Draft Day, Rio 2, Oculus Look to Top Box Office this Weekend

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This week in cinema, Draft Day, Rio 2, Oculus, Joe, and The Railway Man will be premiering on theatres across the U.S.

Written and directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Kevin Costner, Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Gardner and Terry Crews, Draft Day follows the life and tribulations of a professional football team, and how a player is willing to do whatever it takes to be drafted into the NFL.

Promising to be even better than the first one, Rio 2 focuses on the lives of Blue, Perla and their three children, who are now living a life of comfort in captivity in Rio de Janeiro. However, Perla insists that their children should grow up in the wild, and so they move to the deep Amazon rainforest. Blue is not happy about this new change, has a tough time warming up to his neighbors, and fears for the safety of Perla and their children. The film is directed by Carlos Saldanha and stars the voices of Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Andy Garcia, Jammie Foxx, Tracy Morgan and Jamaline Clement.

On the opposite side of the spectrum comes the highly anticipated horror film Oculus. The film is about a woman who is doing all she can to prove that her brother is innocent of a crime he was accused of, which she insists was supernatural in nature. The film is directed by Mike Flanagan and stars Kate Sackhofff, Brenton Thwaites, James Laffferty, Annalise Basso and Miguel Sandoval.

Joe & The Railway Man stars Nicholas Cage as Joe, an ex-con who wishes to erase his criminal past and start a new life by moving to a small town in Texas. However, he begins to sink deeper and deeper into alcoholism, trapping him in a prison worse than before. One day, he meets Gary, a teenager looking for work to support his family. In Gary, Joe sees an opportunity to redeem himself and be useful to someone in life. The film is directed by David Gordon Green.

Lastly, the English-American production The Railway Man, directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and starring Rachel Weisz, Niicole Kidman, Hiroyuki Sanada and James Fraser, presents us the true story of how a human being can come to forgive. With an ironic premise and the backdrop of war, comes the story of Eric Lomax. A train lover, he’s captured by Japanese forces during WWII and sent to Thailand for slave labor on the railroads of Siam. More than 250,000 men perished  during this project, and Lomax was subject to unimaginable torture. 50 years after this ordeal, he sets to search for one of the soldiers at the camp, not to seek vengange but to reconcile and forgive.

Ramon Aviles is a Staff Reporter for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle and entertainment.
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