On The Intern and The Rest Of The Weekend’s New Film Releases.
Director: Nancy Meyers.
Writer: Nancy Meyers.
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Rene Russo, Andrew Rannells.
Playing At: Wide.
For many moviegoers, Nancy Meyers' romantic comedies (Father of the Bride, Something's Gotta Give, It's Complicated) are cinematic comfort food. There's nothing groundbreaking or fresh within them, but, hey, they're usually pleasant experiences, even if you'll forget the second they're over. Here, Robert De Niro plays the titular character, working for the much-younger Anne Hathaway. De Niro is absolutely going to pick up some hip slang in the process, while Hathaway will learn about the “good ol' days.”
Hotel Transylvania 2.
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky.
Writers: Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel.
Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James.
Playing At: Wide.
Dracula's a dad now and he's seeking grandparenting advice from his buddies Frankenstein, The Mummy and The Wolf Man. The original was much better than it had any right to be, and this sequel looks like more of the same with a stacked voice cast, including several Saturday Night Live vets. If you've got kids, you probably won't hate seeing this one.
The Green Inferno.
Director: Eli Roth.
Writers: Eli Roth, Guillermo Amoedo.
Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton.
Playing At: Wide.
We've seen a glut of zombie movies and shows lately, but there hasn't been a cannibal movie in quite some time. Luckily (or maybe not, depending on your opinion of him), Eli Roth is here to right that wrong. Here, a group of well-intentioned college students head down to the Amazon rain forest and find themselves in the clutches of a bloodthirsty local tribe.
Director: Denis Villeneuve.
Writer: Taylor Sheridan.
Cast: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal.
Playing At: Cinemark West Plano, AMC NorthPark. (Expands wide next week.)
Emily Blunt continues to kick ass, here playing a noble FBI agent who gets asked to join a rogue squad aimed at taking down dangerous Mexican drug cartels. Denis Villeneuve has a knack for staging tension-filled sequences aided by Roger Deakins’ eerie cinematography. This is one violent, white-knuckle thriller. Just don't expect to leave the theater on a high note. Read my review here.
Director: Yimou Zhang.
Writer: Jingzhi Zou.
Cast: Li Gong, Daoming Chen, Huiwen Zhang, Tao Guo.
Playing At: Angelika Plano.
Director Yimou Zhang (House of Flying Daggers) puts down the sword for this more intimate drama. Li Gong and Daoming Chen play a couple separated during China's Cultural Revolution. When they're reunited after years apart, she no longer remembers him because of a traumatic brain injury. Bring the tissues for this one.
Director: Roland Emmerich.
Writer: Jon Robin Baitz.
Cast: Ron Perlman, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joe King, Caleb Landry Jones.
Playing At: Inwood Theatre, Angelika Plano, Cinemark Legacy.
Roland Emmerich, director of such ludicrous action films as Independence Day and White House Down, takes on the Stonewall Riots, the flashpoint of the gay rights movement. Unfortunately, his bombastic style isn't suited for such a passionate real-life story.
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story.
Director: Sara Bordo.
Playing At: AMC Grapevine Mills.
This doc aims to genuinely inspire by taking a look at Lizzie Velasquez, the Texas woman who was shamefully labeled “The World's Ugliest Woman” online because of her rare genetic condition. But the movie shows her triumphant victory of those cowards as she becomes an anti-bullying activist and motivational speaker.
Sleeping with Other People.
Director: Leslye Headland.
Writer: Leslye Headland.
Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Jason Mantzoukas, Amanda Peet.
Playing At: Angelika Dallas, LOOK Cinemas.
Few actors are as funny and good-natured as Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live) and Alison Brie (Community). Together, they have boundless chemistry as recovering addicts who try to keep their relationship strictly platonic. Of course that's going to fail, but it's going to be hilarious watching them try.
The New Girlfriend.
Director: Francois Ozon.
Writer: Francois Ozon.
Cast:Romain Duris, Anais Demoustier, Raphael Personnaz, Isild Le Besco.
Playing At: The Magnolia.
Oh, those naughty French. In this dark comedy, Claire (Anais Demoustier) discovers that the husband (Romain Duris) of her late best friend has been a man — or perhaps a woman — about town. Reviews from foreign film festivals indicate that The New Girlfriend balances the drama and laughter beautifully.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes.
Director: Robert Fuest.
Writers: James Whiton, William Goldstein.
Cast: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Hugh Griffith, Terry-Thomas.
Playing At: Alamo Drafthouse.
Showing: Wednesday, September 30.
After his wife dies on the operating table, a grief-stricken husband vows revenge on the doctors who couldn't save her, using the biblical plagues of Egypt to carry out his murders. This is one of the more ridiculous movies of the '70s (and that's saying something), but you can see the roots of future horror flicks like Saw and A Nightmare on Elm Street in it. Plus, Vincent Price was never better. As a nice plus, Vincent's daughter Victoria will be on hand for a Q&A at this one, and the special menu features recipes from her book A Treasury of Great Recipes.