There’s a bunch of new movies out this weekend. New films include Southpaw (Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams), Pixels (Adam Sandler, Kevin James), Paper Towns (Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne), American Heist (Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody), Dark Was the Night (Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas), Five Star (James “Primo” Grant, John Diaz), Frank the Bastard (Rachel Miner, Andy Comeau), A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (documentary), Phoenix (Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld), Samba (Charlotte Gainsbourg, Omar Sy), The Vatican Tapes (Kathleen Robertson, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Peña), and WARx2 (documentary). Continue reading for summaries and trailers of the new films for this weekend.
Southpaw follows the redemption story of Billy “The Great” Hope (Gyllenhaal), the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion with a loving family, a beautiful home, and just about everything else you could want. But, when a tragic accident leaves his wife dead, Billy falls into a downward spiral. With his life consumed by alcohol and prescription drug addiction and his home repossessed by the bank, Child Services eventually steps in to take away his daughter. In steps former boxer Tick (Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker) who takes Hope under his wing as long as he agrees to clean up his act. Cue dramatic comeback as Hope not only fights to regain custody of his daughter, but also his life as a professional boxer. I think we all know how this one will turn out.
As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times — at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults — and now — U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by Pac-man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.
Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green, Paper Towns is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears — leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship — and true love.
James (Hayden Christensen) owes his life to his older brother, Frankie (Adrien Brody) after taking the rap for a crime they committed together. While Frankie served time, James worked to turn his life around, got a steady job and began courting his former girlfriend Emily (Jordana Brewster). Now, Frankie is released and back on the streets with no money and no place to go. He turns to his underworld connections (Akon) and convinces James to join him in hopes that one last job will be the solution to change both their lives.
The quiet lives of a sheriff (The Strain’s Kevin Durand) and his deputy (Lukas Haas) are put to the test when an ancient creature begins preying on the local livestock and the small logging town’s human residents in this wholly entertaining old-school monster movie.
After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets — one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve — both in the film and in reality — the streets of Brooklyn are all Primo has ever known. While John questions whether or not to enter into this life, Primo must decide whether to leave it all behind as he vows to become a better husband and father. Set during those New York summer weeks where the stifling heat seems to encase everything, Five Star plunges into gang culture with searing intensity. Director Keith Miller observes the lives of these two men with a quiet yet pointed distance, carefully eschewing worn clichés through its unflinching focus. Distinctions between fiction and real life remain intentionally ambiguous, allowing the story of these two men to resonate beyond the streets, as they face the question of what it means to be a man.
Still reeling from a rocky divorce and the recent death of her father, Clair Defina, a 33 year-old New York writer, needs a change. Her best friend, Isolda, suggests they drive up the coast of Maine to the remote northern region where Claire spent her early childhood. Clair and her father left when she was six, following the tragic death of her mother in a fire, and she hasn’t returned since. Arriving in the quaint but dilapidated seaside town of Edgeport, Clair meets an eclectic group of locals, many of whom once lived on a nearby commune with her parents in the 1970’s. She’s surprised when they tell her she has family her father never told her about, a 90 year old great Aunt Dora living out on a farm at the edge of town with her daughter Alice.
When well-known Syrian blogger Amina Arraf — purportedly kidnapped by local authorities during the Arab Spring — was revealed to be an elaborate hoax persona, an entire international community realized it had been catfished. But the betrayal cut deepest for Canadian activist Sandra Bagaria, who had been involved in an online relationship with Amina. Playing out like a detective story, A Gay Girl in Damascus reconstructs this astounding tale of global deceit from Sandra’s perspective. As she crosses the globe in search of answers, questioning journalists, activists, and intelligence agencies, she prepares for a face-to-face confrontation with Amina’s true creator.
Nelly Lenz, a Jewish singer, has survived the Nazi concentration camps but at what cost? She is disfigured and has had to undergo facial surgery. Back in what is left of Berlin, accompanied by her faithful friend Lene, she has only one thing in mind, finding Johnny, her musician husband in the ruins of the city. She wants to know if he still loves her and if he has betrayed her, as Lene claims he has. She does meet him but Johnny does not recognize her. Worse, he asks her to impersonate… Nelly, with a view to grabbing her inheritance.
When Samba (Sy) is suddenly ordered to leave France, he enlists the help of Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg), an emotionally vulnerable immigration advocate with little experience but plenty of heart. As the immigrant aspiring chef and the burned-out corporate executive tentatively explore an unexpected bond, they inspire each other to reinvent themselves in this vibrant comedy full of tender humor and heartfelt optimism.
The Vatican Tapes follows the ultimate battle between good and evil-God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year-old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father Lozano (Michael Peña) to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.
Due to sudden increase of active duty U.S military and veterans suicides and more young westerners being recruited to become terrorists possibly by foreign terror organizations. Warx2 tries to link these two very serious national security issues through research, experiment and interviews to spiritual attacks or mind control in the form of or by using ghosts and/or spirits.