New movies this week feature a British ski-jumper in “Eddie the Eagle,” Gerard Butler in “Gods of Egypt,” an all-star cast in the crime thriller “Triple 9,” and a new “Crouching Tiger” film.
Let’s take a closer look at the new movies in theaters.
NEW MOVIES – EDDIE THE EAGLE
Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material, partial nudity and smoking | In Theaters 2/26 | Ok for Kids 14+ | 20th Century Fox | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Directed by Dexter Fletcher and inspired by true events, this feel-good story follows Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton). He’s an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself. Even as an entire nation was counting him out.
With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment. In the process, he wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Check out the official “Eddie the Eagle site here.
NEW MOVIES – GODS OF EGYPT
Rated PG-13 for fantasy violence and action, and some sexuality | In Theaters 2/26 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Summit/Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
In this action-adventure directed by Alex Proyas and inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance! An unexpected mortal hero Bek (Brenton Thwaites) embarks on a journey to save the world and rescue his true love.
He must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness. Who, by the way, has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Check out the official “Gods of Egypt” Facebook page here.
NEW MOVIES – CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY
Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence and brief partial nudity | In Theaters 2/26 (IMAX and Netflix) | Ok for Kids 13+ | Weinstein | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
This follow-up to Ang Lee’s 2000 Oscar-winning film tells a story of lost love, a legendary sword, and one last opportunity at redemption. It’s set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil.
Directed by renowned martial arts choreographer and director Yuen Wo-Ping, this movie stars Michelle Yeoh as Yu Shu-Lien and Donnie Yen as Silent Wolf. Also stars Harry Shum Jr., Jason Scott Lee, Roger Yuan, Eugenia Yuan and Natasha Liu Bordizzo.
It’s based on the acclaimed novel, “Iron Knight, Silver Vase,” by Wang Dulu (book five in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy, on which the original “Crouching Tiger” film was based). Watch the new “Crouching Tiger” movie on Netflix.
NEW MOVIES – TRIPLE 9
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, drug use and some nudity | In Theaters 2/26 | Ok for Kids 18+ | Open Road Films | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels
In “Triple 9,” a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off? Manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down.”
Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack. That triggers an action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.
Directed by John Hillcoat, this thriller features an all-star cast of Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Clifton Collins Jr., Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer, Michael K. Williams, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson and Kate Winslet. Check out the official “Triple 9” site here.
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.