New movies this week feature Helen Mirren in “Eye in the Sky,” John Goodman in the much-anticipated “10 Cloverfield Lane,” Mark Strong and Sacha Baron Cohen as mismatched siblings in “The Brothers Grimsby” and lots more. Let’s take a closer look at the new movies in theaters this week.
EYE IN THE SKY
Rated R for some violence, images and language | In Theaters 3/11 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Bleecker Street | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
This political thriller stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing, and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.
THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY
Rated R for strong crude sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, language and some drug use | In Theaters 3/11 | Columbia/Sony | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels
MI6’s top assassin, Agent Sebastian Grimsby (Mark Strong), has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he’s an English football hooligan named Norman “Nobby” Grimsby (Sacha Baron Cohen). Nobby has everything a man could want, including 11 children and the most gorgeous girlfriend in northeast England (Rebel Wilson). There’s only one thing missing: his little brother, who Nobby has spent 28 years searching for after they were separated as kids. Nobby sets off to reunite with Sebastian, unaware that not only is his brother MI6’s deadliest assassin, but he’s just uncovered plans for an imminent global terrorist attack. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
Rated PG-13 for thematic material, including frightening sequences of threat with some violence, and brief language | In Theaters 3/11 (2D, IMAX) | Ok for Kids 14+ | Paramount | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
This sequel to 2008’s “Cloverfield” (a secret sequel – no one knew it was in the works until we saw the trailer ahead of “13 Hours” last month!) follows a girl who wakes up from a car accident. But she’s not in a hospital. She’s in the basement of a man who says he’s saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg, the thriller stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr. The script was written by Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken.
HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS
Rated R for language | In Theaters 3/11 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Roadside Attractions | Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels
How fun to see Sally Field in this adorable movie. She plays Doris Miller, a woman “of a certain age” who’s been overlooked and ignored her whole life. But that changes when her world is turned upside down by a handsome new co-worker, John Fremont (Max Greenfield), and a self-help seminar that inspires her to take a chance on love. Her first encounter with true romance (outside of the pages of a novel) convinces Doris that she and the mostly unaware John are meant for each other. In the cluttered house she shared with her late mother, Doris mines the Internet for information on her one-and-only, guided by the 13-year-old granddaughter of her best pal Roz (Tyne Daly). In short, Doris throws caution to the wind and follows her heart for the very first time.
THE YOUNG MESSIAH
Rated PG-13 for some violence, disturbing images and thematic elements | In Theaters 3/11 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Focus Features | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh, this Biblical drama revolves around a fictional interpretation of seven-year-old Jesus (Adam Greaves-Neal). He tries to discover the truth about his life when he returns with his family to Nazareth from Egypt. Based on the novel “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt” by Anne Rice, this movie also stars Sean Bean as Severus, Vincent Walsh as Joseph, Sara Lazzaro as Mary, and Jonathan Bailey as Herod.
THE PERFECT MATCH
Rated R for sexuality, some nudity, and language throughout | In Theaters 3/11 | Lionsgate, Codeblack Films | Reel Preview: 2.5 of 5 Reels
Charlie (Terrence J) is a playboy who’s convinced that relationships are dead, even though his therapist sister (Paula Patton) tries to tell him otherwise. His best friends challenge him to stick with one woman for a month. Charlie takes the bet, believing he’s immune to love, until he crosses paths with the beautiful and mysterious Eva (Cassie Ventura). Turning on his irresistible charm, Charlie coaxes Eva into a casual affair, but soon starts to question whether he may actually want more than just a one night stand. Directed by Billie Woodruff, this movie also stars Donald Faison, French Montana, Robin Givens and Lauren London.
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.