Ryan Thomason

In Theaters This Week: October 14th, 2011

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Here you go movie goers, set your date nights or solo nights at the theaters today! I’ll be seeing The Thing tomorrow night at an early screening (I love WPR perks) so be sure to check out the review of that on Friday!


1911 ( Xinhai geming )

Language: Cantonese
Genre: Adventure/Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: Jackie Chan, Li Zhang
Actors: Jackie Chan, Bingbing Li, Winston Chao

Synopsis: A film based on the fall of the Qing Dynasty and subsequent founding of the Republic of China.

Big Year, The

Genre: Comedy
MPAA rating: PG
Director: David Frankel
Actors: Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin

Synopsis: Three competitors face off in a prestigious annual event: birdwatching to catch site of the rarest specimens in North America.
Editors Note: Can birdwatching be funny?

Bombay Beach

Genre: Documentary/Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Alma Har’el
Actors: Benny Parrish, CeeJay Thompson, Red

Synopsis: Director Alma Har’el focuses on three individual stories in the community of Bombay Beach – one of the poorest in Southern California: a young, bipolar boy and his family, a would-be football player looking to escape the gangs of L.A. and an old-timer who saw his community go from thriving vacation destination to its current status.

Fireflies in the Garden

Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: Dennis Lee
Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson

Synopsis: Explores the fractured relationship of one family over the course of three generations where a tragic accident has far-reaching consequences.
Editors Note: Hello, Mr. Reynolds.

Footloose (2011)

Genre: Drama/Comedy
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Craig Brewer
Actors: Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Kenny Wormald

Synopsis: Remake of the 1984 movie, in which a teen moves to a conservative town and shakes things up by breaking the rules against dancing.
Editors Note: Probably as unwatchable as the original

Miss Bala

Language: Spanish
Genre: Drama/Action
MPAA rating: R
Director: Gerardo Naranjo
Actors: Stephanie Sigman, Irene Azuela, Miguel Couturier

Synopsis: Despite being surrounded by violence and dangerous drug cartels, a young woman in Mexico refuses to give up on her dream of becoming a beauty queen.

Skin I Live In, The ( piel que habito, La )

Language: Spanish
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Actors: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Blanca Suárez

Synopsis: Based on the book Mygale by Thierry Jonquet – a plastic surgeon plots his revenge against the men responsible for raping his daughter.

Thing, The (2011)

Genre: Horror/Sci-Fi
MPAA rating: R
Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Actors: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Synopsis: A prequel to the 1982 films of the same name: A research team in the Antarctic comes across an alien spacecraft leading to a confrontation between the lead scientist and his graduate students on what to do about the discovery.

Trespass (2011)

Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: Joel Schumacher
Actors: Nicolas Cage, Cam Gigandet, Nicole Kidman

Synopsis: Things go from bad to worse for a husband and wife held for ransom when it turns out a simple home invasion holds divides the couple when deception and betrayal are revealed.

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