Surrealist sci-fi artist H.R. Giger is profiled in this genial documentary, which takes viewers into the ivy-covered world of Giger's home in Zurich, Switzerland, during the last few months of his life. Giger mostly lets his nightmarish artwork do the talking. But his wife, his studio assistant and his "former life partner" are happy to talk about the man behind it all. A must for fans, as well as a fine introduction to Mr. Giger's weird world. In German and Swiss with English subtitles. 95 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 6/26)
Dirty Fred (Justin Rice, Mutual Appreciation) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick, Kids) are a couple of freewheeling squatters with a taste for off-season vacation homes in the Catskills. Their lifestyle is challenged, though, when a runaway teen and an aimless woman join their ranks. This "pre-apocalyptic" comedy (or maybe it's a drama) is the work of former film critic Eddie Mullins and feels something like a mumblecore zombie movie written by Harmony Korine and directed by Jim Jarmusch. 92 minutes (Opens Saturday 6/27)
From the producers of The Triplets of Belleville (Oui!) and the makers of "A Town Called Panic" (Double oui!) comes this touching, occasionally thrilling masterpiece of hand-drawn animation. The story concerns the socially forbidden friendship between a little orphaned mouse and a grumpy loner bear. This wonderful, funny, beautifully animated film is based on Gabrielle Vincent's popular Belgian children's book series. 80 minutes PG. (Opens Wednesday 4/30)
At the height of the Vietnam War, two young fathers--one a man of faith, one a doubtful cynic--report for duty. Decades later, their sons travel to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, guided by handwritten letters their fathers sent from the battlefield. There, beside The Wall, the young men learn ... something, something, Jesus. This one comes to us from Pure Flix, the "family friendly" Christian company behind such films as God's Not Dead, Do You Believe? and Jerusalem Countdown. Stephen Baldwin is in it. PG-13. (Opens Tuesday 6/30)
Neil Young's controversial 1982 comedy/drama/sci-fi/musical (which he co-wrote, co-directed and co-stars in) is set in a gas station/diner situated next to a leaky nuclear power plant. Russ Tamblyn, Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper, Sally Kirkland and the members of DEVO are in it. Man, is it weird. Part of Guild Cinema's Neil Young double feature alongside Rust Never Sleeps. 88 minutes (Opens Tuesday 6/30)
This pounding, undoubtedly atonal documentary traces the origins of industrial music and the surrounding subculture as it grew out of the crumbling factory towns of England and Europe. Featured acts include Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, NON, SPK, Test Dept., Orphx and Click Click. 52 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 6/26)
The ab-having studs of Magic Mike (Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriquez) return. It's been three years since our "magic" hero got out of the male stripper business, but he's recruited by the remaining Kings of Tampa to go on one last, blowout performance in Myrtle Beach. Bottom line: Hot guys take off their clothes to the Backstreet Boys. Who needs more information than that? 115 minutes R. (Opens Tuesday 6/30)
Lassie gets a patriotic, post-9/11 makeover. A dog that helped U.S. Marines in Afghanistan returns to America and is adopted by his handler's teenage brother after "suffering a traumatic experience." Troubled teen and troubled dog bond. Then somebody gets lost in the woods, and there's an adventure. 111 minutes PG. (Opens Thursday 6/25)
A teenage filmmaker (Thomas Mann) befriends a classmate with leukemia (Olivia Cooke) in this sensitive, offbeat adaptation of Jesse Andrews' best-selling YA novel. This funny, frank examination of young adulthood deftly avoids cliché and convention, giving audiences an unexpectedly bracing dose of humor and melancholy. 105 minutes PG-13. (Opens Wednesday 7/1)
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In this slow, moody, "found footage" horror drama, three sisters return to their mother's lakeside cabin where she went missing during a deepwater dive. Unable to let go of their mother, the young siblings get drawn into an eerie metaphysical mystery. 84 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 6/26)
This documentary (directed by Neil Young) captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse's Oct. 22, 1978, concert performance at San Francisco's legendary Cow Palace. Part of Guild Cinema's Neil Young double feature alongside Human Highway. 103 minutes PG. (Opens Tuesday 6/30)
Writer-director-actor Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy") returns for more raunchy shenanigans. MacFarlane once again voices talking, boozing, sex-crazed teddy bear Ted while Mark Wahlberg plays his lifelong human pal. This time around Ted and his new bride (Jessica Barth) want to have a baby. But first, Ted has to prove his "personhood" in court. Hijinks ensue. 115 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 6/25)
The Terminator series reboots itself with a partially new cast (Jai Courtney from "Spartacus: War of the Damned" as Kyle Reese, Emilia Clarke from "Game of Thrones" as Sarah Connor) and an "alternate timeline." Seems it's 1984 again. Young Sarah Connor has been fully warned of Skynet's plans for Judgment Day and is protecting herself with a reprogrammed (and rather old) Terminator (played, of course, by Arnold Schwarzenegger). Then John Connor shows up from the future, only he's a Terminator now, and things get confusing. See what you did, Star Trek? 122 minutes PG-13. (Opens Tuesday 6/30)
Earth's mightiest mortals are back for a second go-around. Seems that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has built a super-powered robot named Ultron (voiced by James Spader) who wants to bring peace to humanity by wiping it out. Can Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and newcomer The Vision stop this metallic madman before his plan comes to fruition? Probably, otherwise we don't get any more movies. Overstuffed? Sure. Exciting. Hell, yeah. 141 minutes PG-13.
