This week at the movies, Robert De Niro is Anne Hathaway’s “Intern,” the adorable monsters are back in “Hotel Transylvania 2,” and things get creepy in “The Green Inferno.”
Limited release movies (all of these are amazing) include “Labyrinth of Lies,” “99 Homes,” “Stonewall,” “Mississippi Grind,” “The Keeping Room,” “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” and “Ashby.”
Let’s take a closer look at the new movies in wide release.
PG-13 for some suggestive content and brief strong language | In Theaters 9/25 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels | The Intern
In this cute comedy from director Nancy Meyers — a favorite of mine who also helmed “It’s Complicated” and “Something’s Gotta Give” — Robert De Niro plays Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who’s discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). This movie also stars Anders Holm, Rene Russo, Nat Wolff and Linda Lavin.
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2
PG for some scary images, action and rude humor | In Theaters 9/25 | Ok for Kids 6+ | Sony Pictures Animation | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels | Welcome To Hotel T
The Drac pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure! Everything is changing at Hotel Transylvania. Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire.
So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and old-school dad is about to pay a visit to the hotel.
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (who also directed the first movie), this cute family film features the voice talent of Mel Brooks, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Steve Buscemi and Selena Gomez.
THE GREEN INFERNO
R for aberrant violence and torture, grisly disturbing images, brief graphic nudity and sexual content | In Theaters 9/25 | Ok for Kids 18+ | Blumhouse Tilt | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels | The Green Inferno
I love movies where the audience is so freaked out that they’re stumbling out of the theater in shock and despair. Yes, I REALLY want to go see that movie (not really).
Anyway, if that’s your thing, check out “The Green Inferno,” directed, co-written, and produced by Eli Roth (“Hostel,” “Cabin Fever”). The story follows a group of student activists who travel from New York City to the Amazon to save the rainforest.
However, once they arrive in this vast green landscape, they soon discover that they are not alone … and that no good deed goes unpunished. And yes, there will be blood.
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.
There are about two good surprises about Hotel Transylvania 2. Number Two, Selena Gomez will reprise her Character for the sequel and The Number One Best Surprise of all? Fifth Harmony is actually going to perform a song from the movie Hotel Transylvania 2 called I’m In Love With A Harmony. Wow! It should be a monstrous hit for movie and song!