Jesse Williams as Don Prudhomme in “Snake & Mongoo$e.”
Updated: October 28, 2013 6:25AM
While the men of “Rush” were spinning their wheels on the Grand Prix circuit, another pair of drivers developed the hot-rod rivalry depicted in the new “Snake & Mongoo$e.” Opening Friday at Cinemark Louis Joliet Mall and Marcus Orland Park Cinemas, it’s about Don “The Snake” Prudhomme (Jesse Williams) and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen (Richard Blake), friends and opponents whose ’70s partnership with Hot Wheels helped move drag racing into the mainstream.
An immigrant frets
in ‘Mother of George’
Newly wed to Brooklyn restaurateur Ayodele, African immigrant Adenike (Danai Gurira) worries that she won’t be able to bear him a son in the Sundance hit “Mother of George,” opening Friday at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Director Andrew Dosunmu recently signed on to make a biopic about Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti.
‘I Declare War’: Combat among the adolescents
A daily game of Capture the Flag goes from innocent diversion to high-stakes showdown for a group of 13-year-olds in “I Declare War,” opening Friday at Facets Multimedia. The Canadian film blurs fantasy and reality as the kids form allegiances, stage rebellions and discover treacheries.
Geek love in ‘The Secret Lives of Dorks’
Rebuffed by the head cheerleader, geeky Payton (Gaelan Connell) sets his sights on his female counterpart in “The Secret Lives of Dorks,” opening Friday at 600 N. Michigan. Along the way he gets advice from his dad (Jim Belushi), his teacher (Jennifer Tilly) and, for some reason, Mike Ditka. The movie also is available on video on demand.