In Theatres this weekend we have Matt Damon fighting monsters in China (The Great Wall, co-starring Willem Dafoe), Ice Cube and Charlie Day in an argument (Fist Fight), and Dane DeHaan in some weird and gross science trouble (A Cure For Wellness).
The Great Wall
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Thriller
Director: Yimou Zhang
Rating: PG-13 / 12+
Running Time: 103Mins
The Great Wall was released in China on December 15, 2016. It is scheduled to be released today February 17, 2017, in the United States by Universal Pictures.
In this action-fantasy epic set in 11th century China, two mercenaries from the West (Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal) are captured by a military organization that are headquartered in a fortress on the Great Wall. In time, the duo get caught up in a battle between the Chinese warriors and a supernatural menace that the Great Wall was built to repel. Directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), this collaboration with Hollywood is the most expensive Chinese film to date.
In the time of the Song dynasty during the reign of the Renzong Emperor, a few miles north of the Great Wall, a mercenary group originally consisting of twenty men searching for black powder are pursued by Khitan bandits, who have already killed some of the men. Upon escaping they seek refuge in a cave but are then attacked by an unknown monster, leaving only William (Matt Damon) and Tovar (Pedro Pascal) alive, with the former having slashed off the monster’s hand. The two decide to bring the arm with them. The next day, they stumble upon the Great Wall and are taken prisoner by Chinese soldiers of a secretive military sect called the Nameless Order- a Chinese military order commissioned by the imperial court of the Song Dynasty, led by General Shao (Zhang Hanyu) and Strategist Wang (Andy Lau).
Cast: Matt Damon, Jing Tian,Andy Lau, Zhang Hanyu,Willem Dafoe, and Eddie Peng.
A Cure for Wellness
Genre(s): Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Gore Verbinski
Running Time: 146Mins
A Cure for Wellness is a 2016 psychological horror thriller film directed by Gore Verbinski and written by Justin Haythe. The film stars Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth, and follows a young executive who is sent to a mysterious rehabilitation center in the Swiss Alps. The film is scheduled to be released today February 17, 2017, by 20th Century Fox.
An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests there longing for the cure.
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Douglas Hamilton, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Adrian Schiller, Celia Imrie, Ashok Mandanna, Harry Groener, Ivo Nandi.
Critics Consensus: A Cure for Wellness boasts a surfeit of visual style, but it’s wasted on a derivative and predictable story whose twists, turns, and frights have all been more effectively dealt before. (via Rotten Tomatoes)
Director: Richie Keen
Running Time: 91mins
Fist Fight is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Richie Keen and written by Van Robichaux and Evan Susser. The film follows the story of two teachers who plan to fight each other after one of them gets fired. The film premiered in Los Angeles on February 13, 2017 and is set to be released in the United States and Canada today, February 17th, 2017.
After high school teacher Andy Campbell accidentally gets his colleague Ron Strickland fired, Strickland challenges himto an after school fight.
Cast: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Christina Hendricks, Jillian Bell.
Critics Consensus: Fist Fight boasts a surplus of comedic muscle but flails lazily, and far too few of its jokes landwith enough force toregister. (via Rotten Tomatoes)
Everybody Loves Somebody (Limited)
Genre(s): Romantic Comedy
Director: Catalina Mastretta
Young and beautiful Clara Barron (Karla Souza) seems to have it all- a great job, a beautiful house in Los Angeles and a Mexican family that loves to have fun. The only thing Barron hasn’t figured out is her love life. Pressured to go to a wedding in Mexico, she asks a co-worker to pose as her boyfriend for the weekend festivities. Caught off guard when her ex shows up to the ceremony, Clara must now choose between her former beau or the possibility of a new and exciting romance.
Cast: Karla Souza, José María Yazpik, Ben O’Toole, Tiaré Scanda, K.C. Clyde, Patricia Bernal, Alejandro Camacho, Ximena Romo.