Photo: March 8: It's Friday! Let's Head to the Movies
Now that the weekend is finally upon us, let’s take a look at the what’s opening in theaters today.
Oz: The Great And Powerful
-Stars: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz
-Genre: Adventure, Action, Fantasy
-The gist: When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful wizard but into a better man as well.
-Stars: Abbie Cornish, Will Patton, Maritza Santiago Hernandez
-The gist: A Texas woman finds the young daughter of an illegal immigrant who has become separated from her mother. Saddled with a child she doesn’t wish to care for, the woman then searches for the child’s mother, a quest that takes her south of the border.
-Stars: Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones, Eriko Hatsune
-Genre: Drama, War, History
-The gist: Starring Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, and newcomer Eriko Hatsune, Emperor brings to life the American occupation of Japan in the perilous and unpredictable days just after Emperor Hirohito’s World War II surrender. As General Douglas MacArthur (Jones) suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, he assigns an expert in Japanese culture - General Bonner Fellers (Fox), to covertly investigate the looming question hanging over the country: should the Japanese Emperor, worshiped by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved?
Dead Man Down
-Stars: Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, Dominic Cooper
-Genre: Action, Thriller
-The gist: Victor (Colin Farrell), a right hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice (Noomi Rapace), a crime victim seeking retribution. Their intense chemistry leads them spiraling into payback delivered in violent catharsis.
Greedy Lying Bastards
-The gist: Hurricane Sandy. Wildfires in the West. “Brown-Outs” in the East. Farmers losing crops to the worst drought since the Dust Bowl. Climate change is no longer a prediction for the future, but a startling reality of today. Yet, as evidence of our changing climate mounts and the scientific consensus proves human causation, there continues to be no political action to thwart the warming of our planet. “Greedy Lying Bastards” investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem placing us on the brink of disaster. The film details the people and organizations casting doubt on climate science and claims that greenhouse gases are not affected by human behavior. From the Koch Brothers to ExxonMobil, to prominent Senators and Justices, this provocative exposé unravels the layers of deceit threatening U.S. democracy.
On March 22, Ana Piterbarg’s Everybody Has a Plan will open in New York City, followed by select cities.
The Argentine film, Everybody Has a Plan (Todos Tenemos un Plan) is the debut feature film by Piterbarg and stars Viggo Mortensen (in his third Spanish language) and Soledad Villamil. A film noir shot in Argentina’s Tigre Delta –one of the world’s seven largest deltas– which tells the story of Agustín (Mortensen in a tour-de-force performance), a man desperate to abandon what for him, has become a very frustrating existence after years in Buenos Aires. After the death of his twin brother, Pedro (also played by Mortensen), Agustín decides to start a new life, adopting the identity of his brother and returning to the mysterious region of the Delta, in the Tigre, where they lived when they were boys. However, shortly after his return, Agustín will find himself unwillingly involved in the dangerous criminal world that was a part of his brother’s life.
Watch the trailer for Everybody Has a Plan starring Viggo Mortensen below.