Get Reviews of 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' 'Kick Ass 2,' 'Paranoia' and More in This Week's Film Roundup
Published Aug 16, 2013We're smack dab in the middle of August, which means we're only a few weeks away from the start of the school year. But whether you're getting ready for university, high school, junior high, or just colder weather while you work, make the most of your remaining summertime by checking out one of this week's newest feature films. We've caught you up below on some of the films appearing in theatres this week, but don't forget to visit our Recently Reviewed section to read reviews on even more new releases.
First up, Forest Whitaker stars in the multi-generational American Civil Rights epic Lee Daniels' The Butler (pictured). Taking its cue stylistically from Forrest Gump, director Lee Daniels provides well-paced storytelling and poignant dialogue that helps remind just how disturbing our collective history of discrimination really is. But is this star-studded and Oscar-baiting feature a main contender for next year's award season? You'll have to read on to find out.
Next, Jim Carrey delivers his most thoughtful performance in years in the faux-realistic masked vigilante flick Kick Ass 2. This time around, Never Back Down director Jeff Wadlow takes the reins for the comic book-adapted sequel, but ends up losing the original's elegance due to shaky camera work and restless editing.
Ashton Kutcher falls short in the visibly rushed and mostly forgettable biopic of Apple's famous founder in Jobs, while formulaic psychological drama Paranoia ultimately comes across as a '90s erotic thriller without the graphic nudity or sex.
Last but not least, HBO and Adult Swim alumna Lake Bell writes, directs and stars in the quirky indie-comedy In A World…, which tells the tale of a female vocal coach as she tries to break into the male-dominated world of movie trailer voiceovers. But does this idiosyncratic feature strike comedic gold, or is its subject matter too quirky for its own good? Click through to see.
These are just a few of the movies in theatres this week. Check out our Recently Reviewed section for reviews on more new films.