Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
THIS PAST WEEKEND:
The year started out a lot like expected with Rogue One winning its fourth weekend at the box office, but it was a much tighter battle than expected, but not with Underworld: Blood Wars, actually. Instead, it was Foxâ€™s Hidden Figures, which destroyed in its first weekend of wide release with $22.8 million, which actually was enough to surpass Rogue One in its fourth weekend, knocking it down to #2. Iâ€™m not sure anyone saw that coming. Underworld: Blood Wars ended up tanking pretty badlyâ€”blame it on â€œsequelitisâ€?â€”as it opened in fourth place behind the movies above and Sing with slightly more than$13 million. Obviously, thatâ€™s a franchise thatâ€™s probably over now. Juan Bayonaâ€™s A Monster Calls opened wide into over 1,500 theaters but it only ended up with $2 million, not enough to get into the Top 10.
Just two weeks after the holidays, weâ€™re already getting our first four-day weekend of the year, at least for schools and government offices, as three new movies open wide and three more movies expand nationwide following their limited releases over the holidays. It should be a busy movie weekend with the money spread fairly thinly between them.
PATRIOTS DAY (CBS Films)
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, JK Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, Alex Wollf, Melissa Benoist
Director: Peter Berg (Hancock, Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, Battleship, The Kingdom, Very Bad Things, Friday Night Lights)
Genre: Drama, Action
Plot: On April 15, 2013, two brothers detonated bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring countless others and beginning a week-long manhunt that brought the FBI, Boston police and everyone of the city together.
Theater Count (est.): 2,900
After opening over Christmas weekend in New York, L.A. and Boston, Peter Berg and Mark Wahlbergâ€™s third movie together after 2013â€™s Lone Survivor and last yearâ€™s Deepwater Horizon will expand nationwide, and it will be interesting see how it does at the nationwide box office for a number of reasons.
The duo had better success with Lone Survivor, which had a similar limited release over the holidays in 2013 (in a single theater in New York and L.A.) before expanding nationwide in January, a tactic that worked even better for Clint Eastwoodâ€™s American Sniper a year later. After making $42,000 in limited release, Lone Survivor exploded with $37.8 million in the second full weekend of 2014 and went on to make $125 million domestic
This isnâ€™t as much of a straight Mark Wahlberg movie, as it is an ensemble piece where Wahlberg is surrounded by a strong cast that includes JK Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon and Michelle Monaghan, as Peter Berg tries to create the most complete picture of the investigation to find those responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
The movie has already received favorable reviews with 79% Fresh on RottenTomatoes and a strong â€œAâ€ CinemaScore that has helped it bring in $870,000 in seven theaters in New York, L.A. and Boston, and there should be enough interest in other cities that interest should continue accordingly.
Two films that could be used for easier comparisons are Paul Greengrassâ€™ United 93 ($31.5 million gross in April 2006) or Oliver Stoneâ€™s World Trade Center ($70.3 million gross three months later), because they were similar looks at the 9/11 tragedy with slightly more time passed.
Patriots Day is the latest release from CBS Films through their partnership with Lionsgate (who released Deepwater Horizon) and so far, their biggest hits have been the February 2012 release The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, and the November 13 comedy Last Vegas. The former is their biggest opening with $20.8 million, a number they could very likely match with Patriots Day given the semi-holiday weekend.
One obstacle that might keep Patriots Day from surpassing that amount is that its biggest audience is likely to be in Boston where the movie has already been playing for three weeks. CBS Films has certainly upped the advertising in recent weeks, and those who didnâ€™t catch it over the holidays might finally go check it out.
The movie does have competition for older moviegoers, especially males, both from Ben Affleckâ€™s Live by Night (another home-grown Boston boy) and Martin Scorseseâ€™s Silence, although women will probably lean more towards last weekâ€™s Hidden Figures. Chances are that Jamie Foxxâ€™s Sleepless could also appeal more to urban males than this, so that will probably keep it from doing the $30 million plus nationwide opening of Lone Survivor.
Even so, itâ€™s certainly reasonable that Patriots Day will do the best out of the new movies and probably make enough over the holiday weekend to finally dethrone Rogue One, as well as making it CBS Filmsâ€™ biggest hit to date.
MONSTER TRUCKS (Paramount)
Cast: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Holt McCallany, Barry Pepper, Tucker Albrizzi, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Frank Whaley, Thomas Lennon
Director: Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Epic)
Genre: Family, Action, Adventure
Plot: High school senior Tripp (Lucas Till) decides to build a Monster Truck from bits of car scraps, but an accident at a nearby oilrig displaces a strange creature with a taste for oil, so Tripp incorporates him into his vehicle creating a â€œMonster Truckâ€â€¦ get it?
