Steve Jobs or Bill Murray; choices, choices … - Movie of the Week
Steve Jobs or Bill Murray; choices, choices …
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
A biography of Steve Jobs and a new comedy starring Bill Murray lead new movies arriving at local theaters this weekend.
“Steve Jobs” (R). Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, this is the second movie about the controversial Apple co-founder (the first was 2013’s “Jobs,” starring Ashton Kutcher). Here, Michael Fassbender plays Jobs, with a supporting cast that includes Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan and Jeff Daniels.
“Rock the Kasbah” (R). Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) directed this comedy about an over-the-hill rock manager (Bill Murray) on a USO tour of Afghanistan when his singer (Zooey Deschanel) abandons him. Then he discovers a young Afghan girl with an extraordinary voice and pushes her through the Afghan version of “American Idol.” Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, Bruce Willis and Kelly Lynch co-star.
“Jem & the Holograms” (PG). Live-action musical fantasy based on the 1980s animated TV series about the adventures of the lead singer of the titular band and her bandmates. Here, Jem is a small-town girl catapulted from underground-video sensation to global superstar, as she and three friends have adventures. Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis have supporting roles.
“The Last Witch Hunter” (PG-13). Vin Diesel is the titular immortal character, out to stop a dangerous coven in New York City from unleashing a plague that will destroy humanity. To do this he is forced to team up with a witch. Co-stars include Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine and Julie Engelbrecht.
“Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” (R). This is the sixth and (allegedly) final installment of this found-footage horror series. Here, a family moves into a new house, finds a box of tapes with a video camera and looking into the camera’s lens somehow sees — what else? — paranormal activity.
“Experimenter” (PG-13). Dramatic re-creation of the 1961 controversial experiments by famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard), who used shock therapy to test ordinary peoples’ willingness to obey authority. Winona Ryder co-stars as Milgram’s wife, with support from an array of familiar faces: Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, Lori Singer, Anthony Edwards, Dennis Haysbert, Jim Gaffigan, etc. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“Taxi” (not rated). Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi is banned from making films in his native country so he poses as a taxi driver and makes a stealth movie about the people he drives around, and in a larger sense about Iran’s social challenges. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)
“The Final Girls” (PG-13). Horror-comedy starring Taissa Farmiga as a young woman grieving over the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, when she is inexplicably stalked by the killer of her mother’s most famous movie. Malin Ackerman co-stars. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)
“Deathgasm” (not rated but R-level content). Two teenage boys inadvertently summon an ancient evil called “The Blind One” after innocently delving into black magic. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)