Admit One 9/16

Drive

Starring: Ryan Gossling, Albert Brooks, Cary Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman

Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn

Plot: A Hollywood stuntman who doubles as a getaway driver gets involved in protecting his neighbor and her son after a bank heist involving her ex-husband goes horribly wrong.

Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 93%

Critical Consensus: “A hyper-stylized blend of striking imagery and violence, Drive represents a fully realized vision of arthouse action”

Straw Dogs

Starring: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard, James Woods, Dominic Purcell

Directed by: Rod Lurie

Plot: A screenwriter and his actress wife visit her childhood home to prepare it for sale and tensions start to rise between them and between some of the locals, eventually leading to a violent confrontaion.

RT Freshness: 38%

Critic Consensus: “This remakes streamlines the plot but ultimately makes a fatal mistake: It celebrates violence”

I Don’t Know How She Does It

Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn, Kelsey Grammar

Directed by: Douglas McGrath

Plot: A Boston business woman struggles to spend more time with her family while dealing with a high profile client.

RT Freshness: 20%

Critic Consensus: “A limp comedy with a hopelessly outdated viewpoint on gender, featuring Sarah Jessica Parker in rote Carrie-mode”

The Lion King 3D

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Moira Kelly, Ernie Sabella

Directed by: Ron Minkoff and Roger Allers

Plot: Simba, a young lion cub, is the next in line to rule the Pridelands after his father Mufasa, but runs away when his father is tragically killed, leaving his evil Uncle Scar to take control.  When Simba becomes an adult, he faces his past and returns home to face his uncle.

RT Freshness: 89%

Critic Consensus: “Emotionally stirring, richly drawn, and beautifully animated, The Lion King stands tall within Disney’s pantheon of classic family films”

Restless

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Ryo Kase, Schuyler Fisk, Lusia Strus

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Plot: A pair of outsiders, Annabel, a terminal cancer patient and Enoch, who recently lost his parents in an accident, meet at a funeral and form a relationship.

RT Freshness: 41%

Critic Consensus: “Mia Wasikowska puts in a nuanced performance but nobody else, actors and directors included, are capable of finding a compelling angle beneath the twee veneer”

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