The third film based off 1880’s classic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ, Ben-Hur chronicles the journey of the eponymous protagonist, a Jewish prince betrayed by his adopted brother and sent into slavery. Director Timur Bekmambetov promises that the adaption will reimagine the novel while staying true to its source material.
The Purge: Election Year is the third installment in the Purge Trilogy, set two years after the events of The Purge: Anarchy. Frank Grillo returns as Sergeant Barnes, an ex-cop who now serves as security for the presidential frontrunner Senator Roan. The Senator’s plank of ending the purge, an annual one-night period in which all crime is legal, leads her to be a target on the same night that took her family 15 years ago.
With his 46th directed feature, octogenarian Woody Allen became the first to have had a grand total of three films be selected as the curtain opener of the opening night at Cannes. In Cafe Society, the buzz-generating cast (including Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, and Blake Lively) works together to re-deliver classic Allen themes of love and pursuit, and tells the story of a young Brooklynite who becomes ensnared in the glamor of New York’s high-end nightclub scene after falling for his uncle’s secretary in 1930’s Hollywood.
Set in ancient Japan, this beautiful stop-motion film follows a young boy as he sets out to find his samurai father’s lost armor, battling mythical foes with the help of a monkey and a beetle. Featuring a star-studded cast, including Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey, and animated by the studio behind such films as Coraline and the Boxtrolls, this is a must-see for any fan of animation or adventure.
Not long ago, Russian doc director Vitaly Mansky and crew received unprecedented sanction of the DPRK government to film in the world’s most secretive nation. But there was (obviously) a catch. Official minders intervened in every step of the process, and maintained absolute control. Mansky cleverly circumvents a pre-penned script intended to portray prosperity, and turns his limitations into an advantage, unleashing the full power of documentary by using visually ironic editing, and dually meaningful narration, while exposing a seasoned machine of manipulation and brainwashing.
This documentary is based on the book from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind, written about the obstacles faced by his autistic son, Owen, who became mute around his third birthday and ceased to understand speech. Growing up, he would cry inconsolably, except when watching his favourite animated Disney movies, and these films aided his parents with communication. Life, Animated snagged the Directing Award for a U.S. Documentary at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
After 2013’s award-winning short film Lights Out, director David F. Sandberg received the greenlight from Warner Bros. Pictures for a box office release. This upcoming supernatural horror flick will add to short story’s premise of a supernatural entity who only appears in the dark, with the intent of terrorizing humans.
Viggo Mortensen stars in this indie film about a father and his children forced to rejoin society after a decade living isolated in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. It premiered at the Sundance in January, and in May was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, receiving commendations all along the way. This film offers a compelling look into the cost of idealism and the struggle to live an authentic life.
Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present their fifth collaboration on a fully-animated film, a comedy about the daily lives of pets after humans leave for work. For animal lovers, it is a great opportunity to appreciate overwhelming fuzziness and cuteness.
Andrew Stanton, who helmed the classic first movie, returns to continue the tales (tails (plenty of pun intended)) of Marlin, Dory, and Nemo. This time, Dory is the one to find, and while her friends return to the scene to try and track her down, they all learn something new about the real meaning of family again.
Admiring the Obamas’ feel-good first date in Chicago’s South Side in 1989 seems to be a fitting way to seal off the POTUS’s legacy as his second terms near an end. After taking a glimpse at this classy, 80 minute rom-com portraying a 28 year old Barack Obama, perhaps even the most zealous birth certificate hunters will lay down their pitchforks for a while just to say “awww”.
Following in the tremendous footsteps of 2014’s Godzilla, Toho Studios is bringing the King of the Monsters back to his domain. Evangelion director Hideaki Anno heads Godzilla’s first solo romp since 1984, and this time, the big G’s looking more terrifying than ever.
Revel in Daniel Radcliffe’s triumphant less-is-more acting job as he portrays a virtually omnipotent man-appliance, and offers much more than just a chance at survival to a castaway in this hilarious and extremely high-concept film. Visiting the cleverly thought-out publicity site swissarmyman.com will give you a pretty decent idea of what you’ll be seeing, and will either make you a diehard fan, or lead you to swear against ever wasting time on such rubish. Don’t worry about the seemingly ubiquitous fart jokes though. Sundance apparently thought it was funny enough to give it a best directing award
Roland Emmerich, father of the disaster movie, returns for this larger-than-life sequel to 1996’s blockbuster Independence Day. The aliens are back, and while humanity’s been preparing for the next alien invasion, so have the aliens. Featuring both new and returning stars, this summer blockbuster promises big action and bigger explosions.
This foreign film tracks three sisters and their half-sister, who are united upon their biological father’s death. It explores themes of family, loyalty, and responsibility through the reserved interactions of the four women, telling a delicate story that packs significant punch.
This film chronicles the experiences of Gardner Elliot, the first human to be born on Mars. He develops an online friendship with a teen in Colorado, Tulsa, and visits Earth for the first time at age sixteen. Completely unsocialised, and with little sense of belonging, he explores Earth with Tulsa and attempts to place himself in the greater scheme of the universe.