Another “Big”-type movie, a dead guy comes back to life without a whole lot of explanation, and Russell Crowe investigates Ben Affleck, because let’s face it, we all know Matt Damon did most of the writing on “Good Will Hunting”, and Affleck doesn’t deserve that Oscar. But I digress. Also opening this week: the based on a true story “American Violet”, the Broadway doc “Every Little Step”, Michael Caine in “Is Anybody There?”, something called “Lymelife”, and the most intriguing movie of the limited releases, the Mexican sci-fi flick “Sleep Dealer”. Just ignore the horrendous voiceover narration for the English trailer below. (Seriously, whoever wrote that copy needs to never work again. Ever.)
Crank 2: High Voltage
Chelios faces a Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.
Starring: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Clifton Collins Jr, Efren Ramirez, Bai Ling
Directed by: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
State of Play
A team of investigative reporters work alongside a police detective to try to solve the murder of a congressman’s mistress.
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn
Directed by: Kevin MacDonald
A middle-aged father wakes up to find he’s seventeen again. So, he enrolls in the same high school as his children to be close to them.
Starring: Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Matthew Perry, Michelle Trachtenberg, Melora Hardin
Directed by: Burr Steers
Mexico. The near future. Memo Cruz has always dreamed of leaving his tiny village and heading north. But when he is ultimately forced to leave, Memo finds a future so bizarre – border walls, shantytowns, hi-tech factories, remote control drones and aqua-terrorists – that it looks a lot like today.
Starring: Leonor Varela, Jacob Vargas, Luis Fernando Pena, Emilio Guerrero
Directed by: Alex Rivera