R-RATED DOG DAYS - Movie of the Week
R-RATED DOG DAYS
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Last weekend was notable for all five new movies being rated R, although that’s typical for bottom-feeding end-of-summer fare. This weekend it’s pretty much the same — except for a faith film that is getting wider-than-usual distribution because it was picked up for release by a major studio, TriStar, a division of Sony.
“War Room” (PG). A real-estate saleswoman meets with an older widow who is selling her home, and as they become friendly the realtor reveals issues with her straying husband. To her surprise, however, the widow suggests she work at saving her troubled marriage by putting Jesus first, and committing to prayer and forgiveness. This Christian film is the latest from the Kendrick brothers, Alex and Stephen, whose earlier films include “Flywheel,” “Facing the Giants,” “Fireproof” and “Courageous.” As they have improved their filmmaking skills with each effort, this may be one to seriously consider, even if faith films have disappointed you in the past. (Exclusively at Cinemark-Jordan Landing.)
“No Escape” (R). This suspense drama set in an unnamed Southeast Asian country has an American family traveling there so the husband/father (Owen Wilson) can work on a water project, but they happen to arrive as a coup kicks in, putting foreigners in danger. Pierce Brosnan plays a mysterious stranger who offers help. Lake Bell co-stars.
“We Are Your Friends” (R). The excesses of backstage show business tempt a struggling 23-year-old DJ trying to make a name for himself in the electronic dance music scene. Zac Efron stars, with support from Wes Bentley, Jon Bernthal and Emily Ratajowski.
“Mistress America” (R). Greta Gerwig co-wrote (with director Noah Baumbach) and stars in this independent comedy as the madcap soon-to-be-stepsister of a lonely college freshman (Lola Kirke), whom she takes under her wing for a series of zany adventures.
“Diary of a Teenage Girl” (R). A 15-year-old girl (Bel Prowley) in 1970s San Francisco aspires to be a cartoonist and keeps an audio diary that focuses on her desire to lose her virginity. Co-stars include Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard and Christopher Meloni.
“Meru” (R). Documentary about a trio of elite climbers making their way to the top of Mount Meru, a coveted high-stakes goal in Himalayan big-wall climbing.