MoviefiedNYC’s Opening this Weekend -January 17

Gloria – Paulina Garica
There are definitely some interesting films (Tim’s Vermeer, Like Father, Like Son, That Awkward Moment) opening this month but it just doesn’t compare to the the last quarter of 2013 where we have an over abundance of gems to pick from. I don’t know about you, but I’m still trying to catch up with all the big films (August Osage County, Her, Nebraska, etc) as awards season is already under way, not to mention all the documentaries I’m dying to see (Cutie and the Boxer, Dirty Wars, etc). 
So, whether you choose to check out that indie you heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.
– Myrna E. Duarte

January 17

The Devil’s Due – Allison Miller
Directed by V/H/S segment directors Tyler Gillett & Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Devils’ Due tells the story of a couple after a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, that finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – Chris Pine
Kenneth Branagh (Thor) directs Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit with a script by Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List), Anthony Peckham, Adam Cozad and David Koepp. The film essentially exists as an original story following Jack Ryan (from films like Patriot GamesThe Hunt for Red October and The Sum of All Fears) before he joined the CIA. Branagh is also playing the villain with Keira Knightley as the love interest, Kevin Costner as Ryan’s mentor. I admit I’m curious. 

The Nut Job
The Nut Job is an action-packed comedy that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure. Brendan Fraser, Katherine Heigl and Liam Neeson also voice characters in the film from director Peter Lepeniotis (an animator on Toy Story 2), who also wrote the film with Lorne Cameron (Brother Bear) and Daniel Woo. 

Ride Along – Ice Cube and Kevin Hart
When a fast-talking guy (Kevin Hart) joins his girlfriend’s brother (Ice Cube), a hot-tempered cop, to patrol the streets of Atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer’s latest case. Now, in order to prove that he deserves his future bride, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life on a ride along designed to scare the hell out of him. John Leguizamo also stars in Ride Along, directed by Tim Story (Think Like a Man, Fantastic Four) and written by Greg Coolidge (Employee of the Month). 

Like Father, Like Son 
Like Father, Like Son is written & directed by highly acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda, of Maborosi, Without Memory, After Life, Distance, Nobody Knows, Still Walking and Air Doll. It first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and also played at the New York Film Festival. Ryota has earned everything he has by his hard work, and believes nothing can stop him from pursuing his perfect life and living as a winner. Then one day, he and his wife, Midori, get an unexpected phone call from the hospital. Their 6-year-old son, Keita, is not their son – the hospital gave them the wrong baby. Ryota is forced to make a life-changing decision, to choose between “nature” and “nurture”. I’m in!

Life of a King – Denise Haysbert and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Life of a King directed and written by Jake Goldberg is the unlikely true story of ex-convict Eugene Brown (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and his one-man mission to give inner-city kids of Washington D.C. something he never had – a future. After his release and reentry into the workforce, Eugene developed and founded the Big Chair Chess Club to get kids off the streets and working towards lives they never believed they were capable of. From his introductory chess lessons to group of unruly high school students in detention to the development of the chess club and the teens’ first local chess competitions, this movie reveals his difficult, inspirational journey and how he changed the lives of a group of teens with no endgame. I’m ashamed to admit I am a sucker for these stories.

Gloria MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated

Gloria (Paulina Garcia) is a “woman of a certain age” but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her vacillating between hope and despair — until she uncovers a new strength and realizes that, in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever. Gloria is Chile’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards®, and stars Paulina García in a tour de force performance that captured the Silver Bear Best Actress Award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

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