A Theater Near You, January 31, 2014

Published on Thursday, 30 January 2014 21:37 - Written by By Stewart Smith ssmith@tylerpaper.com

Have a look at what’s coming out in theaters this weekend.


“Frozen” Sing-A-Long Edition

Disney’s latest animated princess outing really took me by surprise, not only for how great and well-written the story and characters are, but for how wonderful the songs are. Which is a good thing considering my wife has been singing them non-stop since the movie first came out. In November. So if you think you just can’t help but sing out loud in the theater when you watched it for the third time during the film’s initial theatrical run, here’s your chance to do so and not be given weird looks.


“Labor Day”

What’s it about? An escaped convict (Josh Brolin) forces his way into the life of a reclusive mother (Kate Winslet) and her son (Gattlin Griffith) and in the process the three create a makeshift family.

Will it be good? I’ve become less enamored of director Jason Reitman with every film after his delightful debut with “Thank You for Smoking.” There’s just something forced about so much of the emotion that he attempts to siphon through his films. “Labor Day,” despite the presence of some great actors, looks like it doesn’t do much to change that perception. Reitman continues to show promise overall, though, so I hope I’m wrong.

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief violence and sexuality.


“That Awkward Moment”

What’s it about? Friends Jason (Zac Efron), Daniel (Miles Teller) and Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) each find themselves flailing when it comes time to decide how serious they want to be in their current romantic relationships.

Will it be good? I actually like all three of the leads here (yes, even Efron — the guy tries really hard to not just be handsome teen idol star) though Teller and Jordan much more so), but man, this just looks like formulaic drivel. This will likely be nothing more than a forgettable blip.

Rated R for sexual content and language throughout.