The summer movie season is here! Captain America, X- Men: Apocalypse and Nice Guys set us all up for what is yet to come. 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.
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Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Synopsis: Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
Our Two Cents: The of the Marvel movies.
A Bigger Splash (Limited)
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino
Synopsis: The vacation of a famous rock star and a filmmaker is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter.
Our Two Cents: Looks like a fun vacation but things seem to take a darker turn.
Mothers and Daughters (Limited)
Stars: Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon, Courteney Cox
Directed By: Paul Duddridge
Synopsis: Interwoven stories of what it is to be a mom seen through the lens of photographer Rigby Gray.
Our Two Cents: Haven’t we seen this?
Stars: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell
Directed By: Jodie Foster
Synopsis: Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio.
Our Two Cents: This actually looks good, give it a look.
Stars: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby
Directed By: Jacques Audiard
Synopsis: Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.
Our Two Cents: Audiard is an exceptional filmmaker, and always impresses.
Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller
Directed By: Ben Wheatley
Synopsis: Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.
Our Two Cents: This is looks like the kind of dark, devious, dastardly film I’m anxious to see right now. Complex ideas about society and power crammed into one crazy story.
Kill Zone 2 (Limited)
Stars: Tony Jaa, Jing Wu, Simon Yam
Directed By: Pou-Soi Cheang
Synopsis: Undercover cop Kit (Wu Jing) becomes a junkie in order to catch Mr Hung (Louis Koo), the mastermind behind a crime syndicate.
Our Two Cents: Nice bracelet.
Love & Friendship (Limited)
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel
Directed By: Whit Stillman
Synopsis: Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica — and herself too, naturally.
Our Two Cents: I’m always up for some Jane Austen.
Sunset Song (Limited)
Stars: Mark Bonnar, Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan
Directed By: Terence Davies
Synopsis: The daughter of a Scottish farmer comes of age in the early 1900s.
Our Two Cents: If anything, it’s easy to see this film has wonderful cinematography.
Stars: Peter Dinklage, Tituss Burgess, Jason Sudeikis
Directed By: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly
Synopsis: Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to three unlikely outcasts – Red, Chuck and Bomb – to figure out what the pigs are up to.
Our Two Cents: This doesn’t look like it’s worth seeing even if you have kids.
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller
Synopsis: After a sorority moves in next door, which is even more debaucherous than the fraternity before it, Mac and Kelly have to ask for help from their former enemy, Teddy.
Our Two Cents: I hope the movie is actually as good as it seems or at least as good as the first.
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer, Kim Basinger
Directed By: Shane Black
Synopsis: A private eye investigates the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles and uncovers a conspiracy.
Our Two Cents: The trailer made in the 70s, with grainy footage and lots of cuts and clips of violent moments from the film, plus some cheesy voiceover. I’m so ready to just see it!
Maggie’s Plan (Limited)
Stars: Travis Fimmel, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Maya Rudolph, Greta Gerwig
Directed By: Rebecca Miller
Synopsis: Maggie’s plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant Georgette.
Our Two Cents: Greta Gerwig and Julianne Moore, they had me at hello.
Manhattan Night (Limited)
Stars: Yvonne Strahovski, Adrien Brody, Jennifer Beals
Directed By: Brian DeCubellis
Synopsis: When a seductive stranger asks tabloid writer Porter Wren to dig into the unsolved murder of her filmmaker husband, he is drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and blackmail – one that threatens his job, his marriage, and his life.
Our Two Cents: Looks a little like straight to TV?
Unlocking the Cage (Limited)
Directed By: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Synopsis: Between 2013 and 2015 a group of nonprofit attorneys seek nonhuman clients for whom they can advocate in two US territories, in order to establish legal person-hood for apes, elephants and cetaceans in the USA.
Our Two Cents: Intriguing and timely film that captures a key moment in history, somewhat like Blackfish and other recent animal activism docs.
Stars: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter
Directed By: James Bobin
Synopsis: Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
Our Two Cents: Maybe James Bobin is what this sequel needed to make Wonderland, and hopefully Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter, interesting again.
Stars: Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Lawrence
Directed By: Bryan Singer
Synopsis: With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.
Our Two Cents: This looks much more action-packed and epic than the last few movies.
The Ones Below (Limited)
Stars: Clémence Poésy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore
Directed By: David Farr
Synopsis: A couple expecting their first child discover an an unnerving difference between themselves and the couple living in the flat below them who are also having a baby.
Our Two Cents: David Morrissey (the next Doctor, the Governor)!!!