A lot of new movies out this week. This week’s new films include Jack the Giant Slayer (review), Stoker (Nicole Kidman), Phantom (Ed Harris, David Duchovny), 21 and Over, The Last Exorcism Part II, Hava Nagila: The Movie, and The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone. I’ve seen Jack the Giant Slayer. It’s a fun movie for kids that don’t get scared easily. Stoker looks disturbingly interesting, but it’s rated R.
March 1, 2013
Jack the Giant Slayer
An ancient war is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Nicholas Hoult), into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom and its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend and gets the chance to become a legend himself.
Stoker, the new film by cult Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, is rife with the sort of style that makes his other movies nothing short of modern classics of the thriller genre. In the film, India (Mia Wasikowska), upon the death of her father, finds herself sharing a Southern gothic mansion with her mother (Nicole Kidman) and her mysterious-yet-charming Uncle Charlie. Without giving anything away (you would kill us, trust), letters play a large part in the plot’s intrigue, and now, with our new experience site Letters To India, you can check out some exclusive shots and animations from the movie.
21 and Over
Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what’s expected of him. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy.
Ed Harris plays the captain of a Cold War Soviet missile submarine who has secretly been suffering from seizures that alter his perception of reality. Forced to leave his wife and daughter, he is rushed into a classified mission, where he is haunted by his past and challenged by a rogue KGB group (led by David Duchovny) bent on seizing control of the ship’s nuclear missile. With the fate of humanity in his hands, Harris discovers has been chosen for this mission in the belief he would fail. Phantom is a suspense submarine thriller about extraordinary men facing impossible choices.
The Last Exorcism Part II
Continuing where the first film left off, Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) is found terrified and alone in rural Louisiana. Back in the relative safety of New Orleans, Nell realizes that she can’t remember entire portions of the previous months only that she is the last surviving member of her family. Just as Nell begins the difficult process of starting a new life, the evil force that once possessed her is back with other, unimaginably horrific plans that mean her last exorcism was just the beginning.
Hava Nagila: The Movie
Hava Nagila (The Movie) is a documentary romp through the history, mystery and meaning of the great Jewish standard. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Regina Spektor and more, the film follows the ubiquitous party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the kibbutzim of Palestine to the cul-de-sacs of America. High on fun and entertainment, Hava Nagila (The Movie) is also surprisingly profound, tapping into universal themes about the importance of joy, the power of music and the resilient spirit of a people.
The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone
This faith-based, family, action/adventure film will thrill children and tweens, six through fourteen, their parents and grandparents. When Daniel Anderson (Alex Kendrick, Courageous, Fireproof and Facing the Giants) visits a foster home to drop off some donations he is quickly roped into telling the kids a story. The story he tells is about Billy Stone and Allie, two teen-age-friends, who uncover a long lost-medallion and then accidentally wish themselves back in time. Will the experience give them a new understanding of who they are and what their lives really mean? Daniel finishes his story to the foster children with the Truth about their tremendous value to God, who loves them and created them. The story not only changes the children, but is bound to change all who see the movie.