Theater Count (est.): 2,800
Because the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend has become somewhat infamous for the release of awful-looking family films that end up doing better than expectedâ€”mainly because parents need an excuse to get their kids out of the house–here comes a live action family adventure thatâ€™s been delayed a few times but is finally seeing the light of day.
Itâ€™s such a simple high concept premise that a child could have come up with, and in fact, rumors have it that the idea to combine â€œmonstersâ€ and â€œtrucksâ€â€”two things that kids loveâ€”came from the child of a Paramount or Nickelodeon Films executive. As the story goes, they ran with it to create a combination CG and live action movie.
Directing the film is Chris Wedge, who previously directed animated films for Blue Sky Films, including the original Ice Age movie. There have been directors who have successfully made the transition to live action such as Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible â€“ Ghost Protocol) and Andrew Adamson (The Chronicles of Narnia), but also more than a few who just couldnâ€™t hack it and ended up going back to animation. (We’re talking to you Finding Nemo/Dory‘s Andrew Stanton…. although I liked John Carter quite a bit.)
Even so, Wedge has a somewhat impressive cast that includes Lucas Till (from the popular new CBS show MacGuyver) and Jane Levy (from last yearâ€™s hit horror film Donâ€™t Breathe), surrounded by an impressive cast of adult actors including Rob Lowe, Amy Ryan, Danny Glover and Thomas Lennon, although the latter has a bigger role than the others.
Tillâ€™s growing popularity should help the movie but itâ€™s really selling itself more on the popularity of the movieâ€™s namesake â€œmonster trucksâ€ which have been a popular form of entertainment for many years, so a movie that plays on that idea by adding a real monster to the mix should prove popular. In some ways, the movie reminds a little of Michael Bayâ€™s original Transformers movie with its story of a boy and his car, but it also is similar to last yearâ€™s Peteâ€™s Dragon with a boy and his dragon. The latter ended up with around $76 million (less than its production budget), but itâ€™s a good barometer for Monster Trucksâ€™ box office potential.
The movie was filmed way back in the summer of 2014 with plans to release it first in the summer of 2015 before it was pushed back to Christmas and then moved to March 2016. It finally ended up on this weekend, nearly a year and a half since its original planned release date, and thatâ€™s always dubious, although it could have been delayed to work on the presumably abundant visual FB.
Most moviegoers probably wonâ€™t know much about the delays in the movie and will just see it as a kid-friendly movie that can get them out of thehouse (and on the East Coast, after last weekâ€™s snowstorms that might have kept people grounded at home). Early reviews havenâ€™t been great with 21% on RottenTomatoes, but you have to remember that many of those reviews came from England where monster trucks arenâ€™t a thing like they are here.
The fact is that the movie isnâ€™t that bad, in the vein of Steven Spielbergâ€™s Amblin Entertainment films ala E.T. the Extraterrestrial mixed with something for older guys like Transformers or Fast and the Furious in terms of the monster car racing aspect. Thereâ€™s a good chance that young boys from age five to 13 or slightly older might enjoy it even if the older male monster truck fans in rural areas might not be as interested. Either way, itâ€™s the only PG family film opening over the weekend, which should allow it to do fairly well in its opening weekend even with the hit animated film Sing still looming.
LRM Interview with Director Chris Wedge (Coming Thursday 1.12.17)
LIVE BY NIGHT (Warner Bros.)
Cast: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Chris Cooper, Elle Fanning, Chris Messina
Director: Ben Affleck (Argo, The Town, Gone Baby Gone)
Genre: Crime, Action, Drama, Thriller.
Plot: After fighting in World War I, tough guy Joe Coughlan (Ben Affleck) returns to prohibition-era Boston where he falls into an affair with the Irish mob bossâ€™ girlfriend Emma (Sienna Miller). After a bank robbery goes wrong, Joe ends up in prison and once out, heâ€™s forced to head down to Tampa, Florida to become a rum smuggler in order to get away from the conflict in Boston. There, he meets a Cuban woman (Zoe Saldana) and gets into more trouble.
