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New & Upcoming Movie Releases


Danny Collins
Release: March 20th
Rated: R
Cast: Melissa Benoist, Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Synopsis: An aging rock star decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year old letter written to him by John Lennon.
The Gunman
Release: March 20th
Rated: R
Cast: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
Synopsis: A former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from PTSD tries to reconnect with his long time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name.
Insurgent
Release: March 20th
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Synopsis: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.
Home
Release: March 27th
Rated: PG
Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin
Genre: Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
Synopsis: When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own.
Get Hard
Release: March 27th
Rated: R
Cast: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie
Genre: Comedy 
Synopsis: When millionaire James King is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars.
Cupcakes
Release: March 27th
Rated: TBD
Cast: Dana Ivgy, Keren Berger, Yael Bar-Zohar
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: When a group of best friends in Tel Aviv gather to watch 'UniverSong', they are less than impressed by the official Israeli entry. Believing that they can do better, they spontaneously create and record their own song on a mobile phone.
Furious 7
Release: April 3rd
Rated: PG-13
Cast:  Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
Synopsis: Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother.
Desert Dancer
Release: April 10th
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Freida Pinto, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen
Genre: Biography | Drama
Synopsis: Afshin Ghaffarian risks everything to start a dance company amidst his home country of Iran's politically volatile climate and the nation's ban on dancing.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Release: April 17th
Rated: PG
Cast: Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui
Genre: Action | Comedy
Synopsis: After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers.
Child 44
Release: April 17th
Rated: R
Cast: Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Noomi Rapace
Genre: Drama | Thriller
Synopsis: A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.
Monkey Kingdom
Release: April 17th
Rated: TBD
Cast: Tina Fey
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia.
Little Boy
Release: April 24th
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Emily Watson, David Henrie, Kevin James
Genre: Comedy | Drama | War 
Synopsis: A 7-year old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Release: May 1st
Rated: TBD
Cast:  Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
Synopsis: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
Far from the Madding Crowd
Release: May 1st
Rated: PG-13
Cast:  Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge, Matthias Schoenaerts
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.
Hot Pursuit
Release: May 8th
Rated: TBD
Cast:  Sofía Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Mosley
Genre: Action | Comedy
Synopsis: An inept police officer must protect the widow of a drug dealer from criminals and dirty policemen.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Release: May 15th
Rated: TBD
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Genre: Action | Adventure | Thriller
Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic world, in which people fight to the death, Max teams up with a mysterious woman, Furiousa, to try and survive.
Pitch Perfect 2
Release: May 15th
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld
Genre: Comedy | Music
Synopsis: Collegiate a cappella group the Barden Bellas enter into an international competition that no American team has ever won.  
Tomorrowland
Release: May 22nd
Rated: TBD
Cast: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie
Genre: Adventure | Mystery | Sci-Fi
Synopsis: Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.
San Andreas
Release: May 29th
Rated: TBD
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Carla Gugino
Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
Synopsis: In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter.
Insidious: Chapter 3
Release: June 5th
Rated: TBD
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson
Genre: Horror
Synopsis: A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
Spy
Release: June 5th
Rated: R
Cast:  Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Morena Baccarin
Genre: Action | Comedy
Synopsis: A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
Jurassic World
Release: June 12th
Rated: TBD
Cast: Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Synopsis: Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor's interest, which backfires horribly.
Ted 2
Release: June 26th
Rated: TBD
Cast: Liam Neeson, Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law.


