At A Theater Near You: 'Speed:' Look for nonstop fast driving

Published on Thursday, 13 March 2014 23:54 - Written by Stewart Smith ssmith@tylerpaper.com

Want to catch a flick this weekend? Here’s a preview of what’s new in theaters.

 

“Need for Speed”

What’s it about? Newly released from prison, a street racer (Aaron Paul) framed by a ruthless businessman enters a cross-country in order to exact revenge.

Will it be good? Depends on what you want out of your movie, I suppose. If all you want is a non-stop barrage of fast driving and insane stunts, this will probably fit the bill. First-time director Scott Waugh comes from a family of stuntment and went to great pains to film as much of the racing and stunt driving using real cars and minimal computer graphics. If you’re looking for a deep examination of the human condition, this probably won’t do. It’s based on a popular video game series, though, so be wary as most game to film adaptations stink.

Rated PG-13 for sequences of reckless street racing, disturbing crash scenes, nudity and crude language.

 

“Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club”

What’s it about? After an incident at their children’s school, this group of single moms bands together to help each other through their struggles in life.

Will it be good? It’s a new Tyler Perry movie, which means I’m automatically out. I’ve given his work a fair shake and every single one fails to connect with me in any meaningful way. Perry obviously has a very devoted following (his films always make a profit and usually debut well at the weekend box office) and they enjoy what he creates, and on that level I hope the film works for them. But I for the life of me can’t find a way to connect to the films he makes

Rated PG-13 for some sexual material and thematic elements.