Scheduled to open in area theaters next weekend (March 9) are:
Gringo: In Mexico, a mild-mannered businessman (David Oyelowo, of "Selma" fame) finds himself at the mercy of back-stabbing business colleagues, local drug lords and a "morally conflicted" black-ops mercenary. Going from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, he battles to survive in ways that raise the question: Is he out of his depth ... or two steps ahead? You decide. Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Thandie Newton and Sharlto Copley co-star; Joel's brother, Nash, directs.
Hurricane Heist: Under the threat of a hurricane, opportunistic criminals infiltrate a U.S. mint facility to steal $600 million for the ultimate heist. When the hurricane blows up into a Category 5 storm, their plans go awry. Up against them: a treasury agent (Maggie Grace) and her unlikely ally, a meteorologist (Toby Kebbell) terrified of hurricanes. Ryan Kwanten, Ralph Ineson, Randy Couture, Melissa Bolona and Jamie Andrew Cutler co-star.
The Strangers: Prey at Night: "Inspired," it says here, by the horror hit of 10 years ago ("The Strangers"). This time, a family’s road trip takes a hairpin turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it "mysteriously" deserted. Enter the three masked psychopaths who precede to turn their stop in the vacation from hell. Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman star.
A Wrinkle in Time: From director Ava ("Selma") DuVernay, an adaptation of the Madeleine L’Engle classic about the the middle school student whose scientist father disappears, followed by the arrival of three "peculiar celestial beings" (Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who) who send her, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him. Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Storm Reid, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis and Michael Pena star.
Rocky, straight-up: For those of you who prefer to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show at a safe distance from Halloween and showings involving interactive actors (a la ISU's annual Theater of Ted interface), the Normal Theater is coaxing the 1975 cult classic out of the closet, so to speak, for a special 10 p.m. showing Friday night. As for props? Quoth the Normal: "Still allowed, provided the same rules as always are observed (no food, no liquids, no fire, and NO GLITTER ... seriously, you know how we feel about the glitter)."
Going with the flow: The acclaimed ecology documentary The Colorado will be screened free at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Illinois Wesleyan University's Hansen Student Center, with director Murat Eyuboglu on hand to introduce the film and field a post-screening Q&A. The film, narrated by actor Mark Rylance and featuring a soundtrack by six leading composers, explores topics ranging from the prehistoric settlements of the region to the current plight of the river’s delta region, as well as the impact of climate change.