Even though it’s Super Bowl weekend, there are a lot of new movies this week. New films include The Loft (Karl Urban, James Marsden), Black or White (Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer), Project Almanac (Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia), The Devil’s Violinist (David Garrett), Coming Home (Gong Li, Chen Daoming), Alien Outpost (Adrian Paul, Rick Ravanello), Supremacy (Anson Mount, Danny Glover), Hard to Be a God (Leonid Yarmolnik), and Wild Card (Jason Statham, Sofía Vergara, Anne Heche). Coming Home is the only one I want to see. I’m a big fan of Gong Li. Continue reading for a summary of the new films for this weekend.
New Movies for January 30, 2015
Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Marsden (2 Guns) star in the tense psychological thriller The Loft, the story of five guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city — a place where they can indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller.
Black or White is the story of a grandfather (Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.
A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger. Stars Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, and Ginny Gardner.
Superstar violinist David Garrett makes his acting debut as the legendary and notorious Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini whose talent was so great he was called “The Devil’s Violinist.” Paganini is at the height of his career and under the strong control of his manager Urbani (Jared Harris), who will risk anything and anyone to bring Paganini to England. Urbani’s plan, helped along by a British couple and a newspaper writer Ethel Langham (Joely Richardson) is brought to fruition as Paganini conquers the crowds of London and the hearts of women. When he falls in love with a young singer, Urbani must find a way to separate them and keep his hold on the larger than life superstar. This turbulent tale of love, lust, power, and the lure of fame is set against a glorious score by David Garret and composer Franck van der Heijden.
Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waits for her husband’s return.
Two documentary cameramen embedded in an army unit in the most hostile place on earth, an outpost surrounded by the last remaining alien fighters (Heavies) of an invading attack force. The world may have forgotten about the Outposts, but the Heavies are planning the second invasion of Earth and the soldiers are the only ones who can stop it. Stars Adrian Paul, Rick Ravanello, and Reiley McClendon.
The Deon Taylor-directed drama stars Anson Mount, Danny Glover, Joe Anderson, Derek Luke, Evan Ross, Lela Rochon and Dawn Olivieri. The drama is based on a true story. A paroled white supremacist has just killed a cop, and takes a black family hostage over a long night of terror as authorities cordon off the neighborhood where he and his lady accomplice are laying low.
Shot in stunning black-and-white, Hard to Be a God takes place in the planet of Arkanar, which is in the middle of a period of violence, filth, and crudeness: its own Middle Age. The local population is suffering from a ban issued on anyone who can read and write, and those who resist are brutally punished and killed. Don Rumata (played by Leonid Yarmolnik), the film’s main character, is an Earth scientist sent to examine this Earth-like planet. Coming from a culturally advanced world, but here disguised as a noble-born bastard, Don Rumata is rumored by the locals to have a God as one of his ancestors. Rumata does what he can to save the local intelligentsia, but is ultimately forbidden from interfering in the development of Arkanar.
Simon West directs this remake of the 1987 Burt Reynold action thriller in this Sierra/Affinity production starring Jason Statham as a paid enforcer who goes after a gang leader when a group of thugs beat up a personal friend. William Goldman provides the script. Stars Jason Statham, Sofía Vergara and Anne Heche.