With the summer winding down, here’s a compilation of movies you should see on the big screen before they hit video stores:
“Begin Again” is a great little gem of a movie. While it arguably has big stars, it feels like an independent film that’s not afraid of taking it’s time to tell a story. Keira Knightley stars as Gretta, a young singer/songwriter, who moves to New York with her boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) who’s more commercially successful at the same craft. After Dave cheats on her, she goes to an open mic night at a club and sings her heart out. While on stage, a disgraced music executive and alcoholic Dan (Mark Ruffalo) sees Gretta’s performance and thinks she’s the one that will jumpstart his comeback. After convincing her to work with him, his plan is to record her album on the streets of New York with a gaggle of musicians. In the midst of working on the album, Dan takes a hard look at his life, with the help of Gretta, and starts working on his career, connecting with his estranged family, and more. The film is endearing and is not as predictable as one would think. Also, look for cameos by actors and musicians, who make the film all the worthwhile.
“Get on Up” will have you dancing in your seats. The film is the biography of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. While it’s predictable, as it chronicles Brown’s rise and fall, it’s a must see because of Chadwick Boseman’s (“42”) version of Brown. He’s got Brown’s moves and mannerisms down pat. He is definitely one actor to watch in the future.
“Lucy” is action packed and will have moviegoers sitting on the edge of their seats. It stars Scarlett Johansson as the title character, who gets caught up in a bad deal with gangsters. The gang decides to experiment on her with bad results for them. Lucy gets revenge that is beyond human imagination. The movie also seems like what would have happened to “Carrie” (spoiler alert: “Carrie” is the classic 1976 film about a telekinetic teen) if she hadn’t died. The underrated Johansson works this role very well. She’s confident, powerful, and one bad chick.