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Friday Night at the Movies

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 10:00 am by Jess Hicks

Another week down and now you are bored, why not go to the movies?

Wide Release Films:

The Great Gatsby (PG-13)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann

Gatsby posterAn aspiring writer falls under the spell of an aloof millionaire with designs for the young scribe’s unhappily married cousin in director Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s celebrated novel. It’s the spring of 1922, and wide-eyed Midwesterner Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) has just moved to New York City in pursuit of the American Dream. Settling into a home next door to wealthy Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), Carraway grows increasingly fascinated by the elaborate parties held at his new neighbor’s estate. Meanwhile, across the bay, Carraway’s cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) flounders in her marriage to philandering aristocrat Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Inspired by the debauchery on display at Gatsby’s wild parties and the lives of the wealthy elite, Carraway begins putting pen to paper as it gradually becomes clear that his cousin and the millionaire share a complicated romantic past that remains unresolved.

Peeples (PG-13)

Starring: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler James Williams
Directed By: Tina Gordon Chism

Peeples movie posterAfter a year of living with girlfriend Grace (Kerry Washington), Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) is eager to propose to her, but she’s still reluctant to introduce him to her snobbish family. When Grace leaves for a gathering at her parents’ swanky compound, he hatches a plan to crash the assemblage, charm her folks, and slip a ring on her finger. However, his scheme soon goes awry, and Wade realizes that his only chance of marrying her is a take-no-prisoners confrontation with her father.

Limited Release Films:

Aftershock (R)

Starring: Eli Roth, Ariel Levy, Nicolas Martinez, Lorenza Izzo, Andrea Osvart
Directed By: Nicolás López

Aftershock movie posterAn American tourist in Chile and his newfound friends face a grueling fight for survival following a massive earthquake in this harrowing disaster film starring and co-written by Eli Roth (who penned the screenplay alongside Guillermo Amoedo and director Nicolás López). Good-natured Gringo (Roth) and his two Chilean pals Ariel (Ariel Levy) and Pollo (Nicolás Martínez) are looking to hook up with some ladies when they happen across gorgeous Russian model Irina (Natasha Yarovenko), hard-partying Kylie (Lorenza Izzo), and Kylie’s straitlaced older sister Monica (Andrea Osvárt), who agree to join them for an impromptu trip to Valparaiso. But the following night, as the music blares and the club gets jumping, the ground starts to crumble beneath their feet. With chaos in the air and Ariel seriously injured, everyone tries to keep their cool while seeking help for their friend. Little do they realize that this is the beginning of a nightmare from which no one can wake up, and when the inmates escape from a local prison and begin flooding into the streets, the initial shock turns to outright terror as roving gangs of convicts begin to rape, rob, and murder at will.

No One Lives (R)

Starring: Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Lee Tergesen, Derek Magyar, America Olivo
Directed By: Ryuhei Kitamura

No one lives posterRyuhei Kitamura, director of The Midnight Meat Train, delivers this twisting tale of terror concerning a missing heiress, a gang of vicious bandits, and a vacationing couple who aren’t what they seem. In the wake of a bloodbath that left 14 students dead, wealthy heiress Emma (Adelaide Clemens) has vanished without a trace. A few months later, a young coupe (Luke Evans and Laura Ramsey) cross paths with the ruthless Hoag (Lee Tergesen) and his band of thieves, who run them off of the road in a violent robbery attempt. When Hoag and his crew find that the mysterious couple has taken Emma hostage, they assume they’ll be collecting a handsome reward. Little do they realize they’ve just gotten in deep over their heads, and as the body count spikes, the real fight for survival begins

Sightseers (NR)

Starring: Alice Lowe, Eileen Davies, Steve Oram
Directed By: Ben Wheatley

Sightseers PosterA vacationing couple frustrated by obnoxious teens, careless litterers, and pre-booked RV sites find their peaceful trip to the countryside turning unexpectedly bloody in this black comedy from director Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace, Kill List) and producer Edgar Wright (Attack the Block). His girlfriend Tina (Alice Lowe) having led a particularly sheltered life, Chris (Steve Oram) packs up his cherished Abbey Oxford caravan, and prepares to take her on a guided tour of his favorite destinations. The Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, and the Keswick Pencil Museum are all on his “must see” list, but along the way, they’ll have a chance to breathe easy while soaking in the lush scenery of rural Britain. Not long after they hit the road, however, a series of minor irritations start to disrupt Chris’ attempt to show Tina the perfect holiday. When he finally explodes, Tina sees a side of her new boyfriend that’s at once terrifying, and strangely exciting.

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