Banks, Josh Lucas, Boyd Holbrook), The Phoenix Project, Son of a Gun (Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Jacek Koman), Spare Parts (George Lopez), Still Life (Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt), and Three Night Stand (Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath, Emmanuelle Chriqui). Continue reading for a summary of the new films for this weekend.
New Movies for January 16 2015
Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined — until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. Also features Nicole Kidman.
Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.
Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s Blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Stars Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis.
Julian Michaels (Bruce Willis) has designed the ultimate resort: Vice, where anything goes and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like humans. When an artificial (Ambyr Childers) becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between Julian’s mercenaries and a cop (Thomas Jane) who is hell-bent on shutting down Vice, and stopping the violence once and for all.
When a teenage boy goes missing in a small town already devastated by a fatal mining accident, three strangers find themselves drawn together in a tangle of secrets, lies, and the collective grief of the community. Reeling from the disappearance of her son, Diane (Elizabeth Banks) finds herself drifting away from her husband (Josh Lucas), a mining company executive whose role in the accident has made her family the prime target for the town’s anger. When she forms a dangerous bond with the sole survivor of the disaster (Boyd Holbrook), truths will be uncovered that threaten to tear apart the few remaining threads holding the town together in this intense drama from writer-director Sara Colangelo.
Four young scientists work to craft a machine to reanimate deceased organisms. As the project develops, the machine exceeds their wildest expectations, creating boundless possibilities that challenge the very nature of human existence. However, success with this experiment comes at a price, as ulterior motives and reckless abandon lead to consequences none of them could predict. As their time and resources fade, this team of visionary scientists must face the realities of the task they have set out for themselves, bringing the dead back to life.
In the criminal world, life is like a game of chess. To gain control, you have to stay a few moves ahead of your opponent. Lose that control, and you risk becoming a pawn in their very dangerous game. During a six-month stint inside a West Australian prison, rookie criminal JR (Brenton Thwaites) meets the smart and enigmatic Brendan Lynch (Ewan McGregor). In exchange for protection on the inside, JR agrees to help Brendan get outside, hooking up with the influential Sam Lennox (Jacek Koman) to orchestrate a daring prison escape that frees Brendan, and inmates Sterlo (Matt Nable) and Merv (Eddie Baroo). JR is rewarded for his efforts, and with a taste of the high life and flirtations with Sam’s beautiful girl Tasha (Alicia Vikader), he gets sucked deeper into Brendan’s criminal world. But whose game is he playing? Becoming a father-like mentor to JR, Brendan convinces him to join on another high stakes job — robbing a Kalgoorlie gold mine. But with millions of dollars at stake, it’s hard to tell whom JR can trust, and whose side each player is actually on. And with his feelings for Tasha increasing, and his faith in Brendan decreasing, JR must figure out his next move… before its check, mate.
Spare Parts is a true life story about four Hispanic high school students who form a robotics club under the leadership of their school’s newest teacher, Fredi (George Lopez). With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot — they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime.
Life for the unassuming John May (Eddie Marsan) has always revolved around his work for the local council in South London, finding the next of kin of those who have died alone. Profoundly dedicated to his work, he believes that everyone deserves a dignified exit, and writes eulogies and organizes funerals for those who wouldn’t have them otherwise. But when a new case — an elderly alcoholic in a flat directly opposite his own — hits him harder than usual, he journeys outside London to track down the man’s long-abandoned daughter (Joanne Froggatt). Against the odds, the two lonely souls are drawn to each other — and John’s outlook starts to open to life’s possibilities.
In this romantic comedy with a twist, Carl (Sam Huntington) has a great life. He’s recently married to the beautiful and smart Sue (Meaghan Rath), and has a good job as a video game designer at a prestigious company. But Carl’s not satisfied — he desperately wants a promotion, and more importantly, a marriage with greater excitement and inspiration. In an attempt to reconnect with Sue, Carl organizes a weekend trip to a ski lodge with high hopes for relaxation, exercise, and sexual adventure. But this isn’t Carl’s first trip to the B&B. He doesn’t tell Sue he actually spent many passionate weekends at the very same place with his sexy ex-girlfriend Robyn (Emmanuelle Chriqui) — a woman he is still secretly obsessed with. Carl and Sue’s world is turned upside down when they arrive to find Robyn, still beautiful and enigmatic, running the lodge. Now Carl will have to face the greatest temptation of his life — the one who got away.