Zombies! George Clooney! Nicholas Sparks! There’s something for everyone this week at the movies. Let’s take a closer look at new movies in theaters.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES
PG-13 for zombie violence and action, and brief suggestive material | In Theaters 2/5 | Ok for Kids 14+ | Screen Gems/Sony | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
A zombie outbreak – yes, really! – has gripped the land in Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry, and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer (but still the epitome of upper class prejudice, of course). As the outbreak intensifies, our heroes must join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield. Directed by Burr Steers, this movie also stars Lena Headey, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, and Matt Smith.
PG-13 for some suggestive content and smoking | In Theaters 2/5 | Ok for Kids 14+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Four-time Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men,” “True Grit,” “Fargo”) wrote and directed this all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. With an all-star cast of Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, this film follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer with no shortage of problems to fix.
PG-13 for sexual content and some thematic issues | In Theaters 2/5 | Ok for Kids 14+ | Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels
Another Nicholas Sparks movie, just in time for Valentine’s Day. When feisty medical student Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) moves next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Parker (Benjamin Walker), it sends them both on a romantic journey neither dreamed possible. After a whirlwind courtship, Gabby and Travis wed and build a family together, making every decision hand-in-hand until one of them is forced to make the most important choice of their life alone (keep the Kleenex handy). A poignant celebration of love, marriage and family that explores the most heart-wrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive? Directed by Ross Katz, this movie also stars Maggie Grace, Tom Welling and Tom Wilkinson.
R for disturbing violent and sexual content, and for language | In Theaters 2/5 (limited) | Ok for Kids 18+ | TWC-Dimension | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Directed by Alejandro Amenabar, this dark thriller takes place in Minnesota in 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories, but what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.
R for language, violence and some sexuality/nudity | In Theaters 2/5 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Directed by Shintaro Shimosawa, this thriller follows an ambitious lawyer (Josh Duhamel) who finds himself caught in a power struggle between a corrupt pharmaceutical executive (Anthony Hopkins) and his firm’s senior partner (Al Pacino). When the case takes a deadly turn, he must race to uncover the truth before he loses everything. Also stars Alice Eve, Malin Akerman and Julia Stiles.
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.
Images in this feature used courtesy of the studios and distributors.