Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Opening This Week - July 14, 2017

Wide Releases:



The Big Sick

Directed by: Michael Showalter
Runtime: 2hrs
Comedy, Romance
R
Trailer

Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano




Kumail Nanjiani's (of Silicon Valley fame) semi-autobiographical story of finding love, arguing with his parents about arranged marriage, and dealing with a strange illness that put his American-born girlfriend in a coma has been winning all the critics over since it got its limited release some time ago. Now it's making its wide release, and I couldn't be more excited to see it. It wouldn't surprise me if it ends up on a lot of end-of-year top 10 lists for 2017.


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War for the Planet of the Apes

Directed by: Matt Reeves  
Runtime: 2hrs, 20mins  
Action, Adventure, Drama
PG-13
Trailer

Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Toby Kebbell



Andy Serkis is probably the best actor that no one recognizes - at least outside of cinephile circles. Whether its Lord of the Rings or Planet of the Apes, Serkis has committed to the thankless task of bringing CGI characters to life. You rarely see his face, but the performances he gives deserve far more credit than they get. It's also no small feat that Planet of the Apes is a modern rebooted franchise that works. Critics and audiences like these movies. It's not surprising that there's a fair amount of anticipation for this, the next big summer blockbuster.


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Wish Upon

Directed by: John R. Leonetti  
Runtime: 1hr, 30mins  
Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
PG-13
Trailer

Starring: Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee




Maybe I just haven't had my eyes open, but I'm not sure I've see too much in the way of advertising for this horror movie. Then again, rarely do I indulge in the horror genre, so this isn't the sort of movie I'd be anticipating. Nevertheless, my gut tells me this one faces an uphill battle against stiff competition at the box office. I have a hard time believing it's going to fare well against the likes of Planet of the Apes and Spider-Man this week, Dunkirk next week, and Atomic Blond the week after that. I might be underestimating fans of the horror movie genre, but the lack of early critic reviews an no buzz to speak of won't help the situation. 


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Limited Releases:



Almost Sunrise

Directed by: Michael Collins  
Runtime: 1hr, 38mins  
Documentary, Adventure, Drama
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Rebekah Voss, Thomas P. Voss





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Battle Scars

Directed by: Danny Buday  
Runtime: 1hr, 34mins  
Drama, War
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Zane Holtz, Heather McComb, Fairuza Balk





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Blind  

Directed by: Michael Mailer  
Runtime: 1hr, 38mins  
Drama, Romance
R
Trailer

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore, Dylan McDermott





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Channa Mereya  

Directed by: Pankaj Batra  
Runtime: 2hrs, 6mins
Romance
Not Rated


Starring: Karamjit Anmol, Payal Rajput





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Cherry Pop  

Directed by: Assaad Yacoub  
Runtime: 1hr, 19mins  
Comedy, Musical
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Henry Zaga, Caldwell Tidicue, Dina Shihabi





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Endless Poetry  

Directed by: Alejandro Jodorowsky  
Runtime: 2hrs, 8mins  
Biography, Drama, Fantasy
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Adan Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Leandro Taub





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False Confessions  

Directed by: Luc Bondy, Marie-Louise Bischofberger  
Runtime: 1hr, 22mins  
Comedy, Drama
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Louis Garrel, Bulle Ogier





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Footnotes  

Directed by: Paul Calori, Kostia Testut  
Runtime: 1hr, 25mins  
Comedy, Musical
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Pauline Etienne, Olivier Chantreau, Fran├žois Morel





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Granny of the Dead

Directed by: Tudley James
Runtime: 1hr, 23mins
Comedy, Horror
Not Rated
Trailer

Starring: Marcus Carroll, Abigail Hamilton, Oliver Ferriman






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Jagga Jasoos

Directed by: Anurag Basu
Runtime: 3hrs
Action, Adventure, Comedy
Not Rated

Starring: Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt






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Lady Macbeth

Directed by: William Oldroyd
Runtime: 1hr, 29mins
Drama
R

Starring: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton






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Man Underground

Directed by: Michael Borowiec, Sam Marine
Runtime: 1hr, 35mins
Drama, Sci-Fi
Not Rated

Starring: George Basil, Andy Rocco, Pamela Fila






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Swallows and Amazons

Directed by: Philippa Lowthorpe
Runtime: 1hr, 37mins
Adventure, Drama, Family
Not Rated

Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Andrew Scott, Rafe Spall






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To the Bone

Directed by: Marti Noxon
Runtime: 1hr, 47mins
Comedy, Drama
Not Rated

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Lily Collins, Kathryn Prescott






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