The first post-summer weekend of the year kicks off the fall movie season with a bit of a yawn. Two new movies open in wide release, but I’m not sure either of them will be able to knock off last weekend’s number one film, “The Possession.”
The Cold Light of Day (Rated PG-13) – After his family is taken during a sailing trip in Spain, a Wall Street broker discovers it all has to do with a mysterious briefcase and he must try to get them back. Even the trailer makes this movie feel like a knock-off of better films. It will be interesting to see if Henry Cavill can pull in crowds on his name alone before “Man of Steel” opens next year.
The Words (Rated PG-13) – A struggling writer finds an old manuscript and submits it as his own, launching himself into a successful career – until he discovers the price he must pay for his deception. Starring Bradley Cooper, this one looks promising with a solid cast that includes Jeremy Irons and Dennis Quaid.
Both films are playing in Ames at the Cinemark Movies 12. Other movies playing in the Ames area:
Cinemark Movies 12:
- The Possession (Rated PG-13)
- Lawless (Rated R)
- Premium Rush (Rated PG-13)
- The Expendables 2 (Rated R)
- The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Rated PG)
- The Bourne Legacy (Rated PG-13)
- The Campaign (Rated R)
- Hope Springs (Rated PG-13)
- The Dark Knight Rises (Rated PG-13)
- 2016: Obama’s America (Rated PG)
Cinemark North Grand 5:
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Rated PG)
- The Watch (Rated R)
- Ice Age: Continental Drift (Rated PG)
- The Amazing Spider-Man (Rated PG-13)
- Ted (Rated R)
If none of the new films are triggering your enthusiasm, there some other new films playing in the Des Moines area.
Branded (Rated R) – Set in a depressing future where corporate brands have created a disillusioned population (2013?), one man takes on the hidden forces that control the world. I haven’t heard anything about this one, so go at your own risk. I’m hoping to catch it over the weekend; I’ll let you know. This one only playing at the Century 20 Jordan Creek.
Cosmopolis (Rated R) Robert Pattinson stars as a billionaire asset manager whose life devolves during a limo ride across town. While I’m not quite sure I’m ready to by RPatz as a billionaire asset manager, the movie is directed by David Cronenberg, so I’m immediately intrigued. “Cosmopolis” is playing at Fleur Cinema & Café.
Robot and Frank (Rated PG-13) – A former cat burglar (Frank Langella) in the twilight of his life gets a robot companion as a compromise with his kids who think he belongs in a nursing home. This is another one that was completely off my radar; but it sounds wonderful, so I’m hoping to fit it into a busy weekend schedule. Catch this one at the Varsity.
See you at the theater!