New This Week
The Family, Insidious: Chapter 2,and A Band Called Death,
Published: September 11, 2013
THE FAMILY Robert De Niro returns to his roots as a mafioso who snitches on his bosses, packs up his family (Michelle Pfeiffer as mom, Glee’s Dianna Agron as daughter, and John D’Leo as son), and moves to a village in France under the protective eye of a CIA agent (Tommy Lee Jones). Trouble ensues. From writer/director Luc Besson, the screenwriter behind Taxi, La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element, and Transporter. Opens Sept. 13
INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 With this Friday being the 13th, it would not be complete without a horror film’s premiere. A family already shaken up by demonic antics (in the first Insidious) has resettled in a brand-new house after having expelled the evil spirits who plagued them previously. They proceed to get a dog, start an ice cream parlor, send their kid to Yale, and retire early . . . or, more likely, more demons lay in wait for them in this sequel from the director of the original Saw. Opens Sept. 13
A BAND CALLED DEATH In 1973, while Motown ruled Detroit and the airwaves, three Motor City-based African-American brothers, the Hackneys, were playing punk rock under the band name Death. The moniker and the music, at that time, weren’t a winning combo, and Death’s debut album never saw production (though it might have if they had succumbed to record execs’ wishes and changed their name). Eventually, the brothers broke up the band, moving to Vermont, where two of them later started a reggae band. In 2009, after stray singles found their way to a record collector, Death—now officially recognized as the first black punk band, and perhaps the first punk band—experienced a rediscovery. Henry Rollins and Alice Cooper, among others, offer insight into the band’s delayed success in this 2012 documentary. Plays at the Charles Sept. 14 at 11:30 a.m. , Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. , and Sept. 19 at 9 p.m.