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Trailers – Summary & Buzz: Film Openings USA –January 20  2016

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January 20

xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Poster

xXx: Return of Xander Cage


Paramount Pictures

Certificate PG-13   –   Action | Adventure | Thriller

Xander Cage is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough assignment with his handler Augustus Gibbons.
Summary: Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough assignment with his handler Augustus Gibbons.

D.J. Caruso


Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu

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THE BUZZ: I skipped the 2005 sequel, but now that Vin’s back, I’m back. Vin Diesel action films of late have pulled together this chaotic mix of things I love: massive and outrageous stunt/fight/car chase sequences, a diverse roster of heroes (Tony Jaa, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose), and in xXx films in particular, Vin Diesel taking names in that crazy fur coat. Although it looks like xXx: Return of Xander Cage is set in the tropics, I really hope they find a way to bring that coat back… – Vanessa

Split (2016) Poster



Universal Pictures

Certificate PG-13   –   Horror | Thriller

After three girls are kidnapped by a man with 24 distinct personalities they must find some of the different personalities that can help them while running away and staying alive from the others.
Summary: Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

M. Night Shyamalan


James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

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THE BUZZ: Every time I watch Split‘s trailers, I get super creeped out! Even though this story line seems familiar, I’m interested to see how McAvoy’s various characters will be introduced throughout the thriller. Will there be a surprise M. Night Shyamalan plot twist? Find out Kevin’s 24th personality on January 20. – Akimi

The Founder (2016) Poster

The Founder


The Weinstein Company

Certificate PG-13   –   Biography | Drama | History

The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers’ fast food eatery, McDonald’s, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world.
Summary: The true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

John Lee Hancock


Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini

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THE BUZZ: This time of year studios drop off movies that displayed early signs of awards fever but have since been eclipsed by mightier productions (or more spendy For Your Consideration campaigns). The phrase “Michael Keaton as McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc” was all some people needed to hear in order get talking about a first trip to the Oscars podium for Keaton, and it’s more than enough to get me in a theater — even if The Founder‘s bedrock is entirely made up of Keaton’s performance. – Arno

Staying Vertical (2016) Poster

Staying Vertical


Strand Releasing

Certificate Unrated   –   Comedy | Drama

A film maker has to raise a child by himself whilst looking for an inspiration for his new film.
Summary: Filmmaker Leo is searching for the wolf in the south of France. During a scouting excursion he is seduced by Marie, a free-spirited and dynamic shepherdess. Nine months later she gives birth to their child. Suffering from post-natal depression and with no faith in Leo, who comes and goes without warning, Marie abandons both of them. Leo finds himself alone, with a baby to care for. It’s not easy, but deep down, he loves it. Through a series of unexpected and unusual encounters, struggling to find inspiration for his next film, Leo will do whatever it takes to stay standing.

Alain Guiraudie


Damien Bonnard, India Hair, Raphaël Thiéry, Christian Bouillette

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THE BUZZ: Stranger by the Lake director Alain Guiraudie is back with a comedy of sorts that steeps itself in magic, sex, birth, and death. Eclipsed ever so slightly by Elle in his native France this past year, I have a feeling that someday soon Guiraudie will enjoy a breakthrough in the U.S. since he has one of the most open and frank perspectives on filmmaking and storytelling of any director working today. – Arno

The Sunshine Makers (2015) Poster

The Sunshine Makers



  –   Documentary

The story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of 1960s American drug counter-culture.
Summary: A real-life Breaking Bad for the psychedelic set, The Sunshine Makers reveals the fascinating, untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of 1960s American drug counter-culture. United in a utopian mission to save the planet through the consciousness-raising power of LSD, these underground chemists manufactured a massive amount of acid, including the gold standard for quality LSD, Orange Sunshine, all while staying one step ahead of the Feds.

Cosmo Feilding-Mellen


Tim Scully, Nick Sand

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THE BUZZ: When I was young I remember references to Orange Sunshine, the most revered variety of LSD ever made, from Apocalypse Now and “SNL” (remember the “Ask President Carter” sketch?), so I’m looking forward to catching up with the drug’s creators and evangelists, two guys who now probably look like one of your relatives. – Arno

La tartaruga rossa (2016) Poster

The Red Turtle / La tartaruga rossa


Sony Pictures Classics

Certificate PG   –   Animation | Fantasy

The dialogue-less film follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.
Summary: Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, The Red Turtle recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.

Michael Dudok de Wit

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THE BUZZ: Studio Ghibli is a badge of quality on any film. So when the renowned Japanese studio embarked on its first international co-production with Oscar-winning Dutch animator Michaël Dudok De Wit, it was always going to be worth seeking out. The film, which won a top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, embodies Ghibli’s trademark of magical realism to tell of the unlikely friendship between a castaway on a deserted island and an enormous sea turtle. Opens in limited release on Friday, Jan. 20

Kedi (2016) Poster



Certificate Unrated   –   Documentary

A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.
Summary: Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame –and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.

Ceyda Torun


Bülent Üstün

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THE BUZZ: This Turkish documentary, the debut feature for director Ceyda Torun, turns the cameras on a group of stray cats as they amble around their customary haunts in Istanbul. While the film indeed exposes the day-to-day goings-on of felines, each with a distinct character, what ultimately ends up on screen appears to be a rich portrait of a very ancient city full of equally interesting and distinct individuals. I’m looking forward to exploring Istanbul in a different way – with some stray cats as my guide. – Bret

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2016) Poster

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone


BH Tilt

Certificate PG   –   Comedy | Drama | Family | Romance

A washed-up former child star, forced to do community service at a local megachurch, pretends to be a Christian to land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.
Summary: Gavin Stone, a washed-up former child star, is forced to do community service at a local megachurch and pretends to be Christian so he can land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.

Dallas Jenkins


Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Shawn Michaels, Neil Flynn

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Detour (2016) Poster



Magnet Releasing

Certificate R   –   Thriller

A young law student who, while grieving for his dying mother, struggles to decide whether he should kill his unfaithful step-father.
Summary: Harper (Tye Sheridan), a seemingly naive law student, obsesses over the idea that his shifty stepfather was involved in the devastating car crash that left his mother hospitalized and comatose. He drowns his suspicions in whiskey until he finds himself suddenly engrossed in conversation with volatile grifter Johnny (Emory Cohen) and his stripper companion, Cherry (Bel Powley). As daylight breaks and the haziness of promises made becomes clearer, how will Harper handle the repercussions (not to mention the violent duo—on his doorstep)?

Christopher Smith


Emory Cohen, Tye Sheridan, Stephen Moyer, Jared Abrahamson

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