New films this weekend include The Martian (Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig), The Walk (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley), Legend (Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton), Freeheld (Julianne Moore, Ellen Page), He Named Me Malala (documentary), Hell & Back (animated), Shanghai (Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi), and Garm Wars: The Last Druid (Mélanie St-Pierre, Kevin Durand). The Martian, The Walk and Legend look the most promising of the new movies. Continue reading for summaries and trailers of the new movies for this weekend.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring the Martian home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, The Martian features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man — Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) — has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight, again uses advanced technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, The Walk is true big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds. The film is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center.
Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1950s and 1960s.
Inspired by true events, discover how Laurel Hester taught the world that love is love. Freeheld stars Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.
He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.
Meet Remy, Augie and Curt, lifelong friends whose summer job isn’t working out as well as they’d hoped so Remy seeks out a fortune teller for advice. Their curiosity unleashes The Blood Oath of Beezlebub — a legendary myth that proves its power as the The Devil drags Curt kicking and screaming to Hell. Are Remy and Augie prepared to fight the legions of Hell to get their friend back? Spoiler: No. Absolutely not. In the outrageous R rated animated comedy from the studio that brought you Robot Chicken, TripTank and Bojack Horseman, three friends embark on a wayward journey into the deepest, darkest depths of hell to rescue one of their own. As they navigate their escape, the trio provokes a slew of misfit demons, a super sexy angel, infamous Greek legends, and the Devil himself; Hell has never been hotter!
A small town somewhere in India is poised to become the next Shanghai. Billions of dollars are being poured into an upcoming International Business Park. On the eve of its launch a drunk truck driver mows down a prominent social activist. A lone girl believes it to be a murder, supported by a porn film maker who claims to have the proof that will bring the government down. A high ranking bureaucrat is brought in to investigate the accident. Shanghai, a political thriller, follows the journey of these unlikely heroes as they come together to find justice in the labyrinth of Indian democracy.
In a world where clone soldiers from three military tribes are locked in a perpetual battle of air, land and technology, one clone is separated from the battle and finds herself on the run with a group of unlikely companions.