New movies in theaters this week include Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in another high octane thriller —the latter actor’s final film to be released after his death in 2013.
Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds also star in a touching drama reaching back to Nazi Germany. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s opening on the big screen this week.
WOMAN IN GOLD
PG-13 for some thematic elements and brief strong language. In Theaters 4/1. Ok for Kids 13+. Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.
“Woman in Gold” is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after fleeing Vienna during World War II, a Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), embarks on a mission to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting “The Lady in Gold.”
Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), their journey takes them to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, forcing her to confront difficult truths about the past. Directed by Simon Curtis, this movie also stars Daniel Bruhl, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons and Katie Holmes.
PG-13 for prolonged frenetic sequences of violence, action and mayhem, suggestive content and brief strong language. In Theaters 4/3. Ok for Kids 14+. Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.
They’re back! Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the next chapter in the “Fast & Furious” franchise built on speed. James Wan directs, with new and returning favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Lucas Black, Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell.
The plot really isn’t important, is it? Let’s be real, we see these movies for the wild stunts — including, in this movie, a car crashing into a high rise building (and I don’t mean at floor level!). But for anyone keeping track, the story follows Deckard Shaw (Statham) as he seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and his family for the death of his brother.
JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender.
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.
Jane Boursaw is a well-known film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Images in this feature used courtesy of the studios and distributors.