by Kam Williams
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun OPENING THIS WEEK
BIG BUDGET FILMS
The Boss (R for sexuality, profanity and brief drug use) Melissa McCarthy plays the title character in this comedy about a business tycoon convicted of insider trading who attempts to re-brand herself as America's sweetheart after her release from prison. Cast includes Kathy Bates, Kristen Bell, Cecily Strong and Peter Dinklage.
Demolition (R for profanity, drug use, disturbing behavior and some sexual references) Bittersweet dramedy about a recently-widowed investment banker (Jake Gyllenhaal) who finds an unlikely shoulder to cry on in a cash-strapped, customer service rep (Naomi Watts) with a company he has a gripe with. Featuring Heather Lind, Judah Lewis, Chris Cooper and Royce Johnson.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Hardcore Henry (R for pervasive profanity, incessant mayhem and graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and drug use) Revenge thriller, set in Moscow, about a vigilante's attempt to rescue his wife (Haley Bennett) who's been kidnapped by a Russian warlord (Danila Kozlovsky) with an army of assassins. Cast includes Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth and Will Stewart. (In English and Russian with subtitles)
Havana Motor Club (Unrated) Classic car documentary about Cuba's first, state-sanctioned drag race since 1960. (In Spanish and English with subtitles)
High Strung (PG for mature themes and mild epithets) Romance drama about a Manhattan street musician (Nicholas Galitzine) and a ballet student from the Midwest (Keenan Kampa) who fall in love at first sight upon her arrival in New York City. With Jane Seymour, Sonoya Mizuno and Paul Freeman.
Look at Us Now, Mother (Unrated) Gayle Kirschenbaum directed this dysfunctional family documentary chronicling her decades-long challenging relationship with her mother.
Mr. Right (R for violence and pervasive profanity) Romantic comedy about a woman (Anna Kendrick) who becomes smitten with an intriguing suitor (Sam Rockwell) unaware that he's a professional hit man on the run from miffed mobsters. With Tim Roth, RZA, Anson Mount and James Ransone.
Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (Unrated) Thought-provoking documentary revisiting the checkered career of Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), the self-hating Jewish philosopher who escaped Europe during the Holocaust only to later express sympathy for Nazi war criminals like Adolph Eichmann. (In English, Hebrew and German with subtitles)