Looks like it’s going to be a busy weekend at the theaters. New movies include Inside Out (review), Infinitely Polar Bear (Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky), 3 and 1/2 Minutes (documentary), Anarchy Parlor (Robert LaSardo, Sara Fabel, Tiffany DeMarco), Dark Awakening (Lance Henriksen, Jason Cook, Valerie Azlynn), DOPE (Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons), Eden (Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Vincent Macaigne), Gabriel (Rory Culkin, David Call, Deirdre O’Connell), The New Rijksmuseum (Taco Dibbits, Wim Pijbes), Manglehorn (Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine), Phantom Halo (Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rebecca Romijn, Tobin Bell), and The Wanted 18 (Alison Darcy, Rosann Nerenberg, Holly O’Brien). Inside Out and Infinitely Polar Bear look the most promising, but I don’t think either stands a chance against Jurassic World (review). Continue reading for summaries and trailers of the new films for this weekend.
Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney Pixar’s original new film Inside Out ventures inside the mind to find out. Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned — both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else. When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind — taking some of her core memories with them — Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places — Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions — in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.
While most fathers spend their days at work, Cam Stuart (Mark Ruffalo) is more likely to be found mushroom-hunting, cooking elaborate meals, or working on one of his many half-completed projects. His family’s wealth keeps his family just barely afloat, while Cam struggles to live with manic depression. When Cam has a manic breakdown that lands him in a mental hospital, his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) and their two young daughters, Amelia and Faith, are forced to leave their house in the country and move into a cramped apartment in Cambridge, where Maggie tries to find a decent job, with no luck.
Directed by Marc Silver (Who is Dayani Cristal?), 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets intercuts powerful exclusive footage from a riveting trial with intimate, observational scenes of Jordan’s parents, Ron and Lucy. We see firsthand how difficult it is for them to grapple with unimaginable loss while fighting for justice for their son. The film integrates police interrogation footage, prison phone recordings and interviews with the others at the scene that night. The result is a powerful story about the devastating effects of racial bias, and the search for justice within the judicial system.
Anarchy Parlor is a horror film about a mysterious nomad simply known as the “Artist” who practices a dark art form passed down through the generations. He creates much more than tattoos for tourists who visit his Lithuanian Tattoo Parlor. Shot entirely on location in Vilnius Lithuania, Anarchy Parlor features two well-known cast members in the tattoo and horror world. Heavily tattooed lead actor Robert LaSardo (Death Race, Nip/Tuck, Human Centipede 3) portrays “The Artist”, and Sara Fabel (well-known Finnish tattoo artist and model) plays his seductive apprentice “Uta.” Anarchy Parlor will be a frighteningly, terrific thrill to the die-hard fans.
Terrifying experiences surround the Thomas family (James, Jennifer and little Danny) when temporarily residing in an old family estate. They encounter the disturbing spirits of nine dead children, only to be compounded by something far more sinister and far more deadly.
A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, in DOPE, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.
Eden is an affecting trip into the 90s Parisian electronic dance movement experienced through the eyes of DJ groups Cheers and Daft Punk who, together with their friends, plunge into the ephemeral nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.
A troubled young man searches obsessively for his first love, risking everything in an increasingly desperate pursuit.
The New Rijksmuseum is a film about the ten-year renovation process of the world famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2003 an optimistic start was made with the renovation of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The Netherlands’ major tourist attraction would re-open its doors in fresh splendor in 2008. But alas, right from the start the project was opposed by unyielding counter-forces and Rembrandt’s palace was slowly transformed into an apparently permanent building site.
A.J. Manglehorn is a reclusive Texas key-maker who spends his days caring for his cat, finding comfort in his work and lamenting a long lost love. Enter kind-hearted bank teller Dawn whose interest in the eccentric Manglehorn may just be able to draw him out of his shell.
A modern LA Noir family crime thriller, starring Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Luke Kleintank, Sebastian Roche, Rebecca Romijn.
A story of the most powerful army in the Middle-East chasing 18 cows told from the unique perspective of the cows and the Palestinan activists.