Opening this week in Pittsburgh:
James Franco will be competing against himself — in Pittsburgh and beyond — on Friday when “Spring Breakers” goes wider and “Oz the Great and Powerful” continues its theatrical run.
It’s scheduled to open at AMC-Loews at the Waterfront; Cinemark theaters in Robinson and near Tarentum; Cranberry Cinemas; and theaters in State College, Erie and Hermitage, Pa.
“Spring Breakers” stars Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Korine as best friends anxious to cut loose on spring break but low on funds. They hold up a restaurant for quick cash and head to the shore in a stolen car.
When they’re thrown in jail, they’re bailed out by Alien (Franco), a rapper, drug pusher and arms dealer who lures them into a criminal underbelly both lurid and liberating. It’s from Harmony Korine, the maker of “Kids,” “Gummo” and “Trash Humpers.”
Inspired by the image of “girls in bikinis with guns” and, as you might suspect, rated R.
Also opening on Friday:
“Olympus Has Fallen” — Action thriller from Pittsburgh native and director Antoine Fuqua, about terrorists taking down the White House. Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett star.
“The Croods” — Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman lend their voices to this animated comedy about a prehistoric family. When the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed, they are forced to confront their fearful way of life.
“Admission” — Dramedy directed by Paul Weitz (“About a Boy”) and starring Tina Fey as a straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer and Paul Rudd as a single dad and teacher at an alternative high school who wants to introduce her to a promising senior.
“Stoker” — “Oldboy” director Park Chan-wook directs this thriller starring Mia Wasikowska as a teen whose father dies in an auto accident. An uncle (Matthew Goode) she never knew existed comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Nicole Kidman) in this movie written by actor Wentworth Miller, a 1990 graduate of Quaker Valley High School.
“Barbara” — Back from the Three Rivers Film Festival. Spy/love story about a talented young doctor transferred from a prestigious medical post in East Berlin and sent to an underfunded rural hospital where she encounters questions of love, loyalty and freedom. In German with English subtitles.
CMU’s International Film Festival — Sponsored by the Humanities Center and with a theme of Faces of Media this year. Look for more in the PG later this week.
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