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Get Hard
Not a lot of people know who Adam McKay is but he's Will Ferrell's best friend. They met on SNL when McKay was the head writer. He's responsible for such brilliant films as Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brother, The Other Guys and the co-founder of Funny or Die. I love it when he's behind the camera. He seems to put out top shelf entertainment and some of the funniest films ever made. Get Hard has all the feel of an Adam McKay movie but it's not. He just came up with the story and the rest was outsourced to a first-time director and that's where it went wrong. Will Ferrell is one of the funniest, if not the funniest, people alive today. He could look into the camera and read from the Wall Street Journal and make it funny. He's joined by Kevin Hart in this film (hear my full interview with him below), a king of comedy in his own right. The premise of the film seems hilarious enough -- a millionaire douchebag is going to jail but before he does he hires a black man, he assumes has been to jail because he's black, to teach him how to survive prison. Sure, it's a racist premise but it's not the first time a comedy has been made that set out to poke us in our collective racial sensitivity. But for some reason, this plot just kind of sucked. Another big problem with the film is that director Etan Cohen doesn't have the experience to pull the plug on a scene before it wears out its welcome. There are moments in Get Hard that are amazingly funny but then go on for another few minutes and that negates whatever comedic progress was made in the scene before that. Not to mention that some bits in the film don't work at all from the very beginning and they go on too long as well. It makes those particular moments especially frustrating to watch. Cohen chooses to go for shock instead of actual comedy for much of the film. Ferrell and Hart are funny in the film though despite a lousy script. That might be my own bias about them as performers though. They don't have a ton of chemistry but given the nature of their characters, that's fine. Ferrell is known for ad libbing and improvising most of his dialogue and Hart comes across as someone who sticks to the script. I'm not sure how much of that went on in Get Hard but if I had to guess, it was a lot. I appreciate what McKay and his crew for Get Hard try to do with the social/political message they have in this. I also appreciate how hard they try to get that message across and still create a funny film, which they did for the most part. Get Hard isn't the total disaster that some are saying but it's far from the success the premise could have made it. When you put two of the funniest working comics in a movie together the expectations of greatness should be reached. They're not. And that is the real crime. Listen to Kevin Hart on the Wake Up Call:
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It Follows
Out of all the film festivals, Cannes seems to be the most snooty, at least to me. Maybe because it takes place in the south of France or maybe because the movies that end up making a splash are the kind that most people end up rolling their eyes at when they get a wide release in America. Rarely do horror films get a buzz at any film festival let alone that one. It Follows is the movie that bucked the system. It was one of like five films to come out of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival with a lot of attention. Whenever that happens and it's to a genre that never gets the credit it deserves, I take notice and so should you. Obviously, It Follows has a cast of unknown actors and all of them are young. The lead is a stunning Maika Monroe who will be in many more films to come; trust me. The film sounds ridiculous but trust me, it's not. Imagine an STD of the supernatural kind. Monroe plays a young girl who has sex with a boy who then informs her that he's passed a curse on to her via sex. The curse is a creature that takes the form of different creepy humans that has one goal until she passes it to someone else...kill her. I know! I know! It SOUNDS stupid but upon viewing the film it feels totally ominous and logical. For decades, horror films have used sex as justification for the villains. Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees, Freddy Kruger all killed naughty teens after they had sex and/or got drunk and high. It Follows takes that tired plot device and amps it up with a very real feeling of dread and panic. It's a perfect anxiety piece for anyone who has ever had an STD scare or got that dreaded diagnosis in real life. It's way more effective than a masked killer shoving a butcher's knife into your chest. No matter what is happening on the screen at the time, you know that this creature is moving slowly toward Monroe in a deliberate mission to kill her. It never stops its pursuit and you don't know why. Now, know that this film isn't scary. That's important to get across because that's all some of you want from a horror film and there's nothing wrong with that. Personally, I feel like the best horror movies are the ones that are expertly directed and have an overall sense of dread and creepiness. Writer/Director David Robert Mitchell NAILS it! It Follows is presented to us like Stanley Kubrik's The Shining. It's not the masterpiece that that was but this was also done by a young director on his second feature film. The long, single-take shots, the perfectly-framed angles, the lighting and one of the best horror soundtracks of all time make this a must-see. If you're expecting blood splattered violence, graphic nudity in steamy sex scenes, a terrifying monster that drools and snarls...this isn't for you. It Follows is the slow burn that never startles but just makes you feel uneasy. It creeps you out and is a clever twist on the morality of horror. It's a film that deserves to be watched and then discussed afterward. It's a display from a filmmaker who's ready for the big time and a leading lady who needs to be cast in more right away. It Follows deserves all the attention it got from Cannes and I just hope that America embraces it for the classic it's sure to become.
