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Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –August 26 ,  2016…

Mechanic - resurrection (2016)

Mechanic: Resurrection

  • Lionsgate

(2016)

rated-R   –   Action | Crime | Thrillerrated-under-review_1

Arthur Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents.
Summary: Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) returns as the Mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 action thriller. When the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman (Jessica Alba) force him to return to the life he left behind, Bishop’s life is once again in danger as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.
Director:

Dennis Gansel

Stars:

Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh

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Don't Breathe (2016)

Don’t Breathe

  • Screen Gems

(2016)

rated-R   –   Horror | Thrillerrated-thumbs-UP+DOWN_2

A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.

A trio of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.

Director:

Fede Alvarez

Stars:

Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto

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New York Daily News
Edward Douglas
With his second film, Alvarez has mastered the tension of Hitchcock and the misdirection of a magician, proving himself to be a filmmaker of merit even when dealing with more realistic horrors.
Blood Father (2016)

Blood Father

  • Lionsgate Premiere

(2016)

rated-R   –   Action | Thrillerrated-thumbs-DOWN

An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.
A trio of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.
Summary: After her drug kingpin boyfriend frames her for stealing a fortune in cartel cash, 16 year old Lydia (Erin Moriarty) goes on the run, with only one ally in this whole wide world: her perennial screw-up of a dad, John Link (Mel Gibson), who’s been a drunk, a drug addict, a motorcycle outlaw, and a convict in his time, and now is determined to keep his little girl from harm and, for once in his life, do the right thing.
Director:

Jean-François Richet

Stars:

Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks

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The Hollywood Reporter
Boyd van Hoeij
A serviceable piece of B-movie entertainment without an ounce of originality
Complete Unknown (2016)

Complete Unknown

  • IFC Films

(2016)

rated-R   –   Drama | Mystery | Thriller

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As a man contemplates moving to a new state with his wife for her graduate program, an old flame – a woman who often changes identities – reenters his life at a birthday dinner party.
Summary: This shape-shifting tale of the perils and pleasures of self-reinvention begins at a dinner party, when Tom’s (Michael Shannon) co-worker arrives with an intriguing date named Alice (Rachel Weisz). Tom is convinced he knows her, but she refuses to acknowledge their history. And when Alice makes a hasty exit, Tom sets off after her. What follows is an all-night odyssey shared by two people, one needing to change his life, the other questioning how to stop changing.
Director:

Joshua Marston

Stars:

Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates, Danny Glover

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The Hollywood Reporter
John DeFore
The movie’s structure is peculiar, laying out a mystery and solving it early on, then spending half the film making us wonder how satisfying that solution was.
Southside with You (2016)

Southside with You

  • Roadside Attractions

(2016)

rated-PG13   –   Biography | Drama | Romancerated-thumbs-UP+DOWN_2

Chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side.
 Summary: One summer afternoon in 1989, a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor
Director:

Richard Tanne

Stars:

Tika Sumpter, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Parker Sawyers, Donald Paul

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Chicago Sun-Times
Richard Roeper
Southside with You is a sweet, intelligent, well-crafted, wonderfully romantic, no-frills re-imagination of the first date between Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson.
Hands of Stone (2016)

Hands of Stone

  • Weinstein Company, The

(2016)

rated-R   –   Action | Biography | Drama | Sportrated-thumbs-UP+DOWN_2

The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other’s lives.
Director:

Jonathan Jakubowicz

Stars:

Robert De Niro, Ana de Armas, Ellen Barkin, John Turturro

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The Hollywood Reporter
Leslie Felperin
Hands of Stone is far from perfect, but it punches above its weight enough to prevent it from being easily dismissed.
The Sea of Trees (2015)

The Sea of Trees

  • A24

(2015)

rated-PG13   –   Dramarated-thumbs-DOWN

A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.
Summary: Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey), an American professor, travels to Japan in the midst of a personal crisis. As he wanders through a mysterious forest with a dark past, he experiences flashbacks of his fraught but loving relationship with his wife, Joan (Naomi Watts), and meets an enigmatic stranger, Takumi (Ken Watanabe), who is lost and injured. Arthur devotes himself to saving Takumi and returning him home to safety, and the two embark on a spiritual, life-changing journey of friendship, discovery, and healing—one which may ultimately re-connect Arthur with his love for his wife.
Director:

Gus Van Sant

Stars:

Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, Katie Aselton, Ken Watanabe

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Screen International

Charles Gant

As all the dots join in a pattern that strives for deeper meaning, the just too-damned-cute Sea of Trees becomes undone by a surfeit of contrived ingenuity.