Theater Count (est.): 2,700+
Another movie opening nationwide Friday after a limited release is the latest from Ben Affleck, four years since Argo, the last film he directed, which ended up winning the Oscar for Best Picture. Fly By Night is his second adaptation of a Dennis Lehane novel, following his directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, which got Amy Ryan her first Oscar nomination. (Just so that years later, she could appear for a few minutes in this weekâ€™s Monster Trucks.)
Since then, Affleck has been working hard as an actor, appearing in David Fincherâ€™s Gone Girl a few years back, in Zack Snyderâ€™s Batman v Superman and Gavin Oâ€™Connorâ€™s action thriller The Accountant last year, all of which did decent business. The latter may be the best comparison for Live by Night because it put Affleck in a similar role, and it ended up grossing $86 million after an impressive $24.7 million opening weekend. That also opened against far lesser competition in a new Kevin Hart concert movie and the second weekend of The Girl on the Train. Even so, itâ€™s clear that Affleck has revived his career as an A-list star after a few low points in the mid-00â€™s with flops like Gigli and Surviving Christmas. Changing gears and becoming a director certainly helped Affleckâ€™s status and being cast as Batman in Snyderâ€™s film last year certainly didnâ€™t hurt.
Reviews for the movie havenâ€™t been great (33% on Rotten Tomatoes so far) although Warner Brosâ€™ strong marketing campaign has deliberately made the film look far more fast-paced than it actually is, which certainly should help it as it expands. (Unfortunately, this is the type of movie that really does rely on reviews.)
Probably the best comparison for the movie is Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad, starring recent Golden Globe winners Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. That opened with $17 million on the same weekend in 2013 and grossed $46 million domestically and another $59 million overseas. Because it cost $60 million, it pretty much broke even.
Live by Night opened over the holidays in four theaters, but it only has made about a third as much as Martin Scorseseâ€™s Silence in the same number of theaters, and yet, itâ€™s expanding into almost 2,000 more theaters this weekend. Granted, unlike Patriots Day, one of the areas where Live by Night hasnâ€™t opened is Boston where Affleck has a strong fanbase, so maybe this one can make up some ground there even if it loses in other territories.
Taking on stronger fare like Patriots Day and Martin Scorseseâ€™s Silence certainly wonâ€™t help matters, though, and that should keep the movie in the mid-teens for the four-day weekend.
THE BYE BYE MAN (STX Entertainment)
Cast: Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas, Lucien Laviscount, Douglas Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss, Faye Dunaway
Director: Stacy Title (Let the Devil Wear Black, Hood of Horror, The Last Supper)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Plot: A horror film that tries to explain the unthinkable acts of evil committed by people, which can be pointed to the curse of the Bye Bye Man, who gets inside your head and forces you to do awful things. Three college friends learn about the myth of the Bye Bye Man and know that the only way to avoid his curse is not to say or even think his name.
Theater Count (est.): 2,300+
In case you didnâ€™t realize from this columnâ€™s title, this Friday is the 13th of January, and since there isnâ€™t a new Friday the 13th remake or sequel ready, weâ€™re going to get another low-budget horror film trying to capitalize on the kids wanting to see something scary on Friday the 13th.
This teen-driven horror film is based on Robert Damon Schneckâ€™s short story â€œThe Bridge to Bloody Islandâ€ but more surprisingly is that it marks the return to theaters of The Matrix star Carrie-Anne Mossâ€”her first wide release since Paul WS. Andersonâ€™s Pompeiiâ€”and also Oscar-winning Faye Dunaway, whom we havenâ€™t seen in a major release in some time. The film also marks the return of a 1994 Oscar-nominated director (for a short film) Stacy Title with her first film in over ten years. It also features a teen cast that no one is likely to have heard of, which is more typical for this type of horror movie. (It also stars the awesome Doug Jones, best known for his creature work with Guillermo del Toro in Hellboy and Panâ€™s Labyrinth.)
On the surface, this seems like a fairly high-premise film, basically using the same idea as the one where youâ€™re not supposed to say the name of the Candyman more than once, because if you say the Candymanâ€™s name three times that means the Candyman shows upâ€¦ uh oh. Maybe thereâ€™s more to the movie than that, but thatâ€™s certainly what stands out from the commercials and trailer Iâ€™ve seen.
Maybe the teen and slightly older crowd looking for a way to get scared wonâ€™t be as bothered by this filmâ€™s obvious rip-off of a horror classic, especially since the filmâ€™s PG-13 rating will make this movie easier to get into than some others. Also, thereâ€™s enough fans of cheesy horror films that this should be good for $10 million over the extended weekend with most of its business on Friday.