The life of a black nerd (or "blerd," as the kids say) in a tough LA neighborhood threatens to change when he gets mixed up with a cornrowed beauty, an underground party and $100,000 worth of stolen drugs. Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood, Brown Sugar, Our Family Wedding) writes and directs this stylish flashback comedy, which has as much in common with the films of John Hughes as it does with the hip-hop exploitation flicks of the early '90s. 115 minutes
The Mark Wahlberg-produced sitcom about a suddenly popular young actor (Adrian Grenier) and his dudebro pals from back in Jersey (Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon) arrives on the big screen four years after going off the air on HBO. Now it seems our boy Vinnie Chase (Grenier) wants to direct, and it's up to his old pal Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) to make the dream happen. Be prepared for movie star cameos galore and plenty of highly rewarded bad behavior. 104 minutes R.
Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents) stars in this comedy-drama-romance about "a widow and former songstress who discovers that life can begin anew at any age"--which is pretty much the theme of every movie aimed at the AARP crowd. The material is familiar, but Danner sells it with charm and skill. 85 minutes PG-13.
Pixar mixes up another can't-miss instaclassic. This stunningly original, digitally animated toon takes us inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl and introduces us to the anthropomorphized feelings at work inside her head. Chief among them is Joy (perfect Amy Poehler), who's stuck working with a bunch of negative Nellies (Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust). But when Joy and Sadness get lost in the recesses of the young girl's mind, the film warps from an inventive workplace comedy to a wildly imaginative, Willy Wonka-esque fantasy. It seems silly to say that a film about emotions is emotional, but trust me when I say this film has all the feels! FULL REVIEW:Pixar’s emotional new fantasy has all the feels by Devin D. O’Leary (6/25/2015). 94 minutes PG.
Is it just me, or are these "suburban families stalked by ghosts" movies getting harder to keep straight? Not to be confused with last week's Poltergeist remake or Sinister 2 (coming out later this summer) or the Paranormal Activity series (the sixth film hit theaters this August), this one's actually a prequel to the previous two Insidious movies. Here we learn how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (cult actress Lin Shaye) got her start busting ghosts. 97 minutes PG-13.
I'm not upset that Hollywood has decided to make a third Jurassic Park sequel. Because, you know, money. I am, however, ticked off that the fictional executives at InGen thought they could get away with this. Did someone at the corporation send out a memo saying, "Hey, everybody. Remember that dinosaur theme park we were trying to open? You know, the one where the tourists kept getting eaten over and over and over again? Well, we're pretty sure we've got all the kinks worked out. Fourth time's the charm!" I mean, come on. ... Ah, well, at least we've got Chris Pratt. He's cool. 124 minutes PG-13.
Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) and John Cusack (High Fidelity) split the role of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson in this musical biopic about the musician's struggles with mental illness. Dano is terrific, but the Cusack sections (set in the '80s) feel like a weird add-on. 120 minutes PG-13.
Some 30 years after the the third Mad Max film (Beyond Thunderdome), legendary director George Miller returns to reboot the road-wrecking series. This time around, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) is our reluctant, ex-cop antihero Max, wandering the post-apocalyptic wasteland looking for peace and quiet. What he finds is a furious woman of action (Charlize Theron) on the run from a sadistic warlord and his band of motor-mad psychos. For this rule-breaking action classic, Miller eschews old-fashioned niceties like dialogue and character development in order to tell an explosive, operatic myth through movement, explosions and heroic bloodshed. 120 minutes R.
The B-movie disaster flicks of the '70s get a CGI facelift courtesy of the guy who directed Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars as an emotionally wounded rescue copter pilot who has to race across California and save his college-bound daughter (Alexandra Daddario) when the San Andreas fault splits in two. It's got all the collapsing buildings and corny one-liners you'll need this summer. 114 minutes PG-13.
Melissa McCarthy reunites with her Bridesmaids/The Heat director Paul Feig to play a deskbound CIA analyst who suddenly becomes a field agent when the identities of all the other operatives are compromised. McCarthy provides all the slapstick action. Jude Law and Jason Statham drop by to do the sophisticated spy thing. 115 minutes R.
