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New Releases and Upcoming Movies

New & Upcoming Movie Releases


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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The Age of Adaline
Not gonna lie; I'm biased against romantic dramas. I think a steady diet of Twilights, Nicholas Sparks' recycled crap and a mix of social and genetic dislike has all soured me on the genre. There was something about The Age of Adaline that looked intriguing though. Maybe it was the slight science-fiction plot of a main character who never ages. Maybe it was that it's a period film through the entire 20th Century. Maybe it's just that Blake Lively is insanely attractive. Whatever the reason was that made me open to the idea that this could be something different, I'm glad it exists because it was a film I enjoyed quite a bit. Director Lee Toland Krieger has a few feature films under his belt but nothing that you've seen...hell, it's nothing I've even seen; and I see a lot. This is by far his biggest film in scope and budget and he pulled it off with the precision that made me think he was a seasoned Hollywood veteran. Despite most of the film taking place in our current year, the entire movie feels timeless and could've been made in any of the decades featured. His choice of lighting and lenses create a nostalgic haze to the screen that seems to be lost in the world of HD and it made everything seem slightly surreal and magical. I'm fully convinced that Blake Lively is the total package. Yes, it's true that she's one of the most beautiful actresses working today but her look is so classic that she seems absolutely in place for every decade chosen for a flashback. That perfect look isn't just from hair and costumes but a type of face that has always been and will always be a desired leading lady. Aside from all that though, Lively gives a subtle but stellar performance. A fellow critic, who did not like The Age of Adaline, was complaining about her as we left the theater. She said that she seemed cold and distant from the entire film. I think this was a deliberate choice since the character is filled with nothing but sadness as she's forced into a life where everyone ages and dies around her and she must become an island. The other two performances that are noteworthy are Harrison Ford who gives one of his best performances in the last decade. He's vulnerable in a way we haven't seen since his Regarding Henry days and is a deep breath of fresh air whenever he appears on the screen. The other is from Dutch actor Michiel Huisman (HBO's Game of Thrones, World War Z). It seems in Hollywood that the more attractive you are the less likely it is that you're also a good actor. That doesn't seem to be the case with Huisman who pulls off likable version of Christian Grey (minus the sex beatings), who's funny, charming and far from annoying. He's someone that even the men in the audience will enjoy simply based on his "every-man" persona which he pulls off despite his character's wealth. (Think Mr. Big in Sex and the City.) There are moments where The Age of Adaline can't avoid veering down Cliche Ave for a moment or two but don't let that distract you from the emotional powerhouse that some of the scenes are executed with. One scene in particular made me cry harder than I have at a movie in a few years and the slobbering snorts and blubbers around me confirmed that I wasn't alone. There will be some disappointed that it's too convenient or not science-fiction enough but as a total product, I found Adaline to be a very enjoyable romantic drama that manages to have a little something for everyone.
