Published Feb 15, 2013Yesterday was Valentine's Day, and love was in the air. Now, head over to our Recently Reviewed section, or stick around and read this week's film highlights to see if you're feeling any sparks with these new releases.
First up is the latest instalment of the Die Hard series with John Moore's newest release, A Good Day to Die Hard (pictured). This time around, McClane (Bruce Willis) travels to Russia to rescue his son Jack (Jai Courtney) who has been arrested for shooting a man. After a courtroom escape and the reveal of Jack's position in the C.I.A., the two must team up to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist.
In Twilight's wake we have Richard LaGravenese's film adaptation of Beautiful Creatures, featuring Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lena (Alice Englert) in a love story about the trials and tribulations of falling in love with a young witch. Filled with curses, shape shifters and the fight between good and evil, Beautiful Creatures seems to have the upper hand in the supernatural love story genre.
Safe Haven, the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, tells the story of quiet widower and convenience store owner Alex (Josh Duhamel) and wanted murderer Katie (Julianne Hough), who come together in Southport, NC. In true Sparks style, director Lasse Hallström gives us another love-conquers-all story, as the two characters work to overcome and escape their pasts.
Jean-Philippe Tremblay's documentary Shadows of Liberty focuses on the limitations or impossibility of liberty in the presence of a community, or, in this case, in the presence of media ownership. Among other topics, Tremblay looks at the handling of 9/11 by the media and Nike and CBS's involvement in covering up Vietnamese slave labour stories during the Olympics.
Last in this week's film roundup is A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III by Roman Coppola. For his second film, Coppola casts Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman in a story that, put most simply, focuses on a graphic designer's (Sheen) life after his girlfriend (Katheryn Winnick) breaks up with him. The film arrives at "a kernel of truth that the beauty of film and advertising help make the quotidian more palatable."
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