SLEEPLESS (Open Road)
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, Gabrielle Union, David Harbour, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Scoot McNairy, Octavius J. Johnson
Director: Baran Bo Odar (Who Am I?, The Silence)
Genre: Drama, Action, Crime
Plot: Las Vegas undercover police officer Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx) gets caught up in a web of police corruption and when a heist goes wrong, the gangsters kidnap Vincentâ€™s teenage son, and he has one night to save him.
Theater Count (est.): 2,000
The plot for this movie sounds like something we might get from Lionsgate Premiere, yet itâ€™s somehow getting a wide release by Open Road, hoping to find some business against far stronger action-thrillers.
Directed by Swiss filmmaker Baran Bo Odar, the man behind his countryâ€™s hit Who Am I?, this is a remake of the 2011 French film Sleepless Night, which most Americans probably wonâ€™t have seen, but the main draw is that itâ€™s Jamie Foxxâ€™s first movie in quite some time. Foxx literally hasnâ€™t been in a movie since 2014 when he starred in three lame sequels (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Rio 2 and Horrible Bosses 2) and even lamer remake (Annie). One presumes that doing something grittier will remind his fans of his roles in tougher films like Law Abiding Citizen.
Honestly, Iâ€™m not sure Iâ€™d even know this movie was coming out this weekend if it wasnâ€™t my job to know (and if I hadnâ€™t spoken to Michelle Monaghan, who mentioned the movie). I saw my first commercial for this movie on New Yearâ€™s Eve as I was watching a rare college football game on ESPN, so presumably thatâ€™s where Open Road is putting all its marketing dollars. Still, waiting until two weeks before a movie comes out to unleash commercials is never a good strategy.
Sleepless is opening in the least amount of theaters of the new movies, which is rarely a good sign for a movie breaking out, although itâ€™s likely going to be targeted directly towards African-American males with the commercials being run during sporting events, as another option to the very white other choices.
The fact Open Road wonâ€™t screen the movie for critics in advance is telling that the reviews probably wonâ€™t be very good, and while that might not hurt the film that much, it wonâ€™t help either. Itâ€™s doubtful this will make more than $7 or 8 million over the four-day weekend rather than breaking out.
The Bye Bye Man (STX Entertainment) – $8.5 million ($10 million 4-day) N/A
Sing (Universal) – $12.7 million ($17 million 4-day) -13%
BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS:
The big winner of the weekend should be the Wahlberg-Berg drama Patriots Day, as it will probably bring in a lot of interest with the amount of push itâ€™s been getting over the past few months while only playing in 7 theaters in New York, L.A. and Boston. One can expect that family films like Monster Trucks and Sing will benefit the most from Monday being a school holiday and the winter months bringing families to have an excuse to get out of the house. Rogue One will finally be knocked further off its perch with so much competition and Live by Night, The Bye Bye Man and Jamie Foxxâ€™s Sleepless will probably be vying for the bottom half of the Top 10. Also expanding nationwide is Martin Scorseseâ€™s faith-based drama Silence, which will go into roughly 750 theaters across the country, which might not be enough for it to break into the Top 10. Unlike previous years when there was one or two blockbusters dominating, expect the money to be spread out fairly evenly among some of the new and returning movies.
(NOTE: Check back on Thursday night for any updates to these predictions due to changing theater counts, etc.)
UPDATE 1.12.17 – A little reshuffling going into the weekend with final theater counts which should allow Hidden Figures a solid hold from its first week nationwide as it adds 815 more theaters while Damien Chazelle’s La La Land takes advantage of sweeping up at the Golden Globes by adding a few more theaters allowing it to get a nice bump this weekend, maybe enough to hold off some of the new movies. I probably was a little too bullish about Paramount’s Monster Trucks, which still has to contend with Sing, but Rogue One is losing about 1,000 theaters which might help Live by Night do well against it.
