At a Theater Near You: 'The Wolf of Wall Street' could be one of Scorsese's best films

Published on Thursday, 26 December 2013 21:10 - Written by By Stewart Smith ssmith@tylerpaper.com

Here’s a look at what’s new in theaters this week.

“The Wolf of Wall Street”

What’s it about? Based on real life people and events, Martin Scorsese’s latest film is the story of corrupt stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his opulent lifestyle as he is taken down by the federal government.

Will it be good? I have heard nothing but absolute raves about this, save for some fuddy-duddy Oscar voters. All signs point to this being one of Scorsese’s best films in years, propelled by a fire, anger and passion that the master filmmaker hasn’t shown in quite some time. Word has it that this is DiCaprio’s career-best performance.

Rated R for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence.

 

“47 Ronin”

What’s it about? Keanu Reeves stars in a highly stylized and fictionalized re-telling of the ancient Japanese tale of 47 masterless samurai who sought revenge for their fallen master.

Will it be good? This has been delayed from release for more than a year, one of the surest signs that a movie isn’t good. That said, it at least looks … interesting. The tale of the 47 ronin is an interesting one, though I’m not sure why it was dressed up to look like a Japanese “Lord of the Rings” movie. It might be a decent “swords and sorcery” flick, but little else.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements.

 

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

What’s it about? Many know him as the man who was released from a South African prison after nearly 30 years only to soon after become the nation’s first black president. But before that (as many may not know and as this film covers), he was a freedom fighter combating the apartheid movement in the country.

Will it be good? Biopics such as these are always tricky to pull off, as there’s always the risk of essentially turning your subject into a saint. It will be interesting to see how even-handed Justin Chadwick is. That said, it stars Idris Elba in the title role, which is more than reason enough for me to be interested.

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and disturbing images, sexual content and brief strong language.