Films coming your way this weekend include a science fiction drama about the impact technologies have on privacy and freedoms, a comedy about life as a Lain lover, and a drama about what makes life worth living.
- Film: The Circle (2017)
- Film Categories: Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
- Director(s): James Ponsoldt
- Actor(s): Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Ellar Coltrane
The James Ponsoldt directed science fiction drama “The Circle” is based on Dave Eggers 2013 novel of the same title.
With a screenplay written by Ponsoldt and Eggers, the film stars Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Patton Oswalt, and Glenne Headly.
It should be noted “The Circle” features Bill Paxton’s final film performance following his death in Feb. 2017. The film, originally premièring at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 26, 2017, is scheduled for general release on April 28, 2017.
The premise of the film, while it is not exactly rocket science, is seriously entertaining.
Mae Holland (Watson), a young tech worker, takes a position with the powerful Internet corporation called The Circle. The Circle, co-founded by Eamon Bailey (Hanks) and Tom Stenton (Oswalt), is developing technologies which takes surveillance to an entirely new level. These technologies directly impact privacy and freedom.
In a relatively short period of time, Mae quickly establishes herself as an asset to the corporation. She rises in the company’s ranks. She soon discovers her decisions and actions will determine the future of humanity.
- Film: How to Be a Latin Lover (2017)
- Film Categories: Comedy
- Director(s): Ken Marino
- Actor(s): Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell
Have you ever wondered what it takes to becoming a Latin lover? Me neither but the Ken Marino directed comedy “How to Be a Latin Lover” certainly addresses the question head on.
The film, with a screenplay written by Chris Spain and Jon Zack, stars Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raphael Alejandro, Raquel Welch, and Rob Riggle.
The premise of the production revolves around Maximo (Derbez). Maximo has made a career of seducing richer older women. He marries a wealthy woman more than twice his age.
Almost 25 years later, Maximo, spoiled and bored from waking up next to his now 80-year-old wife, finds himself dumped for a younger car salesman.
Evidently Maximo is not the only one that was getting bored with the marriage.
Forced to move out of the mansion, Maximo moves in with his estranged sister, Sara, (Hayek), and her nerdy but adorable son, Hugo (Raphael Alejandro) in their small apartment.
To re-establish his old lifestyle, Maximo uses his nephew’s crush on a classmate to acquire his new target, widowed grandmother and billionaire Celeste (Welch).
As unexpected as it might seem, as the now aging Latin lover attempts to rekindle his powers of persuasion, Maximo soon discovers himself bonding with nephew Hugo.
Maximo ultimately learns that being a Latin lover means that loving money isn’t as important as the love of your family. It just takes him a little time to get there.
- Film: One Week and a Day (2016)
- Film Categories: Drama
- Director(s): Asaph Polonsky
- Actor(s): Sharon Alexander, Shai Avivi, Evgenia Dodina, Uri Gavriel
Under the original title “Shavua ve Yom,” the Asaph Polonsky directed drama “One Week and a Day” was screened in the International Critics’ Week section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Gan Foundation Support for Distribution Award.
“One Week and a Day” was one of five films nominated for the Best Film Award at the Ophir Awards.
With a screenplay written by Polonsky, the film revolves around Eyal Spivak (Avivi). When Eyal finishes the week of mourning for his late son, his wife urges him to return to their routine.
Instead, Eyal ignores his wife and sets out to discover whether there are still things in his life worth living for.