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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
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BIG BUDGET FILMS
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (PG-13 for intense violence, pervasive action and some sensuality) Adaptation of the DC Comics series finds adversaries Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) reluctantly joining forces to subdue a threat against Metropolis unleashed by the diabolical Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). With Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Cassidy as Jimmy Olsen, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Jeremy Irons as Alfred the Butler, and featuring cameo appearances by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Anderson Cooper, Brooke Baldwin, Soledad O'Brien and Dana Bash.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (PG-13 for suggestive material) Long-awaited sequel finds Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) dealing with a stale relationship and a rebellious daughter (Elena Kampouris) prior to reuniting their families for an even bigger, fatter wedding ceremony. Returning cast members include Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Gia Carides and Joey Fatone.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Bleed (Unrated) Horror flick about a couple of newlyweds (Chelsey Crisp and Michael Steger) who come to regret inviting their friends to participate in a ghost hunt on the grounds of an abandoned prison that turns out to be really haunted. With Riley Smith, Elimu Nelson, David Yow and Lyndon Smith.
Born to Be Blue (Unrated) Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke) biopic reimagining the heroin-addicted, jazz trumpeter as mounting a comeback in the Sixties with the help of an attractive actress (Carmen Ejogo). Cast includes Callum Keith Rennie, Tony Nappo and Stephen McHattie.
Fastball (Unrated) Kevin Costner narrates this baseball documentary exploring the age-old battle between batters and pitchers while also examining the science behind throwing and hitting a ball traveling at speeds of up to 100 mph. Featuring commentary by Derek Jeter, Nolan Ryan, Matt Harvey and David Price.
Get a Job (R for sexuality, nudity, crude humor, profanity and drug use) Coming-of-age comedy revolving around a couple of recent college grads' (Miles Teller and Anna Kendrick) attempt to launch their careers with the help of family and friends. Supporting cast includes Bryan Cranston, Marcia Gay Harden, John Cho, John C. McGinley, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Alison Brie and Brandon T. Jackson.
I Saw the Light (R for profanity, sexuality and brief nudity) Tom Hiddleston plays Hank Williams in this reverential biopic chronicling the legendary country singer/songwriter's rise to fame and untimely demise at the age of 29. With Elizabeth Olsen, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones.
Identicals (R for profanity, sexuality, violence and drug use) Futuristic, sci-fi thriller about a young man (Nick Blood) who allows himself to be killed and reincarnated as a clone in order to search for the girlfriend (Nora-Jane Noone) abducted and forced to undergo the same procedure against her will. Co-starring Tony Way, Lachlan Nieboer and Robert Wilfort.
Killing Ed (Unrated) Education documentary exposing the corruption in the movement to privatize America's public schools.
Ron and Laura Take Back America (Unrated) Political mockumentary about a conservative suburban couple (Mel England and Janice Markham) that decides to launch their own reality TV show in response to constant cable news coverage they disagree with. Featuring Jim J. Bullock, Sally Kirkland and Irene Bedard.
Valley of Love (Unrated) Bittersweet drama about the attempted reconciliation by a couple (Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu) in accordance with the dying wish of their son who committed suicide. With Dan Warner, Aurelia Thierree and Dionne Houle. (In French and English with subtitles)