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Synopsis – Elvis and Nixon
This comedy depicts the real-life 1970 meeting between rock star Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) and then-president Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) at the White House, which led to an iconic photo of the two men shaking hands. During the meeting, Elvis offers his services as an undercover agent in the war on drugs. Directed by Liza Johnson (HATESHIP LOVESHIP).
Synopsis – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) clash over differing philosophies about what kind of heroism is needed to protect the world, while the public they’re defending is becoming increasingly mindful of the damage that superheroes and masked vigilantes cause. However, the duo are soon forced to confront an even greater threat created by nefarious billionaire Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). Directed by Zack Snyder, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE also co-stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred the butler, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
New July 5:
Synopsis – By the Sea
In 1970s France, a former dancer (Angelina Jolie-Pitt) and her writer husband (Brad Pitt) attempt to rebuild their crumbling marriage by taking an extended vacation to a small coastal town, where they bond with its quirky inhabitants. As he struggles with writer’s block and she with her emotional turmoil stemming from their troubled relationship, they try to remember what brought them together fourteen years prior. This film marks the first time in ten years that Angelina Jolie-Pitt and Brad Pitt have starred together, since the 2005 film Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Jolie-Pitt is also the writer and director of the film.
Synopsis – The Family Fang
Caleb and Camille Fang (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett) are a couple famous for public, avant-garde comedy skits that featured their children, previously known as Child A and Child B. Now adults with successful showbiz careers of their own, Annie (Nicole Kidman) and Baxter Fang (Jason Bateman) are estranged from their parents and lament their exploitation as kids. When Caleb and Camille go missing, Annie and Baxter reunite at their childhood home to determine if their parents are truly in trouble, or if their disappearance is their final stunt. Bateman directed this off-kilter family drama, which received its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
New June 28:
Synopsis – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Eager for a new professional challenge, TV reporter Kim Baker (Tina Fey) decides to serve as a foreign correspondent in Afghanistan, where she is embedded with a Marine unit. During her time abroad, she is forced to contend with a fiery U.S. general (Billy Bob Thornton), and befriends a fellow reporter (Margot Robbie) and a British photographer (Martin Freeman). Alfred Molina, Josh Charles, and Christopher Abbott co-star. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT was adapted from journalist Kim Barker’s memoir THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE: STRANGE DAYS IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN.
Synopsis – Kung Fu Panda 3
Jack Black returns as the voice of lovable martial-artist panda Po in the third adventure in this animated series. Po reunites with his long-lost father Li (Bryan Cranston), and the pair travel to a secret panda sanctuary. There, they must work together to defeat a new enemy: a powerful yak (J.K. Simmons) who grows stronger by stealing the life force of other warriors. Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, David Cross, and Kate Hudson also lend their voices to this animated comedy.
New June 21:
Synopsis – My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
In this sequel to the 2002 sleeper hit MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Toula (Nia Vardalos) finds her extended family rocked by the revelation that her mother and father were never really married — which, of course, requires an even bigger Greek wedding so they can officially tie the knot. Meanwhile, Toula struggles to spice up her marriage to Ian (John Corbett), and is heartbroken when her daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) says she wants to go to a distant college in order to get away from her overbearing clan.
Synopsis – 10 Cloverfield Lane
Following a car accident, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) awakens in the basement fallout shelter of a conspiracy-crazed man (John Goodman) who claims to have saved her from the wreckage of the crash. He also informs her that a chemical attack has devastated the surrounding area, rendering the outside world uninhabitable. Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.), who barely made it into the shelter, corroborates this version of events, but Michelle remains suspicious. As the dynamics within the bunker continually shift, she begins to doubt the truth of both what’s happening in the shelter and in the outside world. Dan Trachtenberg made his feature-length debut with this semi-sequel sci-fi thriller, produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, and Damien Chazelle.
New June 14:
Synopsis – Hello, My Name is Doris
Sixtysomething spinster Doris (Sally Field) attempts to woo her much younger co-worker John (Max Greenfield) after she attends a self-help seminar. To her surprise, she is soon welcomed into John’s social circle, although her new and exciting life strains her relationship with her longtime best friend (Tyne Daly). WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER co-writer Michael Showalter directed this comedy-drama.
Synopsis – Eddie the Eagle
Sports biopic of Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards (Taron Egerton), whose participation in the 1988 Winter Olympics at Calgary marked the first time a Brit had ever competed in the ski-jumping event. Edwards trains as a ski jumper under the tutelage of a hard-drinking former champ (Hugh Jackman), and eventually finds fame as a lovable loser who’s just trying his best. Directed by Dexter Fletcher.
