It’s just a few days before the Oscars take over Hollywood. If you have already gotten caught up on all the Best Picture nominees, then you can check out some of these new releases. They include an action movie, a horror film, a mystery romance and a war movie, so it looks like all the appropriate genres have been covered this weekend.
Dwayne Johnson stars as John Matthews, a father whose son faces a ten year prison sentence for dealing drugs. It turns out that his son was falsely implicated by his best friend, so John ends up becoming an undercover informant for the United States Attorney in order to free him from prison. But after taking part in one sting operation, John is then forced to infiltrate a drug ring which puts him and his family in serious danger.
Richard Roeper, in his review of “Snitch,” said that Johnson delivers one of the best performances of his career in this movie. It also marks the directorial debut of former stuntman Ric Roman Waugh, and the story is based on actual events that were documented on an episode of the PBS show “Frontline.” Co-starring with Johnson are Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper, Melina Kanakaredes and Benjamin Bratt.
This horror film comes to us from Scott Stewart who previously directed “Priest” and “Legion,” both of which were critically panned. Things don’t look good for this one either as it was not screened in advance in critics. Anyway, it stars Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton as a couple trying to save their children from a terrifying alien force that is preying on them. From the trailer, it looks to be an old fashioned alien invasion movie, so maybe Stewart will fare better this time around.
Written and directed by Ruba Nadda, “Inescapable” stars Alexander Siddig (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) as Adib Abdel Kareem, a man who has to confront the things he left behind when his daughter suddenly vanishes. The movie also stars Marisa Tomei as Fatima, and we love her so much as an actress that we just have to see how she pulls off a Syrian accent. Nadda made her directorial breakthrough a few years ago with the romantic drama “Cairo Time” which won the Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival 2009.
This drama, based on the controversial novel by Rudolfo Anaya, takes place in New Mexico during World War II and revolves around the relationship between Antonio Marez (Luke Ganalon) and a medicine woman named Ultima (Miriam Colon). Ultima ends up taking Antonio under her wing, and she helps him prepare for the good and evil that threatens his home village.
Roger Ebert has already given one of his first four-star movie reviews of 2013 to “Bless Me, Ultima” and said that it is true to the tone and spirit of Anaya’s book. It also marks Carl Franklin’s first feature film as a director since 2003’s “Out of Time.” Franklin also directed the critically acclaimed “One False Move” and “Devil in a Blue Dress” which starred Denzel Washington.
This looks to be another coming of age story, but it has earned many positive reviews around the world for its story and acting. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, it is based on the book “The 3 Mistakes of My Life” by Abhishek Kapoor and tells the story of three friends who want to make their mark in India. They come up with the idea to start a sports training academy that could bring about the country’s next big superstars, but they soon have to overcome obstacles that keep this from happening like a big earthquake and the Gujarat riots. “Kai po che!” has been called a story of friendship and human triumph above all else.