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Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –February 17  2016

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February 17

The Great Wall (2016) Poster




Certificate PG-13   –   Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Thriller

European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.
Summary: When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.

Yimou Zhang


Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau

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Variety | Maggie Lee
“Director Zhang Yimou capably gives period fantasy-action The Great Wall the look and feel of a Hollywood blockbuster, but his signature visual dazzle, his gift for depicting delicate relationships and throbbing passions are trampled by dead-serious epic aspirations”

THE BUZZ: Too bad this action/adventure/monster movie is shaping up to be one of the first Western casualties of Hollywood and China’s various movie co-production pacts. Something tells us there are just too many genres at play for American audiences, who aren’t used to a certain degree of spectacle and fantasy. Matt Damon will be fine if the movie bombs in the U.S. since it’s sure to be a worldwide hit and he has Manchester by the Sea to his producer credit as well as a lead role in Alexander Payne’s Downsizing due out later this year.

Fist Fight (2017) Poster




Certificate R   –   Comedy

When one school teacher gets the other fired, he is challenged to an after-school fight.
Summary: On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.

Richie Keen


Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Christina Hendricks

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THE BUZZ: Groundbreaking filmmaking this is not, but this movie’s trailer sure seems like pure escapism to me. And during a political season that seems to get more intense by the Internet minute, some on-screen hijinx is a welcome bit of respite. This comedy, pitting a well-meaning but outmatched teacher (Charlie Day) vs. a recently fired colleague (Ice Cube), remakes 1987’s Three O’Clock High, only this time with faculty. I’m looking forward to a notably entertaining supporting cast, the likes of which include Kumail Nanjiani, Kym Whitley, and a thankfully vigorous Tracy Morgan, whose participation in this comedy marks his first film project since his car accident. – Bret

La cura dal benessere (2016) Poster

A CURE FOR WELLNESS | La cura dal benessere



Certificate R   –   Mystery | Thriller

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps but soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem.
Summary: An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.

Gore Verbinski


Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Celia Imrie

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The Hollywood Reporter | Todd McCarthy
“Over-produced and under-thought-out, this unconscionably elaborate attempt at an old-fashioned Gothic thriller looks great but is beyond silly”

THE BUZZ: I have watched this trailer several times and although I’m still not quite sure what the film is about I am always left feeling a mix of slightly disturbed and intrigued. It’s exciting to see the Gore Verbinski has teamed up once again with cinematographer Bojan Bazelli and it seems they deliver that same creepiness that they captured in The Ring. In fact, the imagery is so gorgeous, this is definitely a film I want to see on the biggest screen possible. – Michelle

Land of Mine - Sotto la sabbia (2015) Poster




Certificate R   –   Drama | History | War

A young group of German POWs are made the enemy of a nation, where they are now forced to dig up 2 million land-mines with their bare hands.
Summary: As World War Two comes to an end, a group of German POWs, boys rather than men, are captured by the Danish army and forced to engage in a deadly task – to defuse and clear land mines from the Danish coastline. With little or no training, the boys soon discover that the war is far from over. Inspired by real events, Land of Mine exposes the untold story of one tragic moment in post-war history.

Martin Zandvliet


Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

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RogerEbert.com | Godfrey Cheshire
“The German boys are very well cast, with young actors Louis Hofmann and Joel Basman especially giving the kind of striking performances that should lead to other films”

THE BUZZ: Martin Zandvliet found his WWII drama nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar this year, but I’ve had my eye on his upcoming project, The Outsider, the story of an American G.I. who joins the yakuza in the wake of WWII. So I’m looking forward to Land of Mine as an introduction to Zandvliet’s filmmaking style. – Arno

Everybody Loves Somebody (2017) Poster




Certificate PG-13 Comedy | Romance

A successful and single career woman asks her co-worker to pose as her boyfriend at a family wedding back home in Mexico. Her situation gets complicated when her ex shows up at the ceremony.
Summary: On the surface, Clara Barron seems to have it all: a job as an OB-GYN; a great house in LA; and a loving family. But, the one thing Clara doesn’t have figured out is her love life. Pressured by a family wedding in Mexico, Clara asks a co-worker to pose as her boyfriend for the weekend festivities,- only to be caught by surprise when her ex- boyfriend (and family favorite) suddenly shows up after disappearing from her life completely. Torn, Clara must decide between going back to the past or open her heart to new and unexpected possibilities.

Catalina Aguilar Mastretta


Karla Souza, José María Yazpik, Ben O’Toole, Stefanie Estes

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THE BUZZ: “How to Get Away with Murder” cast member Karla Souza has appeared in Instructions Not Included and From Prada to Nada, two movies that has successfully found audiences in Mexico and the U.S., and here she gets a leading role in a familiar sounding romantic comedy that will should find a core audience.

Lovesong (2016) Poster




  –   Drama

The relationship between two friends deepens during an impromptu road trip.
Summary: Neglected by her husband, Sarah (Riley Keough) embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend, Mindy (Jena Malone). Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy’s wedding.

So Yong Kim


Riley Keough, Jena Malone, Jessie Ok Gray, Cary Joji Fukunaga

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Variety | Justin Chang
“Lovesong makes a virtue of restraint as it traces a complex emotional history in two parts, and innumerable (and sometimes quite literal) shades of gray”

THE BUZZ: Treeless Mountain writer/director So Yong Kim has built most of her stories around two characters trying to connect with one another, and in Lovesong we’re treated to Jena Malone and Riley Keough potentially acting on their long-suppressed desire for one another. But you can count on Kim for crafting a story that doesn’t feel simple, obvious, or annoying. – Arno

In Dubious Battle (2016) Poster




Certificate R   –   Drama

Summary: In the California apple country, nine hundred migratory workers rise up “in dubious battle” against the landowners. The group takes on a life of its own—stronger than its individual members and more frightening. Led by the doomed Jim Nolan (Nat Wolff), the strike is founded on his tragic idealism, on the “courage never to submit or yield.”

James Franco


Nat Wolff, James Franco, Vincent D’Onofrio, Selena Gomez

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The Hollywood Reporter | Boyd van Hoeij
“There is not a lot of risk-taking involved in the visual storytelling or in trying to find a cinematic equivalent of the novel’s style, making In Dubious Battle a rather classical period piece for the most part, though one with at least one very solid performance at its center. Read full review”

THE BUZZ: You have to admire James Franco’s creative ambition, ability to score indie-film financing, and desire to turn every novel he’s ever loved into a movie. His latest, a Steinbeck adaptation, has earned comparisons to many well-crafted but ultimately Hollywood prestige pictures.



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