Here’s a look at this week’s new releases.
What’s it about? A fearless princess, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), must team up with an adventurous woodsman, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), to put a stop to the icy tyranny of Anna’s sister, Elsa (Idina Menzel) in this adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen.”
Will it be good? The advertising for this hasn’t done it many favors, but advance word on this is absolutely stellar, with some critics going so far as to say it stands toe-to-toe with some of Disney’s classics like “The Little Mermaid.” It’s also a musical, a fact that the trailers have (strangely) completely avoided.
Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor.
What’s it about? A journalist (Steve Coogan) pursues the story of an elderly woman (Judi Dench) who is searching for her son who was long ago forcibly taken from her after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
Will it be good? Steve Coogan is normally known for his excellent comedic performances, but he’s always had a lot of heart in them. Judi Dench, however, is uniformly excellent no matter the film, so this should be worth watching if only for her work. Dench is already getting awards buzz for her work in this.
Rated PG-13 for for some strong language, thematic elements and sexual references.
What’s it about? Jason Statham plays a former DEA agent trying to live a quiet life but who soon finds himself embroiled in a battle against a local meth-dealing drug lord (James Franco).
Will it be good? The idea of Jason Statham somehow laying low in a deep South town seems ridiculous at best, but hey whatever. This looks like it’s pretty outside Statham’s normal action wheelhouse, plus it’s got James Franco mugging around as a drug lord. In other words, this looks like it shouldn’t be anyone’s priority this weekend but it could be a fun time none the less.
Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content and brief sexuality.