Weekend Movie Preview: September 20, 2013

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There is something for everyone as explored in our weekend movie preview. Chris Hemsworth gets some Rush, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo say Thanks for Sharing, Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal star in the unforgettable Prisoners and the b-boys get their close-up in Battle of the Year 3D.

Prisoners: As we stated in our Prisoners review, Jackman and Gyllenhaal have never been better in their entire careers. The film about a father (Jackman) whose daughter disappears is as upsetting as a film can get. Gyllenhaal's local Pennsylvania cop is charged with finding her, and although he does everything he knows how, in the end it might not be enough to save her. The film is heartbreaking and is as much of a must-see as exists. But, fair warning: It will stick with you and you will not be able to shake it for not months... but years.

Rush: Hemsworth may be the star of Rush, but it is the performance of Daniel Bruhl that steals the show and serves as a talent announcement for the Spanish actor. Hemsworth is Formula 1 racer James Hunt and Bruhl is his Austrian rival, Niki Lauda. The two had a competitive streak in 1970s that set the world afire in choosing sides as to who was their favorite driver. Ron Howard directs in a film that in our Rush review we state is the most un-Ron Howard movie in his career. That is neither a good thing or a bad thing, it is just an astonishing fact given the impeccable touch the man has in having his audience know they are witnessing one of his works. 

Battle of the Year 3D: The dance battle movie hopes for an infusion of fresh ideas with this tale of a real-life international b-boy dance battle that the Americans have not (fictionally) won in 15 years. Josh Holloway stars as their coach, and although the dancing onscreen truly pops, the storyline is about as predictable as it gets. As we write in our Battle of the Year 3D review, if dance is your thing... you will love this movie. If you are looking for inspiration... perhaps go somewhere else. 

Thanks for Sharing: Making sex addiction funny and heartwarming is a difficult task. But as we said in our Thanks for Sharing review, the filmmakers behind this film starring Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow actually succeed. They take sex addiction out of the darkness and shine a spotlight on it that is refreshingly raw and real. And the beneficiary of that honestly is the audience. Although it takes a detour or two that we could live without, the film overall... works.

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