Our very first wide release film since the pandemic began lands in theaters this week.
The last films to release to a wide audience, The Hunt and Bloodshot, hit theaters March 13. Three months of lock-down later, Jon Stewart’s political satire, Irresistible, is slated to be be the first wide on June 26th. With infection rates skyrocketing after shambolic reopening attempts, I don’t hold out much hope that the film will find theatrical success. It’s a shame, as the project looks really funny. Luckily, the film will also head day-and-date to streaming as well.
Three films will see limited release this week, and three new films also make their way to Theatrical-at-Home premiers. On top of all this we get a smorgasbord of ten video on demand offerings, with nine new feature films.
Irresistible (Theaters and Alamo at Home Jun. 26)
IRRESISTIBLE follows Gary Zimmer (Steve Carell), a Democratic strategist who travels to a conservative Midwest town to convince a retired veteran (Chris Cooper) to run for mayor.
A fish out of water, Zimmer’s situation grows more complicated–and hilarious–with the arrival of Faith Brewster (Rose Byrne), a Republican strategist determined to foil his plans. Suddenly this local election is a national news story, and the ensuing frenzy exposes both the dark and ridiculous sides of politics.
All I Can Say (Jun. 26)
An archive of ’90s culture and a philosophical study of fame via the intimate video-diary of Shannon Hoon, the late lead singer of alt-rock band Blind Melon.
The Transcendents (Jun. 26)
Roger, a Rasputin-like drifter, is in search of the ultimate indie-rock band, The Transcendents. What he finds is less than transcendent: a band who has all but abandoned society, a host of unpleasant memories, and more questions than answers in search of his own existential fulfillment.
Beats (Theaters and Music Box Films Jun. 26)
A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the UK, BEATS follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno and Spanner who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party in pursuit of one last crazy night together.
The Audition (Alamo at Home, Jun. 26)
Anna Bronsky is a violin teacher at a music-focused high school. Despite the opposition of all other teachers, Anna drives through the admission of a student in whom she detects a remarkable talent. Committed, she prepares him for the intermediate exam and neglects her family – her son, whom she brings into competition with her new student, and her husband. Meanwhile, a colleague with whom she is having an affair persuades her to join a quintet. When she fails during their own concert, pressure on Anna mounts and she focuses all her attention back on her young student’s progress. Come the day of his exam, events take a tragic turn.
The Last Tree (Alamo at Home, Jun. 26)
THE LAST TREE is the semi-autobiographical story of Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage, who after being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, England moves to inner-city London to live with his birth mother. In his teens, Femi (Sam Adewunmi) is struggling with the culture and values of his new environment. He must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young Black man in London during the early 2000s. Going back home to Nigeria with his mum to find his Nigerian roots helps adolescent Femi find grounding and hope for a better future.
House of Hummingbird (Kino Marquee, Jun. 26)
14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Ignored by her parents and abused by her brother, she finds her escape by roaming the neighborhood with her best friend, going on adventures, exploring young love and experiencing everything that comes with growing up in a country on the brink of enormous change.
Video on Demand.
Manchild (Jun. 23)
Manchild, is a documentary film that chronicles the circuitous life of legendary Los Angeles hoops megastar Schea Cotton.
Daddy Issues (Jun. 23)
When her emotionally distant father dies and leaves her his company, a 20-something, hapless stand-up comic must move from London to Los Angeles to take over the family business and try to win her father’s approval, even after his death.
The Ghost of Peter Sellers (Jun. 23)
In 1973 Peter Sellers, one of the biggest comedy actors at the time, embarked on a pirate comedy for Columbia Pictures. He lost confidence with the film immediately and tried to sabotage it, firing the producers before turning on his friend (and the film’s young director), Peter Medak.Despite an illustrious career and the passing of 43 years since the unraveling of the production, Medak is still reeling from the disastrous experience and healing from the wounds inflicted by Peter Sellers and the film’s failure.
Aquaslash (Jun. 23)
High school is over for the students of Valley Hills and they’re ending it with a huge weekend bash at Wet Valley, a reportedly haunted water park stuck in the 80’s where they can party like there’s no tomorrow. There is also a competition with a cash prize for the fastest team to fly down the slides, but the teens are unprepared for a razor-sharp surprise as someone plots to slice up the competition.
Time Warp: Vol. 3 – Comedy and Camp.
The final volume of Time Warp digs deep into what makes us laugh over and over again as we reveal the greatest cult comedies and campy classics of all-time. From “Fast Time at Ridgemont High” and “Office Space” to “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” and “Showgirls.”
Athlete A (Netflix, Jun. 24)
In the riveting Athlete A, filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk delve into the unchecked abuse inside the world of elite competitive gymnastics. Equal parts devastating and inspiring, the film follows the IndyStar reporters as they reveal the extensive cover-up and culture of cruelty that was allowed to thrive within elite gymnastics, the attorney fighting the institutions, and most importantly, the brave whistle-blowers who refuse to be silenced.
My Spy (Amazon Prime, Jun. 26)
My Spy follows JJ a hardened CIA operative (Dave Bautista) who has been demoted and finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, named Sophie (Chloe Coleman) where he has been sent undercover begrudgingly to surveil her family. When Sophie discovers hidden cameras in her apartment, she uses her tech savviness to locate where the surveillance operation is set. In exchange for not blowing JJ’s cover Sophie convinces him to spend time with her and teach her to be a spy.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (Netflix, Jun. 26)
When aspiring musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.
*Staff Pick: Yeah, I have no clue how this one is going to shake out, but Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as singing, LARPing Vikings? Sure. I’m down.
Madigasikara (Jun. 26)
In 2009, fed up with increased poverty and widespread corruption, Madagascar’s citizens took to the streets in protest. After the president was forced to resign, the international community terminated most foreign assistance to this chronically impoverished island nation. Over 60% of the country’s revenues were immediately wiped out, resulting in the dramatic curtailment of education, health care, sanitation and access to food.