Opening this Weekend June 24

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What? No Marvel nor DC superhero films opening this June? I feel a tiny bit faint, but not to worry, we have a ton of good and maybe some not so good reasons for you to go and enjoy your local movie theater – The Conjuring 2, The Fits, Independence Day: Resurgence, Free State of Jones and Finding Dory just to name a few. 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

 June 24

Free State of Jones

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Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell
Directed By: Gary Ross
Synopsis: As civil war divides the nation, a poor farmer from Mississippi leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army.
Our Two Cents: A profound film with plenty to say.

Independence Day: Resurgence

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Stars: Maika Monroe, Joey King, Liam Hemsworth
Directed By: Roland Emmerich
Synopsis: Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?
Our Two Cents: No one was asking for this sequel, but it looks like it might bet better than I thought at least. I can always go see some Jeff Goldblum. Just sayin.

The Duel (Limited)

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Stars: Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Emory Cohen
Directed By: Kieran Darcy-Smith
Synopsis: A Texas Ranger investigates a series of unexplained deaths in a town called Helena.
Our Two Cents: A summer Western, I’m in.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Limited)

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Stars: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
Directed By:  Taika Waititi
Synopsis: A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.
Our Two Cents: This film looks hilarious, heartfelt.

The Neon Demon (Limited)

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Stars: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves
Directed By: Nicolas Winding Refn
Synopsis: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
Our Two Cents: Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, of Bronson, Drive, Only God Forgives, I’m so there!

NUTS! (Limited)

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Stars: Gene Tognacci, Andy Boswell, John Causby
Directed By:  Penny Lane
Synopsis: The mostly true story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire with his goat-testicle impotence cure and a million-watt radio station.
Our Two Cents: Totally wacky, almost unbelievable true story documentary.

June 29

The Shallows

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Stars:  Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen
Directed By: Jaume Collet-Serra
Synopsis: A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.
Our Two Cents: I’m a sucker for a big mean shark movie.

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Opening This Weekend June 17

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What? No Marvel nor DC superhero films opening this June? I feel a tiny bit faint, but not to worry, we have a ton of good and maybe some not so good reasons for you to go and enjoy your local movie theater – The Conjuring 2, The Fits, Independence Day: Resurgence, Free State of Jones and Finding Dory just to name a few. 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

June 17

Central Intelligence

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Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Aaron Paul, Kevin Hart
Directed By: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Synopsis: After he reunites with an old pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.
Our Two Cents: Another Kevin Hart money maker.

Pixar’s Finding Dory

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Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Idris Elba
Directed By:  Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Synopsis: The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Our Two Cents: 

Clown (Limited)

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Stars: Andy Powers, Laura Allen, Peter Stormare
Directed By:  Jon Watts
Synopsis: A loving father finds a clown suit for his son’s birthday party, only to realize that it is not a suit at all.
Our Two Cents: I’m just too scared pf clowns to even comment.

The Last King (Limited)

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Stars: Anders Dahlberg, Åsmund Brede Eike, Elg Elgesem
Directed By: Nils Gaup
Synopsis: In the year 1206 Norway is raged by civil war. The King’s illegitimate infant son, Håkon Håkonsson, which half the kingdom wants killed off, is guarded in secrecy by two men. A story which changed the course of the country’s history.
Our Two Cents: Norwegian Game of Thrones?

Opening This Weekend June 10

 

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What? No Marvel nor DC superhero films opening this June? I feel a tiny bit faint, but not to worry, we have a ton of good and maybe some not so good reasons for you to go and enjoy your local movie theater – The Conjuring 2, The Fits, Independence Day: Resurgence, Free State of Jones and Finding Dory just to name a few. 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

 

 

 

June 10

The Conjuring 2

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Stars:  Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Franka Potente
Directed By:  James Wan
Synopsis: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Our Two Cents: The Exorcist was on steroids.

Now You See Me 2

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Stars: Lizzy Caplan, Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Radcliffe
Directed By: Jon M. Chu
Synopsis: The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.
Our Two Cents: I’m curious about the water and umbrellas, but not much more.

Warcraft

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Stars: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster
Directed By: Duncan Jones
Synopsis: The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.
Our Two Cents: I am excited to see what Duncan Jones has done.

De Palma (Limited)

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Stars: Brian De Palma
Directed By: Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow
Synopsis: A documentary about writer and director Brian De Palma.
Our Two Cents: Looks like for anyone who loves filmmakers or the art of making movies, this is a must see documentary.

Genius (Limited)

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Stars: Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce, Jude Law, Colin Firth
Directed By: Michael Grandage
Synopsis: A chronicle of Max Perkins’s time as the book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.
Our Two Cents: These guys! I’m in.

MoviefiedNYC Opening in June

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What? No Marvel nor DC superhero films opening this June? I feel a tiny bit faint, but not to worry, we have a ton of good and maybe some not so good reasons for you to go and enjoy your local movie theater – The Conjuring 2, The Fits, Independence Day: Resurgence, Free State of Jones and Finding Dory just to name a few. 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

June 3

Me Before You

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Stars: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer
Directed By: Thea Sharrock
Synopsis: A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she’s taking care of.
Our Two Cents: A little romance if you are in the mood.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

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Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Tyler Perry
Directed By: Dave Green
Synopsis: The Turtles return to save the city from a dangerous threat.
Our Two Cents: This seems as goofy and absurd as the first one.