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Interview: Oscar Isaac
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Unfriended
Now we all know Joss Whedon as the genius who wrote and directed The Avengers films but before that he was a nerd who created a highly-praised sci-fi show Firefly and a horror satire called Cabin in the Woods. When Cabin was released in 2012, I thought it was one of the most clever and original twists on conventional horror themes that I had ever seen...of course this was way before it was discovered that he may have ripped the whole thing off from a book that came out a few years earlier. Nonetheless, Unfriended is a horror film that isn't a satire but is every bit as clever and original at taking the cliches that horror franchises were built on and modernizing it for a new generation that resonates louder than anyone expected. Yes, it's true that the entire film is just a screen recording of a single computer that appears to be done in one single take. Does that look weird on a big movie theater screen? Yes. In fact, this is one of the few films that will look and feel better on a small screen at home (or even better...a laptop). Unfriended follows five friends having a Skype conversation when a mysterious account crashes their conversation, won't let the log off and kills them one-by-one. I know this sounds as stupid as the trailer makes it look but I assure you that it's actually very effective and scary. What I love about Unfriended so much is that it's everything you need to see for a conventional slasher horror. The character cliches are the same. The justification for the murders is the same. The mounting terror is achieved the same. However, in 2015 teenagers no longer go to summer camp, or a cabin in the woods, or even get together at someone's house. This is a generation who was raised online and that's where they happily live. So what first-time writer Nelson Greaves and unknown director Levan Gabriadze created was a perfect concept to show how that generation can be scared to death. What makes the film even better is the message behind the film. Murdering teenagers based on the sins of sex, drinking and drugs has always been part of horror but Gabriadze and Greaves have added a new sin to it that it actually way more serious and scary than anything in a horror film and that's cyber bullying. Before you think this will come across like an After-School Special, I assure you doesn't. It's a new plague in teenage lives and makes for a perfect plot device for a vengeful spirit to go after a group of five teens. The other aspect that makes Unfriended so original is the choice to make it all one shot on a single laptop recording. It's not "found footage" but some might think it feels that way. You're watching one terrifying night play out in real time and it's VERY effective at building suspense and making you jump. It does feel a little long at times but luckily it's only 84-minutes in length. I understand that this is a gimmick film. For that reason, it's easy to marginalize it. As I walked into the screening I had the studio representative tell me that he found everyone over the age of 30 hated it and everyone under 30 loved it. Isn't that an interesting snapshot of an ever-changing society? Not everyone will find this scary and obviously it'll be a polarizing film, but anyone who is a fan of horror films and has bitched for years about how nothing feels new or original anymore, will stand up and cheer at this accomplishment. That is until we find out a few years later that the whole thing was just ripped off of a some blog somewhere. (Say it ain't so, Joss!)
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True Story
A funny thing happened at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Two guys who have been in half of the top ten grossing comedies of the last decade starred in a film that was a true story about one of the most awful murderer in recent memory and the disgraced journalist that interviewed him for months in an attempt to write a book about it all. If that sounds confusing because it doesn't appear to be funny at all, you're not alone; it's not...like at all. True Story is a crime drama that's as bleak as they get yet for some reason stars Jonah Hill and James Franco are the stars. If you can get past that, you might enjoy the film. When I was in college I learned about Christian Longo and Michael Finkel because it was a crazy story. Finkel had just been fired from The New York Times after he was caught lying on a story he wrote. To save his career he decided to interview Longo, a man accused of murdering his wife and three young children, after learning that Longo liked him. The two formed an unlikly and unholy friendship that is used as an example of what not to do in journalism. I remember being totally floored by the story because it was exciting and interesting which turned out to be the exact opposite of the film True Story. The reason for taking such a riveting story and making it a dull, plodding tale of seduction and lies is the fault of first-time writer/director Rupert Goold. For a first attempt this isn't half bad. The scenes of the actual murder are shown in small bits in flashbacks and what Goold chooses to show and how he shows it are beautiful which makes them so much more disturbing. Being a father of a young child made me easy prey but those scenes moved me to tears. However, anything beyond that is yawn-inducing as far as what Goold brings to the table. The only thing that saves this film are the performances from Hill and Franco. I know both these guys have been in really dumb, funny, crude comedies but they've also been nominated for Oscars. They prove in True Story that they know how to command a dramatic scene just as well as they can command a comedic one. Franco's performance is subdued and chilling and Hill is almost as good as his Moneyball performance as an ernest guy who doesn't realize he's being manipulated and outsmarted every step of the way. Most of this film is scenes of just these two sitting in an empty room talking to each other and, despite being very slow, it still holds your attention. There's nothing funny nor fun about True Story. I'm sure that when the actual loved ones of the deceased found out that Jonah Hill and James Franco would be playing the leads in a movie about the trial of the man who took those kids from them, they were pretty pissed off. But if you can leave your misconceptions about those two at the theater door and don't mind sitting through a slow 100-minute-long film that feels more like two hours, True Story delivers an interesting character study of a derranged man and his last victim. Truly.
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