It’s another big weekend at the movie theaters this week. Hollywood is trying to get as many of its big films out before everyone heads back to school. This week we have a mixture of films. There’s a sequel to a superhero film from a couple years ago, a movie about Apple’s creator Steve Jobs, a movie about a butler at the White House and another about corporate spying and espionage.
Here are the films opening August 16, 2013:
Lee Daniels’ The Butler - Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack. A movie based on a real life story and newspaper article about a man who was a butler at the White House for several presidents. It tells the story of the man and his family as he stands near history and sees the changing face of America while serving Presidents over the course of 30 years. Rated PG-13.
Paranoia - Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth. A young man with big dreams and a low-level job at a big technology firm commits an act that gets him noticed by the powerful CEO of the company. Because the act he did is illegal, the CEO tells him that he will not turn him in to the police if he agrees to infiltrate a powerful competitor’s company. The CEO wants him to look the part of a powerful figure in the world of hi-tech communications devices and sets him up with fancy cars, clothes and money. The young man soon finds out, however, that the stakes are higher than he could have imagined and that once you get into something like this, there is very little that can get you out. Rated PG-13.
Kick-Ass 2 - Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. It’s the sequel to the movie released a couple of years ago that featured a number of homegrown superheroes who wore strange costumes and took on the mob in their city. Now, however, it is a few years after the events of the first movie and the son of the crime boss killed in the first film is back and wants his revenge. The revenge will end up affecting everyone that the character known as Kick-Ass knows. Will he and the teenage Hit Girl be able to stop him and bring peace back to the city? Probably, but only after a huge bloodbath and lots of shooting, mauling, maiming and blowing things up.
Jobs - Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Ron Eldard. The story of Steve Jobs, and how he ended up creating one of the most powerful and popular electronics firms that has ever existed - Apple. Based upon a popular book about the iconic tech-geek hero, this tells the story of Jobs’ early years when he was trying to convince the world that they needed to have personal computers in their homes and this was years before the Internet, iPhones, iPads and everything that would eventually completely change the world to what it is today. It also tells the story of his creation of the company, the way he was initially ousted, and then his triumphant return and even greater heights. Rated PG-13.