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Free Fire

Let’s talk about gun control. There are a lot of guns in FREE FIRE, and they are very definitely out of control. Alamo Drafthouse fave Ben Wheatley (HIGH-RISE, KILL LIST) is back with this fast and furious shoot-em-up that puts some of our favorite current actors into some very great ‘70s outfits and then has them spend 90 minutes shooting at each other. 

Brie Larson (KONG: SKULL ISLAND, SHORT TERM 12), Cillian Murphy (BATMAN BEGINS, 28 DAYS LATER), Armie Hammer (THE SOCIAL NETWORK, THE LONE RANGER) and more are trapped in a warehouse where an arms deal has gone very, very bad. 

What follows is a frenetic, funny and fatal feature-length gunfight that is some of the best action filmmaking of this century. FREE FIRE is a barrage of bullets and a fusillade of fun.

Colossal

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work party girl who finds herself in relationship trouble with her sensible boyfriend, Tim (Dan Stevens), and is forced to move back to her tiny hometown to get her life back on track. She reconnects with childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), a good-natured bar owner with a coterie of drinking buddies (Tim Blake Nelson and Austin Stowell), and resumes her drinking lifestyle.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a larger-than-life creature begins attacking Seoul, South Korea on a nightly basis, captivating spectators around the world. One night, Gloria is horrified to discover that her every move at a local playground is being mimicked on a catastrophic scale by the rampaging beast. When Gloria's friends get wind of the bizarre phenomenon, a second, more destructive creature emerges, prompting an epic showdown between the two monsters.

Deconstructing the monster movie genre in wildly imaginative ways, writer-director Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES, EXTRATERRESTRIAL, OPEN WINDOWS) unleashes a fantastical tale that also triumphs as a wholly original and subversive romantic comedy. Featuring an empowering central performance by Anne Hathaway — playing a train-wreck fumbling toward redemption as she did in RACHEL GETTING MARRIED — COLOSSAL is that rare beast, the story of a woman battling for her survival and taking control of her own life in the shadow of two very different monsters on either side of the world. 

Ghost in the Shell

A cyborg policewoman attempts to bring down a nefarious computer hacker.

T2: Trainspotting

One of the longest awaited sequels of all time, T2: TRAINSPOTTING brings some of the greatest characters of the ‘90s back to the big screen, and we have to admit we’re surprised they’ve all lived this long. 

Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to Scotland 20 years after the events of the first film to make amends to his old drug buddies, including Spud (Ewan Bremner) and Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller). But that isn’t the entire reunion - absolute lunatic Begbie (Robert Carlyle) is out and about, having just been released from prison and is looking for a little revenge. 

This sequel brings back not just the cast of the classic black (tar heroin) comedy but original director Danny Boyle as well, who always wanted to return to these characters when the actors had aged enough to make the passage of time really, truly notable. It has been decades since TRAINSPOTTING broke indie film boundaries with The Worst Toilet in Scotland and a deranged ceiling-crawling baby but Boyle hasn’t missed a step, and he’s been turning out great films the whole time. 

Usually we cringe at the idea of bringing the gang back together so long after the glory of the original… but that’s the whole point of T2: TRAINSPOTTING! Can you go home again? Can you make peace with the life you once led? And will Begbie kick you to death? Only T2: TRAINSPOTTING has the answers.

Wilson

Based on the graphic novel of the same name by GHOST WORLD author Daniel Clowes (who also wrote the script), Craig Johnson's WILSON stars Woody Harrelson as a perpetually neurotic, brutally honest middle-aged man who discovers years after the fact that he's got a teen daughter he never knew about. With nothing much else going on in his life, Wilson joins forces with his estranged ex-wife (Laura Dern) to track said daughter down... which is easier said than done when you're something of a walking disaster.

WILSON premiered to enthusiastic reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and finds Harrelson operating in peak “Woody Harrelson” mode (note: this is the best Woody Harrelson mode). In addition to Harrelson and Dern, WILSON also features a slew of talented comedic actresses, including Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Margot Martindale and Laura Weedman. 