Mia madre (2015)

Mia Madre

  • Music Box Films

(2015)

rated-R   –   Drama

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Margherita, a director in the middle of an existential crisis, has to deal with the inevitable and still unacceptable loss of her mother.
Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti returns to brilliant form with his new dramedy MIA MADRE (MY MOTHER), recently awarded as the best film of 2015 by influential Cahiers du cinema magazine, and starring the stunning Margherita Buy as a director struggling to balance life and art.
Margherita is directing a new social drama, set against the backdrop of an industrial dispute. Try as she may to remain professional, the emotional turmoil of her private life is taking a toll: an affair with one of her actors has come to an end, her adolescent daughter is failing Latin, but most troubling is the recent hospitalization of her formidable, beloved mother Ada. Whilst her brother Giovanni gradually allows himself to be engulfed by his mother’s last days, taking extended leave to prolong his bedside vigil, Margherita’s tough schedule makes more than a daily visit tricky.
Meanwhile, the famous American actor Barry Huggins has arrived, aneedy and capricious personality whose brash presence on set sees things go from bad to worse, and whose general ineptitude might finally push Margherita over the edge…
Margherita (Margherita Buy) is a harried film director trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal life in crisis. The star of her film, a charming but hammy American actor (John Turturro) imported for the production, initially presents nothing but headaches and her crew is close to mutiny. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together as her beloved mother’s illness progresses, and her teenage daughter grows ever more distant.
Director:

Nanni Moretti

Stars:

Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Nanni Moretti

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The Playlist

Oliver Lyttelton

As ever, Moretti creates a rich and incredibly detailed world, one where every character has a life that stretches far beyond their on-screen scenes.
The Hollars (2016)

The Hollars

  • Sony Pictures Classics

(2016)

rated-PG13   –   Comedy | Drama | Romancerated-thumbs-DOWN

A man returns to his small hometown after learning that his mother has fallen ill and is about to undergo surgery.
John Hollar (John Krasinski), a struggling NYC artist is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother’s illness brings him home. Back in the house he grew up in, John is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend in New York.
Director:

John Krasinski

Stars:

Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick

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The Hollywood Reporter

David Rooney

This one is straight out of the old-school Sundance manual. Still, there’s enough warmth, humor and heart in the very slick package, not to mention a gaggle of accomplished and well-cast actors.

 

The Intervention (2016)

The Intervention

  • Samuel Goldwyn Films

(2016)

rated-R   –   Comedy | Drama

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A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.
When four couples meet for a weekend away together, an attempt to run a “marriage intervention” goes hilariously wrong as everyone is forced to confront the secrets and fears that seem to be holding them back from finding happiness with each other.
Director:

Clea DuVall

Stars:

Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Skylar Bernon, Kira Pozehl

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The Guardian
Nigel M Smith
Unfortunately a slack screenplay and lack of focus holds the project back from being anything more than an actors’ showcase.
In ordine di sparizione (2014)

In Order of Disappearance

  • Magnet Releasing

In ordine di sparizione

(2014)

rated-R   –   Action | Comedy | Crime | Thrillerrated-thumbs-UP+DOWN_2

The honorable citizen Nils ploughs snow in the wild winter mountains of Norway, when his son is mistakenly murdered, Nils takes action, which ignites a war between the vegan gangster “the Count” and the Serbian mafia boss Papa.
Introverted and hard-working snowplow driver Nils (Stellan Skarsgård) has just been named “Citizen of the Year,” when he receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Disbelieving the official report, Nils soon uncovers evidence of the young man’s murder – a victim in a turf war between the local crime boss, known as “The Count”, and his Serbian rivals. Armed with heavy machinery and a good dose of beginner’s luck, Nils embarks upon a quest for revenge that soon escalates into a full-blown underworld gang war, with the body count spiraling ever higher and higher.
Director:

Hans Petter Moland

Stars:

Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz, Pål Sverre Hagen, Jakob Oftebro

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The Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
This is a derivative movie, whose comic entanglements are perhaps there to provide an alibi for the obvious plot implausibilities – but it’s well made, great looking, and nicely acted.

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