Weekend Movies: Wildly Uneventful

Wow. Practically nothing opens this weekend. Smack dab in the middle of awards season, there’s never been a better time to catch up with older movies you’ve put off seeing until now.

For those who are already caught up, one more Oscar hopeful starts its limited-but-expanding run this weekend. ‘Wild‘ was written by Nick Hornby (based on a true story) and directed by the guy who gave us ‘Dallas Buyers Club‘. Reese Witherspoon stars in this tale of a woman with a tragic background who sets off on a healing solo hike that spans more than 1,000 miles. All involved are hoping for Oscars, and word on the street is that it just might get some. With a vibe similar to Sean Penn’s ‘Into the Wild‘, I’m excited to see the film this weekend.

Oddly, Fox is releasing a found-footage horror movie this weekend, but only on 589 screens. Just like this year’s earlier scary flick ‘As Above, So Below’, ‘The Pyramid‘ follows a team of explorers who stumble across an underground terror while searching deep beneath an ancient landmark. Let me guess – mummies? An ancient monster? An imprisoned evil power? A man-dog beast?

The fantastic-looking thriller ‘Pioneer‘ begins a limited release on an unspecific count of screens. From Erik Skjoldbjærg, the director of 1997’s ‘Insomnia‘ and the producer of ‘Headhunters’ (which is amazing!), ‘Pioneer’ is based on the true story of a deep sea diver working for an oil company. Something goes terribly wrong at extreme depths. He’s blamed for sabotage and can’t outrun the unwarranted and dangerous scandal that surrounds him.

Indie dramedy ‘Life Partners‘ stars Gillian Jacobs and Leighton Meester as long-time best friends. One is gay, the other is straight. When the straight one finds the perfect man, the gay one gets wildly jealous at no longer having her life’s constant in it. No matter the sexual orientation, gallons of emotion and feelings gush out from the two as if they were a married couple. Adam Brody and Gabourey Sidibe co-star.

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