In Movies This Week: Jesse Eisenberg is a Secretly an Insane Killer Robot
Want to hit the theater for a love story more interesting than your own? Or, stay in and hit Netflix for an inspirational story about small town athletes. Here are Galore’s picks for what to see this week in theaters and on Netflix.
American Ultra – August 21
Reuniting once again since the weirdly loveable Adventureland, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart share the screen in American Ultra. Mike (Eisenberg) is a small-town stoner who finds out he has a secret past as a CIA trained sleeper agent with deadly skills. Once he is targeted by the CIA for termination, he must use his abilities to save himself and his girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart) from ultimate destruction. It looks like another quirky, weird indie with an added element of adventure that may or may not work with the stonerific cast. See for yourself this Friday when it hits theaters everywhere.
6 Years – August 18
This time, after having sex for the first time, Taissa Farmiga’s character does not kill the boy she loses it to (like she did in American Horror Story: Coven), but instead falls in love with him for six years, just as the title suggests. The film stars Farmiga as Melanie, a woman in her early 20s who has been in a relationship with Dan (Ben Rosenfield), also in his 20s, for six years after having known each other since childhood. As their lives progress, their longstanding relationship is put to the test as they must face big changes that inevitably come with adulthood. The film had a limited release on August 18th.
Transcend – August 21st
Transcend is a documentary following some of the world’s most talented marathon runners, focusing on the life and career of Wesley Korir, a man who escaped an impoverished Kenya to come to the U.S. and run marathons. Korir has won multiple American marathons, most notably the Boston Marathon, one of the most prestigious events to win in a career in running. After risking it all for the thing he loves, Korir returns to Kenya to run for a seat in Kenyan parliament while also staying on top of his marathon training. The film has been relatively low-key but looks to be an interesting glimpse into one of the world’s most popular sports. It hits Netflix on Friday August 21st.
That’s all I have to recommend as far as new Netflix releases this week, but if you need more options of what to watch, Jiro Dreams of Sushi and The Moth Diaries are leaving on the 23rd and 27th of this month respectively, so catch them before they go!