Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker in “Flight,” from Paramount Pictures.
A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:
Flight Genre: Drama Cast: Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, John Goodman and Tamara Tunie Director: Robert Zemeckis Rated: R
In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board.
After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane.
The Man with the Iron Fists Genre: Action and adventure Cast: Russell Crowe, RZA, Lucy Liu, Rick Yune, Jamie Chung, Cung Le, Dave Bautista, Byron Mann, Daniel Wu and Pam Grier Director: RZA Rated: R
Quentin Tarantino presents “The Man With the Iron Fists,” an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth.
Making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man, RZA – alongside an exciting international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu – tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-takes-all battle for a fortune in gold.
Blending astonishing martial-arts sequences from some of the masters of this world with the signature vision he brings as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and as one of hip-hop's most dominant figures of the past two decades, RZA embarks upon his most ambitious, stylized and thrilling project to date.
Wreck-It Ralph Genre: Animation and comedy Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Ed O’Neill, Mindy Kaling, Adam Carolla, Horatio Sanz, Dennis Haysbert, Edie McClurg, Roger Craig Smith, Gerald C Rivers, Rachael Harris, Stefanie Scott, Reuben Langdon and Kyle Hebert Director: Rich Moore Rated: PG
From Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy-winning director Rich Moore comes “Wreck-It Ralph,” a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping adventure.
For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.
On his quest, Ralph meets tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty, and feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart-racing game Sugar Rush, who may just be his first real friend. But everything changes when a deadly enemy is unleashed, threatening the entire arcade and Vanellope herself. Ralph finally gets his chance to save the day – but can he do it in time?
The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.
A Liar’s Autobiography Genre: Biography and comedy Cast: Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam Eric Idle Director: Bill Jones, Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson Not rated
Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as “the dead one from Monty Python,” writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, “A Liar's Autobiography.”
He was born, he went to Cambridge and met John Cleese, he smoked a pipe, he became a doctor, he became a Python, he decided he was gay (well, 70/30, according to a survey he did on himself), he got drunk a lot, he stopped being drunk, he made some films and moved to Los Angeles.
Finally, he was whisked up into space by aliens (although that might have been in a film). Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989, he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book, “A Liar's Autobiography,” and those recordings have now ingeniously been used to provide Chapman's voice for the 3D animated feature of the same name. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam also turn up, playing themselves and other characters, along with a few surprise guests.
Not a documentary, not a Monty Python film, “A Liar's Autobiography” is Chapman's own take on his bizarre life and his search for self-knowledge.
Incredible, yes. Surreal, certainly. True, who knows? At his memorial service, John Cleese called Chapman “a freeloading bastard.” Now, as the film re-unites Chapman with Cleese, Jones, Palin and Gilliam for the first time in 23 years, he is set to earn a new title – the most prolific corpse since Elvis.
The Bay Genre: Horror Cast: Will Rogers and Christopher Denham Director: Barry Levinson Rated: R
Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept through the quaint seaside town of Claridge, Md., but the harrowing story of what happened that Independence Day has never been told – until now.
From Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson and the producers of “Paranormal Activity” and “Insidious” comes this nerve-shredding tale of a small town plunged into absolute terror. The authorities believed they had buried the truth about the tragedy that claimed over 700 human lives. Now, three years later, a reporter has emerged with footage revealing the cover-up and an unimaginable killer: a mysterious parasitic outbreak.
Told from the perspective of those who were there and saw what happened, “The Bay” unfolds over 24 hours though people's iPhones, Androids, 911 calls, Web cams, and whatever else could be used to document the nightmare in Claridge.
Jack and Diane Genre: Drama, horror and romance Cast: Juno Temple, Riley Keough, Kylie Minogue, Cara Seymour, Dane DeHaan, Michael Chernus and Lou Taylor Pucci Director: Bradley Rust Gray Rated: R
Jack and Diane, two teenage girls, meet on a summer day in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously.
Bubbly and naïve, Diane’s charming innocence quickly begins to open tomboy Jack’s tough skinned heart. But when Jack discovers that Diane is moving at the end of the summer, he pushes her away. Diane is overwhelmed by her powerful new feelings, and they begin to manifest themselves in terrifying ways, causing unexplainable violent changes to her body.
Young love is a monster – can Jack and Diane survive?
This Must Be the Place Genre: Comedy and drama Cast: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson and Kerry Condon Director: Paolo Sorrentino Not rated
Cheyenne (Sean Penn) is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses Goth and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York.
He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America.