With so many movies being released throughout the year, it can be hard to keep track. To help, check out our preview of the movies that are opening this weekend:
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”: “The Butler,” which has been gaining critical buzz for months, stars Forest Whitaker as an African American man who witnesses “notable events of the 20th century during his tenure as a White House Butler,” according to the official release. Oprah Winfrey plays his wife in her first major acting role since 1998’s “Beloved.” The sprawling cast also includes Vanessa Redgrave, John Cusack, James Marsden and Jane Fonda.
“JOBS”: Ashton Kutcher portrays the late tech genius in this film that follows “Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.” The film is something of a love letter to the Apple co-founder, who passed away from cancer nearly two years ago. The movie also stars Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad (“Book of Mormon”), J.K. Simmons (“The Closer”) and iconic character actress Lesley Ann Warren.
“Kick-Ass 2”: The titular hero (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit Girl (up-and-comer Chloe Grace Moretz) are back in this very adult sequel to the 2010 superhero action comedy. Christopher Mintz-Plasse (“Superbad”) also returns as Red Mist, though this time he’s switching up his secret identity in the name of revenge. While teen assassin Hit Girl tries her hand at being an average high schooler, Dave, better known by his alter ego Kick-Ass, joins forces with a team of superheroes called Justice Forever who must face off with an evil league of supervillains. Trailer NSFW:
“Paranoia”: Liam Hemsworth stars as Adam, an average man working for a corporation who gets caught up in a corporate conspiracy. Though he seems to be living the dream, he soon “realizes he must ultimately find a way out from under his boss who will stop at nothing, even murder, to win a multi-billion dollar advantage.” With an all-star cast featuring a sinister Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford and Amber Heard, this thriller could break through the summer movie logjam.