New movies this weekend include Maleficent (review | Angelina Jolie), A Million Ways to Die in The West (Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried), Filth (James McAvoy), Night Moves (Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard), and We Are The Best! It looks like it will be a battle between Maleficent, A Million Ways to Die in The West and last week’s king at the box office: X-Men: Days of Future Past. I saw Maleficent earlier in the week and it’s magnificent. A Million Ways to Die looks interesting, but I can’t tell from the trailers if it’s really funny or stupid funny. Continue reading for a summary of the new films for this week.
Movies for May 30, 2014
Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.
Seth MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer, Albert, in A Million Ways to Die in the West. After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test. Starring alongside MacFarlane are Oscar winner Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris. MacFarlane reunites many of the filmmakers behind Universal and MRC’s hit film Ted including Scott Stuber (Bluegrass Films) and Jason Clark who produce, and Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin who co-wrote the script.
With the Christmas season in full swing, Det. Sgt. Bruce Robertson is winding down at work and looking forward to his trip to Hamburg, for a weekend of debauchery and the psychological manipulation of his best friend. The last thing Bruce needs is a trivial murder case to solve; despite it providing an ideal opportunity to eliminate his rival colleagues in the race for promotion — a promotion Bruce so desperately craves. But our hero has other obstacles to overcome, including: alcohol & drug addiction, a dramatic deterioration in his mental health, and some increasingly demanding extra-marital affairs.
Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam. Night Moves stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard.
From Swedish master Lukas Moodysson, We are the Best! revolves around three girls in 1980’s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band — despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. Based on a graphic novel, We are the Best! is a paean to DIY culture and the power of rebellion.