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.
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.
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.
One last time.
Hugh Jackman sheathes his claws after LOGAN, which is being billed as the last Wolverine story, ending the saga of everybody’s favorite Canadian, adamantium-clawed X-Man. Set in the near future, LOGAN finds Wolvie attempting to cross the Mexican border with an old and enfeebled Professor Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION). Their mission: to save a young mutant who may be a female clone of Logan (it’s a comic book movie after all), but it’s never as easy as just doing a good deed. The trio finds their way blocked by baddies and things get violent. And we mean VIOLENT - LOGAN sports an R rating for ‘strong brutal violence throughout.’
Director James Mangold (3:10 TO YUMA, THE WOLVERINE) directs this melancholy and gritty movie that marks real film history: it brings to a close one of the longest-running pairings of actor and character in recent memory. Jackman has played Wolverine longer than anybody has continuously played just about any character in the movies, including James Bond. With a character as popular as this, with an actor as committed to the part as Jackman and with a director as serious and excellent as Mangold, you can expect LOGAN to be a real exclamation point at the end of Wolverine’s story.
Richie Keen's new comedy FIST FIGHT will finally deliver the showdown we've been waiting for: Ice Cube vs. Charlie Day.
When timid and highly un-courageous school teacher Andy Campbell (Day) accidentally gets his colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), fired, the latter challenges the former to an ol'-fashioned parking lot brawl outside the school at the end of the day. It's up to Andy to prepare himself - both mentally and physically - for the titular fight... and the whole school is watching.
Featuring a straight A report card of comic talent (including Tracy Morgan, Kumail Nanjiani, and Jillian Bell, plus MAD MEN’s Christina Hendricks and BREAKING BAD’s Dean Norris), FIST FIGHT feels like a big summer comedy that just so happens to be arriving in February. Who are you rooting for?
Are you well? Gore Verbinski can help you with that. While he may have found box office gold with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, Verbinski really caught our attention with his remake of THE RING, and now he’s come back to creepy, atmospheric, dread-filled horror with A CURE FOR WELLNESS.
Dane DeHaan (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, CHRONICLE) is a corporate go-getter sent to a mysterious Swiss wellness center to retrieve a missing CEO, but he soon discovers he can check out anytime he likes but he can never leave. Jason Isaacs (THE PATRIOT, HARRY POTTER) sinks his teeth into the sleazy and weird doctor overseeing the whole thing, which includes bizarre flotation tanks, tentacles in bathtubs and impromptu oral surgery on young Mr. DeHaan.
Comprised of a series of nesting doll mysteries that will spin your head and invert your brain, A CURE FOR WELLNESS is SHUTTER ISLAND meets BIOSHOCK, all presented with the stunning eye for detail and tone that has made Verbinski one of the most exciting edge of mainstream directors of our time.
XX is a new all-female horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by fiercely talented women: Annie Clark (St. Vincent) rocks her directorial debut with THE BIRTHDAY PARTY; Karyn Kusama (THE INVITATION, GIRLFIGHT) exorcises HER ONLY LIVING SON; Roxanne Benjamin (SOUTHBOUND) screams DON’T FALL; and Jovanka Vuckovic (THE CAPTURED BIRD) dares to open THE BOX. Award-winning animator Sofia Carrillo (LA CASA TRISTE) wraps together four suspenseful stories of terror featuring a cast including Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk.
The dance of dominance and submission continues in FIFTY SHADES DARKER, the second film in the scaldingly sexy FIFTY SHADES trilogy based on the novels by EL James. Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) thinks she’s all done with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), but she finds herself continuously pulled back into his world of taboo sensuality.
As if the kinky billionaire himself wasn’t enough, Ana finds herself dealing with dangerous people from his shady past, including Kim Basinger - star of the erotic classic 9 ½ WEEKS - as the woman who inducted young Christian Gray into the steamy society of BDSM.
Can there be a happiness in submission for Ana, or will Christian’s past prove a torture she cannot abide? This film promises to tighten the ropes on an audience already under the sway of Grey’s severe love.
In JOHN WICK, Keanu Reeves shot a lot of guys in the head and, in the process, kicked all our asses. That film was an unexpected blast of fresh action air, and JOHN WICK is already canonized as a classic. Now, the retired hitman is back again in JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO, and this time he’s taking his revenge international.
This skull-popping sequel explores the mysterious and treacherous guild of global assassins first glimpsed at the Continental Hotel in JOHN WICK. This time, a figure from Wick’s past is looking to seize control of that guild, and John Wick must fulfill an old oath to assist him. The only thing standing between Wick and his goal? All of the world’s most deadly killers, each ready to retire John Wick again… permanently.
The action masterminds behind the first JOHN WICK are back, as are all your favorite characters (at least the ones who survived). JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO makes the first film look like a warm up. Is John Wick back? Yeah, we’re thinking he’s back, and we couldn’t be happier.
Holey plastic bricks, Batman (see, because Lego bricks have holes at the bottom. Get it?)! The breakout star of the totally awesome THE LEGO MOVIE is getting his own spin-off film, and it might just be the funniest movie of the year.
Lego Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, is a very serious, grim, dark, troubled, dark, parentless, lone, dark vigilante… but he has to learn a new way of living when he accidentally adopts a young ward, Dick Grayson (Michael Cera), who becomes Robin the Boy Wonder. Batman must become a team player to save Lego Gotham City from the modular toy versions of his rogue’s gallery, including Zach Galifianakis as The Joker and Jenny Slate as Harley Quinn.
Can the Dark Knight lighten up? You’ll have to find out by going to see THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, because we’re not spoiling it here.