On The Homesman And This Weekend's Wide And Special Releases.

Foxcatcher.
Director: Bennett Miller.
Writer: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman.
Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo.
Playing At: Angelika Film Center (Dallas), Cinemark West Plano.

You need to see Foxcatcher. Here’s why.

The Homesman.
Director: Tommy Lee Jones.
Writers: Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley A. Oliver, Kieran Fitzgerald (screenplay); Glendon Swarthout (novel).
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer.
Playing At: Magnolia, Angelika Film Center (Plano). Opens Friday.

The Homesman is a strange story co-written, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones. Adapted from Glendon Swarthout’s novel of the same name, the film is about a drifter (Jones), who, after getting his neck saved from a hanging, agrees to travel with Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) across the country as she's taking three women who've gone mad from living life on the range to a church. The focus is meant for Swank, but since this is the loosest I've seen Jones since Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever, he steals the show.

Horrible Bosses 2.
Director: Sean Anders.
Writers: Sean Anders, John Morris.
Cast: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz.
Playing At: Wide.

Another sequel to another successful comedy. We've learned this formula only works if the second film is self-aware and lets the audience know that. I can't tell you if Horrible Bosses 2 uses this method, but it does have Charlie Day in it and I love that guy.

Penguins of Madagascar.
Director: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith.
Writers: Brandon Sawyer, John Aboud, Michael Colton.
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights.
Playing At: Wide.

If you have kids and want to take them to the multiplex this week, this is pretty much your only option. It's the fourth film in the Madagascar universe and it doesn't look very good. So maybe head to a theater that lets you drink a pint of beer.

Pulp: Life, Death & Supermarkets.
Director: Florian Habicht.
Writers: Jarvis Cocker, Florian Habitcht (concept by); Peter O'Donoghue (co-writer).
Cast: Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle.
Playing At: Texas Theatre.

If you're not a Pulp fan, lose my number and forget where I live. If you are a Pulp fan: Hello! How are you? Did you know that this band that you and I both love have a documentary out? You need to see it. It's called Pulp: Life, Death & Supermarkets, and it's about the band’s career-defining final performance, which was shot exclusively for this film.

Women Who Flirt.
Director: Ho-Cheung Pang.
Writers: Luo Fu-man (based on the book by).
Cast: Xiaoming Huang, Yi-Lin Sie, Sonia Sui .
Playing At: Cinemark Legacy.

Women Who Flirt is another movie opening this weekend based on a book. If you haven't already guessed as much, it's about women who are skilled in the arts of getting a man's attention. I haven't seen it but this looks like it could be a great movie for Girls Night Out.

V/H/S: Viral.
Directors: Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, Aaron Moorhead, Marcel Sarmiento, Nacho Vigalando.
Writers: Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, T.J. Cimfel, Ed Doughtery, Marcel Sarmiento, Nacho Vigalando, David White.
Cast: Justin Welborn, Emmy Argo, Emilia Ares Zoryan.
Playing At: Texas Theatre. Opens Friday.

There's a lot of talent behind V/H/S: Viral, but the found-footage genre has long worn out its welcome. Now, filmmakers are having to break rules and come up with new ways to keep it fresh. Most of the time it's plain silly, not scary. And the fact that this film didn't release around Halloween is just odd.

The Birdcage.
Director: Mike Nichols.
Writers: Jean Poiret (play); Elaine May (screenplay).
Cast: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman.
Playing At: Texas Theatre. Opens Friday.

One of Robin Williams greatest performance is in Mike Nichols' The Birdcage, which based on the hit play La Cage Aux Folles (a play that was also made into a multiple Academy Award-nominated film in 1978 by Édouard Molinaro). There are two sad facts about this film: Of course, Robin Williams tragically passed in August; and, less than 10 days ago, director Nichols also passed away suddenly. The world lost two more silver screen titans, but you can celebrate one of the legacies they left behind together by seeing it how it was meant to be seen — on the big screen.

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