A Theater Near You: Tom Hanks tackles drama once more

Published on Thursday, 10 October 2013 23:02 - Written by By Stewart Smith ssmith@tylerpaper.com

Here’s a quick look at what’s hitting the silver screen this week.

 “Captain Phillips”

What’s it about? A film based on the real life events involving Capt. Richard Phillips, who survived the 2009 hijacking of his cargo ship by Somali pirates.

Will it be good? It’s directed by Paul Greengrass, who flourishes when tackling real-life material like this. (See also: “Bloody Sunday” and “United 93.”) His films often have a documentary-esque feel to them, a style that should serve this story well. It’s also great to see Hanks tackling dramatic material like this once more. This could well earn him another Oscar nod (and even win).

Rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use.


“Machete Kills”

What’s it about? Ruthless mercenary Machete (Danny Trejo) is recruited by the United States government to go into Mexico and take out a ruthless drug cartel aiming to launch a weapon into space.

Will it be good? Almost certainly not. The first “Machete” was as bad as one could expect for a full-length film reverse engineered from a fake trailer. I can’t even imagine how bereft of ideas or fun this one has to be, given the track record of most sequels. Rough and shameful as his personal life is, I won’t lie, I’m intrigued to see Mel Gibson back on a movie screen and playing a villain. That might be the only worthwhile fun this thing offers.

Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language and some sexual content.