New films include Minions (animated); The Gallows (Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos); Self/Less (Ben Kingsley); 10,000 KM (Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer); What We Did on Our Holiday (Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly); Do I Sound Gay (documentary); Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot (documentary); The Suicide Theory (Steve Mouzakis, Leon Cain, Joss McWilliam); Tangerine (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, James Ransone); and Stations of the Cross (Lucie Aron, Anna Brüggemann, Michael Kamp). I saw an early screening of Minions (review) and loved it. I think it might challenge Inside Out and Jurassic World for the top spot this weekend. Continue reading for summaries and trailers of the new films for this weekend.
The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters — from T. rex to Napoleon — the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he — alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob — ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960’s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation.
Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy — but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone.
In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award Winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.
One couple, one year apart and two distance cities: Los Angles and Barcelona. Love is Alexandra and Sergio’s only weapon and their computers their only tools to fight the 10,000 kilometers that stand in the way of their future together.
Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike (Best Actress, Gone Girl, 2014), David Tennant and Billy Connolly star in this hilarious and up-lifting comedy for the whole family. Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability.
Is there such a thing as a “gay voice”? Why do some people “sound gay” but not others? Why are gay voices a mainstay of pop culture but also a trigger for bullying and harassment? Do I Sound Gay? explores these questions and more and includes revealing interviews with Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, Don Lemon, Dan Savage, David Sedaris and George Takei.
Thirteen time All-Star, League MVP, Finals MVP, NBA Superstar Dirk Nowitzki is one of the greatest and most famous athletes of all time as the first non-American to lead his team to a NBA victory. Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot was produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Leopold Hoesch and features exclusive NBA footage and interviews with NBA legends such as Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Michael Finley, Jason Kidd, Rick Carlisle, Mark Cuban, David Stern, Don Nelson and former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt covering the incredible success story of Dirk Nowitzki, from second league German basketball to one of the top athletes of the NBA. It’s the story of the fascinating relationship between Dirk Nowitzki and his personal coach and mentor Holger Geschwindner. Holger, the German basketball legend and scientist recognized Nowitzki’s talent early on and helped Nowitzki invent a perfect jump shot: German engineering meets NBA basketball. It is also a film about Dirk Nowitzki and billionaire Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks and how they became the top team they are today. Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot is ultimately a film about friendship, what it really takes to fulfill your dreams and the indestructible desire to win.
Steven Ray was never quite normal. But when tragedy strikes in the form of a deadly hit-and-run incident at a city cross walk, his violent and bizarre behavior becomes uncontrollable. One night, as Steven plots his next murder, he meets Percival, whose unsuccessful attempt at suicide not only interferes with Steven’s plans, but the chance encounter also introduces the two into each other’s sad and lonely lives. Percival believes he’s cursed after miraculously surviving each suicide attempt and concludes fate brought he and Steven together. So he hires Steven to assist him in suicide. Steven does not believe in fate and thinks Percival is desperate and delusional. But he accepts the offer. Easy money. After Percival continues to miraculously survive each attempt on his life, Steven starts to believe. He tries to help Percival figure out ways to break the curse. And in the process, they form an unlikely friendship through the common bond of tragedy.
It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone, Starlet, Generation Kill) hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.
Maria is 14 years old. Her family is part of a fundamentalist Catholic community. Maria lives her everyday life in the modern world, yet her heart belongs to Jesus. She wants to follow him, to become a saint and go to heaven — just like all those holy children she’s always been told about. So Maria goes through 14 stations, just like Jesus did on his path to Golgatha, and reaches her goal in the end. Not even Christian, a boy she meets at school, can stop her, even if in another world, they might have become friends, or even more. Left behind is a broken family that finds comfort in faith, and the question if all these events were really so inevitable.