New movies this week include The Butler (Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda), Jobs (Ashton Kutcher), Kick-Ass 2 (Chloë Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Paranoia (Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth, Amber Heard), Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck), Approximately Nels Cline, and Austenland (Keri Russell, Jane Seymour). The movie I want to see is Jobs. It’s about the late Steve Jobs, founder of Apple. I learned quite a bit about him when I read his biography last year. I can’t wait to see the film about him. Read on for a summary of the new movie releases for this week.
Movies for August 16, 2013
A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House’s head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made. Features Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams, and Clarence Williams III.
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) — reborn as The Mother F%&*^r — only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.
The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world (Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar (Liam Hemsworth), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away.
The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and ground-breaking entrepreneur who let nothing stand in the way of greatness. The film tells the epic and turbulent story of Jobs as he blazed a trail that changed technology — and the world — forever.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Brought to life with exquisite detail and rich cinematography by Bradford Young, the gritty landscape of 1970s Texas Hill Country is the backdrop for this mood-drenched collision of love and crime. After his pregnant wife (Rooney Mara) makes one false move during a bloody shootout, a bank robber (Casey Affleck) faces a 25-year sentence that destroys his dreams of a family life.
Approximately Nels Cline
Taking a break from ultra serious documentaries, Steven Okazaki has joined forces with legendary Fantasy Studios to create an extraordinary film on the music of Nels Cline, best known as lead guitarist of the Chicago-based Wilco. Dubbed a ‘Guitar God’ by Rolling Stone magazine, Nels Cline plays everything from punk to blues, rock to traditional, jazz to unbridled mad experimentation. ‘Approximately Nels Cline’ showcases Nels’ astonishing range, fearless improvisational spirit and deep love of music. It’s not a formulaic music doc with the same old cliched insight, rock star poses and camera angles you’ve seen before. It’s an enthralling exploration of creativity, musicianship and the collaborative hard work of making music.
“Austenland” is a romantic comedy about 30-something, single Jane Hayes, a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with all things Jane Austen. But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.
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