In Movies This Week: Ice Cube’s Son Portrays His Dad In Straight Outta Compton
Making plans to hit the theater and learn the history of hip hop? Planning on staying in and feeling empowered by tales of self discovery? Here are Galore’s picks for what to see this week in theaters and on Netflix.
Straight Outta Compton – August 14th
From the rise to the fall of the iconic hip hop group N.W.A, Straight Outta Compton tells the story of the group that popularized gangsta rap and revolutionized West Coast hip hop, completely changing the shape of the music industry that is still relevant today. Telling the story of how the group and movement came to be, the film follows the lives of Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), and Ice Cube played by his son O’Shea Jackson, Jr. along with the rest of the group with Paul Giamatti in tow as Jerry Heller, the group’s manager. The film has been receiving rave reviews and touches on important topics in today’s society, so check it out when it hits theaters in a wide release on August 14th.
Mistress America – August 14th
Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a college freshman in New York City who is struggling to find the exciting NYC experience she signed up for and instead has found overwhelming disappointment and loneliness. When she is taken in by her adventurous, wacky, soon-to-be stepsister Brooke (Greta Gerwig) who weirdly lives in Times Square and is quite eccentric, Tracy finds hope in someone who has seemingly found the endlessly fun New York experience she has sought after. The film was both written by and starring Greta Gerwig and looks as though it may pack a few punches, so give yourself a look into the world of New York from one woman’s perspective when it hits theaters on August 14th in a limited release. As a New Yorker, I’ll definitely be checking this one out to see if it lives up to the hype.
Alex of Venice – August 15
Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is a workaholic lawyer who thinks she has complete control of her life until her husband up and leaves her, forcing her to face her vulnerability and find the strength to care for her young son and sick father (Don Johnson) all while attempting to reinvent her life. The film premiered at Tribeca last year with a warm reception. If you’re up for a film about self discovery and overcoming family hardships, catch it on Netflix on August 15th.
Pariah – August 16
In Fort Greene in Brooklyn, Alike is a 17-year-old girl who lives with her parents and younger sister and identifies as a lesbian finding comfort in what her culture considers “male” clothing and underwear as opposed to what her parents and friends expect her to wear. Looking for love and acceptance in a world showing her anything but, Alike attempts to get through her adolescence which isn’t always easy. The film premiered at 2011 Sundance Film Fest and won Excellence in Cinematography and has received mainly great reviews. From the looks of the trailer, it’s a beautifully shot drama about self discovery and an individual’s journey in coming to terms with familial and cultural differences. See if it lives up to the hype when it hits Netflix on August 16th.