New Releases for the Week of March 17, 2017


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

(Disney) Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Directed by Bill Condon

This live-action version of the beloved Disney animation contains the classic songs from the original as well as some brand new songs by original composer Alan Mencken and legendary lyricist Tim Rice. We all know the story; an inquisitive young girl rescues her father who has been poking around a castle where he shouldn’t have been and has been captured by a terrible Beast. She offers herself in his stead and stays at the castle where everything is alive – even the candlesticks. What she doesn’t know is that a curse has been laid on the Beast and his castle and time is running out on reversing it. It will take a miracle; after all, how could Beauty ever love a Beast?

See the trailer, interviews, clips, featurette and B-Roll video here.
For more on the movie this is the website.

Release Formats: Standard, 3D, IMAX 3D
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Now Playing: Wide Release

Rating: PG (for some action violence, peril and frightening images)

The Belko Experiment

(BH Tilt/Orion/MGM) John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, John C. McGinley, Melonie Diaz. A group of American workers are trapped in a high rise where a mysterious voice orders them to kill some of their number – or more of them will be killed at random by the owners. And as things progress, the dog eat dog world of business turns into a deadly game of survival. James Gunn, director of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 wrote this.

See the trailer and a clip here.
For more on the movie this is the website.

Release Formats: Standard
Genre: Thriller
Now Playing: Wide Release

Rating: R (for strong bloody violence throughout, language including sexual references, and some drug use)

Kedi

(Oscilloscope Laboratories) Bülent Ustün. Istanbul (not Constantinople) is one of the world’s most ancient cities. They’ve had a tradition over the years of taking care of stray cats as a community. The cats have become an indelible part of Istanbul’s charm and personality. Told from a distinctly feline point of view, this is the viral cat video to end all viral cat videos.

See the trailer here.
For more on the movie this is the website.

Release Formats: Standard
Genre: Documentary
Now Playing: Regal Winter Park Village

Rating: NR

Land of Mine

(Sony Classics) Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikel Boe Følsgaard. As World War II came to a close, German prisoners of war in Denmark are given a daunting task to complete before being allowed to return to their homes. They must clear a beach of literally thousands of land mines that had been placed there by the German army. The painstaking and crazy dangerous work is high stress and the Danes are not terribly happy about having the Germans around at all but slowly the Danes begin to see the Germans differently as the beach is slowly made safe again.

See the trailer and clips here.
For more on the movie this is the website.

Release Formats: Standard
Genre: War
Now Playing: Regal Winter Park Village

Rating: R (for violence, some grisly images, and language)

The Last Word

(Bleecker Street) Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Ann’Jewel Lee, Philip Baker Hall. A formidable woman, in the twilight of her life, has been of late reading obituaries of people she knows and finds that the obituary writer is making their somewhat ordinary lives sound extraordinary. She decides that having exerted control over everything her entire life she wants to read her obituary before she actually dies, but to get the kind of write-up she wants she may need to make a few changes. Cinema365 was privileged to be invited to a press screening for this; the review will run tomorrow.

See the trailer, clips and interviews here.
For more on the movie this is the website.

Release Formats: Standard
Genre: Comedy
Now Playing: Regal Winter Park Village

Rating: PG-13 (for language)

The Sense of an Ending

(CBS) Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Matthew Goode, Emily Mortimer. A recluse who is happy in his quiet existence is confronted with secrets from his past. This will force him to face that his flawed recollections of what actually happened are not the truth about his first love and that he has yet to experience the full consequences of decisions made long ago.

See the trailer, clips, interviews, featurettes and B-roll video here.
For more on the movie this is the website.

Release Formats: Standard
Genre: Drama
Now Playing: Regal Winter Park Village

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, a violent image, sexuality, and brief strong language)

Pick of the Litter – March 2017


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

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Kong: Skull Island

(Warner Brothers/Legendary) Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman. A joint expedition of military and scientists explore a mysterious and uncharted island in the Pacific, only to discover that it is full of impossible creatures as deadly as they are unknown. Trapped on the island, cut off from any chance of rescue, they must fight their way through a primeval hostile world ruled over by the biggest and baddest of them all – the mighty King Kong. March 10

INDEPENDENT PICKS

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Contemporary Color

(Oscilloscope Laboratories) David Byrne, Mike Hartsock, Nelly Furtado, Adam Horovitz. Color guards have long been staples at football games but of late they have been bursting out into their own scene. Legendary Talking Head and musician David Byrne gathered ten color guard teams and paired them with ten composers, staging all ten of the performances in one incredible night in Brooklyn. This is that show – and the stories leading up to it. March 1

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The Freedom to Marry

(Argot) Evan Wolfson, Mary Bonauto, April DeBoer, Jayne Rowse. One of the landmark decisions of the Supreme Court in the past decade was the one that struck down the Defense of Marriage act and in effect gave LGBTQ couples the right to get married legally. This wasn’t a fight that occurred overnight; it took decades of hard work and often despair to win this victory. Through it all, the tireless efforts of one man never wavered in the face of insurmountable odds. This is the story of how justice happened. March 3

My Scientology Movie

My Scientology Movie

(Magnolia) Louis Theroux, Paz de la Huerta, Marty Rathbun, Andrew Perez. Documentary filmmaker and gadfly Louis Theroux (who in the interest of transparency is someone I worked with at the Metro back in the 90s) investigates one of the most controversial institutions of our day – the Church of Scientology. Just what is it that makes them so secretive and what is it that scares people about them? Plenty, as it turns out. March 10

the-sense-of-an-endingThe Sense of an Ending

(CBS) Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Matthew Goode, Emily Mortimer. A lonely old man receives news of the passing of an old lover who had willed him one item – her diary. His view of what happened between them which led to a tragic series of events is changed as he reads her point of view which is very different than what he remembers. Suddenly confronted by his past, he begins to rethink his position in life – and whether it isn’t too late to change it. March 10

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Burning Sands

(Netflix) Alfre Woodard, Trevor Jackson, DeRon Horton, Octavius J. Johnson. An African-American college freshman seeks to pledge at a prestigious fraternity. As he gets deeper into Hell Week, he is horrified to discover that the hazing is getting progressively more violent and dangerous. He is caught between his code of silence and standing up to the hazing which may just be out of control. March 10

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Song to Song

(Broad Green) Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman. Austin, Texas, has long had one of the most dynamic music scenes in the country. Two struggling songwriters, a music mogul and a waitress become entangled in love affairs that are both the potential source of their salvation – or their destruction. This is the latest from Terrence Malick who has over the past six or seven years become prolific. March 17

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Bokeh

(Screen Media) Maika Monroe, Matt O’Leary, Arnar Jónsson, Gunnar Helgason. A young couple goes to Iceland on a romantic getaway. At first they love the volcanic hot springs, the food, the culture – everything. One morning however they wake up and everyone on Earth has disappeared. Frantic at first, eventually they begin to revel in absolute freedom – until the realization sets in that there will be no rescue if they get in trouble – nobody to fly them back home to the United States, nobody to talk to except each other. March 24

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Carrie Pilby

(The Orchard) Bel Powley, Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne, Jason Ritter. A prodigal girl who graduated from Harvard at the age of 18 finds life in the real world an enormous challenge by the time another year has passed. Despite her enormous intellect, interpersonal relationships seem a bit beyond her so she finds herself a therapist who might help her join the human race after all. March 31