In the land of the blind, he is the king. And breaking and entering in his kingdom was a mistake for the trio of young thieves, Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Money (Daniel Zovatto). They underestimate the power of a sightless mark (Stephen Lang) who hides a truly unnerving secret in his basement. Without a doubt, the crew of the “Evil Dead” remake will relentlessly deliver tension to the audience, but it’ll be interesting to see how they will do so here without buckets of tomatoes and a profanity-loving demon.
“Hands of Stone”
Based on the true story of Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán (Edgar Ramírez) and his back-from-retirement trainer, Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro), this film focuses on the two legendary men workig their way to the iconic fight against Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher). The biopic will see Ramírez and De Niro reunite after “Joy,” learning how to work together instead of despising each other. Another point to note: De Niro actually met the real Arcel while he was filming “Raging Bull.”
In some ways, Jason Statham is this generation’s Chuck Norris: as Frank Martin he masters the art of driving, as Chev Chelios he knows the ways to raise the heart rate, as Deckard Shaw he can kick people’s butts and as Arthur Bishop he is able to make assassinations look like accidents. For this weekend, Statham will take form as Bishop again—putting his particular skill to the test to save his lover, Gina (Jessica Alba), from shady individuals.
Limited Attention: “Southside With You”
Ah, young love always translates well to the big screen. It won’t be the Nicholas Sparks kind of boy-meets-girl story here, however, but rather a dramatic retelling of when future President Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) first met Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) in 1989. Finally, a tender, positive film about the leader of the free world rather than another “W.” or “Frost/Nixon.” No we are just waiting to see a Jorden Peele version of this production that will be about Obama’s first encounter with his anger translator.
Limited Attention: “The Sea of Trees”
Yes, it’s another film set in the infamous Aokigahara Forest. No, it’s not horror.
Life at home for Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey) hasn’t been the smoothest, but it’s gotten to the point that suicide is the best solution. Another man he met, Takumi Nakamura (Ken Watanabe), is also considering taking his own life, but the encounter will turn out to be the salvation that both men thought was non-existent. Critics outright trashed the latest effort from the “Good Will Hunting” director at Cannes, one going so far to call it a film “for nobody,” but it can’t be that bad… Right?
Let us know what you will be seeing, and stay tuned for the next Reel Mood of the Week.