The MEGA WEEKEND of New Releases September 17th, 2015

Everest

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke

The story of a mountain climbing expedition that is devastated by a severe storm upon the mountain.

IMDB: 7.6 of  4,830 ratings

I’m actually excited for this even though I have a pretty good idea what is going to happen. It’s not the destination but the journey that matters.Expect a brilliantly crafted and intense film that may see a few Oscar nods.

The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials

Genre:Action, Science Fiction, Thriller

IMDB: 7.2 of 9,155

Another young adult fiction movie with a sequel.  I didn’t like the original movie called The Maze Runner (2014). I thought the ending was terrible and the acting average at best.  The story was never believable and there were tired sci-fi tropes everywhere.  From the looks of this film, I am not hoping for better. I believe it could be a hit for people between the ages of 11-19, but that’s about where I draw the line.  That is an important demographic, the movie may wind up winning the box-office this weekend, but not expecting much more than Divergent series numbers.

Black Mass

Genre: Biopic, Crime, Drama

Starring: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Corey Stoll, Adam Scott, Kevin Bacon, Benedict Cumberbatch

Inspired by the true story of Whitey Bulger’s rise to infamy. He remains the most famous violent criminal in South Boston history.  Basically, he becomes an FBI informant to take down the mafia who he sees as a legitimate threat.

I dislike crime-dramas in general, but I also respect them greatly because they often have some of the best acting performances of the year.  Here is another film that is sure to be loaded with magnificent acting performances.

IMDB: 8.3 of 4,203 ratings

Sicario

Genre:Action, Crime, Drama,

Starring: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal

An idealistic F.B.I. agent joins an exclusive task force to combat the escalating drug war at the United States-Mexican border.

IMDB: 7.9 of 2,320

This is yet another film that features potential Oscar winning talent such as Emily Blunt. It looks like a well crafted and poignant take on the troubling drug war going on along our borders.

Pawn Sacrifice

Genre: Biopic,Drama

Starring: Tobey Maguire,Liev Strieber

IMDB: 7.5 of 606 ratings

Tobey Maguire plays the eccentric Bobby Fischer as he challenges the Soviet empire to a game of chess. It breaks down Fischer’s many personal issues, and the elements of that event in greater detail than ever shown before. I’m not a huge fan of chess based movies (the few that actually exist), but this may be a solid movie to watch. Filled with historical drama about a truly unique and sometimes unnerving American.

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Captive

A drug addicted mother is taken captive by a convict who just escaped from jail and who murdered the judge assigned to his case.

IMDB: 6.5 of 84 ratings

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