Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Opening This Week - February 24

Wide Releases:


Collide

Directed by: Eran Creevy
Runtime: 1hrs, 39mins
Action, Thriller
PG-13
Trailer

Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley




This action thriller looks exactly like the kind of movie that used to star Jason Statham (Crank, or The Transporter come to mind. Or any of the other countless nondescript action thrillers he has been in). The cast here, however, does make it a bit more intriguing than some of Statham's films.



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Get Out

Directed by: Jordan Peele  
Runtime: 1hr, 43mins  
Horror
R
Trailer

Starring: Allison Williams, Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener



Most people know Jordan Peele for his comedy, whether it's his Comedy Central sketch show Key and Peele or last year's largely well received comedy film Keanu. However, Get Out makes his directorial debut and shows off his range as he makes the switch from comedy to horror. It follows an apprehensive black man going to meet his white girlfriend's parents for the first time. A boyfriend meeting a girlfriend's parents is always somewhat awkward. However, here there's an added bit of tension in the fact that many of the black residents of this small community have gone missing.



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Rock Dog

Directed by: Ash Brannon  
Runtime: 1hr, 20mins  
Animation, Comedy, Family
PG
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Starring: Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons, Lewis Black, Mae Whitman, Keenan Thompson, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon, Sam Elliot



Based on the Chinese graphic novel Tibetan Rock Dog by Zheng Jun, Rock Dog is the story of a Tibetan Mastiff who leaves his village in order to follow his dream of becoming a rock legend in the city. However, following that dream inadvertently sets in motion a chain of events that threatens the safety of his village.

This is a peculiar Chinese/American co-production, that spent big money trying to share a Chinese graphic novel with a worldwide audience. It is the most expensive Chinese financed animated movie yet. They went as far as to get a large cast of well known actors and Toy Story 2 co-director Ash Brannon to direct, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if no one outside of China even knew of its existence. And unlike The Great Wall, another extremely expensive Chinese/American co-production, Rock Dog has done very poorly at the Chinese box office since opening last year. If it can't do well there, where people are already familiar with the source material, I can't imagine it doing much better here.



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Limited Releases:


As You Are

Directed by: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte  
Runtime: 1hr, 50mins  
Drama, Mystery
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg




This Sundance 2016 award winner casts Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), Owen Campbell and Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) as three teenage friends being questioned during a police investigation. They explore their memories in the telling and retelling of the course their friendship has taken.



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Bitter Harvest

Directed by: George Mendeluk 
Runtime: 1hr, 43mins 
Drama, Romance, War
R
Trailer

Starring: Max Irons, Terence Stamp, Barry Pepper,




Bitter Harvest tells the story a young couple struggling to get by during the Holodomor (Soviet man-made famine that caused the genocide of millions of Ukrainians) of the early 1930's.




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Drifter  

Directed by: Chris von Hoffmann  
Runtime: 1hr, 26mins  
Crime, Horror, Thriller
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Aria Emory, Drew Harwood, Monique Rosario




Outlaw brothers Miles and Dominic unknowingly take refuge in a small, desert town inhabited by a psychotic family of cannibals. 



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Dying Laughing  

Directed by: Lloyd Stanton, Paul Toogood  
Runtime: 1hr, 29mins  
Comedy, Documentary
Not Rated
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Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Jerry Lewis, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Jamie Foxx



This documentary asks a huge cast of recognizable comedians to sit and chat about the lives and work of stand up comedians.




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Fabricated City  

Directed by: Kwang-Hyun Park  
Runtime: 2hrs, 6mins  
Crime, Action
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Chang-wook Ji, Eun-kyung Shim, Sang-ho Kim




An unemployed young man addicted to gaming is framed for the rape and murder of a teenage girl. With the help of two of his friends he sets out to uncover the truth behind the murder and clear his name.



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Kiki  

Directed by: Sara Jordenö  
Runtime: 1hr, 34mins  
Documentary
Not Rated
Trailer






Kiki is a documentary about New York's underground LGBTQ dance competition scene.



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My Life as a Zucchini  

Directed by: Claude Barras  
Runtime: 1hr, 10mins  
Animation, Family
PG-13
Trailer

Starring: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud




This critically acclaimed stop motion animated film is Switzerland's official entry for the 89th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category. It follows a young orphaned boy as he moves into a foster home and struggles to find his place among the other orphans.



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Offshore Incorporated

Directed by: Mark Donne
Runtime: 1hr, 14mins
Documentary
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Dominic West




A documentary about tax evasion schemes in the UK and around the world - with narration by Dominic West and music by Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Massive Attack's Robert del Naja.



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Punching Henry

Directed by: Gregori Viens
Runtime: 1hr, 35mins
Comedy
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Henry Phillips, Tig Notaro, J.K. Simmons, Mark Cohen, Sarah Silverman, Mike Judge




Punching Henry is a movie about a satyrical song writer gaining fame and a chance at a TV show after an embarrassing video goes viral on the internet. It only seems appropriate that this film fail to find an audience until it reaches online streaming services.



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The Girl with all the Gifts

Directed by: Colm McCarthy
Runtime: 1hr, 51mins
Drama, Horror, Thriller
R
Trailer

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Dominique Tipper, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine




In this British post-apocalyptic zombie thriller, a teacher, a scientist and two soldiers go on a dangerous journey with a young girl who may just be the key to curing the zombie outbreak.



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Tulip Fever

Directed by: Justin Chadwick
Runtime: 1hr, 47mins
Drama, Romance
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Zach Galifianakis, Christoph Waltz, Judi Dench




There's a surprisingly deep cast for this drama about an artist falling for a young married woman during the time of the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.



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Year by the Sea

Directed by: Alexander Janko
Runtime: 1hr, 54mins
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Karen Allen, Yannick Bisson, Celia Imrie




Karen Allen, best known as Marion Ravenwood in the Indiana Jones franchise, leads this small film based on Joan Anderson's book of the same name. After spending many years as a wife and mother, Joan (Karen Allen) escapes to Cape Cod to rediscover herself as her own person.


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