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:
“Battle of the Year”: This breakdancing flick stars Laz Alonso, a former dancer, and Josh Holloway (“Lost”), playing a championship basketball coach, who combine efforts to bring the U.S. back on top in a wold competition. Together, they have three months to “get twelve talented individuals to come together as a team if they’re going to bring the Trophy back to America where it started. Josh Peck and Chris Brown also star. Rated PG-13.
“Prisoners”: After Keller Dover’s (Hugh Jackman) daughter goes missing, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to investigate, eventually arresting a disturbed man (Paul Dano). Due to lack of evidence, the man is let go, leading Dover to “take matters into his own hands” to protect his family. The film has an A-list cast that also includes Melissa Leo, Viola Davis, Maria Bello and Terrence Howard. Rated R.
“Short Term 12”: In this new indie drama, Brie Larson shines as Grace, the twenty-something supervisor at a short-term foster care facility. Per our exclusive review, For someone so young, Grace is clearly so comfortable in this world. In her personal life, she seems much less in control, as if her life and her relationship with her boyfriend (a charming John Gallagher Jr.) are part of a carefully built house of cards. Still, “Short Term 12” is surprisingly funny, and it’s the film’s ability to masterfully shift its tone from comedy to drama that allows its heartbreaking storytelling to breathe.
“Thanks for Sharing”: According to the official release, this new comedy is described as a “sharply comic and deeply moving look at a very different kind of family – the haphazard family forged by three men trying to navigate life, love and the emotional landmines of New York City while recovering from addiction. “Thanks for Sharing” stars Tim Robbins, Mark Ruffalo and Josh Gad as the three men in question, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Joely Richardson and – in her acting debut – singer P!nk, here credited as Alecia Moore. Rated R.
“Wizard of Oz”: Longtime fans and newcomers alike are in for a treat with “The Wizard of Oz,” which is getting a weeklong release in 3D and IMAZ before the 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition is released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 1. The iconic film stars Judy Garland as Dorothy, with her pals the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion to help her fight the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton). Here’s betting that everything in Oz shines a little bit brighter after the latest remaster. Rated PG.