Opening This Weekend: March 21

Divergent

March seems to be delivering some fun films that will make us go out and brave the last days of winter. There are fighting Spartans, a Wes Anderson movie, Muppets, a biblical epic, a throwback thriller, and a dog with a pet boy. 

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 below 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

March 21
Divergent

Divergent

Director Neil Burger’s Divergent is the next big Young Adult adaptation to follow-up Twilight and The Hunger Games. Shailene Woodley stars as Tris, the ‘Divergent’ in a futuristic social system divided by personalities. The cast includes Kate Winslet, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson and even Ashley Judd. I’m not entirely sure if this will be any good, it looks passable at most, but they definitely are trying to push this like it’s the next best thing.

Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted
Muppets Most Wanted is directed by James Bobin (The Muppets) who co-wrote the script with Nicholas Stoller. This time the Muppets gang is on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two (Ricky Gervais). The film also features Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Ray Liotta and many more. 
Nymphomaniac

The story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood (portrayed in flashback by Stacy Martin). Shot as a two-part feature and plans to release the films in both hard-core and soft-core versions in 2013. Shia LaBeouf confirmed in a recent interview that the sex in the film “will be real,” Nymphomaniac’s producers said all sex scenes will be performed “with the help of body doubles and visual effects.”

Blood Ties 

Blood Ties

New York, 1974. Fifty-year-old Chris (Clive Owen) has just been released on good behavior after several years in prison following a gangland murder. Reluctantly waiting for him outside the gates is his younger brother, Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, and their father, Leon (James Caan), who raised them alone, seems to favor Chris despite all his troubles. Yet blood ties are the ones that bind, and Frank, hoping that his brother has changed, is willing to give him a chance — he shares his home, finds him a job, and helps him reconnect with his children and his ex-wife, Monica (Marion Cotillard). But Chris’ inevitable descent back into a life of crime proves to be the last in a long line of betrayals, and after his brother’s latest transgressions, Frank banishes him from his life. But it’s already too late, as the brothers’ destiny is bound together, forever. Now you are like us and love NYC in the 70s, don’t forget to check out our Top Five New York City Movies from the ’70s.

Finding Vivian Maier 

Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier unearths the mysteries behind Vivian Maier, who was a nanny in the wealthy North Shore suburbs of Chicago. Maier’s secret world is unraveled slowly through her photo collections and interviews with those who knew her, from the parents who hired her and the children she cared for to store owners, movie theater operators, and neighbors.

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