There is a slew of new movies this weekend. New releases include Chappie (Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver); The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Maggie Smith, Richard Gere); Unfinished Business (Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson); Bad Ass 3 (Danny Trejo, Danny Glover); Like Sunday, Like Rain (Leighton Meester, Debra Messing); Merchants of Doubt (Patricia Callahan, Matthew Crawford); and October Gale ( Patricia Clarkson, Scott Speedman, Tim Roth). Chappie looks the most interesting to me. Continue reading for a summary of the new films for this weekend.
New Movies for March 6, 2015
In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy — posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.
A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable — and unimaginable — way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.
Bullets fly and bodies drop in this sequel that finds Vietnam Veteran Frank Vega (Danny Trejo) training young boxers at an East L.A. community center. Despite doing his best to maintain a peaceful existence in a city overrun by crime, Frank is pulled back into the fray after his top student is murdered. Convinced that the killer still lurks in the city’s criminal underbelly, Frank recruits his best friend Bernie (Danny Glover) that they’re not too old to mete out a little vigilante justice. Unfortunately their quest for vengeance soon leads them to a powerful criminal who uses his diplomatic immunity to evade justice. Unfortunately for him, diplomatic immunity doesn’t quite carry the same protection as a bullet proof vest, and before long Frank and Bernie have their slippery target running scared.
Surrounded by wealth and living with abundant resources in Manhattan, 12-year-old cello prodigy and all around genius Reggie, lives a solitary, bookish life lacking only frequently absent parents and friends. Estranged from family, having slacker boyfriend troubles, and fired from her waitressing job, sometimes musician 23-year-old Eleanor needs a new place to live and a new job. Fate winds her lovely fingers around these two lives to unexpectedly place the inexperienced Eleanor as the new au pair for a skeptical Reggie and the music in their hearts and souls intertwines to create this beautiful story about discovery and acceptance.
Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.
Toronto doctor Helen Matthews, mourning the death of her husband, retreats to the isolated island cabin where they’d spent some of their most cherished moments together. Her reverie is cut short when a mysterious man, Will, washes ashore with a bullet in his shoulder. As he recuperates, the two develop a tentative connection, though Will refuses to explain what happened. When a severe storm traps them on the island as Will’s would-be killer returns, their ability to trust each other then becomes a matter of survival. This film is the story of a couple warily exploring their growing bond under extreme circumstances.