Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Opening This Week - May 12, 2017

Wide Releases:



King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Runtime: 2hrs, 6mins
Action, Adventure, Drama
PG-13
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Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Aidan Gillen



Guy Ritchie managed to breathe life into Sherlock Holmes with his fun, fast paced spin on the classic character. He also brought back The Man from U.N.C.L.E., with a fun, stylish take on a forgotten spy series from the 60's. My hope is Ritchie can do something similar for the King Arthur story, especially considering this is the first of a 6 film series. However, the first wave of reviews aren't looking very good. It's still early, but it's sitting at 14% on Rotten Tomatoes.


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Snatched

Directed by: Jonathan Levine  
Runtime: 1hr, 31mins  
Action, Comedy
R
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Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kim Caramele




Notorious joke thief Amy Schumer follows up her much hyped 2015 film Trainwreck, and she does so having recruited Goldie Hawn to play her mother in her first film appearance since 2002. 


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Limited Releases:



Absolutely Anything

Directed by: Terry Jones  
Runtime: 1hr, 25mins  
Comedy, Sci-Fi
Not Rated
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Starring: Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rob Riggle




Simon Pegg leads this British comedy about a man who is given the power to do "absolutely anything" by a group of eccentric aliens.

Despite this film's star-studded cast, that includes the voice work of the members of Monty Python, the film has received a lot of unfavorable reviews. It's sitting at 16% on Rotten Tomatoes. Most critics note the film wastes Kate Beckinsale and involves a lot of silly jokes that don't work.


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Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia

Directed by: Robert H. Lieberman  
Runtime: 1hr, 30mins  
Documentary
Not Rated
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This documentary examines the impact the genocide in the late 1970’s continues to have on modern Cambodia.


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Dead Awake  

Directed by: Phillip Guzman  
Runtime: 1hr, 39mins  
Horror, Thriller
Not Rated
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Starring: Lori Petty, Brea Grant, Jesse Bradford




This horror film centers on the real-life phenomenon, sleep paralysis, but adds a supernatural twist.


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Folk Hero & Funny Guy  

Directed by: Jeff Grace  
Runtime: 1hr, 28mins  
Comedy
Not Rated
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Starring: Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell, Meredith Hagner




The debut film from writer/director Jeff Grace casts Wyatt Russell (Everybody Wants Some!!) as a successful folk musician who allows his heartbroken friend (played by Alex Karpovsky) to accompany him on tour to serve as his opening standup comedy act.


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Hounds of Love  

Directed by: Ben Young  
Runtime: 1hr, 48mins  
Crime, Drama, Mystery
Not Rated
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Starring: Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry




After being abducted by a disturb couple, Vicki Maloney realizes her best chance at survival is to drive a wedge between her captors.


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Lowriders  

Directed by: Ricardo de Montreuil  
Runtime: 1hr, 39mins  
Drama
PG-13
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Starring: Melissa Benoist, Eva Longoria, Theo Rossi




This LA-based drama involves a young street artist struggling to maintain his sense of self expression while caught between his father and his ex-con brother and their love of lowrider car culture.


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Manifesto (May 10)  

Directed by: Julian Rosefeldt  
Runtime: 1hr, 35mins  
Drama
Not Rated
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Starring: Cate Blanchett, Erika Bauer, Ruby Bustamante




Acclaimed German artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt compiles 13 vignettes, each casting Cate Blanchett as a different person delivering impassioned artistic manifestos from 20th century art movements.  

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Paris Can Wait  

Directed by: Eleanor Coppola  
Runtime: 1hr, 32mins  
Comedy, Drama, Romance
PG
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Starring: Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin, Arnaud Viard




Eleanor Coppola, wife of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, makes her feature directorial debut (and first film project since 2007) in Paris Can Wait.  It casts Diane Lane as the wife of an inattentive movie producer, who she is supposed to meet in Paris. However, her car ride with one of her husband's charming business associates turns into a much needed, carefree tour of southern France. 


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Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe

Directed by: Maria Schrader
Runtime: 1hr, 46mins
Drama
Not Rated
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Starring: Tómas Lemarquis, Barbara Sukowa, Josef Hader




You might know him as one of the most read German writers of all time, or you might just know him as the guy Wes Anderson credits as the inspiration for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Either way this biographical drama follows the Jewish intellectual as he searches for a home in the new world while struggling to find the right stance on the events taking place in Nazi Germany.


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The Drowning (May 10)

Directed by: Bette Gordon
Runtime: 1hr, 35mins
Drama, Thriller
Rating

Starring: Julia Stiles, Tracie Thoms, Josh Charles




Psychologist Tom Seymour jumps into a river to save a young man from suicide, not realizing its the very same young man he sent to prison years earlier. Now he worries for the safety of his wife as the young man continues to involve himself in their lives with unknown intentions.


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The Wall

Directed by: Doug Liman
Runtime: 1hr, 21mins
Drama, Thriller, War
R

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Spencer Thomas




Two American soldiers become pinned down by an Iraqi sniper with only a crumbling wall to protect them in this psychological thriller by The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman.


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The Wedding Plan

Directed by: Rama Burshtein
Runtime: 1hr, 50mins
Comedy, Romance
PG

Starring: Dafi Alferon, Noa Koler, Oded Leopold




An Orthodox Jew refuses to cancel her wedding despite her fiancé leaving her just the night before. She insists that God will provide her a husband in time to keep her plans.


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Tracktown

Directed by: Alexi Pappas, Jeremy Teicher
Runtime: 1hr, 28mins
Drama, Sport
Not Rated

Starring: Alexi Pappas, Chase Offerle, Rachel Dratch




Alexi Pappas writes, directs, produces and stars in her feature debut as a long-distance runner preparing for the Olympic trials when she twists her ankle and is reluctantly forced to take a day off.


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Urban Hymn

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones
Runtime: 1hr, 54mins
Crime, Drama
Not Rated

Starring: Shirley Henderson, Ian Hart, Steven Mackintosh




This coming of age drama is about a talented young singer who is encouraged to use her voice to escape her troubled background by an unconventional social worker.


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Violet

Directed by: Bas Davos
Runtime: 1hr, 25mins
Action, Drama, Family
Not Rated

Starring: Cesar De Sutter, Koen De Sutter, Mira Helmer




This character study follows Jesse, a young man who witnesses the violent murder of one of his friends. After the incident, while still trying to cope, he's forced to try to explain what happened to his family and friends. The question weighing on his mind becomes whether or not he could have done more.


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Whisky Galore

Directed by: Gillies MacKinnon
Runtime: 1hr, 38mins
Comedy, Romance
Not Rated

Starring: Ellie Kendrick, James Cosmo, Fenella Woolgar




After a cargo ship carrying 28,000 cases of whisky runs aground off the Island of Eriskay in northern Scotland, a group of islanders try to plunder as much as they can.


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