1. Patriots Day (CBS Films) – $20.6 million ($24.8 million 4-day) (Down $1.2 million 4-day)
2. Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox) – $16.5 million ($22 million 4-day) â€“ 4% (up 3 million 4-day)
3. Sing (Universal) – $12.7 million ($17 million 4-day) -13% (same but up one spot)
4. Monster Trucks (Paramount) – $11.8 million ($16 million 4-day) â€“ N/A (down 2 million and one spot)
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm/Disney) – $11.5 million ($14.8 million 4-day) -33% (down .7 million)
6. Live by Night (Warner Bros.) â€“ $10.5 million ($12.8 million 4-day) (down .9 million)
7. La La Land (Lionsgate) â€“ $9.5 million ($12 million 4-day) -18% (up 3.5 million and one spot)
8. The Bye Bye Man (STX Entertainment) – $8.4 million ($9.8 million 4-day) N/A (down .2 million and one spot)
9. Underworld: Blood Wars (Screen Gems) – $6 million ($7.7 million 4-day) -42%
10. Sleepless (Open Road) – $5.8 million ($7 million 4-day) N/A (down .1 million)
— Silence (Paramount) – $3.4 million ($4.4 million 4-day) (down 1.1 million)
Last Martin Luther King Jr. weekend finally saw a movie defeat Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the Ice Cube-Kevin Hart sequel Ride Along 2 (Universal) won Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with $35.2 million in its first three days and $41 million, including Monday. Clearly, last yearâ€™s â€œsequelitisâ€ was still to come. The soon-to-be Oscar-nominated The Revenant moved ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in its fifth weekend with $37.5 million and $33 million over the four-day weekend, respectively. Michael Bayâ€™s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Paramount) opened in fourth place with $19.2 million over the four days and $16.1 million in three. The animated family film Norm of the North opened in sixth place with $6.8 million three-day and $9.4 million including Monday.
THIS WEEKâ€™S PICKS:
If the five movies mentioned above werenâ€™t enough for the weekend, there is an absolutely crazy number of limited releases coming out, as well. Weâ€™re going to do something a little different the next couple weeks cause the Weekend Warrior is going to be super busy at the Sundance Film Festival soon. While Iâ€™ve seen a couple decent movies, none of them seem worth writing long reviews about them, but my two favorites are the Greek anthology Worlds Apart from Christophos Papakaliatis, and Aram Rappaportâ€™s intriguing financial drama The Crash.
Worlds Apart (Cinema Libre)
Cast: J.K. Simmons, Christophoros Papakaliatis, Andrea Osvart, Maria Kavoyianni, Tawfeek Barhom, Niki Vakali
Writer/Director: Christophoros Papakaliatis (What Ifâ€¦)
Plot: An anthology of three interlinked stories following three generations of strangers meeting, one from Greece and one from afar. Boomerang is about a young Greek girl who meets and falls for a Syrian immigrant, while J.K. Simmons stars in Second Chance about an older Greek woman who meets a German visitor. Director Christophoros Papakaliatis stars in the middle story about a stressed businessman who begins an affair with the sexy Swedish woman who has been brought in to streamline his company.
This film might be of interest to those interested in foreign fare, as it uses three interlinked stories to explore the social issues of modern-day Greece. It reminds me a bit of Paul Haggisâ€™ Third Person, but the romantic story featuring Simmons is definitely the best of the three.
Worlds Apart opens in New York at the Village East on January 13 and the Arclight Hollywood in L.A. on January 20.
THE CRASH (Vertical Releasing)
Cast: Frank Grillo, Minnie Driver, John Leguizamo, Maggie Q, Dianna Agron, AnnaSophia Robb, Mary McCormack, Ed Westwick.
Writer/Director: Aram Rappaport (Syrup, Innocent)
Genre: Drama, Politics
Plot: After unknown hackers attack the New York Stock Exchange, the government calls upon an indicted CEO (Frank Grill) who previously used software to manipulate the stock exchange to put together a team to help prevent it from happening again.
A surprisingly decent character drama that explores the use of technology to hack the financial market with connections to real world economics and what might be possible, even though itâ€™s entirely fictional. Aram Rappaportâ€™s exceptional cast, particularly Grillo, Driver and Leguizamo, makes this film far better than the VOD release itâ€™s getting.
OTHER LIMITED RELEASES:
Idris Elba produces and stars in Jim Oâ€™Hanlonâ€™s British character drama 100 Streets (Samuel Goldwyn), which looks at three stories set in the loneliness that is modern-day working class London. Also starring Gemma Arterton, Ken Stott (The Hobbit) and Franz Drameh (DCâ€™s Legends of Tomorrow), it will open in New York at the Village East, in L.A. at the Laemmle Monica and in San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago and other cities as well as On Demand. (The movie is similar though not quite as innovative or compelling as Worlds Apart, but if you like Arterton and Elbaâ€”and who doesnâ€™t?â€”then theyâ€™re both quite good in the film, Elba as a troubled football star and Arterton as his estranged wife. The storytelling is a little bit obvious and not particularly new, but still worthwhile for Anglophiles.)
