This Week in Movies

In which our movie guru tells you what he really feels about what’s coming to the silver screen. Check in every Wednesday for the weekend’s releases, or grab a copy of our print edition to see the whole month.

INTO THE STORM

Release date: August 8
Director: Steven Quale
Cast: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta
Website: intothestormmovie.com

If you love Syfy network original movies, you’ll eat your wallet over Into the Storm, which appears to be an over-the-top remake of Twister with even worse acting – if that were humanly possible. This found-footage-style movie follows a group of newly graduated high school students as they try to survive a massive storm of tornadoes, hail, rain and wind – each motion-captured by Andy Serkis. You made me believe a cumulus cloud could feel pain, Andy.

 

THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

Release date: August 8
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon
Website: 100footjourneymovie.com

Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey produced this movie based on a 2010 novel by Richard C. Morais, which follows a displaced Indian family as they settle in France and open a restaurant across the street from one of the country’s most acclaimed eateries. To boot, the establishment is owned by a prickly woman named Madame Mallory (Mirren). You want real drama? Try visiting any tourist attraction in Paris without someone trying to sell you an Eiffel Tower keychain.

 

STEP UP ALL IN

Release date: August 8
Director: Trish Sie
Cast: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Misha Gabriel, Adam Sevani
Website: stepupmovie.com

In what will hopefully be the final installment of the Step Up franchise, Step Up All In reunites stars from all four movies as they converge on Las Vegas to battle for whatever dancers battle for. The cast includes Alyson Stoner (Step Up), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2: The Streets), Adam Sevani (Step Up 3D) and Ryan Guzman (Step Up Revolution), but not the two stars who made the series a hit – Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan.

 

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Release date: August 8
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Cast: Megan Fox, William Fitchner, Will Arnett, Whoopi Goldberg
Website: teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com

Among the most memorable moments of my young life was seeing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) at the old United Artists Pacific 4 on Lancaster’s North Queen Street. The theater was later demolished to make way for the Transit Authority’s bus station. Today, producer Michael Bay is the wrecking ball smashing through the movie theater of my life, to make way for this hunk of computer-generated bus station. TMNT follows four mutant turtles as they rescue New York City from the grips of a villain called Shredder (Fitchner). Megan Fox is April O’Neill, and Johnny Knoxville is the voice of Leonardo because of course they are.

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David Onda is Fly Magazine's movie guy. He is an entertainment writer for a national outlet. He's attended and covered the Academy Awards on several (well, 3) occasions for a national outlet. He once made Quentin Tarantino laugh. He has shared an elevator with Bruce Willis, sat in John Waters' living room and has flown in the same airplane as Joan Rivers.

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