Is this the sleeper comedy hit of the year? With a cast and crew this talented, it's certainly got a shot at that title

Life

Are we alone in the universe? That question haunts us every time we look up into the night sky. Is there life somewhere else out there? 

The answer, according to LIFE, is that we should never have asked in the first place. Six astronauts on the International Space Station discover a cellularly simple sample of extraterrestrial life, but that organism turns out to be anything but harmless. 

Mixing the zero G adventure of GRAVITY with the space terror of ALIEN, LIFE pits Jake Gyllenhaal (NIGHTCRAWLER, DONNIE DARKO), Rebecca Ferguson (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION) and Ryan Reynolds (DEADPOOL, BURIED) against a strange new lifeform that doesn’t want to communicate but does want to kill. 

Power Rangers

The MIGHTY MORPHIN' POWER RANGERS franchise has been largely dormant over the past decade or so, but this March that dry spell comes to an end with Dean Israelite's POWER RANGERS, the biggest, wildest POWER RANGERS adventure yet. 

The film serves as both a reboot and a reimagining of the POWER RANGERS property, but maintains the series' basics: destiny brings together five teenagers to form the titular team of color-coded superheroes, who are then tasked with protecting the planet from the villainous Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) and her destructive army of weird monsters. 

Featuring supporting performances from Bryan Cranston(!) as the Rangers' mentor, Zordon, and Bill Hader(!) as the voice of his helpful robot servant, Alpha 5, POWER RANGERS looks big and colorful, action-packed and family-friendly. This may well be the top-shelf POWER RANGERS adaptation fans have long been waiting for.

Go go, POWER RANGERS!

Song to Song

Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.

The Belko Experiment

In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.

Beauty And The Beast

It’s a tale as old as time… and now it’s coming to life in live action! The original animated BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a Disney classic, and was the first animated movie ever nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. How can a live action version compete with that? 

By casting HARRY POTTER’s Emma Watson as Belle, for one. Bringing in Dan Stevens from DOWNTON ABBEY and THE GUEST to play the Beast - transformed by the magic of performance capture CGI - certainly helps. Then there’s director Bill Condon, whose DREAMGIRLS won a Golden Globe for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy. And to really sweeten the pot there are new songs by Alan Menken and Tim Rice, songwriters for the original film! 

Huge and lush and swooningly romantic, the live action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has all of the power and energy of the original, brought to exciting and vivid life for a whole new generation. Please, be our guest and join us for this wonderful new vision.

Kong: Skull Island

Let’s get one thing straight: KONG IS KING. Cinema’s original (and best? Let’s argue about it in the lobby after the movie) giant monster returns with a brand new spin on our favorite giant ape: less BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, this iteration of Kong is more APOCALYPSE NOW.

Tom Hiddleston (THOR, CRIMSON PEAK), Brie Larson (ROOM, SHORT TERM 12) and Jason Mitchell (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, BARRY) go deep into the jungles of Southeast Asia searching for giant monsters in this Vietnam War-era update, and boy do they ever find them.

With a bigger, meaner Kong and a setting that allows the story to become a parable for man’s turbulent relationship with nature, KONG: SKULL ISLAND promises to reinvent this classic monster for a whole new generation and to return Kong to his rightful throne.

Raw

Every now and again a debut film comes along that makes you sit up and recognize a major new talent has announced itself. That’s RAW, and that’s director Julia Duccournau. RAW isn’t just one of the great horror movies of the year, it’s one of the great movies of the year, full stop, and it’s a film that manages to be grisly and gorgeous, funny and creepy, honest and totally messed up all at once. 

When Justine (Garance Marillier) goes to veterinary school, the young vegetarian is forced, in a hazing ritual, to eat some raw meat. That bite awakens something deep inside of her, and suddenly she is transformed from a meek nerd into a ravenous, sexually confident cannibal. 

RAW weaves themes of addiction, female coming of age and sexual exploration into a bloody tapestry that drenches the screen in sheer cinematic glory. Beautiful and brutal, RAW is one of those movies you have to see with an audience, if only so you have other people to share in your screams and squirms.

 
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