Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Opening This Week - February 19

Out in Wide Release:


Jesse Owens' success at the 1936 Olympic games is pretty endlessly fascinating when we realize how unlikely it was. Not unlikely because he didn't have the ability, but because of the literal hurdles he had to jump. The title is an obvious dual meaning because of the race he's running in addition to the racial inequality he overcame. But the fact that this all happened in Berlin right under Hitler's nose adds an element that makes this story even more fascinating.



Unofficially Risen's story is a continuation of Mel Gibson's 2004 film The Passion of the Christ. The film takes a fresh approach to telling a biblical story by asking a fictional Roman officer, Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), to investigate and debunk the rumors of Jesus' resurrection in order to quell an uprising in Jerusalem. Obviously there's room for controversy here, but writer/director Kevin Reynolds claims the story, despite its fictional elements, remains true to the biblical story.


The Witch

Horror movie fans who have been disappointed lately may find something to like in this slow burn, psychological horror film set in Colonial America back in the 1600's. So far it's been generally well reviewed. Expect elements of witchcraft, black magic and possession that eventually lead to the Salem Witch Trials.


Limited Releases:

Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer

This looks like a fairly typical romcom in which a man hires a seducer to derail the marriage he hasn't the strength to force himself out of. But he soon finds himself regretting the decision and desperately trying to reverse course.


Embrace of the Serpent

This is the first Colombian film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar, and it might be sparking a new film movement in the country. It certainly helps that they recently announced new incentives to lure more film and television productions to the country.



Neerja tells the true story of Neerja Bhanot, a brave flight attendant who sacrificed her life to protect the people aboard Pan Am flight 73 in 1986 after it was hijacked by terrorists.


Rolling Papers

This documentary was made as Colorado was legalizing marijuana. The revolutionary move brought about a new area of journalism that helped save a dying industry in addition to bringing about an economic boom in the city of Denver. Aside from the journalism side of things, perspective is given from people dealing with medical treatment for children and stereotypical stoners hoping to turn a profit legally.


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