Like Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion, Disney's Tomorrowland attraction gets its own movie spin-off. In it a curious teen (Britt Robertson) and a former boy genius (George Clooney) embark on an adventure to find a place, hidden beyond time and space, where great minds from throughout history have retreated to build the perfect, futuristic city. The film desperately wants to sell audiences on its childlike sense of wonder and its retrofuturistic optimism--but the plot is incredibly convoluted, the action oddly violent and the ending one sanctimonious Al Gore lecture. 130 minutes PG.
Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl") stars as a young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, who is "rendered ageless" after an accident. In present day, our immortal protagonist falls in love with a young man (Michiel Huisman, "Game of Thrones"), only to discover that his dad (Harrison Ford) is one of her old lovers. Awkward. 110 minutes PG-13.
Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) produces this candy-coated, fiesta-colored cartoon. In it, two small-town pals (Diego Luna and Channing Tatum) battle for the heart of their childhood sweetheart (Zoe Saldana)--spurned on by a pair of cosmic entities, the angelic La Muerte and the demonic Xibalba. The film's complicated mythology borrows a lot from Mexico's Dia de los Muertos tradition. The result--a sort of reverse Orpheus and Eurydice--is probably too dark for the youngest kids. But this original, unpredictable toon is a vivid seasonal treat for the rest of us. FULL REVIEW:Mexican-themed cartoon offers unexpected seasonal treats by Devin D. O’Leary (10/16/2014). 95 minutes PG.
Kenneth Branagh (Henry V, Thor) directs this straight-faced, unironic live-action adaptation of Disney's 1950 animated gem. It looks gorgeous from top to bottom, and Lily James (from "Downton Abbey") seems perfectly appropriate as the ball-going protagonist. But this version adds nothing whatsoever new to the old story. For Disney princess completists only. 113 minutes PG.
The automotive insult to gravity and various related forms of physics continues, despite the untimely death of star Paul Walker. Vin Diesel, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Ludacris pick up the slack, shooting and/or crashing cars into countless people, places and things. Seems Evil British Guy (Jason Statham) is going after car thief/invincible superhero Dominic Toretto and crew for killing his brother, Evil British Guy From The Last Movie (Luke Evans). 137 minutes PG-13.
Will Ferrell and the clearly overworked Kevin Hart (six films last year and two so far in 2015) star in this racial comedy. Ferrell is millionaire James King, busted for fraud and bound for San Quentin. On the run from police, James ends up in the South Central LA home of family man Darnell Lewis (Hart). Mistaking him for a street thug (because, you know, racial humor), James offers to pay the man to school him in the art of being a gangsta--so he can survive in prison. Needless to say, this mismatched buddy comedy doesn't try very hard. 100 minutes R.
DreamWorks Animation mashes together E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Lilo & Stitch in the hopes that wayward alien mascot Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons from "The Big Bang Theory") will become the next toy/video game/t-shirt-generating machine. It's safe to say he won't. The story, about a misfit alien who befriends a lonely Earth girl (Rihanna), feels awfully recycled. If you're an adult who doesn't find Parsons' voice grating, you might survive a screening with your kids. 94 minutes PG.
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In the proud tradition of Midnight Run (with Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin) and Witless Protection (with Larry the Cable Guy and Jenny McCarthy), Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara star in this action comedy about an officer of the law escorting a reluctant witness across the country while being pursued by cops and gunmen alike. 87 minutes PG-13.
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The popular young adult book series about a dystopian future in which mean old adults won't let rebellious teens grow up to be whatever they want returns with the second outing in the trilogy (which will, inevitably, turn into four films). Shailene Woodley is back as troublemaking "divergent" Tris, who's obliged to run and fight and take a bunch of tests (no, really) in this predictably rote sequel. 119 minutes PG-13.
DisneyNature's annual Earth Day release concentrates, obviously, on monkeys this year. The focus is on a troop of toque macaques struggling to survive in the ruins of an ancient temple in "the storied jungles of South Asia." Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill (Chimpanzee, Bears, African Cats) produce and direct. Tina Fey narrates. Sure, why not? 100 minutes G.
You brought this on yourself, America. Incompetent but accidentally heroic security guard Paul Blart (Kevin James) goes off on vacation to Las Vegas with his teenage daughter (Raini Rodriguez). But when crime rears its ugly head in the form of a casino heist, the fat dude on the Segway fights back. With wacky slapstick jokes. At least Larry, Moe and Curly had each other to play off of. 94 minutes PG.
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Following cameos in the Madagascar films and a successful TV series, the wannabe-super-spy penguins get their own feature spin-off. This CGI toon shows audiences how dimwitted waterfowl Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private got their start in the global espionage biz. 92 minutes PG.
The hit 1982 ghost story from Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper gets an amped-up remake starring Sam Rockwell (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind), Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man) and Jared Harris (poor Lane Pryce from "Mad Men"). You can see it in 3D if you want. 93 minutes PG-13.