Movies opening Friday, January 8th
The Search for General Tso – 2.5 stars
Director: Ian Cheney
General Tso’s chicken is a staple of Chinese-American cooking, and a ubiquitous presence on restaurant menus across the country. But just who was General Tso? And how did his chicken become emblematic of an entire national cuisine?
Taken 3 (PG-13) – not screened
Director: Olivier Megaton
Cast: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Famke Janssen,Maggie Grace, Dogray Scott, Sam Spruell, Leland Orser
Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police.
Inherent Vice (R) – 3.5 stars
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone
When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.
Selma (PG-13) – 4 stars
Director: Ava DuVernay
Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr.
“SELMA” is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The Wedding Ringer