So whether you choose to checkout that indie movie you’ve heard so much about, or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title below to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.
-Myrna E. Duarte
Everybody Wants Some
Stars: Zoey Deutch, Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin
Directed By: Richard Linklater
Synopsis: A group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.
Our Two Cents: Yes, we certainly want some of Richard Linklater!
Green Room (Limited)
Stars: Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Anton Yelchin, Patrick Stewart
Directed By: Jeremy Saulnier
Synopsis: After witnessing a murder, a punk rock band is forced into a vicious fight for survival against a group of maniacal skinheads.
Our Two Cents: I’m concerned I saw the entire film in the trailer. I hope I’m wrong.
Miles Ahead (Limited)
Stars: Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor
Directed By: Don Cheadle
Synopsis: An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.
Our Two Cents: Cheadle’s passion project is finally here. Can’t wait to see him lose himself in Miles Davis.
Stars: Rachel Nichols, Missi Pyle, Alfie Allen
Directed By: John Suits
Synopsis: Pandemic is set in the near future, where a virus of epic proportions has overtaken the planet. There are more infected than uninfected, and humanity is losing its grip on survival. Its only hope is finding a cure and keeping the infected contained. Lauren (Rachel Nichols) is a doctor, who, after the fall of New York, comes to Los Angeles to lead a team to hunt for and rescue uninfected survivors.
Our Two Cents: Somewhere between Contagion and The Crazies but just a little to video game like for may taste.
Before I Wake
Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Annabeth Gish, Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane
Directed By: Mike Flanagan
Synopsis: A young couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams – and nightmares – manifest physically as he sleeps.
Our Two Cents: It looks like your standard supernatural horror but Jacob Tremblay might make it worth the watch.
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage
Directed By: Ben Falcone
Synopsis: A titan of industry is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
Our Two Cents: I want it to be funny.
Stars: Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett
Directed By: Ilya Naishuller
Synopsis: A first-person action film from the eyes of Henry, who’s resurrected from death with no memory. He must discover his identity and save his wife from a warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.
Our Two Cents: This looks totally, insanely awesome in the best way possible, unbelievable action that makes you go “wow”. Looking forward to seeing this when it opens.
Stars: Naomi Watts, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper
Directed By: Jean-Marc Vallée
Synopsis: A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash.
Our Two Cents: Jake Gyllenhaal! I’m curious.
Louder Than Bombs (Limited)
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Rachel Brosnahan, Amy Ryan
Directed By: Joachim Trier
Synopsis: The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer.
Our Two Cents: There’s something very emotionally appealing about this.
Mr. Right (Limited)
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Tim Roth, Anson Mount, Sam Rockwell
Directed By: Paco Cabezas
Synopsis: A girl falls for the “perfect” guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.
Our Two Cents: I love Kendrick and Rockwell but this look formulaic and bland.
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Barbershop: The Next Cut
Stars: Ice Cube, Margot Bingham, Common, Nicki Minaj, Anthony Andreson
Directed By: Malcolm D. Lee
Synopsis: It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin and his longtime crew are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.
Our Two Cents: I must admit it I totally want to check this out.
Stars: Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds, Alice Eve, Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman
Directed By: Ariel Vromen
Synopsis: The memories & skills of a deceased CIA agent are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous convict.
Our Two Cents: It feels like Ryan Reynolds has made this movie before.
The Jungle Book (3D)
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken
Directed By: Jon Favreau
Synopsis: An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther.
Our Two Cents: The animals and VFX are looking better and better, can’t wait to see this film.
Stars: Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Michael Nyqvist
Directed By: Florian Gallenberger
Synopsis: A young woman’s desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.
Our Two Cents: Watson embeds herself in this creepy cult place, featuring Michael Nyqvist as the funky leader of it all. I’m intrigued, I will say that.
Rio, I Love You (Limited)
Stars: Basil Hoffman, Emily Mortimer, Rodrigo Santoro
Directed By: Vicente Amorim, Guillermo Arriaga, John Tuturro
Synopsis: A series of short films set in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
Our Two Cents:
Sing Street (Limited)
Stars: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Directed By: John Carney
Synopsis: A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band and moving to London.
Our Two Cents: The soundtrack for this is killer. All the 80’s bands you know and love, from Duran Duran to The Clash. This looks like it will be fun!
Elvis & Nixon
Stars: Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer
Directed By: Liza Johnson
Synopsis: The untold true story behind the meeting between the King of Rock ‘n Roll and President Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.
Our Two Cents: This looks surprisingly good, with plenty of laughs and revelations.
The Huntsman Winter’s War
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost
Directed By: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Synopsis: As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land; two renegades – Eric the Huntsman – who previously aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna, and his forbidden lover, Sara set out to stop them.
Our Two Cents: This looks as bland, amazing cast though.
A Hologram for the King (Limited)
Stars: Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw, Sarita Choudhury
Directed By: Tom Tykwer
Synopsis: A failed American businessman looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch.
Our Two Cents: Looks charming.
The Meddler (Limited)
Stars: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons
Directed By: Lorene Scafaria
Synopsis: An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.
Our Two Cents: A sweet and sneakily effective portrait of a woman learning how to re-engage with the world after the greatest loss.
Stars: Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo, Mike Epps
Directed By: Cynthia Mort
Synopsis: The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.
Our Two Cents: This film looks like powerful drama and features the relationship between Nina and Clifton Henderson.
Stars: Will Forte, Keegan-Michael Key, Jason Mitchell, Luis Guzman
Directed By: Peter Atencio
Synopsis: Friends hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen kitten by posing as drug dealers for a street gang.
Our Two Cents: I’ve been curious about this since we first heard about it, and it looks like it’s one of the first must see comedies of 2016.
Stars: Britt Robertson, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts
Directed By: Garry Marshall
Synopsis: Intersecting stories with different moms collide on Mother’s Day.
Our Two Cents: I just can’t connect to this.
Ratchet and Clank
Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Sylvester Stallone, John Goodman
Directed By: Kevin Munroe, Jericca Cleland
Synopsis: Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they’ll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.
Our Two Cents: Even if you’re not a fan of the video game series, give this a quick watch.