Movies

Risk

The Academy Award-winning director of CITIZENFOUR turns her camera on WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. Risk continues Laura Poitras' examination of controversial figures who both risk and betray. With unparalleled access over five years, Poitras offers an intimate portrait of the cypherpunk underground in an era of ever-increasing surveillance and secrecy.

The Circle

You are opting in to a world without privacy. 

In THE CIRCLE, based on the novel by celebrated author Dave Eggers, Emma Watson is a bright young woman named Mae who joins a rising tech company. She has hopes for the future - both her own, and the world’s - and she sees The Circle as the vehicle for all of those hopes. But as The Circle’s revolutionary technology allows people to livestream their every movement all day, every day, questions about the very future of human society and the right to privacy arise. 

As Mae climbs the corporate ladder and willingly gives up more and more of her own privacy (“Secrets are lies,” is a motto at The Circle) she meets a mysterious older man - the legendary Tom Hanks - who warns her that what The Circle is doing will lead to the rise of a totalitarian surveillance state where everyone will cheerfully opt in to being spied on 24 hours a day. 

A gripping thriller dealing with topics that are ripped from the headlines, James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of THE CIRCLE couldn’t come at a more relevant time. Is there a future to personal privacy… and can anything be done to save it?

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.

The Fate of the Furious

When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

The Lost City of Z

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

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.

Prevenge

Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.

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!

 
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