Movies Opening Oct. 4

$35,000 Prima Cinema Player brings movies home as soon as they hit theaters (eyes-on)

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The former Clinton administration labor secretary says we know how to create opportunity for all because we did it in the decades after World War II. Rated PG. Inuk When beaten Greenland teenager Inuk nearly freezes to escape troubles at home, he winds up at an isolated children’s home in the Arctic Sea ice. There old and new worlds intersect on a seal-hunting trip with the hunter Ikuma. In Greenlandic, Danish and English with subtitles. Not rated. Note: Filmmakers Mike Magidson and Marc Buriot will be at Friday night screenings at the Roxie . Metallica: Through the Never Heavy-metal masters Metallica go where they haven’t gone before in this Imax 3-D art-meets-performance film. The narrative element tracks the travails of a young roadie who goes on a quest for the music blasters as they wail away onstage. From director Nimrod Antal . Rated R. On the Job What a devious concept, sneaking prisoners out to assassinate people and then slipping them back behind bars. It’s no better on the other side of the thin blue line: Cops seem helpless, caught between doing their duty or obeying the bosses.

Prima Cinema has an answer, with the minor requirement of $35,000 (and a few other details) to get your home theater ready for first-run movies. Just as we’d heard when it first popped up a couple of years ago , that large setup fee buys the Cinema Player, a rack-mountable box loaded with a 2TB hard drive and enough DRM to keep the studios happy, plus a wired fingerprint reader used to ensure the owner’s identity. Movies download automatically to its hard drive in the background so they’re already there when the owner chooses to unlock them for viewing. That privilege costs $500 ($600 for 3D), good for one showing within 24 hours. Check after the break for more of our impressions after a quick preview at Prima’s CEDIA 2013 booth, then prep your black card for the pricey purchase. We saw a bit of Ron Howard’s new flick, Rush, a movie that popped up on Prima’s systems last week even before it was available at most theaters nationwide. The movies play in 1080p/24 and are encoded in “higher than Blu-ray quality” with lossless PCM or Dolby TrueHD audio. In our brief viewing it certainly seemed on-par with a theater experience, although at this price we’d hope a 4K option arrives sooner rather than later. Of course, other than the steep entry fee there are a few other hurdles to jump before you can obtain one of these. It’s only for home use in theaters that seat fewer than 25 people, with a check of the purchaser’s background to weed out pirates, and the box requires a public static IP to make sure it stays where it’s registered. Past that process, once it’s all set up owners enjoy the kind of access usually restricted to the well-connected studio elite, screening the newest flicks at their leisure. Or, almost at their leisure, because while there’s a pause button and a five minute skip, the usual playback controls aren’t present here. The other fly in the ointment is a relatively short list of available titles.

4 add a comment movies opening friday Gravity (PG-13) A medical engineer and an astronaut (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. Haute Cuisine (PG-13) The story of former French President Francois Mitterrands private chef. Inequality for All (PG) A documentary following former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he raises awareness of the countrys widening economic gap. Parkland (PG-13) A recounting of the chaotic events at Dallas Parkland Hospital on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. With Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton. Runner Runner (R) A college student who cracks an online poker game arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him. With Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. more from movies get related content delivered to your inbox You are now subscribed.