New movies in theaters this week include new installments of the “Bridget Jones” and “Blair Witch” franchises, as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt in “Snowden.” Let’s take a closer look at the new movies in theaters this week.
BRIDGET JONES’S BABY
Rated R for language, sex references and some nudity | In Theaters 9/16 | Ok for kids 17+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for this next chapter of the world’s favorite singleton. Directed by Sharon Maguire (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”), this new installment based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting. After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget (Zellweger) is now 40-something and single again. She decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. But her love life takes a turn when she meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist, she finds herself pregnant, but she’s not exactly sure who the baby daddy is. Also stars Emma Thompson and Jim Broadbent.
Rated R for language, terror and some disturbing images | In Theaters 9/16 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Directed by Adam Wingard, this thriller continues the story of 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project.” Now, a group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister, who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. The group is hopeful at first, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods. But as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined. James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Wes Robinson and Valorie Curry star in this movie, previously titled “The Woods.”
Rated R for language and some sensuality/nudity | In Theaters 9/16 | Open Road Films | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels
Directed by Oliver Stone, this politically-charged thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year. The all-star cast also includes Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Nicolas Cage, Scott Eastwood and Timothy Olyphant.
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.
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