Film Review Draft Day

This image released by Summit Entertainment shows Rajiv Joseph, left, Kevin Costner, center, and Scott Rothman in a scene from "Draft Day." (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Dale Robinette)


Costner’s ‘Draft Day’ arrives Friday

By From page A7 | April 09, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Birds, a star of “Bull Durham” and a brutal murder are primed for this weekend’s box office openings.

Blu, Jewel and their three kids return to the screen for “Rio 2.” The blue macaws are in the Amazon and Blu is doing his best to fit in. Then he meets his most fearsome adversary, his father-in-law.

Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx and George Lopez lend their voices to the film, which is rated G.

Kevin Costner, who played Crash Davis in the 1988 baseball film, “Bull Durham,” switches sports in “Draft Day.” He plays the general manager of an NFL team who trades for the No. 1 pick.

Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn and Frank Langella also star in the PG-13 film.

“Oculus” features siblings reunited a decade after a brother was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. His sister believes a supernatural force, unleashed by an antique mirror, killed their parents. She tracks down the decor and learns of victims in other homes where it hung. With the mirror back in their hands, the siblings soon realize their childhood nightmare is beginning again. It’s rated R.

Opening in limited release are:

“Cuban Fury,” not rated, which centers on a young dancer robbed of his confidence. Two decades later, a new boss inspires him to find that long-lost fury.

“Dancing in Jaffa,” a documentary about ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine, who returns to Israel and teaches dance to ethnically mixed groups of children. It’s not rated.

“Hank and Asha,” a romantic comedy that won the audience award for best narrative feature at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It centers on a lonely New Yorker and an Indian woman studying in Prague who share video letters and must decide on a face-to-face meeting. It’s not rated.

“Hateship Loveship,” which features Kristen Wiig as a housekeeper and caregiver who is set up, by the young girls she cares for, in a pseudo relationship with the girls’ widowed father. Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte and Hailee Steinfeld also star. It’s rated R.

“Joe,” which places Nicolas Cage in the role of a work crew foreman with a prison record and anger issues. It’s rated R.

“Only Lovers Left Alive,” which focuses on two vampire lovers, played by Tom Huddleston and Tilda Swinton, pondering their place in modern society. It’s rated R.

“The Railway Man,” a tale about a former British army officer and prisoner of war who learns the interpreter who tortured him is still alive. He wants revenge. Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman star. It’s rated R.

“Jesus People,” based on the FunnyorDie.com Web series. The film charts the rise, and fall, of the country’s worst Christian pop band. It’s not rated.

For showtimes, call the Edwards Theatres at 432-2140, Brenden Theatres at 469-0180 or visit www.fandango.com/94533_movietimes.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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