On Winter's Sleep And This Weekend's Wide And Special Releases.

Winter Sleep.
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
Writer: Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
Cast: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag.
Playing At: Angelika Film Center (Dallas).

Winter Sleep will be one of the best films you’ll see this year — but you need a little patience going in. It’s three hours long and takes a good 80 to 90 minutes to really get going. But it’s worth the wait. Trust.

Blackhat.
Director: Michael Mann.
Writer: Michael Mann, Morgan Davis Foehl.
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wei Tang.
Playing At: Wide.

Once upon a time, Michael Mann (Heat) made movies that I would line up early to see. That fizzled with the release of Miami Vice, the feature he directed based on the popular TV show he produced. He may never have another good hit on his hands at this point, to be honest. But that's OK; we'll always have Thief, Heat and that one movie where Daniel Day-Lewis jumps through a waterfall in slow-motion. You know the one I’m talking about. His latest, Blackhat, stars Chris Hemsworth as the most handsome and jacked hacker you will ever see in your lifetime. Possibly ever.

Little Accidents.
Director: Sara Colangelo.
Writer: Sara Colangelo.
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Lofland.
Playing At: Texas Theatre.

Quasi-based on a short of the same name, Little Accidents stars Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games franchise, Wet Hot American Summer) as a lonely wife in a small town full of accidents and mysteries. It’s writer-director Sara Colangelo’s first feature and she shows promise, to be sure. But Little Accidents screams sadness in your face so forcefully, it'll make you want to smack your head against a wall. That's no accident.

Paddington.
Director: Paul King.
Writer: Paul King (screenplay); Hamish McColl (screen story); Michael Bond (character)
Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters.
Playing At: Wide.

Paddington is a feature-length animated movie on the kids book world's most popular bear, Paddington Bear. An animated movie released this early in the year is usually a bad sign, but critics have weighed in on Rotten Tomatoes and this one looks to be a winner. Time to start watching your back, Yogi.

Vice.
Director: Brian A Miller.
Writer: Andre Fabrizio, Jeremy Passmore.
Cast: Thomas Jane, Bruce Willis, Ambyr Childers.
Playing At: AMC Grapevine Mills.

I'm really not sure how he does it, but, every damn year,Bruce Willis somehow manages to make a lot of small thrillers without anyone noticing. Ever heard of The Prince Fire with Fire or The Cold Light of Day? Twenty bucks says you haven't, even though each of those Willis-starring vehicles also featured some added A-listers. Oh, well. Anyway, here's his latest, another one called Vice and co-starring a scruffy-haired Thomas Jane. Do you even care? You should at least for one reason — so that you don't confuse this one with the enjoyably bizarre Inherent Vice.

The Wedding Ringer.
Director: Jeremy Garelick.
Writer: Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender.
Cast: Kevin Hart, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Alan Ritchson, Josh Gad
Playing At: Wide.

Sure, Kevin Hart can sell a shitload of tickets and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting is currently one of America’s Sweethearts, but I refuse to see anything with Josh Gad in it. Far as I',m concerned, you should, too. The guy's nothing more than the poor man's Jonah Hill and carries no talent. I don't know how he keeps getting roles in studio features, but his annoying mess has spread quite large, not unlike the eraser at the end of your pencil. Maybe one day he'll write a tell-all and share his secret? I don't know, and, honestly, I don't care. Our own Javier Fuentes, on the other hand, does. And in his mind, Gad's worth putting up with in this one. Me? I'll just take his word on that.

Spare Parts.
Director: Sean McNamara.
Writer: Joshua Davis (based upon an article by); Elissa Matsueda.
Cast: George Lopez, Alexa PenaVega, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis.
Playing At: Wide.

Spare Parts is based on an article published in Wired in 2005 about a collective of high school immigrants who compete against MIT in an underwater robotic competition. If that doesn't inspire you, this should: Josh Gad is nowhere to be found in it!

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