Looking to hit up the theaters this week? Vortex Effect has you covered. Here’s a look at the movies releasing the week of January 1st:
Underworld: Blood Wars
RELEASE DATE: January 6, 2017
STUDIO: Screen Gems (Sony), Lakeshore Entertainment
DIRECTOR: Anna Foerster
MPAA RATING: R (for strong bloody violence, and some sexuality)
SCREENWRITER: Cory Goodman
STARRING: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies,Lara Pulver, Charles Dance, James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James, Daisy Head
GENRE: Thriller, Action, Horror
Kate Beckinsale returns as Selene. Theo James is also back as Selene’s ally David, reprising the role he played in “Underworld: Awakening.”Tobias Menzies and Lara Pulver take on the roles of a formidable new Lycan leader and a fiercely ambitious Vampire, and Charles Dance again plays Vampire elder Thomas.
RELEASE DATE: January 6, 2017
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox
DIRECTOR: Theodore Melfi
MPAA RATING: PG (for thematic elements and some language)
SCREENWRITERS: Alison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
STARRING: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe,Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali,Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell
“Hidden Figures” is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
RELEASE DATE: January 6, 2017 (limited, On Demand)
STUDIO: Lionsgate Premiere
DIRECTOR: Steven C. Miller
MPAA RATING: R (for brutal bloody violence, language throughout, and drug use)
SCREENWRITER: Jason Mosberg
STARRING: Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech, Nicolas Cage,Lydia Hull, Christopher Coppola, Megan Leonard,Christopher Rob Bowen, Tyler Jon Olson, Shea Buckner,John Cusack
GENRE: Thriller, Action
A powerful action thriller, “Arsenal” tells the intertwining stories of the Lindel brothers, Mikey (Johnathon Schaech) and JP (Adrian Grenier), who had only each other to rely on growing up. As adults, JP found success as the owner of a construction company, while Mikey became a small-time mobster, mired in a life of petty crime.
When Mikey is kidnapped and held for a ransom by ruthless crime boss Eddie King (Nicolas Cage), JP turns to the brothers’ old pal Sal (John Cusack), a plain clothes detective for help. In order to rescue his brother, JP must risk everything and unleash his vengeance against King’s relentless army of gangsters.
RELEASE DATE: January 6, 2017 (limited)
STUDIO: Well Go USA Entertainment
DIRECTOR: Ding Sheng
MPAA RATING: N/A
SCREENWRITERS: Ding Sheng, He Keke
STARRING: Jackie Chan, Darren Wang, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi,Zhang Lanxin
GENRE: Comedy, Action, War
Jackie Chan’s latest China-set action comedy revolves around a fictional group of Chinese railwaymen’s near-suicidal mission to sever a major transport link for the Japanese army during World War II. – Chan plays Ma Yun, the leader of a band of seemingly meek railroad porters who ambushes passing trains and strips, robs and humiliates Japanese soldiers traveling on them. Their vigilantism is finally given a purpose when a Chinese soldier Daguo (literally “Big Country,” and played by Taiwanese actor Darren Wang) asks the troupe to blow up a bridge in order to halt the Japanese onslaught toward China-held territory.