As it usually is with movies this time of year, this weekend’s new theatrical releases are a bit of a mixed bag, including everything from horror to biopic to a Biblical drama. The latter film is “Risen,” set in the weeks following the crucifixion and starring Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton. “The Witch” is already receiving praise for being a truly terrifying and well-made horror film, following a family in the 1630s who get mixed up in supernatural occurrences. There’s also “Race,” a biographical drama about track star Jesse Owens, who rose to worldwide fame in the 1936 Olympics. Be sure to also look for the romantic drama “Touched with Fire,” playing in select theaters this weekend. The film stars Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby as bipolar patients in a treatment facility who bond over their love for poetry. Read more about this Friday’s new releases below.
“Risen”: This Biblical drama directed by Kevin Reynolds follows Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a member of the Roman military and a non-believer tasked with discovering exactly what happened to Jesus following the crucifixion, in order to dispel rumors of a Messiah causing rebellious thoughts in Jerusalem. Read more at IMDB. Runtime: 107 minutes. Rated PG-13 for Biblical violence including some disturbing images.
“The Witch”: This horror film written and directed by Robert Eggers is set in 1630s New England, where a devout farm family begins to turn on each other when they encounter a series of supernatural occurrences, everything from their crops failing to their baby son vanishing mysteriously. Read more at IMDB. Runtime: 92 minutes. Rated R for disturbing violent content and graphic nudity.
“Race”: This drama directed by Stephen Hopkins is based on the true story of Jesse Owens (Stephan James), an African-American track and field athlete who participates in the 1936 Olympics, challenging Adolf Hitler’s notions of white supremacy. Read more at IMDB. Runtime: 134 minutes. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and language.
Other movies opening in St. Louis:
· “Touched with Fire”
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
- Wehrenberg Theatres
- AMC Theatres
- Regal Movie Theatres
- Galleria 6
- Chase Park Plaza
- Granite City
- Moolah Theatre
- Hi-Pointe Theatre
- St. Andrews Cinema
- Plaza Frontenac Cinema
- Tivoli Theatre