The Trip to Spain

Rob Brydon [Rob] and Steve Coogan [Steve] in Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP TO SPAIN. Photo courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films release.
During last spring’s Tribeca Film Festival, one of the most enjoyable movies was The Trip to Spain. It  won me over simply for the two actor’s dueling impressions of Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and of course Michael Caine. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s midlife crises, mansplaining, trip—while damn hilarious—is darker than their previous films. It’s a neurotic treat for the insecure fools in all of us.

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Opening this Weekend: May 27

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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.

-Myrna E. Duarte

May 27

 Alice Through the Looking Glass

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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.

X-Men: Apocalypse

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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)

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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)!!! 

Opening this Weekend: May 20

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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.

-Myrna E. Duarte

May 20

Angry Birds

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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.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

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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.

The Nice Guys

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

Opening this Weekend: May 13

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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.

-Myrna E. Duarte

May 13

Money Monster

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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.

Dheepan (Limited)

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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.

High-Rise (Limited)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

A Present from Heaven, Anna Karina

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Wide-eyed and ever-engaging Anna Karina, star of seven Jean-Luc Godard films including: Vivre Sa Vie, Alphaville, and Pierrot Le Fou, has been charming New York City audiences over the past week to promote the recent restoration of Godard’s 1964 French New Wave classic Band of Outsiders. When asked which movie she made with Godard is her favorite, she graciously confesses, “I cannot say because they were all so different. Each time I did a Godard film—even though he was difficult to work with (that’s another story)—it was like a present from heaven for me.”

To celebrate Band of Outsider and Anna and Jean-Luc’s collaboration seven heavenly presents are being featured at Film Forum.

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Band of Outsiders May 6 – 12

Le Petit SoldatMay 9

Made in U.S.A. – May 10

A Woman is a Woman – May 11

Pierrot Le FouMay 12

Vivre sa Vie – May 6

Alphaville – May 7

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MoviefiedNYC Opening in May

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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.

-Myrna E. Duarte

May 6

Captain America: Civil War

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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)

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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)

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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?

May 13

Money Monster

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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.

Dheepan (Limited)

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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.

High-Rise (Limited)

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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)

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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)

Location images of Love & Friendship, a Jane Austen film adaptation starring Kate Bekinsdale and Chloe Sevigny, directed by Whit Stillman. CHURCHILL PRODUCTIONS LIMITED. Producers Katie Holly, Whit Stillman, Lauranne Bourrachot. Co-Producer Raymond Van Der Kaaij. Also Starring: Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell & Morfydd Clark

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)

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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.

May 20

Angry Birds

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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.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

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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.

The Nice Guys

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

May 27

 Alice Through the Looking Glass

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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.

X-Men: Apocalypse

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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)

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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)!!! 

MoviefiedNYC Opening in January

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January is certainly rolling out a bit slowly film wise this year, but that just gives us all more time to catch up with the big awards contenders (The Revenant, Lady in The Van and Spotlight) that are expanding this month. Don’t get me wrong there are a few movies that have caught my eye (Mojave, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Synchronicity ) that I do plan to catch up with.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

January 22

The Boy

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Stars: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Ben Robson

Directed By: William Brent Bell

Synopsis: An American nanny is shocked that her new English family’s boy is actually a life-sized doll. After violating a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.

Our Two Cents: The doll is really alive? I’m waiting to watch this at home.

Dirty Grandpa

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Stars: Zoey Deutch, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron

Directed By: Dan Mazer

Synopsis: Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his grandfather, a perverted former Army general, to Florida for spring break.

Our Two Cents: NO!

The 5th Wave

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Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Maika Monroe

Directed By: J Blakeson

Synopsis: Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

Our Two Cents:  Looks okay, but I’m still keeping my expectations very low.

Ip Man 3 

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Stars:  Donnie Yen, Jin Zhang, Patrick Tam, Mike Tyson

Directed By: Wilson Yip

Synopsis: When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.

Our Two Cents: It appears to have some amazing martial arts action. If you’re already a fan of this series, don’t miss out on more.

Mojave 

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Stars:  Oscar Isaac, Mark Wahlberg, Garrett Hedlund |

Directed By: William Monahan

Synopsis: A suicidal artist goes into the desert, where he finds his doppelgänger, a homicidal drifter.

Our Two Cents: Two drifters who meet in the desert and one of them is Oscar Isaac, I’m in!

Synchronicity 

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Stars: Chad McKnight, Brianne Davis, AJ Bowen |

Directed By: Jacob Gentry

Synopsis: Synchronicity is a mind-bending ‘Sci-fi Noir’ about a physicist who invents a time machine, and the mysterious femme fatale trying to steal it. He must travel back in time to uncover the truth about the machine, the girl, and his own reality.

Our Two Cents: The trailer makes the film look a bit like Looper, Dark City and Blade Runner all thrown in one.