Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush star in The Giver. (The Weinstein Company)
A film is a language packed in with several different mediums – art, dialogue, choreography, music, technology and a handful more. These mediums are all aimed at interweaving an audience through a story, and so far, this language of film has revolutionized the traditional campfire gatherings of passing down our history through tales. What’s so great about these magnificent occurrences is that we have the opportunity to live through different experiences just about every Friday of the year. We have become a civilization that clings to the thought of an escape from our everyday lives. Nonetheless, a theater of people – more alike one another than we would like to admit – congregating and waiting to venture into a cinematic journey with each other is nothing more than a beautiful anomaly turned into normality. Join in on the phenomenon, let’s go to the movies.
A utopian society where war, suffering and truth are hidden from the masses is revealed to young Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) as he becomes the Receiver of Memories in The Giver. Imagine living in a perfect community where everyone is happy and then being told by the Giver (Jeff Bridges) that everything you have ever known and felt was fake? Lois Lowry’s extraordinary novel is brought to life in this sci-fi masterpiece. It is stories like The Giver that deserve to be adapted for new generations to be able to grasp the reality we live in and maybe even begin to question if the lives we lead are a true representation of life at all. A great cast, including Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes and Bridges, is sure to deliver in this mesmerizing feature. Catch the truth in The Giver opening everywhere Aug. 15.
Frank is a horribly hilarious dark comedy that will most likely whoosh right over people’s heads. Michael Fassbender plays Frank, the weird frontman to an up-and-coming pop band who is never seen without his papier-mâché head. After joining the band, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) and the rest of the group are asked to play the South by Southwest music festival, which turns out to be a more challenging objective when things go astray. This mysterious art piece from the writers of The Men Who Stare at Goats tackles themes of artistic credibility, individuality and the nature of one’s identity. If awkward dramatic comedies are your thing, catch Frank in select theaters this Friday.
Sylvester Stallone was lounging on a secluded beach smoking Cubans with his buddies Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson and Wesley Snipes, and turns to them stating in his grumbly voice, “Hey fellas, we all still have a shitload of money, right? Why don’t we make another flick with all the guys and bring in the big bucks?” They all laugh and agree it’s not the worst idea. Although that might not have been exactly how this all went down, The Expendables 3 is coming soon filled with all the top testosterone heavy-hitters of cinema still functioning, new and old. If there is a story behind this madness, it probably wouldn’t matter after all the explosions, chase scenes, dropkicks and sweaty man-rage about to fill the big screen. Here’s one for the action buffs. Catch The Expendables 3 exploding into theaters.
Also in theaters: Coldwater; Fort McCoy; Found; Let’s Be Cops; Life After Beth; Septic Man; The Trip to Italy