Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Opening This Week - April 7

Wide Releases:


Going in Style

Directed by: Zach Braff
Runtime: 1hr, 36mins
Comedy, Crime
PG-13
Trailer

Starring: Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Joey King, Ann-Margret, Christopher Lloyd, Matt Dillon, Kenan Thompson



Director Zach Braff may only be remembered as the Garden State and Scrubs guy. It took him 5 years after the end of Scrubs to finish and release his kickstarted movie Wish I Was Here to a very underwhelming reception both critically and commercially. Now 3 years later he's back with a remake of Martin Brest's 1979 comedy Going in Style, in which 3 lifelong friends plan a bank robbery after their pensions are cancelled. It almost sounds like a comedy version of Hell or High Water, but instead of 2 middle age brothers, it's 3 senior citizens. However, the point of taking from the banks who took from them make them feel like they're covering somewhat similar territory. The original was said to be, in addition to being a comedy, a somewhat thoughtful contemplation on growing old. I don't doubt Braff and this excellent cast can pull off a modern retelling with all the grace and comedy of the original.



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The Case for Christ

Directed by: Jon Gunn  
Runtime: 1hr, 52mins  
Drama
PG
Trailer

Starring: Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway




This Christian film, by the same production team that made God is Not Dead, is based on the true story that inspired the book of the same name by Lee Strobel. It's about an atheist who tries to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian. 



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Smurfs: The Lost Village

Directed by: Kelly Asbury  
Runtime: 1hr, 29mins  
Animation, Adventure, Comedy
PG
Trailer

Starring: Ariel Winter, Joe Manganiello, Michelle Rodriguez, Julia Roberts, Ellie Kemper, Mandy Patinkin, Rainn Wilson, Demi Lovato, Jake Johnson



Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed classic Smurfs cartoons well enough when I was a kid, though I'd have happily watched just about any other cartoon show at the time, but I've never been interested in the modern movies. They neither scratch that nostalgia bug nor beg the attention of the adult in me that still occasionally has a fondness for light-hearted animated films. The Lost Village is no different. It does, however stand a better chance, because it's a reboot not connected in any way to the Neil Patrick Harris, live action films from 2011 and 2013.



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Limited Releases:


All These Sleepless Nights

Directed by: Michal Marczak  
Runtime: 1hr, 40mins  
Drama
R
Trailer

Starring: Krzysztof Baginski, Michal Huszcza, Eva Lebuef





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Aftermath

Directed by: Elliott Lester  
Runtime: 1hr, 34mins  
Drama, Thriller
R
Trailer

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Grace, Kevin Zegers, Scoot McNairy





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Bethany  

Directed by: James Cullen Bressack

Horror
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Stefanie Estes, Zack Ward, Tom Green, Shannen Doherty





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Colossal  

Directed by: Nacho Vigalondo  
Runtime: 1hr, 50mins  
Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
R
Trailer

Starring: Dan Stevens, Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson





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Gifted  

Directed by: Marc Webb  
Runtime: 1hr, 41mins  
Drama
PG-13
Trailer

Starring: Jenny Slate, Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer





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Graduation (Bacalaureat)  

Directed by: Cristian Mungiu
Runtime: 2hrs, 8mins
Crime, Drama
R
Trailer

Starring: Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Rares Andrici





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Mine  

Directed by: Fabio Guaglione, Fabio Resinaro
Runtime: 1hr, 46mins
Thriller, War
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Armie Hammer, Annabelle Wallis, Tom Cullen





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Salt and Fire  

Directed by: Werner Herzog
Runtime: 1hr, 38mins
Thriller
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Michael Shannon, Gael García Bernal, Anita Briem, Werner Herzog





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Speech and Debate

Directed by: Dan Harris
Runtime: 1hr, 45mins
Comedy, Drama
PG-13
Trailer

Starring: Liam James, Sarah Steele, Austin P. McKenzie





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The Assignment

Directed by: Walter Hill
Runtime: 1hr, 35mins
Action, Crime, Thriller
R

Starring: Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Caitlin Gerard





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The Transfiguration

Directed by: Michael O'Shea
Runtime: 1hr, 37mins
Drama, Horror
Not Rated

Starring: Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine, Jelly Bean





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The Void

Directed by: Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski
Runtime: 1hr, 30mins
Horror
Not Rated

Starring: Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh





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Their Finest

Directed by: Lone Scherfig
Runtime: 1hr, 57mins
Comedy, Drama, Romance
R

Starring:  Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy





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Truman

Directed by: Cesc Gay
Runtime: 1hr, 48mins
Comedy, Drama
Not Rated

Starring: Ricardo Darín, Javier Cámara, Dolores Fonzi





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Your Name

Directed by: Makoto Shinkai
Runtime: 1hr, 46mins
Animation, Drama, Fantasy
PG

Starring: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita





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