Andron (Limited)

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Stars: Alec Baldwin, Michelle Ryan, Danny Glover
Directed By: Francesco Cinquemani
Synopsis: A group of people are plunged into a dark, claustrophobic maze, where they must fight to survive, as the outside world watches.
Our Two Cents:  I’m not sure if it’ll be any good at all.

Approaching the Unknown (Limited)

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Stars:  Mark Strong, Sanaa Lathan, Luke Wilson
Directed By: Mark Elijah Rosenberg
Synopsis: An American astronaut prepares for a mission to Mars.
Our Two Cents: This is really a one-man show and I am a fan of Mark strong.

The Fits (Limited)

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Stars:  Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Inayah Rodgers
Directed By:  Anna Rose Holmer
Synopsis: While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.
Our Two Cents: I’ve seen the film and definitely recommend it.

Time to Choose (Limited)

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Stars: Peter Agnefjall, Tasso Azevedo, Neal Barnard
Directed By: Charles Ferguson
Synopsis: Documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions.
Our Two Cents: It focuses on the many people around the world actually coming up with and implementing creative solutions to the climate problem.

Urge

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Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Ashley Greene, Alexis Knapp
Directed By: Aaron Kaufman
Synopsis: A weekend getaway takes a dangerous turn when a mysterious nightclub owner (Pierce Brosnan) introduces a group of friends to a new designer drug. Stripped of their inhibitions, they start living out their wildest fantasies – but what starts out as a fun night of partying quickly turns deadly, as the island paradise deteriorates into a tropical madhouse. URGE also stars Justin Chatwin, Ashley Greene, Alexis Knapp, Bar Paly, Chris Geere, Nick Thune, and Danny Masterson.
Our Two Cents: Pierce Brosnan as the top man peddling a magnificent designer drug? I’m curious.

June 10

The Conjuring 2

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Stars:  Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Franka Potente
Directed By:  James Wan
Synopsis: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Our Two Cents: The Exorcist was on steroids.

Now You See Me 2

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Stars: Lizzy Caplan, Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Radcliffe
Directed By: Jon M. Chu
Synopsis: The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.
Our Two Cents: I’m curious about the water and umbrellas, but not much more.

Warcraft

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Stars: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster
Directed By: Duncan Jones
Synopsis: The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.
Our Two Cents: I am excited to see what Duncan Jones has done.

De Palma (Limited)

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Stars: Brian De Palma
Directed By: Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow
Synopsis: A documentary about writer and director Brian De Palma.
Our Two Cents: Looks like for anyone who loves filmmakers or the art of making movies, this is a must see documentary.

Genius (Limited)

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Stars: Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce, Jude Law, Colin Firth
Directed By: Michael Grandage
Synopsis: A chronicle of Max Perkins’s time as the book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.
Our Two Cents: These guys! I’m in.

June 17

Central Intelligence

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Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Aaron Paul, Kevin Hart
Directed By: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Synopsis: After he reunites with an old pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.
Our Two Cents: Another Kevin Hart money maker.

Pixar’s Finding Dory

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Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Idris Elba
Directed By:  Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Synopsis: The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Our Two Cents: 

Clown (Limited)

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Stars: Andy Powers, Laura Allen, Peter Stormare
Directed By:  Jon Watts
Synopsis: A loving father finds a clown suit for his son’s birthday party, only to realize that it is not a suit at all.
Our Two Cents: I’m just too scared pf clowns to even comment.

The Last King (Limited)

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Stars: Anders Dahlberg, Åsmund Brede Eike, Elg Elgesem
Directed By: Nils Gaup
Synopsis: In the year 1206 Norway is raged by civil war. The King’s illegitimate infant son, Håkon Håkonsson, which half the kingdom wants killed off, is guarded in secrecy by two men. A story which changed the course of the country’s history.
Our Two Cents: Norwegian Game of Thrones?

June 24

Free State of Jones

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Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell
Directed By: Gary Ross
Synopsis: As civil war divides the nation, a poor farmer from Mississippi leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army.
Our Two Cents: A profound film with plenty to say.

Independence Day: Resurgence

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Stars: Maika Monroe, Joey King, Liam Hemsworth
Directed By: Roland Emmerich
Synopsis: Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?
Our Two Cents: No one was asking for this sequel, but it looks like it might bet better than I thought at least. I can always go see some Jeff Goldblum. Just sayin.

The Duel (Limited)

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Stars: Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Emory Cohen
Directed By: Kieran Darcy-Smith
Synopsis: A Texas Ranger investigates a series of unexplained deaths in a town called Helena.
Our Two Cents: A summer Western, I’m in.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Limited)

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Stars: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
Directed By:  Taika Waititi
Synopsis: A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.
Our Two Cents: This film looks hilarious, heartfelt.

The Neon Demon (Limited)

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Stars: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves
Directed By: Nicolas Winding Refn
Synopsis: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
Our Two Cents: Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, of Bronson, Drive, Only God Forgives, I’m so there!

NUTS! (Limited)

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Stars: Gene Tognacci, Andy Boswell, John Causby
Directed By:  Penny Lane
Synopsis: The mostly true story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire with his goat-testicle impotence cure and a million-watt radio station.
Our Two Cents: Totally wacky, almost unbelievable true story documentary.

June 29

The Shallows

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Stars:  Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen
Directed By: Jaume Collet-Serra
Synopsis: A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.
Our Two Cents: I’m a sucker for a big mean shark movie.

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.