New films this weekend include The 33 (Naomi Scott, Antonio Banderas), By the Sea (Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie), Love the Coopers (Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei), Entertainment (Gregg Turkington), Gridiron Heroes (documentary), Ingrid Bergman — In Her Own Words (documentary), James White (Christopher Abbott), Kilo Two Bravo (David Elliot), My All-American (Finn Wittrock), Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (documentary), and 10 Days in the Madhouse (Caroline Barry). The 33, By the Sea, and Love the Coopers look the most promising. Continue reading for summaries and trailers of the new movies for this weekend.
In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. But 200 stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions — and time — were quickly running out. A story of resilience, personal transformation and triumph of the human spirit, the film takes us to the Earth’s darkest depths, revealing the psyches of the men trapped in the mine, and depicting the courage of both the miners and their families who refused to give up. Based on the gripping true story of survival — and filmed with the cooperation of the miners, their families and their rescuers — “The 33” reveals the never-before-seen actual events that unfolded, above and below ground, which became nothing less than a worldwide phenomenon.
By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Brad Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Angelina Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Laurent) and François (Poupaud), and village locals Michel (Arestrup) and Patrice (Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. Written, directed and produced by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie Pitt, By the Sea is Jolie Pitt’s third feature film as director and follows last year’s epic Unbroken.
When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.
An aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement and the possibility of rekindling a relationship with his daughter, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters.
Narrated by Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, Battleship, Savages and Lone Survivor), Gridiron Heroes is the story of high school football player Chris Canales, who was paralyzed in the final four minutes of his last regular season football game. The film chronicles the work of the Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation started by Chris and his father Eddie. Gridiron Heroes is also an examination of the game of football itself. Some of the most famous faces in the game discuss the larger problem of brain damage and spinal cord injuries that occur on the football field and a possible solution, Heads up Tackling, is presented.
In spring 2011, director Stig Björkman meets Ingrid Bergman’s daughter Isabella Rossellini and she suggests him to make a film about Mama. Through Isabella, Stig is able to tell Ingrid’s story through her own words and images. Through never-before-seen private footage, notes, letters, diaries and interviews with her children, this documentary presents a personal portrait and captivating look behind the scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of American and World cinema.
A coming-of-age story about a young New Yorker struggling to take control of his reckless behavior in the face of momentous family challenges.
This excruciatingly tense thriller tells the true story of a platoon who set out to disable a Taliban roadblock. On nearing the insurgents, one of the soldiers triggers a land mine setting into motion a desperate rescue mission.
The true story, UT’s 1969 national championship-winning football team heroes, Coach Darrell Royal and defensive back Freddie Steinmark.
Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans is the story of obsession, betrayal and ultimate vindication. It is the story of how one of the most volatile, charismatic stars of his generation, who seemingly lost so much he held dear in the pursuit of his dream, nevertheless followed it to the end.
In 1887, at age 23, reporter Nellie Bly, working for Joseph Pulitzer, feigns mental illness to go undercover in notorious Blackwell’s Island a woman’s insane asylum to expose corruption, abuse and murder.