This absurdist comic romp was a smash in Europe, making it the highest grossing Swedish film of all time. On the cusp of his 100th birthday, a mischievous oldster (beloved Swedish comedian Robert Gustafsson) involved in just about every event from the 20th century, escapes from a retirement home and begins a madcap journey. Some wicked criminals, a suitcase full of money and an elephant named Sonya are just a few of the elements that figure into this silly-sweet fable. In English, French, German, Swedish, Italian and Russian with English subtitles. R. (Opens Friday 5/29)
A celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumph (Hawaii) and finds himself caught between his ex-girlfriend (Rachel McAdams) and the no-nonsense Air Force officer assigned to babysit him (Emma Stone). This picturesque romantic comedy comes to us from writer-director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire). 105 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 5/28)
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. R. (Opens Tuesday 6/2)
The "video VHS mystics" at Everything is Terrible! return to Guild Cinema for another night of mind-bending media archaeology. EIT! has compiled the best, weirdest pieces of lost VHS imagery from their first seven years of work. Massaging cat ladies, apocalyptic facial exercises and pizza parties in hell are just a sampling of the long-lost (and rightfully so) movies, video lectures, TV commercials, instructional tapes and more lovingly collected and compiled by the mindfreaks of EIT! (Opens Thursday 6/4)
This French drama plays out an awful lot like a remake of The Miracle Worker, but is based on the true-life story of a deaf and blind girl stuck in a Catholic institute in the late 1800s. Marie Huertin (Ariana Rivoire) arrives all but feral at age 10, but is befriended by patient nun Sister Marguerite (Isabelle Carré), who teaches her to communicate. In French and sign language with English subtitles. 95 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 5/29)
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. (Opens Thursday 5/28)
From Oscar-nominated Irish animator Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells) comes this gorgeous, storybook cartoon about a young girl named Saoirse, who turns out to be the last of the selkies, a mythical race of people who can transform from human to seal. The simple, unhurried story is aimed mostly at small children. But the mystical atmosphere, ethereal music and painstaking imagery will appeal to fantasy fans of all ages. 93 minutes PG. (Opens Saturday 5/30)
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.
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.
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.
A veteran actress (Juliette Binoche) is thrown for a loop when the filmmaker who gave her her big break dies. At the memorial she runs into an up and-and-coming director who proposes remaking her first film. She retreats to the Alps with her assistant (Kristen Stewart from the Twilight films) to contemplate the career move. Binoche is good; Stewart is even better--but the self-referential script is glacial and extremely talky. FULL REVIEW:Film industry drama finds actress caught between art and a hard place by Devin D. O’Leary (4/30/2015). 123 minutes R.
British writer Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later..., Dredd) tries his hand at directing with this sci-fi tale about a young programmer selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluation the "human qualities" of a female robot. Like all female robots in movies, she turns out to be both sexy and dangerous. We've seen this sort of high-tech Frankenstein story before, but Garland's script is highly literate and his direction thrilling. 108 minutes R.
Carey Mulligan (An Education) stars as Thomas Hardy's literary heroine Bathsheba Everdene, who inherits a sprawling farm in the English countryside and must decide between romance with the hunky farmhand, the kindly next-door neighbor or the smooth-talking soldier. Director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration) sticks close to Hardy's gritty realism, resulting in a film with more broken hearts than happy endings. FULL REVIEW:Gritty, 19th-century English romance finds love and hate down on the farm by Devin D. O’Leary (5/21/2015). 119 minutes PG-13.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas (including way-too-old for college Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson) enter an international singing competition in order to regain their status. Goofy hijinks, sassy sisterhood and an a cappella rendition of "Flashlight" by Jessie J ensue. 115 minutes PG-13.
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.
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.
Russell Crowe directs and stars in this stoic-yet-weepy drama about an Australian farmer who travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli (1916, for you non history buffs) to try and locate his three missing sons. Think Saving Private Ryan with lots more family melodrama mixed in. 111 minutes R.
British treasure Helen Mirren stars as Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee who takes on the Austrian government to recover a Gustav Klimt masterpiece stolen by the Nazis during World War II. It's based on a true story. Unfortunately, it's a mostly speech-heavy courtroom drama. And what the hell is Ryan Reynolds (Van Wilder, Green Lantern) doing here playing a Jewish lawyer? 109 minutes PG-13.
Reliable but rarely more than workmanlike director Clint Eastwood helms this biopic based on the biography of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper is excellent, running through all the emotions of our main character as he goes from front-line shellshocked to home-front rehabilitated. But Eastwood waffles too much between gung-ho patriotism and a more reasoned examination of the horrors our modern military men and women are asked to endure. It wants to tackle some big moral issues, but unlike Eastwood's Unforgiven, it can't break the Hollywood formula long enough to find the metaphorical weight behind the story. 132 minutes R.
