New Movie Releases: 'On the Road,' 'The Impossible,' 'Promised Land'

Friday, January 04, 2013

"On the Road" stars Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart.

It's the first Friday of 2013, with a number of new movies set for release. One of the most highly anticipated is the new adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel "On the Road." Also garnering a lot of buzz (and Golden Globe nominations): "The Impossible," a film about a family trapped in the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004.

Our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, give us their take on this week's new releases. 

In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for the Takeaway.


Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [5]

Mary MacDonald from Denver, CO

There are so many great actors in the cast of On the Road and I just felt like it was a bit flat. I was really looking forward to that movie (again, because of the stellar cast), but it just didn't meet my expectations. Sigh. Maybe if Judd Apatow had directed it (like Larry suggested), it would have had a little more kick to it. I'll just have to wait to see the rest of the movies coming out this year. This is the End looks pretty good. I found that trailer on a whole list of movies coming out in 2013 and I am easily more excited for what's coming soon than what I just saw.

Jan. 11 2013 03:56 PM
Brokenreef from Hait & Davie, Fl

Not so unlike January 12th, 2010, Haiti, when many a celebrity, and nouveaux political hacks decided that "now" is the time to focus upon Haiti and Haitians in spite of the ongoing political trauma there since the first ostracism of HAYTI from the "WHITE" world during the ensuing decades to 1804. Hait was then an embarrassment to the established caucasian powers of Europe and North America.

Jan. 08 2013 12:37 PM
Mike from US

@ Wayne Johnson- stop trying to turn this into some pseudo liberal racial bs. The fact is the wave hit in several resort / tourist areas. What the film depicts is how all people came together to help one another out. Check out the documentary on you tube 'Tsunami - Caught on Camera' and what social media specialist Simon Jenkins who was there had to say in his article
about it in the Guardian News:

Jan. 07 2013 08:33 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

Your perceptive critic is so right about the whiteness of "The Impossible" Hundreds of Thousands of Indonesian dead and injured and we focus on a white family. Are you kidding me?

Jan. 04 2013 03:38 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

"On The Road" was important for its time, and I loved it as a teenager. It feels juvenile now...Judd Apatow makes better "On The Road" movies now and gets closer to the flavor of what Kerouac was after... Ask Apatow about my comment

Jan. 04 2013 02:27 PM

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