Opening This Weekend: May 15th

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The season of the blockbuster has arrived! Celebrate, cinephiles with the minds of teenage boys! Flawlessly constructed jokes aside, this summer looks set to bring back some oldies but goodies, as well as our seasonal dose of Superhero films. Between Jurassic Park, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Poltergeist and Mad Max, most of us will be setting up tents in our local cinemas.

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.

May 15

Mad Max: Fury Road (3D)

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Stars: Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Directed By: George Miller

Synopsis: In this bold remake of the Mel Gibson original, Tom Hardy stars as Max in a dystopian future where water and oil are commodities to go to war after. Constantly at battle in his car, he teams up with various adversaries to overcome their greatest enemy.

Our Two Cents: Wacky Racers meets Game of Thrones

Pitch Perfect 2

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Stars: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks, Birttany Snow

Directed By: Elizabeth Banks

Synopsis: The Bellas return to the stage after an embarrassing on-stage accident leaves them suspended from school. Promising to win the world championships, the team must face the German team as they seek to undermine and sabotage the Bellas at every turn.

Our Two Cents: Teenage girls everywhere in America will unite for this weekend.

The Connection (Limited)

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Stars: Jean Du Jardin

Directed By: Cedric Jimenez

Synopsis: Jean Du Jardin stars as a bold French magistrate seeking to make a name for himself amidst the battles of the heroin gangs in Paris. As they move into New York, he must, amongst corrupt police and reporters, succeed in arresting and taking down the mafia. However, as his life becomes increasingly at risk, he only enjoys the chase more, and reveals more selfish reasons for his deadly pursuit.

Our Two Cents: See this film.

Good Kill (Limited)

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Stars: Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoe Kravitz

Directed By: Andrew Niccol

Synopsis: Ethan Hawke stars as a pilot forced to trade in his wings for a seat at a drone back home safely in Nevada. Missing the thrill of being on a tour, his home life becomes violent and hostile. But when the CIA assign him missions that seem to compromise his mission to protect the innocent, he embarks on a journey to mend his alcoholism and apparent addiction to death.

Our Two Cents: This writer saw this film at Tribeca and was less than impressed.

Slow West (Limited)

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Stars: Michael Fassbender

Directed By: John Maclean

Synopsis: A young boy travels from Scotland to the heart of the American Wild West to follow his one true love, and is taken under the wing of an outlaw who may not be as trustworthy as he seems.

Our Two Cents: You had me at Fassbender

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Tribeca Film Festival: Our Recommended Spotlight Films [Pics]

Tribeca Film Festival’s Spotlight section features a mix of narrative and documentaries with “star performers” and known directors. This year’s lineup includes Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin in Maggie, this year’s Academy Award-winner Patricia Arquette in The Wannabe, Jessica Biel in Bleeding Heart, Mickey Rourke and Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) in Ashby, Christopher Walken in When I Live my Life Over Again, Kristen Stewart and Glenn Close in Anesthesia, and Adam Driver in Hungry Hearts, to name a very few.

The Overnight

OVERNIGHT_Press_2(Dir: Patrick Brice)  The Overnight features Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) as a new couple in Los Angeles who just want to make friends.  Soon a chance meeting in the playground with another kid’s dad played by Jason Swartzman results in a new friend for their son and an invitation to dinner for the parents that turns into a play date for the mommy-daddies.

—John David West

Grandma 

Grandma_Press_1(Dir. Paul Weitz)  It’s a rare occurrence that Lily Tomlin stars in a feature film, so this is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. Tomlin plays and aging poet and loner whose world is disrupted as her teenage granddaughter shows up in need of help and a ride. They embark on a daylong road trip that shakes up both of their worlds.

—John David West

Far From Men

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(Dir. David Oelhoffen)  “Vigo Mortensen’s anchors this film with a fiercely understated French-language performance, the score by  masters Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, and the beautifully stark backdrop of Algeria’s mountain ranges, Far From Men transplants a classic western tale into an unstable war-zone to tell the story of one man’s sense of personal duty in light of the realities of the world around him.”

