This Week’s Movie Releases

This Week’s Movie Releases

21 JUMP STREET

In the action-comedy ‘21 Jump Street’, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring.  But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier – and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind.

CAST: JONAH HILL, CHANNING TATUM, BRIE LARSON, DAVE FRANCO
DIRECTORS: PHIL LORD, CHRISTOPHER MILLER

 

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OUR IDIOT BROTHER

Paul Rudd in 'Our Idiot Brother'

Paul Rudd in 'Our Idiot Brother'

In this comedy slovenly dreamer Ned (Paul Rudd) causes havoc for his mother (Shirley Knight) and three sisters Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), and Liz (Emily Mortimer) while overstaying his welcome in each of their homes, and voicing his opinions when they aren’t wanted.

Busted by an undercover cop and booted out by his girlfriend, he is taken in by each of his female relatives who appreciate his constant attempt to maintain his positive, cheery outlook on life and looks for the best in everyone with whom he interacts,
However, Ned’s unusual habit of telling the truth often comes at the cost of his siblings’ sanity, and before long they’re regretting their decision to help him out.

But just when it starts to look as if Ned might be the dimmest bulb in the box, a sudden epiphany prompts his entire family to consider the prospect that the world would be a much better place if everyone were as honest as their freewheeling brother.

CAST: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Rashida Jones

DIRECTOR: Jesse Peretz

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THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

Judi Dench in ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

Judi Dench in ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ is supposed to be India’s answer for the UK’s most elegant retirees – a place where they can spend their golden years surrounded by lush amenities – that is, until seven retirees who are in need of a transformation find themselves on the front steps of the not-quite-ready resort. Thus begins a comic, romantic and poignant adventure in a land full of unexpected pleasures, brought to life by some of the most honoured and accomplished screen actors of our time.

Arriving in sun-baked Jaipur, with only the hope to begin their life anew amidst their own personal baggage are: the bereaved and financially stranded Evelyn (Judi Dench), the disillusioned High Court Judge Graham (Tom Wilkinson), the quarrelsome couple Douglas and Jean (Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton), the die-hard love seekers Norman (Ronald Pickup) and Madge (Celia Imrie), and Muriel (Maggie Smith) – who intends to have her hip replaced and immediately leave India for good. They are all at the mercy of the hotel’s ambitiously naïve young owner, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), who inherited the once sophisticated building from his father hoping to turn it into a high end luxury hotel. So far, he might only have chaos to offer, but what Sonny lacks in resources, he makes up for in enthusiasm.

Still, the new residents are aghast to find “improvements” to the property have stalled, leaving such amenities as water, electricity and phones iffy at best. They are equally disoriented by an India full of contrasts, at once intoxicating and frightening, traditional and modern, beautiful and strange. At first, these seven newcomers seem unsure about what the future might hold. However, as they begin to forge new friendships, they make some unexpected discoveries and start to let go of the past.
“I think she feels she has nothing left to lose when she finds herself with no husband, no money and no real plan for the future, so she comes to India and then fully embraces it. That was not hard to act, because I found that being in India you are drawn each day to learning about the people and culture,” says Dench of Evelyn’s journey.

“This is a story I really wanted to be a part of, because it is about people who don’t quite know what’s going to happen to them at this point in their lives and yet each discovers a different answer. It was also an opportunity to work with people I know and a chance for us to all be together for the first time,” she adds.

CAST: JUDI DENCH, BILL NIGHY, PENELOPE WILTON, DEV PATEL, CELIA IMRIE, RONALD PICKUP, TOM WILKINSON, MAGGIE SMITH
DIRECTOR: JOHN MADDEN