OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening May 29, 2015
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Aloha (PG-13 for profanity and suggestive comments) Oscar-winner Cameron Crowe (for Almost Famous) wrote and directed this romantic comedy about a disgraced astronaut-turned-defense contractor (Bradley Cooper) who divides his time between a feisty Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) and a long-lost ex-girlfriend (Rachel McAdams) while on assignment in Hawaii. Supporting cast includes Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride.
San Andreas (PG-13 for action, mayhem and brief profanity) 3-D disaster flick, unfolding in the wake a devastating earthquake, about a helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) who flies with his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) from L.A. to San Francisco to rescue their missing daughter (Alexandra Daddario). With Paul Giamatti, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi and Will Yun Lee.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Barely Lethal (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, violence, drug references and underage drinking) Action comedy about a teenage spy (Hailee Steinfeld) who fakes her own death in order to have a normal life, only to find the treacherous waters of a suburban high school as challenging as international espionage. Featuring Jessica Alba, Samuel L. Jackson and Jaime King.
Gemma Bovery (R for sexuality, nudity and profanity) Screen adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel of the same name, set in Normandy, about a baker’s (Fabrice Luchini) pursuit of a British beauty (Gemma Arterton) who has just moved to town with her furniture repairman husband (Jason Flemyng). With Isabelle Candelier, Niels Schneider and Mel Raido. (In French and English with subtitles)
Heaven Knows What (R for violence, sexuality, disturbing images, graphic nudity, pervasive profanity and incessant drug use) Screen adaptation of Mad Love in New York City, Arielle Holmes’s unpublished memoir, a tawdry tale of self-destruction and love between a couple of heroin addicts (Holmes and Caleb Landry-Jones) living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Support cast includes Eleonore Hendricks, street legend Buddy Duress gore rapper and Necro.
I Believe in Unicorns (Unrated) Bittersweet drama about a vulnerable teenager (Natalia Dyer) who resorts to escapist fantasies to cope when her first romantic relationship turns violent. With Peter Vack, Julia Garner, Amy Seimetz and Toni Meyerhoff.
Results (R for sexuality, profanity and drug use) Midlife crisis comedy, set in Austin, revolving around a recently-divorced millionaire (Kevin Corrigan) who starts dating his hard-nosed personal trainer (Cobie Smilders), much to the chagrin of her jealous boos and ex-boyfriend (Guy Pearce). With Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Michael Hall, Brooklyn Decker and Tishuan Scott.
Survivor (PG-13 for action, violence and brief profanity) International thriller about a double-crossed, U.S. Foreign Service Officer (MillaJovovich), stationed in London, who ends up on the run and trying to clear her name in time to thwart a terrorist attack planned for New Year’s Eve in Times Square. A-list ensemble includes Pierce Brosnan, Angela Bassett, Emma Thompson, Dylan McDermott and Robert Forster.
The True Cost (PG-13 for mature themes and disturbing images) Eco-documentary examining the toll exacted by the fashion industry on underpaid employees sewing the clothes and on the Earth’s natural resources. .
Welcome to This House (Unrated) Lyrical biopic about the closeted love life of Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), the secretly-gay Poet Laureate of the United States.