—Genna Terranova

Thought Crimes 

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(Dir. Erin Lee Carr) “The Cannibal Cop was now looking at a life sentence for his Internet searches and online activities. His sexual fantasies cost him his family, his job, and his freedom–but it also prompted a fundamental question: can you be guilty of a crime you only thought of committing?”

—Genna Terranova 

Backtrack

Backtrack_Press_1(Dir. Michael Petroni) Backtrack stars Adrien Brody as Peter Bowers, a psychotherapist experiencing ominous visions and nightmares. After having uncovered a secret shared by his patients, he is sent back to his hometown after having fled years prior. There he dabbles into solving an old mystery that proves to be a contributor to his horrifying visions.

—Oscar Flores 

Slow West

SlowWest_Press_3(Dir. John Maclean) There is never a moment to not watch a film starring Michael Fassbender and Slow West should not be any different. Fassbender plays Silas Selleck, a bounty hunter that’s been tirelessly traveling the road and runs into a young Scottish aristocrat, Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee). With Selleck’s help, Cavendish embarks on a journey to Colorado to find his beloved, Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius).

—Oscar Flores

Opening This Weekend: August 15

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It appears that August has arrived with every last minute summer movie release including the kitchen sink! But viewer beware, just because Meryl Streep (The Giver) is in it doesn’t mean it’s a good film. August has a bad reputation for being the dumping ground for movies that just don’t fit anywhere (“summer blockbuster release, award season release? I just don’t know. Hey! Let release it in August!”). This makes me wonder, why is Guardians of the Galaxy being released in August?  The word around town is that this could be the best Marvel picture of them all. Is August becoming the new December?  

So, whether you choose to checkout that indie 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

August 15
The Expendables 3

More guns, more action, more explosions, more actors, more of everything. The Expendables 3 is directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) and written by Sylvester Stallone andOlympus Has Fallen scribes Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt. Barney (SylvesterStallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill…or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables, but Barney has other plans with a new era of Expendables team members, younger, faster and more tech-savvy.

The Giver

The Giver is directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Saint, Catch a Fire, Salt) and adapted by newcomer Michael Mitnick. The haunting story, adapted from Lois Lowry’s young adult book of the same name, centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep also star in the film.

Dinosaur 13 (Limited)

Dinosaur 13 is a compelling enough film about a fierce legal battle that ensued for the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton that most of the public knows as Sue. The doc focuses on the diggers who found the skeleton and shows an exhausting and frustrating court case determining the rights to this history-making dino.
Frank (Limited)

Frank is directed by Lenny Abrahamason (What Richard Did) and written by Jon Ronson (author of The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). The film follows Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick, Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Frank’s uniqueness lies in the fact that he makes music purely for the joy of creating and because he wears a giant fake head. Could that be enough to make them a hit?
Life After Beth (Limited)

Life After Beth is written and directed by Jeff Baena (I Heart Huckabees) and premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Dane DeHaan stars in the film as Zach, devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza). But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her and, before long, Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse. John C. Reilly, Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser and Cheryl Hines all star in the film
The Trip to Italy (Limited)

Following their tasty, international comedy The Trip in 2010, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back for seconds with The Trip to Italy. The comedy sequel debuted at Sundance earlier this year, and is already airing for our friends across the pond on BBC. But here in the United States, the film will hit theaters sometime this year, and the first trailer has arrived to show off more fantastic impressions, in depth discussions on particular music, and in a bit of meta writing, the merit of sequels. 
Let’s Be Cops

Let’s Be Cops is directed by Luke Greenfield (The Girl Next Door) who co-wrote the film with Nicholas Thomas (“Canoga Park”). When two struggling pals (Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., both of the series “New Girl”) dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line. Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy and Andy Garcia also star in the film.



   

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