In Movies This Week: Watch Peeta Take On a Colombian Drug Lord
Want to hit the theater and see something that isn’t advertised on Snapchat on Father’s Day? Need to find something to watch on Netflix that isn’t the new season of Orange is the New Black or Scandal reruns? Here are Galore’s picks for what to see this week in theaters and on Netflix.
Escobar: Paradise Lost – June 26th
Nick (Josh Hutcherson) is a young surfer from Canada who now lives in Colombia in the early nineties. He falls for Maria (Claudia Traisac), an unctuous Colombian native. They wed, but not before meeting Maria’s good ol’ Uncle Pablo (Benicio del Toro) who is none other than Pablo Escobar, the infamous Colombian drug lord. Nick soon learns more and more about Uncle Pablo and of course gets wrapped up in his risky business. Looks to be a lot of cocaine and guns juxtaposed with the serene and scenic beaches of Colombia. The film has received mixed reviews so far so it’s not a definite delight but worth a watch if you’re interested to learn about history’s wealthiest criminal or see Josh Hutcherson shirtless and not competing in The Hunger Games. It lands in theaters in limited release on June 26th.
Inside Out – June 19th
Pixar’s latest feat was released last week but it has solidified its place in theaters everywhere with an unsurprisingly spectacular opening weekend. Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), an only child who has just moved from the Midwest to San Francisco with her parents, is guided by her emotions. The unique part about that is we get to meet her emotions as they take the form of cute little characters that live inside of her head, called “Headquarters.” They each take on a different personality with Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader) and Anger (Lewis Black). As Riley adjusts to her family’s move to a new city, new house and new school, her emotions must help her, but not without some hiccups along the way. This animated feature is star-studded, inventive and heartwarming. See Inside Out in theaters this summer.
Ballet 422 – June 25th
25-year-old choreographer and dancer Justin Peck has been given the task of creating and choreographing the New York City Ballet’s 422nd original piece while also dancing as a Corps de Ballet member. This documentary by Jody Lee Lipes follows Peck, fly-on-the-wall style, from his piece’s conception all the way up to opening night and shows all of the love, sweat and tears that happen along the way. With no interviews or narration and very little dialogue, this documentary looks to be intimate and powerful as well as fascinating for dancers and audience members alike. It is being added to Netfix on Thursday, June 25th.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist – June 27th
An ambitious and intense film based on the novel of the same name, The Reluctant Fundamentalist follows Pakistani man Changez (Riz Ahmed) who moves to the United States. He attends Princeton University and ends up becoming successful at a firm on Wall Street. He is a proud American and loves what the country stands for, but when the 9/11 attack happens, his identity as a Muslim Pakistani immigrant causes him to see it differently. This received mixed reviews when it was released in 2012; good in terms of quality and craft yet not so great in terms of being able to carry the weight of such a heavy-handed subject. Regardless it looks like an eye opening watch, so give it try when it hits Netflix on Saturday, June 27th.