Looks like there are a bunch of new movies opening this weekend. New films include Hot Pursuit (Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara), Before I Wake (Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane), 5 Flights Up (Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton), Bravetown (Maria Bello, Josh Duhamel, Laura Dern), The D Train (Jack Black, James Marden), In the Name of My Daughter (Guillaume Canet, Catherine Deneuve, Adèle Haenel), Maggie (Abigail Breslin, Arnold Schwarzenegger), Noble (Deirdre O’Kane), Piku (Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan), Saint Laurent (Gaspard Ulliel, Jérémie Renier, Louis Garrel), and Skin Trade (Dolph Lundgren, Ron Perlman, Tony Jaa). Continue reading for a summary of the new movies for this weekend.
New Movies for May 8, 2015
From New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes the comedy Hot Pursuit, starring Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line, Wild) and Sofía Vergara (Chef, TV’s Modern Family), under the direction of Anne Fletcher (The Proposal). In Hot Pursuit, an uptight and by-the-book cop (Witherspoon) tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas, pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen. Fletcher directs from a screenplay written by David Feeney (TV’s New Girl) & John Quaintance (TV’s Ben & Kate). John Carroll Lynch (Crazy, Stupid, Love) and Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim) also star.
In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first, they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep, but soon discover why: Cody’s dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In one moment they experience the incredible wonder of Cody’s imagination, and in the next, the horrific nature of his night terrors. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark embark on a dangerous hunt to uncover the truth behind Cody’s nightmares. Before I Wake stars Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns), Thomas Jane (TV’s “Hung”), Annabeth Gish (TV’s Pretty Little Liars), Dash Mihok (TV’s Ray Donovan) and introducing Jacob Tremblay as Cody.
Forty years ago, artist Alex Carver (Morgan Freeman) bought a run-down apartment in a sketchy part of Brooklyn with his wife, schoolteacher Ruth (Diane Keaton). Today, their neighborhood is now very hip and their apartment worth a small fortune. The now- retired Ruth and Alex haven’t changed — they are still as much in love as ever. But they have let Ruth’s niece Lily (Cynthia Nixon), a real estate agent, list their property to see what the market might bear. On the eve of their open house, the Brooklyn Bridge is rumored to be under a terrorist attack, sending the media into a frenzy and people’s attitudes about living in New York. Closer to home, Dorothy, the Carver’s beloved dog, is suddenly having trouble walking. While Dorothy is having expensive treatment at the vet, Ruth convinces Alex to go apartment hunting in Manhattan, where they miraculously come across an ideal place they might actually be able to afford. As the world around them seems to mirror their own chaos and confusion, Ruth and Alex realize the same bond of love that has kept them together all these years will allow them to see their way through this crazy weekend as well.
Josh Harvest, a hardened New York City teen from a broken home — and quietly one of the country’s top dance club DJs and remixers — is sentenced to counseling for a minor drug infraction, along with an extended stay with his estranged father, who lives in a small town in North Dakota. He is slow to warm to his new environment, a town best-known for sending its young off to war, many of whom never return. But when Josh is asked to help out the last-place dance team as they vie for the state competition title, his rough exterior begins to soften. As his relationships emerge with both the team’s captain, Mary, and his therapist, each of whom have lost someone special to war, it forces all three to begin to face and heal their pasts. Stars: Maria Bello, Josh Duhamel, and Laura Dern.
All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That’s about to change — if he can convince Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion. A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to LA and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life. Showcasing Jack Black and James Marsden’s most outrageous performances to date, The D Train serves up the question: how far would you go to be popular? Co-stars Kathryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambor.
