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Movies opening this weekend - Jan. 16
Ride Along stars Kevin Hart, Ice Cube; Pine stars as Jack Ryan in Shadow Recruit
Article published on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
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Kevin Hart, left, and Ice Cube lead the lineup in "Ride Along", the new film from the director and the producer of the blockbuster comedy "Think Like a Man."
A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Ride Along
Genre: Action and comedy
Cast: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen and Laurence Fishburne
Director: Tim Story
Rated: PG-13

When a fast-talking guy joins his girlfriend’s brother – a hot-tempered cop – to patrol the streets of Atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer's latest case. Now, in order to prove that he deserves his future bride, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life.

For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben (Hart) has been trying to show decorated APD detective James (Ice Cube) that he's more than just a video-game junkie who's unworthy of James' sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter). When Ben finally gets accepted into the academy, he thinks he's earned the seasoned policeman's respect and asks for his blessing to marry Angela.

Knowing that a ride along will demonstrate if Ben has what it takes to take care of his sister, James invites him on a shift designed to scare the hell out of the trainee. But when the wild night leads them to the most notorious criminal in the city, James will find that his new partner's rapid-fire mouth is just as dangerous as the bullets speeding at it.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Genre: Action, adventure and suspense
Cast: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Peter Andersson, Kenneth Branagh, David Paymer and Colm Feore
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Rated: PG-13

Tom Clancy’s most iconic character, Jack Ryan, returns to the big screen in this taut suspense thriller.

When a global terrorist network is about to be activated, brilliant CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) has no choice but to become operational. Yet when everyone who could stop the impending international catastrophe has something to lose or something to hide, who can Ryan possibly trust?

Caught between his tight-lipped handler Harper (Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner), his in-the-dark fiancée Cathy (Keira Knightley) and a fearsome Russian oligarch (Kenneth Branagh), Jack must confront a new reality where secrets and lies are everywhere, yet the fate of millions rests on his finding the truth. With the urgency of a lit fuse, he’s in a race to stay one step ahead of everyone around him.

Devil’s Due
Genre: Horror
Cast: Allison Miller and Zach Gilford
Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet
Rated: R

After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy.

While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin.

The Nut Job
Genre: Animation and family
Cast: Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon and Jeff Dunham
Director: Peter Lepeniotis
Rated: PG

In animated 3D, “The Nut Job” is an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure.

The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.

Generation War
Genre: Drama
Cast: Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Miriam Stein, Katherina Schüttler and Ludwig Trepte
Director: Philipp Kadelbach
Not rated

Valor, courage, and betrayal come to the fore in this remarkable epic that shows the everyday realities of wartime life from a deeply personal perspective. Billed as a German “Band of Brothers,” “Generation War” vividly depicts the lives of five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler.

In Berlin in 1941, on the eve of Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union, level-headed officer Wilhelm (Volker Bruch) is full of patriotic fervor as he heads for the eastern front with his sensitive younger brother Friedhelm (Tom Schilling). Charlotte (Miriam Stein) is a young nurse in love with Wilhelm who is serving in the Red Cross. Greta (Katherina Schüttler) is an ambitious singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich, while her boyfriend Viktor (Ludwig Trepte) faces a daily struggle for survival as a Jew in an increasingly oppressive regime.

Big Bad Wolves
Genre: Crime and thriller
Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad and Dov Glickman
Director: Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado
Not rated

A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.

Like Father, Like Son
Genre: Drama
Cast: Fukuyama Masaharu, Ono Machiko, Maki Yoko and Lily Franky
Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu
Not rated

Kore-eda Hirokazu, the globally acclaimed director of “Nobody Knows,” “Still Walking” and “I Wish,” returns to the big screen with another family – a family thrown into torment after a phone call from the hospital where the son was born.

Ryota has earned everything he has by his hard work, and believes nothing can stop him from pursuing his perfect life as a winner. Then one day, he and his wife, Midori, get an unexpected phone call from the hospital. Their 6-year-old son, Keita, is not ‘their’ son – the hospital gave them the wrong baby.

Ryota is forced to make a life-changing decision, to choose between “nature” and “nurture.” Seeing Midori’s devotion to Keita even after learning his origin, and communicating with the rough yet caring family that has raised his natural son for the last six years, Ryota also starts to question himself: has he really been a “father” all these years. The moving story of a man who finally faces himself when he encounters an unexpected wall for the first time in his life.

Reasonable Doubt
Genre: Crime and thriller
Cast: Dominic Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson, Gloria Reuben, Erin Karpluk, Ryan Robbins and Dylan Taylor
Director: Peter Howitt
Rated: R

When up-and-coming District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Cooper) commits a fatal hit-and-run, he feels compelled to manipulate the case to acquit the accused criminal who was found with the body and blamed for the crime.

Following the trial, Mitch’s worst fears come true when he realizes that his actions freed a guilty man, and he soon finds himself on the hunt for the killer before more victims pile up.

Summer in February
Genre: Drama and romance
Cast: Dominic Cooper, Dan Stevens and Emily Browning
Director: Christopher Menaul
Not rated

A sweeping romance set at a bohemian artist colony on the picturesque coasts of pre-war England, “Summer In February” is based on the true story of painter sir Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper) and his blue-blood best friend Gilbert (Dan Stevens).

Born into a working-class family, Munnings rises to become one of the premiere British artists of his time, winning the affection of aristocratic beauty Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning). But when Gilbert falls for Florence as well, a love triangle emerges with tragic consequences.
Article published on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
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