Out This Week: Talking Babies take on Scarlett Johansson’s actioner
A quieter release schedule this week
With “Beauty and the Beast,” “Power Rangers,” “Kong,” and “Life” filling-up the box-office this month, this week’s lean release schedule should give moviegoers time to catch-up on the latest hits. There are only two major-releases to choose from this week, “The Boss Baby” and “Ghost in the Shell,” but a few theaters will also start showing the adaptation of “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” and “The Devotion of Suspect X”.
Family-centered patrons will most likely choose “The Boss Baby” this weekend, the animated-comedy was directed by Tom McGrath (Madagascar) and stars the voice talents of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow and Toby Maguire. The film follows the unlikely partnership of a baby and his older-brother, as they hope to stop the evil CEO of Puppy Co. from carrying out dastardly plans. You can preview a trailer for the film if you think it might be the perfect fit for you or your little ones.
The young-adult crowd will have Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell” releasing this week, though Paramount has released so many clips and trailers for the film that you might feel as if you’ve already seen it. The live-action adaptation of the popular manga was directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) and stars Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk and Takeshi Kitano. Johansson stars as Major, a cyber-enhanced enforcer set out to stop a dangerous criminal from terrorizing the world. As we mentioned earlier, there are about a dozen trailers and clips to watch from this project, but you can checkout the official trailer to get excited for the big premiere.
“The Zookeeper’s Wife” is the hidden gem to look for if you’re not in the mood for animated babies and reimagined manga-comics. The film was directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and stars Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh and Daniel Brühl. The film is based on the novel by Diane Ackerman, and tells the story of the Warsaw Zoo keepers that helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. You can watch the trailer for the film to get a better idea of the adaptation.
“The Devotion of Suspect X” may be harder to find, and will most likely have a lot of trouble competing with “Ghost in the Shell”. The film was directed by Alec Su, and stars Kai Wang and Luyi Zhang. The film is a Chinese adaptation of a Japanese novel, and is the only thriller set to release this weekend. Watch the trailer before jumping into the theaters this weekend.