When her marriage falls apart, Agnes Le Roux moves back to the South of France from Africa to live with her mother, Renee, owner of the Palais de La Mediterranee casino in Nice. There, Agnes falls in love with Maurice Agnelet, a lawyer and Renee’s business advisor, who is ten years her senior. Maurice continues to have relationships with other women. Agnes is madly in love with him. As a shareholder in the Palais de la Mediterannee casino, Agnes decides to sell what should have been her inheritance to go it alone. A fixed card game threatens the casino’s financial stability. Someone is trying to intimidate her mother. Behind the scenes hangs the shadow of the mafia and Fratoni, the owner of a rival casino, who wants to take over the Palais de la Mediterannee. Agnelet, who has fallen from grace with Renee, introduces Agnes to Fratoni. Fratoni offers her 3 million francs to vote against her mother in the shareholder’s meeting. Agnes accepts the offer. Renee loses control of the casino. Agnes finds it hard to cope with her betrayal. Maurice also distances himself from her. In November 1977, after a failed suicide attempt, Agnes disappears. Her body is never found. Thirty years on, Maurice Agnelet remains the prime suspect in a murder case with no body and no proof of his guilt. Convinced of his involvement, Renee is prepared to fight to the bitter end to see him put behind bars. Stars: Guillaume Canet, Catherine Deneuve, and Adèle Haenel.
By the time a necrotic viral pandemic spread cross-country to small town America and infected the film’s titular character, 16-year-old Maggie (Abigail Breslin), authorities had established a protocol for patients infected with the deadly virus: they are removed from society and taken to special isolation wards to complete the agonizing and dangerous transformation into one of the walking dead. The authorities do not speak about what happens after that. Wade Vogel (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is not ready to give up his daughter. After weeks of searching for Maggie when she runs away following her diagnosis, Wade brings his daughter back to her home and family — stepmother, Caroline (Joely Richardson), and her two children — for whatever time may be left as the teenager begins an excruciatingly painful metamorphosis. Having lost Maggie’s mother years earlier, Wade is determined to hold on to his precious daughter as long as he can, refusing to surrender her to the local police who show up with orders to take her. As the disease progresses, Caroline decides to take their two younger children and move out, leaving Wade alone with Maggie to watch helplessly as she suffers.
They broke everything but her spirit. They took everything but her dream. Noble the award-winning feature film, is the incredible true story of a fearless Irish heroine driven by her daring vision to escape the slums of Ireland and risk everything on the streets of Vietnam. Winner of six U.S. film festival awards, including the Panavision Spirit Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the powerful biopic drama written and directed by Stephen Bradley is heralded by critics as “raw and genuinely powerful,” “captivating” and “moving.” The Hollywood Reporter calls it “a joyful and rousing affirmation of the human spirit that will resound widely.” Stars Deirdre O’Kane, Brendan Coyle, Sarah Greene and Liam Cunningham.
Piku (Deepika Padukone) juggles her life as a successful architect and being a single parent to her 70-year old father Bhashkor Banerji (Amitabh Bachchan). Getting a life of her own, just doesn’t seem possible — not for the lack of trying but she’s weighed down by the responsibilities of her work, home and a hypochondriac father. While both are deeply attached with one another, they are equally strong headed, stubborn and just won’t let go when dealing with each other’s idiosyncrasies and quirks. When Bhashkor emotionally blackmails Piku to take a road trip from Delhi to native Calcutta, the owner of the local cab company Rana (Irrfan Khan) has no choice but to drive them personally since none of his drivers are willing to endure Piku or her eccentric father. During this crazy road trip they learn to deal with each other’s moods and idiosyncrasies and it reveals more than Bhashkor’s bathroom habits. Piku is a heart-warming slice of life film about a father-daughter relationship where Bhashkor’s irritating yet endearing demeanor and Piku’s equally headstrong nature may always be at loggerheads but this seemingly dysfunctional relationship is bonded by an understated and an unconditional love that leaves you wanting more. Stars Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan.
As one of history’s greatest fashion designers entered a decade of freedom, neither came out of it in one piece. Stars Gaspard Ulliel, Jérémie Renier, Louis Garrel
Detective Nick Cassidy (Dolph Lundgren) heads to Bangkok to hunt down Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman) and destroy his human trafficking network; Nick killed Dragovic’s son in a shootout during a sting operation on the New Jersey docks, and Dragovic responded by attempting to kill Nick and his family. Nick miraculously survived the brutal attack that destroyed his family; with nothing but vengeance to live for, Nick smashes his way through the Bangkok underworld in search of the elusive Dragovic. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Eddie Reed (Michael Jai White) is sent in to bring Nick home even as Thai detective Tony Vitayakui (Tony Jaa) questions the motives and methods that have brought Nick across the globe to Thailand. As the crossfire between all sides grows more and more deadly, Nick has to determine who his true allies are.