New movies in theaters this week include Tom Hanks in “Sully,” Jacob Tremblay in “Before I Wake” and Matthias Schweighofer as Robinson Crusoe in “The Wild Life.” Let’s take a closer look at the new movies in theaters this week.
Rated PG-13 for some peril and brief strong language | In Theaters 9/9 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and career. Clint Eastwood directs from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the book “Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters,” by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. Also stars Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney.
BEFORE I WAKE
Rated PG-13 for violent content and terror, including disturbing images | Ok for Kids 14+ | In Theaters 9/9 | Relativity | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
Directed by Mike Flanagan, this supernatural thriller follows a couple, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane), who decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first, they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep, but they soon discover why: Cody’s dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In one moment they experience the incredible wonder of Cody’s imagination, and in the next, the horrific nature of his night terrors. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark embark on a dangerous hunt to uncover the truth behind Cody’s nightmares. Also stars Annabeth Gish and Jacob Tremblay.
THE WILD LIFE
Rated PG for mild action/peril and some rude humor | In Theaters 9/9 | Ok for Kids 6+ | Summit, Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels
From the exuberant parrot Tuesday to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, things are larger-than-life on a tropical island that is a paradise for wild animals in this CG-animated family movie directed by Vincent Kesteloot. When Robinson Crusoe (voiced by Matthias Schweighofer), a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.” No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious adventure to build a tree-house and survive together. But when two conniving members of the animal kingdom – savage cats Mal and May – pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship.
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.