by Kam Williams
OPENING THIS WEEK
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Deadpool (R for sexuality, graphic nudity, graphic violence and pervasive profanity) Ryan Reynolds plays the Marvel Comics antihero in this origins adventure about a Special Forces mercenary left mutated by a proverbial medical experiment gone horribly wrong. With Ed Skrein, Karan Soni and Michael Benyaer.
How to Be Single (R for sexuality and pervasive profanity) Romantic comedy revolving around the misadventures of a newcomer to New York City (Dakota Johnson) who decides to test the waters of the Manhattan dating scene after breaking up with her marriage-minded college sweetheart (Nicholas Braun). Co-starring Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Damon Wayans, Jr. and Alison Brie.
Where to Invade Next (R for profanity, drug use, violent images and brief graphic nudity) Michael Moore mockumentary finds the inveterate iconclast mounting faux invasions of other nations in search of ways to improve the quality of life in the United States of America.
Zoolander 2 (PG-13 for brief profanity, coarse humor, crude sexuality and a scene of over-the-top violence) Ben Stiller reprises the title role in a silly sequel which finds the dim-witted model joining forces with his former adversary (Owen Wilson) in order to fight a new fashion industry nemesis (Will Ferrell). Ensemble cast includes Kristen Wiig, Benedict Cumberbatch, Penelope Cruz and Olivia Munn, with cameos by Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Lenny Kravitz, Demi Lovato and Macaulay Culkin.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (Unrated) Romantic comedy revolving around the love which blossoms between an Asian-American (Jamie Chung) visiting Hong Kong for the very first time and the white guy (Bryan Greenberg) giving her a tour of the city. With Sarah Lian, Jaeden Cheng and Richard Ng.
Cabin Fever (Unrated) Faithful remake of the 2002 horror comedy about five college friends (Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, Nadine Crocker, Dustin Inram and Samuel Davis) on the run from a flesh-eating virus during a weekend getaway at a remote rural retreat. Featuring Randy Schulman, Louise Linton, Jason Rouse and Eli Roth.
Fitoor (Unrated) Bollywood version of Great Expectations, the Charles Dickens classic revolving around the coming-of-age of a struggling street urchin (Aditya Roy Kapoor). With Katrina Kaif, Rahul Bhat and Tabu. (In Hindi with subtitles)
Mountains May Depart (Unrated) Three-part character study, set in 1999, 2014 and 2025, chronicling events in the life of a beautiful (Tao Zhao), pursued by two suitors (Yi Zhang and Jing Dong Liang), who opted to marry for money over love. With Zijan Dong, Sylvia Chang and Lu Liu. (In Cantonese, Mandarin and English with subtitles)
National Parks Adventure (Unrated) Eco-documentary, narrated by Robert Redford, extolling the virtues of America's national parks.
Of Mind and Music (PG-13 for suggestive material, drug references and mature themes) Tenderhearted family drama, unfolding against the backdrop of the New Orleans music scene, examining the toll exacted by Alzheimer's on a popular street performer (Aunjanue Ellis). Co-starring Bill Cobbs and Joaquim de Almeida.
Providence (Unrated) Silent film set in a tiny Tennessee town where it takes a tragedy for two people (Juli Tapken and Rich Swingle) who've known each other for over forty years to realize they were meant for each other. With Irene Santiago, Katie Pavao and Marcy Conway.
Standoff (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity) Psychological thriller about a disgraced veteran (Thomas Jane) who makes the most of a shot at redemption created when an adolescent murder witness (Ella Ballentine) is targeted by a bloodthirsty assassin (Laurence Fishburne). Featuring Joanna Douglas, Jim Watson and John Tench.
Touched with Fire (R for profanity, drug use, brief sexuality and a disturbing image) Romance drama revolving around a couple of mental patients (Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby) who fall madly in love over doctors orders while institutionalized for manic depression. Support cast includes Christine Lahti, Griffin Dunne and Bruce Altman.