This week it’s war at a theater near you, as there are 12 new movies being released. Six open wide and another six are in limited release.
Opening Nationwide on Friday, August 24th:
Movie: Illegal Tender (R)
Starring: Rick Gonzalez, Wanda De Jesus & Dania Ramirez
Genre: Action Thriller
Synopsis: A young and very studious college student with a great girlfriend, a caring mother and a future where the skies the limit gets sucked into something he never wanted to be in the middle of. When an enemy, who killed his father, from his mother’s past returns, he must take a stand to protect her. He must become the man his dead father always hoped he would be. You don’t want to get between this guy and his mother.
First Thoughts: Probably catch it someday when it hits the premium cable channels.
Movie: Mr. Bean’s Holiday (G)
Starring: Rowan Atkinson
Synopsis: Mr. Bean decides that he can no longer take the unbearably cold and wet winter any longer and sets out for a vacation on the French Riviera. But, as things usually do for him, things don’t go as planned. He is thought to be a kidnapper at one point and then highly regarded director at another. Will he make it to his destination and a little fun in the sun? And if so, what will he have to do to get there?
First Thoughts: I think this character has gotten a little long in the tooth. You would definitely have more fun watching classic episodes of Mr. Bean then going to see this movie.
Movie: The Nanny Diaries (PG-13)
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Alicia Keys & Chris Evans
Synopsis: A lowly college student becomes a nanny for very rich, but very dysfunctional couple living in Manhattan. She must learn to manage her time wisely, as the spoiled child she looks after, her demanding employers, a new boyfriend and schoolwork pull at her from every direction. It is based on the Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus book of the same name.
First Thoughts: Looks like it could be a fun date night type movie, cause she ain’t going to see War with you.
Movie: Resurrecting the Champ (PG-13)
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris, Alan Alda & Teri Hatcher
Genre: Sports Drama
Synopsis: A sports writer with a crumbling marriage and a boss that sends him out to cover what nobody else wants to, rescues a homeless man one evening and find that the man was a former boxer that most people think is dead. He sets out to write the boxer’s story to help out his career.
First Thoughts: It’s got Samuel L. Jackson in it, so it’s probably worth checking out at some point.
Movie: September Dawn (R)
Starring: Jon Voight, Terence Stamp, Lolita Davidovich & Dean Cain
Genre: Western Drama
Synopsis: The story of what is known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. It took place on September 11th, 1857 and was the first act of religious terrorism in the U.S. that is known. Mormons dressed as Paiute Indians killed all but the small children on a wagon train traveling through Utah that was headed for California. An adopted son of Brigham Young was, 20 years later, killed for the crime. Many say that Brigham Young himself was complicit in the massacre, but the Mormon Church has denied that to this day.
First Thoughts: This one has a little controversy attached to it, given the story. Probably see it someday, but not this Friday.
Movie: War (R)
Starring: Jet Li & Jason Statham
Synopsis: An assassin has apparently killed an FBI agents partner and family. The FBI agent becomes consumed with exacting revenge. When the assassin returns, a war between two Asian mobsters is sparked. As the battle ensues, the ultimate confrontation between the agent and the man he has sought ends up revealing the truth of what took place.
First Thoughts: Cars chases, choreographed fight scenes and a vendetta, what’s not to like. It is probably not a very good movie, but might be fun just the same.
Movies in Limited Release this Friday:
- Closing Escrow – A comedy satire mockumentary starring nobody I have ever heard of.
- Dedication – A romantic black comedy starring Billy Crudup, Mandy Moore, Dianne Wiest & Bobby Cannavale.
- Deep Water
- Hannah Takes the Stairs – A romantic comedy about a woman that falls in and out of love quickly.
- The Hottest State – A romantic drama directed by Ethan Hawke.
- Right at Your Door – A disaster thriller about a guy that seals himself inside his house after dirty bombs are detonated in Los Angeles, but inadvertently, his wife ends up outside.
The movies 2 Days in Paris and The 11th Hour expand this weekend.
For New Movie Friday there are four new movies at a theater near me this week. They are Illegal Tender, Mr. Bean’s Holiday, The Nanny Diaries, Resurrecting the Champ, September Dawn and War. What new movie will you be heading out to see this week?