From the creators of God's Not Dead comes some more preaching to the choir. Like a Jesus-based version of Crash, this film consists of a bunch of random, seemingly unconnected characters (a pastor, a pregnant teenage girl, a nurse, a paramedic, an ex-soldier, a homeless mother, a suicidal young man, a lawyer), all of whose lives are "interconnected by the hand of God." Ted McGinley ("Married with Children"), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), Delroy Lindo (Get Shorty), Lee Majors ("The Six Million Dollar Man"), Brian Bosworth (former NFL linebacker and star of Stone Cold) and Cybill Shepherd (The Last Picture Show) are among the odd cast. 115 minutes PG-13.
A young woman (Mae Whitman, "Arrested Development") shakes up the social order of high school after discovering she's been labeled a "DUFF" (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by her more popular pals. Naturally, this is accomplished though the time-honored magic of the cinematic makeover. As in all Pygmalion-inspired romcoms, this is easily accomplished, since our "fat" and "ugly" heroine is clearly neither. Think John Hughes with hashtags ... and you're trying a lot harder than this formulaic tween comedy is. 101 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.
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In this innovative, flashback-'80s-style horror flick, teenagers who have sex are hunted down by a nameless, faceless and completely unstoppable monster. The only way to fend it off? Pass the curse on to some other poor victim by ... you know, sleeping with them. It sounds outlandish, but writer-director David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover) has crafted one of the purest, scariest horror films in years with this one. 100 minutes R.
Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, X-Men: First Class) directs this fast, funny, impossibly kinetic action flick based on the comic book by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted). Newcomer Taron Egerton stars as a trendy British street kid who gets recruited to a top-secret spy agency that's, like, James Bond cranked up to 11. Colin Firth is the young spy's perfectly aloof bad-ass of a trainer. Samuel L. Jackson is the high-tech baddie. 129 minutes R.
This faith-based parable (produced by Hollywood super-Christians Roma Downey and Mark Burnett) ups the ante by hiring a bunch of name-brand actors (including Michael Rapaport, Emily Watson, Kevin James, Ben Chaplin, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ali Landry and Toby Huss). It's set during World War II and concerns a diminutive kid in a coastal California town who worries for his soldier dad's safe return. The local priest assures the boy that God will end the war if he fulfills the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy (stuff like "feeding the hungry," and "visiting the sick"). Writer/director Alejandro Monteverde (2006's Bella) is obviously sincere, but the film is way too sugary and sentimental to take seriously. 100 minutes PG-13.
Clint Eastwood's studly son Scott Eastwood stars in this extremely Nicholas Sparks-esque adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Eastwood is a rodeo rider sidelined by injury who falls for a sweet, artsy college girl (Britt Robertson from "Under the Dome"). At some point they rescue an old man (Alan Alda) from an auto accident. The sweet, artsy college girl helps the old dude recover in the hospital by reading a bunch of his love letters from the 1940s. So, yup, we get a flashback-filled B-story with more romance. 139 minutes PG-13.
This Disney-produced "based on the inspirational true story" sports flick is pure formula. But it's a formula that works. Kevin Costner is a high school coach exiled to a dirtwater farming community in California. There, he creates a winning cross country running team with some of the ragtag local migrant worker kids. It's all very familiar, but director Niki Caro (Whale Rider) shows considerable sympathy to the impoverished farm workers depicted here. 129 minutes PG.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel gave audiences the exact dose of twee elderly romance, exotic locals and faintly inuendo-filled comedy they were looking for. So everybody from director (Shakespeare in Love's John Madden) to cast (Dev Patel, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy) have returned for more of the same. Seems the now successful retirement hotel in Jaipur, India, has only one vacancy left, prompting newcomers (including Richard Gere) to fight for space. 122 minutes PG.
When the secret formula for Krabby Patties goes missing, SpongeBob and his pals (Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs) venture into the real world (featuring a mix of live-action and 3D animation) to recover it from a dastardly pirate (Antonio Banderas ... no, really). Also, they become superheroes. Yeah, SpongeBob doesn't make a lot of sense. But it's awesome. 93 minutes PG.
'Tis the season for high-toned biopics. Eddie Redmayne (The Pillars of the Earth, Les Misérables) stars as world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking. This inspirational romantic drama concentrates on Hawking's pre-talking-wheelchair relationship with his college girlfriend-cum-wife Jane (Felicity Jones, Like Crazy). It's beautifully performed and perfectly bittersweet, but occasionally feels too expertly crafted for Academy Award appeal. 123 minutes Unrated.