New movies opening in theaters this week include Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs,” Zach Galifianakis in “Masterminds,” and Hugh Jackman in “Pan.” Limited release movies include “Trash,” “The Final Girls,” Knock Knock” and “Big Stone Gap.” Let’s take a closer look at the wide releases.
R for language | In Theaters 10/9 | Ok for Kids 16+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels | Steve Jobs
Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, “Steve Jobs” takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Directed by Danny Boyle, written by Aaron Sorkin, and based on the book by Walter Isaacson, this movie stars Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple; Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh; Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple; Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley; Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend; and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, a member of Apple Macintosh’s original development team.
PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, some language and violence | In Theaters 10/9 | Ok for Kids 15+ | Relativity | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels | Masterminds
Directed by Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”), this action comedy stars Zach Galifianakis as David Ghantt, an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day after day he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime.
Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurd heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash. The only problem? He foolishly hands the money over to the double crossers, who set him up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish luxuries, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.
PG for fantasy action violence, language and some thematic material | In Theaters 10/9 | Ok for Kids 9+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels | Pan
Those classic childhood characters created by J.M. Barrie get a fresh take in this movie directed by Joe Wright. “Pan” follows the story of an orphan boy (Levi Miller) who is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland.
There, he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero known as Peter Pan. Also stars Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Amanda Seyfried as Mary, Cara Delevingne as Mermaid, and Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily.
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.
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