A remake of an Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster sci-fi action thriller and the latest dramedy from the co-directors of “Little Miss Sunshine” are among the new films debuting in theaters this week.
“Total Recall,” which stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston, is based on the Phillip K. Dick’s classic short story, “We Can Remember it for You Wholesale” — which was first adapted into the 1990 Schwarzenegger film.
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In the new “Recall,” Farrell assumes the Schwarzenegger role of Douglas Quaid, a factory worker who discovers the truth about his real past as a super spy when something goes horribly wrong during a virtual vacation.
Beckinsale plays the Quaid’s secretive wife, Lori (played by Sharon Stone in the 1990 film), and Biel also stars as Melina (played in the original by Rachel Ticotin), a rebel fighter who may be Quaid’s only ally against the evil Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston).
Also opening in more theaters Friday is “Ruby Sparks,” which opened in limited release over the weekend. The film is the first for husband-and-wife co-directors Dayton and Faris since their Best Picture Oscar-nominated “Little Sunshine” from 2006.
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Written by Zoe Kazan (granddaughter of legendary filmmaker Elia Kazan), “Ruby Sparks” stars Paul Dano as Calvin, an author of an iconic novel who can’t seem to shake a years-end case of writer’s block.
When he finally finds inspiration in his dreams with a red-haired beauty named Ruby Sparks (Kazan), Calvin’s life is turned upside down when he somehow wills Ruby into existence. But while Calvin literally can write out every detail of Ruby’s and their lives together, their relationship unexpectedly becomes complicated when the woman becomes self-aware.
The film also stars Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan and Chris Messina as Calvin’s brother.
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