It's a big weekend this week in the multi-plexes. This weekend sees one of the best-reviewed movies of the year with good ol' stand-by Tom Hanks. Hanks is returning to the screen with a movie getting some of the best reviews of his career and it is already generating Oscar buzz. It also sees an action B-movie and another retelling of a Shakespeare classic.
Here are the movies opening October 11, 2013:
Romeo and Juliet - Hailee Steinfeld, Damian Lewis, Ed Westwick. It's the classic tale of young romance that leads to tremendous tragedy. First published by Shakespeare in 1597, this tale has become a classic tale of love. Now, a re-imagining of the story hits the big screens. The story is told in the traditional setting, but the dialog has been redone so it would be easier to understand for a modern audience as it uses more contemporary language. For some traditionalists, this has already raised a bit of controversy. Rated PG-13.
Captain Phillips - Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini. In 2009 a huge American ship was hijacked by Somali pirates. They eventually took the captain (the titular Phillips) hostage and onto one of the lifeboats before Navy SEALs rescued him. This is a retelling of that tale with movie star Tom Hanks taking the role of Philips. The movie is directed by Paul Greengrass, the director of the Bourne films. The movie has garnered huge buzz and there is already talk that this may be one of the best performances of Hanks' career. Rated PG-13.
Machete Kills - Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson. From director Robert Rodriguez comes the second tale in his proposed Machete trilogy The character started as kind of a joke when Rodriguez created the fake trailer for the character for the Tarantino/Rodriguez Grindhouse films. Then the first movie came out and became a minor hit. Now, the character of Machete is back and this time he has been recruited by the US government to take down a drug cartel boss who has an outrageous plan to create a global war using a weapon in space. Told in an over-the-top B-movie style, this one promises insane action and heaps of gore. Rated R.