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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Ant-Man (PG-13 for violence) 12th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series stars Paul Rudd in the title role as an incredible, shrinking super-hero whose strength is inversely proportionate to his size. Plot revolves around his planning a heist with the help of his mentor (Michael Douglas) in order to save the world. Cast includes Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, T.I., Michael Pena, Bobby Cannavale and Wood Harris.
Irrational Man (R for profanity and sexuality) Woody Allen directed this midlife crisis drama about a jaded, just-dumped, philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) looking for a fresh start at a small Rhode Island college where he proceeds to get involved with a student (Emma Stone) as well as the wife (Parker Posey) of a faculty member. With Betsy Aidem, Ethan Phillips, Joe Stapleton and Jamie Blackley.
Trainwreck (R for nudity, profanity, drug use and graphic sexuality) Romantic comedy about a reporter (Amy Schumer) who reconsiders her reluctance to commit to a relationship when she finds herself falling for the charming doctor (Bill Hader) she’s been assigned to write an article about. Ensemble cast includes Colin Quinn, Tilda Swinton, John Cena, LeBron James, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Method Man, Amar’e Stoudemire, Matthew Broderick, Marv Albert and Vanessa Bayer.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Alleluia (Unrated) Suspense thriller revolving around a seductive womanizer (Laurent Lucas) who enters an unholy alliance with a lonely widow (Lola Duenas) after they share a very passionate, one-night stand. With Helena Noguerra, Edith Le Merdy and Anne-Marie Loop. (In French with subtitles)
Bonobos: Back to the Wild (Unrated) Endangered species biopic about Claudine Andre (Rebecca Hall), the renowned primatologist who has dedicated her career to saving the Congo’s Bonobo apes. Co-starring Luke Evans and featuring an appearance by Andre herself.
Boulevard (R for profanity and sexuality) The late Robin Williams stars in the out-of-the-closet drama as a banker in a marriage of convenience tempted to leave his wife (Kathy Bates) of 26 years for a handsome male prostitute (Roberto Aguire) he picks up on the street. With Bob Odenkirk, Giles Matthey and Eleonore Hendricks.
Caffeinated (Unrated) Java documentary highlighting the role coffee plays in cultures all around the world. (In English, Italian, Spanish and Korean)
A Hard Day (Unrated) Korean crime thriller about a police detective (Sun-kyun Lee) who is accused of corruption, served divorce papers, learns of his mother’s death, and is involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident, all within a 24-hour period. With Jin-woong Jo, Dong-Young Kim and Jeong-geun Sin. (In Korean with subtitles)
Lila & Eve (R for violence and profanity) Revenge thriller about a grief-stricken mother (Viola Davis) who tracks down her son’s drive-by killers on the advice of another mourning mom (Jennifer Lopez) she meets at a support group. Support cast includes Yolonda Ross, Shea Whigham and Aml Ameen.
The Look of Silence (PG-13 for mature themes) Justice delayed documentary follows the search by siblings who survived the Indonesian genocide for the men who killed their brother. (In Indonesian with subtitles)
Mr. Holmes (PG for mature themes, disturbing images and smoking) Ian McKellen plays Sherlock Holmes in this murder mystery, set in 1957, which finds the aging sleuth attempting to solve an unsolved case with the help of his housekeeper’s (Laura Linney) precocious young son (Milo Parker). With Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan and Colin Starkey as Dr. Watson. (In English and Japanese with subtitles)
Safelight (R for profanity and sexual references) Romance drama, set in the Seventies, about a couple of teens (Juno Temple and Evan Peters) who embark on a road trip to photograph lighthouses located along the California coast. Co starring Kevin Alejandro, Meaghan Martin and Christine Lahti.
The Stanford Prison Experiment (R for profanity, sexual references and abusive behavior) Psychological thriller inspired by the 1971 study conducted by Professor Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) in which college students were enlisted to serve as guards and inmates in a mock penitentiary. Featuring Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby and Tye Sheridan.