Blog Post by: Colin Covert
- March 15, 2013 - 7:02 PM
“The Croods” – Nicholas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone voice a prehistoric family comedy that somehow predates “The Flintstones.”
“Admission” – Tina Fey and Paul Rudd play an Ivy League admissions officer and an uber-progressive principal of an experimental high school. Love, rejection letters, and other complications ensue. Lily Tomlin, Michael Sheen and Wallace Shawn round out the cast. Directed by Paul Weitz (“About A Boy, “Little Fockers.”)
“Olympus Has Fallen” – No, not a sequel to “Clash of the Titans.” Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart star in this White-House-under-siege actioner. Through s gross miscarriage of injustice, freeman does not play the president this time. I demand a recount!
“Spring Breakers” – In-your-face indie provocateur Harmony Korine makes Disney Princesses Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens get down and dirty. The result? “Girls Gone Wild” meets “Natural Born Killers” meets Terrence Malick meets a big pile of peyote. James Franco gets thug tats, cornrows and gold teeth. Brutal heists scored to a Britney Spears soundtrack.
“War Witch” – An African war drama about a kidnapped child soldier. Komona was forced at gunpoint to slaughter her own parents and fight as a child soldier against the government in the jungles. Now she claims the ability to see gray ghosts in the trees that warn her of approaching enemies, earning her a reputation as a sorceress and the title of War Witch.
“Upside Down” – You’ve heard of star-crossed lovers. How about a pair kept apart by their twin worlds’ opposite gravitational attraction, which makes them literally heels over head when they visit the other’s realm? Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst play the duo. At least she’s got experiences with upside-down kisses from “Spider-Man.”
“Barbara” – A doctor working in 1980s East Germany, but eager to emigrate to the west, is punished with banishment to a small provincial hospital. Christian Petzold (“Yella,” “Jerichow”) directs the political drama.
“The Waiting Room” – Peter Nicks’ character-driven documentary examines the practices of Oakland, Calif.’s understaffed, underfunded Highland Hospital, which serves a largely uninsured population of the Bay Area’s less privileged.