An eclectic mix of films will be featured on the big screen this fall. From documentaries to big budget, there may be a little something for everyone to enjoy. The following blend highlights some of our favorite actors as well as portraits of intriguing individuals:
Contagion: “One contact. One instant. And a lethal virus is transmitted.” Contagion tells the story of a worldwide pandemic where collective fear becomes as lethal as the deadly pathogen itself. The star-studded cast includes Lawrence Fishburne, Matt Damon and Sanaa Lathan, to name a few.
Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975: Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver, are featured in this documentary by a Swedish journalist who spent time in the US during the revolution. Danny Glover co-produced this intimate portrait of the Black Power Movement’s key figures, complete with rare footage and unguarded interviews. With music by Questlove and Om’Mas Keith and the commentary of headliners such as Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli and Melvin Van Peebles, this documentary promises to be an “exhilarating, unprecedented account of an American revolution.”
Laugh at My Pain (limited locations): Launching from the success of his theatrical tour of the same name, Kevin Hart’s record breaking performance is now coming to the big screen. “Laugh at My Pain” will also feature uncut behind the scenes footage and Hart’s journey back to his hometown of Philadelphia.
“The Weird World of Blowfly” (limited locations): Clarence Reid is a gifted musician who’s written and produced songs of both a spiritual and romantic nature for some of the most renown Southern soul and R&B acts of the 60’s and 70’s, but when he dons his gold-spangled superhero get-up, he becomes Blowfly, the original X-rated rapper. Still touring, and struggling for recognition at the age of 69, the documentary highlights both Clarence’s and Blowfly’s contributions to the music world, such as Top 10 R&B hits and a rap song recorded in 1965.
Lion King 3D: Get a load of Simba and crew in all 3 dimensions. Great for a family movie night or just plain old nostalgia, but don’t sleep on the “Lion King”, as it’s only a 2 week engagement.
Real Steel: This futuristic father & son boxing drama stars Hugh Jackman as a struggling promoter in a world where 2,000 pound robots do battle in the ring. Anthony Mackie and Phil Lamar round out the cast of the film.
Ides of March: Jeffrey Wright joins the star-studded cast of George Clooney’s adaption of Beau Willimon’s play. “The Ides of March” is a fast-paced political thriller that follows the dynamic of presidential candidate and his idealistic staffer traversing the dirty world of politics on the campaign trail.
Tower Heist: Hollywood heavy hitters Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller and Matthew Broderick star in this comedy about a group of working stiffs who lose their retirement to a wealthy businessman à la Madoff, and their quest rob his high-rise residence to reclaim it. The idea of robbing a luxury high rise is daunting for a crew of amateurs, but the scorned avengers just happened to be the doormen at the Wall Street swindler’s swanky abode. “Tower Heist” also stars Gabourey Sidibe.