New This Week
Her, Island of Lost Souls, The Legend of Hercules, Lone Survivor, and Salty Dog Blues.
Published: January 8, 2014
HER Anyone who has attempted a conversation with Siri will appreciate the premise behind Spike Jonze’s latest, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore, a solitary divorced L.A. letter-writer, and the voice of Scarlett Johansson as his customized operating system, Samantha. Samantha synthesizes the contents of Theodore’s emails, his hard drive, his personality, and responds in kind, encouraging him to wake up in the morning and talking to him before sleep. A romance with confusing foundations develops as Jonze probes the connections between technology and loneliness. Opens Jan. 10
ISLAND OF LOST SOULS Taking anthropomorphism to an extreme, this 1932 sci-fi horror film stars the deranged scientist Dr. Moreau (Charles Laughton) on a tropical island conducting surgical experiments on animals in an attempt to transform them into humans. He finds great success in the Panther Woman, Lota (Kathleen Burke)—who falls for an attractive man (Richard Arlen) shipwrecked on the island. Plays Jan. 11, 13, and 16 at the Charles Theatre
THE LEGEND OF HERCULES If you’ve been aching for another gladiator movie, search no further than this beefcake-filled origin story about the half-man half-god hero. From the director of Die Hard 2 and Deep Blue Sea. Opens Jan. 10
LONE SURVIVOR The first war film of 2014 lands with this real-life Navy SEALs story, and the name says it all here. Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, and Emile Hirsch star among the rugged band of soldiers that embark on a fateful mission to kill a Taliban operative in Afghanistan. This emotional wrecking ball of a movie contains senseless tragedies and fatalities—and action sequences that have drawn comparisons with the likes of Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down. Opens Jan. 10
SALTY DOG BLUES This hour-long documentary examines the story of retired African-American and Hispanic Merchant Marines who, in 2001, lost many hard-earned benefits when the once-progressive National Maritime Union merged with Seafarers International Union. In a time when retirement seems like an impossibility, this documentary, directed by Al Santana and Denise Belen Santiago, navigates the perils of pension plans and vanishing health coverage, and tells the tale of mariners who organized to combat the injustice. Narrated by Afro-Puerto Rican poet and media personality Felipe Luciano. Plays Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Creative Alliance