Kids are causing trouble in three genre films opening Fridayâ€¦
The Bad Kids of Crestview Academy (Momentum Pictures) is the sequel to the 2013 dark comedy Bad Kids Go to Hell, which itself is based on a comic book. It stars Sammi Hanratti as Siouxsie, a feisty â€œundercrustâ€ student who deliberately gets herself put into detention to find out which of five â€œuppercrustâ€ students knows something about the suicide of her older sister Allison. The directorial debut by actor Ben Crowder, which features Gina Gershon, Sean Astin and Drake Bell, will open in theaters, On Demand and on Digital HD Friday. (I really hated this movie. Definitely not for me, and first-time director Crowder seems out of his depth with a snarky, nasty screenplay that does little to warrant its viewing.)
Documentary filmmaker Matt Ogens (Meet the Hitlers) makes his narrative debut with the post-Apocalyptic film Go North (Gunpowder and Sky) set in a community with no adults where a bunch of jocks and upper crust of the local high school are running things, headed by Caleb (Patrick Schwarzenegger). Not liking the situation, Josh and Jessie (Jacob Lofland, Sophie Kennedy Clark) head out on their own with Caleb and his underling Gentry (James Bloor) in pursuit. It opens in select cities and On Demand.
Also set post-Apocalypse (a different one) is Emilia Rocha Minterâ€™s We Are the Flesh (Arrow Films), which will open theatrically after playing a number of genre films in 2016, including Fantasia Fest and Fantastic Fest. It follows an unbalanced hermit and the two starving siblings he takes under his wing to rebuild after the Apocalypse. It will open in L.A. at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on Friday, and then in New York at the Cinema Village on January 20.
After premiering last year at the Tribeca Film Festival as â€œThe Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,â€ the dramatic fantasy The Book of Love (Freestyle Releasing) stars Jason Sudeikis as a widower whose wife (Jessica Biel) died in a car accident, and he befriends a teen (Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones), who he helps to build a raft to travel the world. It opens in select cities.
Betsy Brandt from Breaking Bad stars in Lisa Robinson and Annie Howellâ€™s second feature, the missing person thriller Claire in Motion (Breaking Glass Pictures). She plays a woman whose husband has disappeared and with the police giving up their investigation, Claire takes it upon herself to find out what happened with him. It opens in select theaters and On Demand.
Opening at the Film Forum in New York are two shot docs about creative artists Everybody Knows Elizabeth Murray, about the costume and production designer for Scorsese and Jonathan Demme, while The 100 Years Show is a film about 101-year-old Havana-born artist Carmen Herrera, who has lived and done art in New York since 1954.
Opening in New York at the Cinema Village, in L.A. and On Demand following its premiere at last yearâ€™s Tribeca Film Festival is Reset (FilmRise), Thierry DemaiziÃ¨re and Alban Teurlaiâ€™s doc about choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied (Black Swan) and his attempts to rejuvenate the Paris Opera Ballet.
Also at the Cinema Village is Dave Davidson and Amber Edwardsâ€™ doc Vince Giordano: Thereâ€™s a Future in the Past, a look at the bandleader, musician, historian and leader of The Nighthawks, who bring the music of the â€˜20s and â€˜30s to life with their vintage instruments, as heard on the HBO show Boardwalk Empire
Vincent Perezâ€™s World War II drama Alone In Berlin, based on the novel by Hans Fallada, about a German couple who decide to resist Hitler and the Nazis after the death of their son. Based on the postcards written by the real life Otto and Elise Hampel, who urged others to protest against Hitlerâ€™s reign, the film version stars Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Bruhl, and it seems rather timely.
EugÃ¨ne Greenâ€™s French drama The Son of Joseph (Kino Lorber) is a â€œnativity story rebootâ€ starring Victor Ezenfis as a Parisian teenager looking for his father with Mathieu Amalric playing his foster father and Natacha RÃ©gnier as his single mother. It will open at Lincoln Centerâ€™s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on Friday.
Also opening Friday are the doc Saving Banksy (Parade Deck Films), the Chinese comedy Some Like It Hot (China Lion) and the Bollywood romance OK Jannu (FIP).
Thatâ€™s it for this week, but join us again next Wednesday right here on LRM Online for a look at new movies including Vin Dieselâ€™s return as xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (Paramount), M. Night Shyamalanâ€™s latest thriller Split (Universal), and Michael Keaton stars as the mastermind behind MacDonalds in The Founder (The Weinstein Company).
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