New June 7:
Synopsis – The Other Side of the Door
An American family living in India are devastated when their young son is killed in an accident. The wife (Sarah Wayne Callies) soon performs a ritual at a Hindu temple that will let her speak to the dead, but her actions cause her family to be haunted by an otherworldly force. Jeremy Sisto, Logan Creran, Sofia Rosinsky, and Suchitra Pillai co-star. Directed by Johannes Roberts.
Synopsis – Zootopia
In a city inhabited by anthropomorphic animals who have abandoned traditional predator/prey roles in favor of civilized coexistence, uptight rabbit police officer Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is forced to work with charismatic fox con artist Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to crack a major case involving the mysterious disappearance of some carnivorous citizens. But when a few of the missing critters reappear, having reverted to pre-enlightenment savagery, it exposes existing anti-carnivore prejudice among the city’s herbivores that threatens to damage the fabric of their diverse metropolis. Shakira, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Nate Torrence, Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Octavia L. Spencer, Bonnie Hunt, Alan Tudyk, Don Lake, and John DiMaggio also lend their voices.
New May 31:
Synopsis – Race
This drama based on true events focuses on legendary black athlete Jesse Owens (Stephan James) and his inspiring journey to overcome racism at home and abroad, culminating in his triumphant track-and-field performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics under the tutelage of gruff Ohio State coach Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis). At the same time, Owens also contends with a rivalry with German competitor Carl “Luz” Long (David Kross), while Olympic committee members Jeremiah Mahoney (William Hurt) and Avery Brundage (Jeremy Irons) deal with Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels (Barnaby Metschurat) and his desire to make the Games a celebration of Aryan supremacy. Carice van Houten co-stars as controversial filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. Directed by Stephen Hopkins.
Synopsis – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Jane Austen’s beloved tome gets the zombie treatment in this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith best-selling spin on the classic book. Natalie Portman handles producing and acting duties in this Lionsgate production.
New May 24:
Synopsis – Zoolander 2
Past-their-prime male models Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are recruited by Interpol to investigate a conspiracy after a number of beautiful celebrities are assassinated while posing with Zoolander’s signature “Blue Steel” look. Their probe uncovers an ingenious plot by fashion mogul Mugatu (Will Ferrell) to locate and harness the source of the legendary Fountain of Youth. Directed by Ben Stiller. Olivia Munn, Kristen Wiig, and Penélope Cruz co-star.
Synopsis – How to Be Single
Four women with vastly different ideas about love and relationships navigate the single life of New York City. Taking a break from her long-term boyfriend Josh (Nicholas Braun), Alice (Dakota Johnson) sets out on a journey of self-discovery with her hard-drinking new friend Robin (Rebel Wilson). Meanwhile, Alice’s career-driven older sister Meg (Leslie Mann) struggles with the idea of settling down, and uptight romantic Lucy (Alison Brie) searches for her perfect match. Adapted from former SEX AND THE CITY writer Liz Tuccillo’s debut novel, this modern rom com was directed by Christian Ditter.
New May 17:
Synopsis – Dirty Grandpa
Straight-laced lawyer Jason (Zac Efron) goes on a road trip to Daytona Beach with his horndog grandfather Dick (Robert De Niro), who was recently widowed and is eager to party hard on spring break now that he’s a single man. Along the way, Dick prods Jason to let loose and have fun, and tries to convince him that he shouldn’t get married to his controlling fiancée (Julianne Hough). Aubrey Plaza, Dermot Mulroney, Zoey Deutch, Jason Mantzoukas, and Adam Pally co-star. Directed by Dan Mazer.
Synopsis – The Program
Stephen Frears directed this docudrama about the downfall of cyclist Lance Armstrong (Ben Foster), the winner of seven consecutive Tour de France races. As an Irish sportswriter (Chris O’Dowd) digs into the truth behind his success, one of Armstrong’s teammates (Jesse Plemons) contemplates blowing the whistle on the sport’s rampant doping. Guillaume Canet, Lee Pace, and Dustin Hoffman co-star.
New May 10:
Synopsis – Dead Pool
In this irreverent spin on the superhero genre, mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) agrees to participate in a top-secret experiment after learning that he has terminal cancer. When the procedure leaves him with advanced healing powers and a disfigured face, he reinvents himself as a wisecracking, spandex-clad antihero known as Deadpool, and seeks revenge on those responsible. Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, and Gina Carano co-star. Directed by Tim Miller.
Synopsis – Regression
A detective (Ethan Hawke) investigates horrifying claims that a young woman (Emma Watson) was tormented by a satanic cult that infiltrated her small town. However, controversy brews when it’s revealed that her memories of the abuse may have been implanted under hypnosis by a misguided psychiatrist (David Thewlis), and are obscuring the real culprit. Written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar.
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