Race, Risen and Snowtime are just a few of the new movies hitting theaters this week. Along with Kiefer Sutherland and his dad Donald Sutherland in a western! Let’s take a closer look at the new movies in theaters.
NEW MOVIES – RACE
PG-13 for thematic elements and language | In Theaters 2/19 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Focus Features | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
This movie is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens (Stephan James). The story follows the legendary athletic superstar on his quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history.
Along the way, he’s thrust onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.
“Race” is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship. It’s an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.
Directed by Stephen Hopkins, this movie also stars Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice van Houten and William Hurt.
NEW MOVIES – RISEN
PG-13 for Biblical violence, including some disturbing images | In Theaters 2/19 | Ok for Kids 14+ | TriStar/Sony | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Directed by Kevin Reynolds, “Risen” is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer.
Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton) are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion.
Their goal? Disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem. Also stars Cliff Curtis and Peter Firth.
NEW MOVIES – SNOWTIME
Rated PG for mild thematic elements and rude humor | In Theaters 2/19 (limited) | Ok for Kids 6+ | Shout! Factory | Reel Review: 5 of 5 Reels
To amuse themselves during the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight.
Luke (Angela Galuppo) and Sophie (Mariloup Wolfe), both 11 years old, become the leaders of the opposing sides.
Whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the winter break, wins.
Directed by Jean-François Pouliot and François Brisson, Snowtime is a sweet animated family film also stars Ross Lynch as Piers.
NEW MOVIES – THE WITCH
Rated R for disturbing violent content and graphic nudity | In Theaters 2/19 (limited) | Ok for Kids 18+ | A24 | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
Witchcraft, black magic and possession come together in this horrifying tale about one family’s frightful unraveling.
Set in New England circa 1630, “The Witch” follows a farmer who gets cast out of his colonial plantation. He’s forced to move his family to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest. Rumor has it the forest is controlled by witches.
Almost immediately, strange things begin to happen. Animals turn violent, crops fail, and one of the children disappears. But returns and is seemingly possessed by an evil spirit.
As suspicion and paranoia mount, everyone begins to suspect teenage daughter Thomasin is a witch. The family’s faith, loyalty, and love are tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.
NEW MOVIES – FORSAKEN
Rated R for violence and some language | In Theaters 2/19 (limited, VOD, iTunes | Ok for Kids 17+ | Momentum Pictures | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
In 1872, John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland) retires as a gunfighter. He returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyoming in hopes of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, Reverend Clayton (Donald Sutherland).
However, he soon learns that the town is in turmoil. The railroad is coming through the area and a criminal gang is terrorizing ranchers who refuse to sell their land.
John Henry is the only one who can stop them. But his father does not want his son to return to a life of violence.
JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.
Images in this feature used courtesy of the studios and distributors.