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SPORTS, ACTION, HORROR, CARTOON
For Hicksflicks.com, April 11, 2014
No one will be surprised if "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" holds onto the No. 1 spot at the box office for a second weekend, but a few contenders are going on the fool's errand of trying to knock the Marvel monster hit off its perch.
Lined up are a sports comedy/drama starring Kevin Costner, a sequel to a 2011 animated feature that was a surprise hit, a testosterone-fueled Asian action sequel and a horror film.
"Draft Day" (PG-13) casts Costner as the manager of the Cleveland Browns football team and the action is built around his efforts to acquire the No. 1 draft pick after a 13-year losing streak. Co-stars include Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella, Tom Welling, Rosanna Arquette, Sam Elliott, Denis Leary and Ellen Burstyn. (The film initially received an R rating for language but was appealed and received a PG-13 without any cuts.)
"Rio 2" (G) has macaws Blu and Jewel, and their kids, traveling from Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon rainforest for new adventures. The first film was noted for its colorful production design and this looks to be just as vividly drawn. And it's rated G instead of the usual animated PG! I didn't know that was still possible. Voice talent includes Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Leslie Mann, Bruno Mars, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia, Kristin Chenoweth and Rita Moreno.
The Raid 2: Berandal" (R, Indonesian), a sequel to the slam-bang 2011 picture "The Raid: Redemption," is apparently just as fueled by constant action as the original, this time with Rama (Iko Uwais) infiltrating a crime syndicate to uncover corruption in the police department. But plot will likely not matter; it's all about throw-downs, kick-ups and shootouts.
"Oculus" (R) is a well-reviewed horror yarn about a possessed antique mirror that has been driving its owners to kill family members for centuries. The cast includes Katee Sackhoff, Karen Gillan and Rory Cochrane.
Two new films are also opening in Salt Lake City's downtown art house, the Broadway Centre Cinemas: Errol Morris' documentary "The Unknown Known" (PG-13), about former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and "Le Week-End" (R), a British comedy-drama about an older couple (Lindsay Duncan, Jim Broadbent) returning to Paris, where they honeymooned, in an effort to rekindle the spark in their marriage.