The box office looks to be coming back to life with a ton of new offerings in theaters and at home
The wind appears to be changing, and studios seem eager to get back into theaters. This week we have two wide releases alongside six limited releases and three Home Theatrical releases. For those still stuck inside, we also get a ton of Video on Demand offerings this week across a variety of streaming platforms. All told, it’s good to see a busy weekend of new releases as life starts to get back to normal.
When veteran comedy writer Charlie Burnz meets New York street singer Emma Payge, they form an unlikely yet hilarious and touching friendship that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust.
Wrath of Man
Mysterious and wild-eyed, a new security guard for a cash truck (Statham) surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during a heist. The crew is left wondering who he is and where he came from. Soon, the marksman’s ultimate motive becomes clear as he takes dramatic and irrevocable steps to settle a score.
The Human Factor
The epic behind-the-scenes story of the United States’ 30-year effort to secure peace in the Middle East. Recounted from the unique perspective of the American mediators on the frontlines.
A young woman (Maya Hawke) thinks she’s found a path to internet stardom when she starts making YouTube videos with a charismatic stranger (Andrew Garfield) – until the dark side of viral celebrity threatens to ruin them both.
Three short films inspired by true stories from the LDS mission field.
The Paper Tigers (Also on VOD)
Three Kung Fu prodigies have grown into washed-up, middle-aged men, now one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. But when their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties, and old grudges to avenge his death.
Staff Pick: This. All of this. Paper Tigers feels like a throwback to the glory days of Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung telling a sentimental and funny story that still packs in a ton of Kung Fu action. I’m here for it.
The Water Man
A boy sets out on a quest to save his ill mother by searching for a mythic figure said to have magical healing powers.
Staff Pick: Here’s a genre we don’t get much anymore, adventure mixed with magical realism. It also has a packed cast with Maria Bellow, Rosario Dawson, Alfred Molina, and David Oyelowo (who also makes his directorial debut here.) Paint me intrigued.
White People Money
MacKenzie Scott the ex wife of multi-billionaire Jeff Bezos pledges to give way 15 billion dollars to 15 winners.
About Endlessness (Alamo at Home)
Simultaneously an ode and a lament, ABOUT ENDLESSNESS presents a kaleidoscope of all that is eternally human, an infinite story of the vulnerability of existence.
Emily @ the Edge of Chaos (Kino Marquee)
EMILY @ THE EDGE OF CHAOS interweaves Emily Levine’s live performance with animation, appearances by scientists, and animated characters (John Lithgow as Sir Isaac Newton, Lily Tomlin as Ayn Rand, Leonard Nimoy as Sigmund Freud, Richard Lewis as Aristotle, Matt Groening as Aldo Leopold). The film uses physics, which explains how the universe works, to explain our metaphysics – the story of our values, our institutions, our interactions.
Disaster strikes when teenage Cody becomes the victim of a grain entrapment accident. Family, neighbors, and first responders must put aside their differences to rescue him from drowning in the 50-foot tall silo where corn quickly turns to quicksand.
Video on Demand
Three interwoven stories of youth navigating identity, first love, petty crime, and gun violence in a Southern, American town. Brimming with energy and style, Beast Beastcaptures what it means to come of age in an era marked by technology and social media, where violent clashes awaken dormant passions and teenagers are faced with growing up all too quickly.
To make ends meet, Tom signs on as a guinea pig at a home-based lab, but when he commits a crime he cannot remember, he must risk his own sanity to reveal the truth.
Crappy Mother’s Day
Three generations of women attempt to celebrate Mother’s Day, but things go sour from the start. We discover quickly that things are not quite right with this family. There is the gruff father, a domineering grandmother, whacky middle-aged uncles, and a grandpa who is buried in the back yard. The celebration ends quickly when a shocking secret that was kept from everyone for years is now revealed.
Bill Johnson (Oberst Jr.) has suffered the kind of loss that no parent should ever have to; watching his daughter fall victim to the opioid epidemic, which too long went unnoticed. Conversely, Dr. Alan Rhodes (Pare), has been leading a lavish lifestyle, thanks to the profits he’s been making from his prescription business. Seeing that no one is being held accountable, Bill sets out on a campaign targeting those made rich by the suffering of so many. Teaming up with a rogue cop, they set out to dismantle this network of doctors and pharmaceutical executives that continue to devastate families across the country.
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
An elite team of vigilantes plot to steal 14 billion dollars of laundered money from a notorious mob boss. After being double-crossed, they find refuge in the middle of nowhere with a mysterious family carrying an unsettling secret. They discover that the man of the house is a creature of the dark and they must fight to survive the night.
15 Things You Didn’t Know about Bigfoot (#1 Will Blow Your Mind!)
Millennial vlogger Brian (Brian Emond, Producer, Co-Writer) feels like he’s not living up to his full potential. In his own mind, he’s destined for a flourishing career in the news, but his spirit has been broken by composing too many mindless listicles. Recently passed over for a promotion by his employer, a glossy hipster news outlet, he is faced with yet another insult: he must put together a piece in search of the fabled Bigfoot. In order to produce this latest masterpiece Brian must trade Brooklyn for the mountains of North Georgia. Guided by the seemingly unhinged cryptid-rockstar Jeff (Jeffrey Stephenson), Brian is dragged along on an overnight research expedition that just seems like the wild goose chase. Until it’s not – and he sees something that can’t be explained. Faced with his own mysterious sighting, Brian discovers that maybe for the first time in his career, this story could be real, the career-making piece he had been looking for all-along.
The Boy from Medellin (Amazon Prime)
THE BOY FROM MEDELLÍN follows J Balvin as he prepares for the most important concert of his career–a sold-out stadium show in his hometown of Medellín, Colombia. But as the performance draws ever closer, the streets explode with growing political unrest, forcing the Latin Grammy-winning musician to wrestle with his responsibility as an artist to his country and his legions of fans around the globe.
In INITIATION, during a university’s pledge week, the carefree partying turns deadly serious when a star athlete is found impaled in his dorm. The murder ignites a spree of sinister social-media messages, sweeping the students and police into a race against time to uncover the truth behind the school’s dark secrets…and the horrifying meaning of a recurring symbol: a single exclamation mark.
The poignant film follows the story of a recently bereaved, middle-aged truck driver, Ghalib, who is coping with a personal tragedy and the consequences thereafter, while facing the existential threat of losing his job to a young recruit. The events in the story come together as Ghalib’s truck touches the 500,000 kilometers mark – a record at his company.
Monster tells the story of Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) a seventeen-year-old honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. The film follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likeable film student from Harlem attending an elite high school through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison.
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
Directed by Marilyn Agrelo (Mad Hot Ballroom) and produced by Trevor Crafts (Experimenter 2015) and Ellen Scherer Crafts, the documentary chronicles the improbable origins and expansion of the groundbreaking show that not only changed children’s television programming, but had real-world effects on equality, education, and representation worldwide. The film is inspired by Michael Davis’ New York Times best-selling book of the same name.
In a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, K and Z roam the streets on the lookout for corpses and something even more valuable – fresh meat.
It’s midsummer and Sweden wakes up to a state of emergency. TV, internet, and telephone networks are down, and before anyone realizes what’s behind the collapse, a series of unexplained attacks take place around the country. Alex, a successful pianist whose controlled existence is upturned when his mother dies in a suspected terror attack, returns to his childhood village to arrange the funeral. There, he must reconcile with both his father and his old flame, Anna, who he has desperately been trying to forget. As old feelings come back to the surface, more mysterious attacks plunge Sweden into chaos and confusion.