Kids killing kids in a televised, futuristic event isn’t your cup of tea? We totally understand.
While predicted to be a blockbuster, The Hunger Games won’t be to everybody’s cinematic tastes. And contrary to popular belief, there are other movies not named The Hunger Games playing in theaters at this moment … some of which are opening this weekend and deserve your time and money.
So, for audience members hungry for something other than Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her fight to survive the brutal Hunger Games, here are the five lower-profile movies you should have no trouble securing a ticket to this weekend.
Who’s in it: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Doni Alamsyah
What’s it about: An Indonesian SWAT team infiltrates the solidified compound of a criminal kingpin, then must fight their way to safety when their well-laid plan backfires.
What the critics are saying: “There are moments when The Raid: Redemption doesn't feel like an action movie so much as pure action itself, delivered in strong, undiluted doses and with the sort of creative one-upmanship capable of rejuvenating a stale, seen-it-all genre.” – David Fear, time Out New York
(For more on The Raid: Redemption – a favorite around the Fandango offices – click on this week’s Sleeper to See column!)
Who’s in it: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale, Ann Mitchell
What’s it about: Director Terence Davies adapts Terence Rattigan’s acclaimed stage play about the wife of a British judge (Weisz) who enters a torrid affair with a Royal Air Force pilot (Hiddleston).
What the critics are saying: “Exceptionally well-made and completely fearless in its depiction of the widest range of romantic emotions, this is a film as fiercely committed to passion as its heroine, and that's saying a lot.” – Kenneth Turan, The L.A. Times
Who’s in it: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas
What’s it about: Britain's leading fisheries expert (McGregor) helps a beautiful consultant (Blunt) bring the sport of fly-fishing to the desert.
What the critics are saying: “You can have a reasonably nice time at Salmon Fishing in the Yemen if you accept that it's the tidiest movie imaginable to ever say that falling in love is like swimming upstream.” – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
Who’s in it: Will Ferrell, Diego Luna, Génesis Rodríguez, Efren Ramirez, Gael García Bernal
What’s it about: A Mexican rancher (Will Ferrell, speaking Spanish) must protect his family’s property from a corrupt drug lord. And yes, it’s a comedy.
What the critics are saying: “This very funny spoof of telenovelas and classic Mexican westerns is decidedly offbeat and absurdly daffy.” -- Claudia Puig, USA Today
Who’s in it: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer
What’s it about: A slacker (Segel) whgo still lives in his mother’s basement uses a trip to the store to buy wood glue as an excuse to let the universe tell him which direction he should point his wayward life. Mark and Jay Duplass of Cyrus and Baghead fame direct.
What the critics are saying: “The Duplass brothers keep making miniatures that contain universes. They seem to be casual, but they're dead serious. They seem to be stumbling around finding stories by accident, but their movies are thematically rigorous. They seem to be presenting matters of little consequence, but the stakes are always huge and life-changing.” – Mick LaSalle, The San Francisco Chronicle