OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening June 13, 2014
BIG BUDGET FILMS
22 Jump Street (R for sexuality, violence, drug use, brief nudity and pervasive profanity) Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum reprise their roles as ill-matched LAPD partners, this time going undercover as college students to crack a narcotics ring operating on campus. With Ice Cube, Amber Stevens and Nick Offerman.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG for action and mildly rude humor) Animated adventure, set five years after the original, pits Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his faithful pet, Toothless, against a diabolical, cave-dwelling villain (Djimon Hounsou) bent on world domination. Voice cast includes Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrara, Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
The Amazing Catfish (Unrated) Strange bedfellows dramedy about a lonely supermarket clerk (Ximena Ayala) with appendicitis who finds herself befriended by her hospital roommate (Lisa Owen) and family. Support cast includes (Sonia Franco, Wendy Guillen and Andrea Baeza). (In Spanish with subtitles)
Burning Bush (Unrated) Czech docudrama, set in 1969, chronicling the student protests of the Soviet invasion of Prague launched by a martyr who set himself on fire. Starring Tatiana Pauhofova, Jaroslave Pokorna and Petr Stach. (In Czech with subtitles)
A Coffee in Berlin (Unrated) Tragicomedy about a just-jilted college student (Tom Schilling) who drops out of school after being cut off financially by his father (Ulrich Noethen) only to end up aimlessly wandering around the streets of Berlin. With Katharina Schuttler, Andreas Schroders and Marc Hosemann. (In German and English with subtitles)
Evergreen (Unrated) Cannabis documentary examining the state of affairs in Washington after the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana.
Hellion (Unrated) Dysfunctional family drama about a juvenile delinquent (Josh Wiggins), being raised by an emotionally-distant, widowed dad (Aaron Paul), whose anti-social behavior leads Child Protective Services to award custody of his imperiled little brother (Deke Garner) to their very protective aunt (Juliette Lewis). Supporting cast includes Augustine Frizzell, Jonny Mars and Annalee Jeffries.
I Am I (Unrated) Father-daughter drama about the frustrations encountered by a young woman (Jocelyn Towne) who belatedly befriends the brain-damaged dad she’s never known (Kevin Tighe) when he shows up unexpectedly at her mother’s funeral. With Simon Helberg, Jason Ritter and James Morrison.
Ivory Tower (Unrated) Education expose’ questioning whether a U. S. college degree is still worth the investment.
The Rover (R for profanity and gory violence) Post-apocalyptic drama, set in the Australian Outback a decade after the collapse of civilization, about a hard-boiled army vet’s (Guy Pearce) search for the gang of criminals that stole his only possession. With Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy and David Field.
See You Next Tuesday (Unrated) Dysfunctional family dramedy, set in Brooklyn, about an unemployed, pregnant woman’s (Eleanore Pienta) toxic relationships with her mother (Dana Eskelson), her lesbian sister (Molly Plunk), and her sister’s live-in lover (Keisha Zollar). Support cast features Taylor Dior, Stephan Goldbach and Michele Meises.
The Signal (PG-13 for violence, profanity and mature themes) Sci-fi thriller revolving around a couple of MIT freshmen (Brenton Thwaites and Beau Knapp) driving across the Southwest with a girlfriend (Olivia Cooke) who take an ill-advised detour in the desert at the suggestion of a computer hacker with a hidden agenda. Featuring Laurence Fishburne, Robert Longstreet and Sarah Clarke.
Violette (Unrated) Lesbian biopic about French novelist Violette Leduc (Emmanuelle Devos), a write remembered for her sexually-explicit passages and as the life mate of Simone de Beauvoir (Sandrine Kiberlain). With Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Hiegel and Jacques Bonaffe. (In French with subtitles)