Weekend Movie Guide: UFOs, Trains & Automobiles
If you think life is hard on a cruise ship, try taking the train! Unstoppable pits Captain Kirk and Malcolm X against an iron horse with a serious vendetta, several tons of chemicals, and a hundred schoolkids thrown in for good measure.
Director duo The Brothers Strause (VFX for 2012, Avatar & The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) shot the effects extravaganza in their own apartment. Which may explain why an extra-terrestrial rapture would target Hollywood studios.
This weekend's limited releases feature less fantastic, but more effective ways to save the world. The documentary Cool It trolls the climate change doomsday for solutions beyond lightbulbs & hybrid cars. The Taqwacores, featured in this week's Film Calendar, strengthens relations between Islam, the West & punk rock.
For counter-programming, spread a little joy with Morning Glory, which pits Rachel McAdams on a one-woman mission to keep morning news ratings up. It'd be much easier if co-anchors Harrison Ford & Diane Keaton could keep away from each others' throats.
If you’d like to see something further off the beaten path, check out our weekly Film Calendar of LA's specialty theatres, revival houses and midnight movies. See you at the movies!
- Cool It (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Mann Chinese 6)
- The Kids Grow Up (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
- A Marine Story (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
- Marwencol (Nuart Theatre)
- The Taqwacores (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
That's all for this week. Where's the story?