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Home
My wife and I often get into fights. She says that Dreamworks Animation makes nothing but crap for kids and I defend them. Not everything that Dreamworks Animation has put out has been awful. Shrek, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, The Croods, Kung Fu Panda...these are all great films. My wife's response to that is to point out what their success rate is given how many films they've made. I have to concede that point because she's right; it's not good. Especially when you compare it to Pixar which has made a superb film every single time they've tried, with some exceptions, it does make Dreamworks look sophomoric to say the least. Home is a film that really swings for the fences on hitting you right between the ribs and tug at those heartstrings while still being really, really funny. I hate to say it but it's another example of how right my wife is. Jim Parsons is the voice of Oh, a member of a lovable alien species who invades Earth to claim it as their own. Parsons has won several awards for his role on The Big Bang Theory but I can't stand him. No matter what I see him in, no matter how far of a departure he takes it from his nerdy character on that show, he still irritates me. His portrayal of Oh is not even remotely a departure and annoyed me from the first seconds of the film until its bitter end. Another casting decision that is unforgivable is Rihanna as Oh's human sidekick. This isn't Rihanna's first film and I'm not sure who told her to get into acting but I hope that person suffers for that. The only success in Home is Steve Martin, who hasn't been in anything in four years. It is possible for Martin to star in a terrible film but it is impossible for Martin to be terrible in it. This is a prime example. He plays the halfwit leader of the aliens and his hilarious performance is up there in the top ten greatest voice performances of all time. He may be the only thing worth watching in the movie. The only other performance that is amusing is from Matt Jones who you may recognize as Badger from AMC's Breaking Bad. The biggest problem with Home is that it's dumb. I understand that it's for kids and it's okay if they're silly but it's dumb in a way that makes me mad because it talks down to the audience. Penguins of Madagascar is silly but it's not dumb. Pixar films tend to be the exact opposite and sometimes forget to be silly but they are never, ever dumb. Underestimating your audience is one of the worst things a film can do and director Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge) has a history of doing just that. However, the worst thing about Home is the soundtrack which is 90% Rihanna songs and they fire throughout the movie every five minutes like a rotten jukebox. Home isn't worth seeing in a theater; it's not even worth renting. It's unfortunate because the scenes that involve Steve Martin are very funny and deserve to be watched. There aren't enough of them though to still justify a viewing of this annoying and aggravating film. I brought my 3-year-old son to my screening. He's an excellent moviegoer, which makes me excited and proud as you could imagine. Home didn't hold his attention, didn't make him laugh, didn't make excited. Either the apple doesn't fall far from the tree or it's simply not a good film for any generation.
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Insurgent
There will be a day when young adult novel series will no longer be the bread and butter (along with comic books) of Hollywood anymore. I'm starting to look forward to those days. It's true that some of the series are very good such as Harry Potter and The Hunger Games but most of them are not. I understand that these books might be crazy fun to read but they simply don't make great movies or at the very least are poorly executed. The Divergent series seems to be falling victim to the same issues that all these movies do; working out the kinks in tone and direction as they go along. Twilight did that and by the last two films almost had a winning film on their hands. Divergent was a disaster on almost every level but by bringing German director Robert Schwentke (Flightplan, Red) they might have a winning film next time around. I am very aware that Divergent is a popular series yet no one has been able to explain to me the basic plot. In the future, the human race is almost gone and in order to keep peace we are born into a vocation based on our DNA. However, if you're not fond of that vocation, you are free to choose another. Some people are born Divergents though and don't fit into any group and these people are a threat to the entire system...for some reason. As long as you don't mind that HUGE plot hole, these films aren't the worst concepts out there. Sure, they're wildly uncreative and unoriginal but what young adult series is? The good news for Insurgent is that that speed bump in storytelling takes a backseat in this installment and more action replaces it. Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars, The Descendants) returns with her co-star Theo James (Underworld: Awakening, The Domino Effect). Woodley is a relatively talented actress. James, on the other hand, is one of the worst working actors I've seen. These two continue to have so little chemistry that it makes Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson seem like soul mates. These two romantically lumber around the story making over half of the movie boring and unwatchable due to so much time being dedicated to their relationship. Thank God Miles Teller (The Awkward Moment, 21 & Over) is here to save the day. Fresh off his killer performance in the Oscar-winner Whiplash, Teller wins every scene he's in and gives you something to look forward to. The other good news for Insurgent is that it has a pretty exciting final act. I was made aware that the ending is a big departure from the book. I don't know what happens in those pages but what I saw on the screen was vital to this franchise making me look forward to anything else from it. Schwentke seems to have his hands on the reigns more firmly than the last guy. If he pulls this series out of certain death it'll be impressive given its clunky and confusing start. I'm not exactly routing for its success considering how over half this film is still awful, but I am looking forward to what it has to offer next.
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