This weekend you can go Onward or Way Back, but Hollywood hopes you at least go to the movies.
We got a lot of ground to cover this week! Three wide releases drop, including the first of two Pixar animated films in 2020. On the home market, we get fourteen releases! After all that, I’m barely going to have enough time to roll my eyes in amazement at the new trailer for Baaghi 3!
As a little programming note, I’m switching to using the studio’s synopsis of films where possible. Trying to figure out what some of these indie movies are about from just a trailer is leading to some…fanciful…interpretations! Official press will be in the block-quotes.
Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.
Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.
The Way Back.
One shot for a second chance. See Academy Award winner Ben Affleck in The Way Back, an inspiring story of redemption from Gavin O’Connor, Director of Warrior and Miracle.
Oh shit. He’s back. This movie isn’t playing anywhere near me…and Baaghi 2 was a flaming pile…but you deserve to at least see how insane this trailer is:
Video on Demand.
After a botched home invasion, 16-year-old Blake and his friends find themselves facing a virtual life prison sentence for felony murder. The film focuses on the youngest of the group, Blake, and his family as they fight to reduce his 55-year sentence over a number of years. 1275 DAYS is a David-and-Goliath tale that not only explores the complicated issues surrounding juvenile incarceration in America but exposes the financial and emotional burdens families of the incarcerated face.
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street.
Some have called it the gayest horror movie ever made, but for Mark Patton, the star of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge,” it was anything but a dream come true. Detailing the homophobia and AIDS-phobia of 1985 as a closeted actor in Hollywood, Mark retraces his obstacles, missteps, and detractors on the pathway to stardom.
Carol of the Bells.
A young man with a troubled past seeks out his biological mother. His world is turned upside down upon discovering that she is developmentally disabled. Unable to work through this new discovery on his own, the man’s wife takes matters into her own hands forcing her husband to face the truth and heal the past.
When Kayla (Airlie Dodds) wakes up in a coffin-like box in the middle of the woods, the first thing she sees is a terrifying masked man with an axe running straight for her. As she runs to try to get away, she realizes she is part of an insane and deadly game. There are six other women running scared in the woods, each with a masked assassin assigned to protect them and kill everyone else.
Four best friends from boarding school decide to attend a massive blow-out High School graduation party on Block Island. After missing the last ferry they decide to hire a fishing boat to take them on what should be a simple journey. What they get is the trip from hell, with a captain and his first mate that have no intention of taking the kids to Block Island, putting them into a fight to survive and to simply make it back to land… any land.
I Am Human.
By 2029, scientists predict that approximately one million people will have implantable technology in their brains. I AM HUMAN follows humanity’s quiet march down a new evolutionary path through the jaw-dropping journeys of three of the earliest real-world pioneers – Bill, Anne, and Stephen.
Over the Rainbow.
Jeffrey Peixoto’s mesmerizing, wholly original film enters the mindsets of people who have had experiences with Scientology. But this is no sensational exposé of secrets—instead, Over the Rainbow is a fascinating, universal reflection on what shapes our perceptions of reality.
Escape from Pretoria.
Escape From Pretoria is the true story of Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber), young, white South Africans branded “terrorists”, and imprisoned in 1978 for working covert operations for Nelson Mandela’s banned ANC. Incarcerated in Pretoria Maximum Security Prison, they decide to send the apartheid regime a clear message and escape!
Billy Zane, Randy Couture and Ed Morrone star in this action-packed thriller about a mercenary hired to protect a couple hiding out in Central America from a ruthless crime family.
The Dark Red.
A young woman is committed to a psychiatric hospital claiming that her newborn has been abducted by a secret society called the Dark Red — an ancient, underground cult that harvests and controls an incredibly rare blood type that gives one the power to hear and guide another person’s thoughts.
Go Back to China.
The semi-autobiographical film follows Sasha Li, a spoiled rich girl (played by YouTube star Anna Akana) who after blowing through most of her trust fund, is forced by her father to go back to China and work for the family toy business.
The Jesus Rolls.
The Jesus rolls on. Hours after being released from prison, Jesus Quintana (John Turturro) pairs up with fellow misfits Petey (Bobby Cannavale) and Marie (Audrey Tautou), and embarks on a freewheeling joyride of petty crime and romance.
Run This Town.
Bram and Kamal are struggling to climb the ladders at their respective workplaces: Bram at a newspaper, Kamal at City Hall. When Bram learns of a scandal involving Kamal’s larger-than-life boss, he seizes the moment to advance his career. Meanwhile, Kamal grapples with containing the story while maintaining his integrity.
On the surface, Hunter (Haley Bennett) appears to have it all. A newly pregnant housewife, she seems content to spend her time tending to an immaculate home and doting on her Ken-doll husband, Richie (Austin Stowell). However, as the pressure to meet her controlling in-laws and husband’s rigid expectations mounts, cracks begin to appear in her carefully created facade.