Directed by "The Office" star John Krasinski,
"The Hollars" is a Sundance dramedy about an aspiring
New York City artist named John Hollar (Krasinski) facing a crossroads in his life. He's unhappy
professionally and full of anxiety over the impending birth of his child, but
he puts those troubles on hold to face all new ones when he leaves the city to
return home to his dysfunctional family in Ohio after he learns that his mother
(character actress Margo Martindale) has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
If you're going to pick a film to give the remake treatment,
you could do a lot worse than John Sturges's iconic 1960 western "The
Magnificent Seven," which was itself an Americanized take on Akira Kurosawa's
"Seven Samurai." Holding onto the sturdy plotline of the original, the new
film's major change is injecting some diversity into its ensemble, while
anchoring the cast with a few recognizable faces -- it swaps in the likes of
Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Vincent D'Onofrio for Steve
McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, and James Coburn.
With esteemed (if sometimes polarizing) filmmaker Oliver
Stone at the helm, one might expect a biopic of NSA contractor turned
whistleblower Edward Snowden to be a thrilling look at the thorny issues of
privacy, national security, and freedom in our modern digital age. But despite
strong performances and a compelling story, "Snowden" can't quite match the
excitement of real life -- which was captured so compellingly in Laura Poitras' terrific, Oscar-winning 2014 documentary "Citizenfour."
It's been 12 years since we last checked in with Bridget
Jones, the lovably hapless British romantic heroine and controversial feminist
icon. The third film based around author Helen Fielding's enduringly popular
character bears no resemblance to Fielding's third book -- which picked up with
Bridget in her 50's and a widow.
Inspired by true events, "The Innocents" is a somber tale of
spirituality in crisis set in post-World War II Poland. As the film opens,
Mathilde (Lou de Laâge), a female doctor with the
French Red Cross, is beckoned by a desperate nun from the nearby village.
In Barbara Kopple's intimate documentary "Miss Sharon Jones!"
we see an artist simultaneously at the top of her game and the lowest point of
her life. Chronicling singer Sharon Jones's experiences over the year following
her 2013 diagnosis with stage 2 pancreatic cancer, the film is ultimately an
uplifting testament to one woman's resilience and strength.
Uruguayan director Fede Alvarez, the mastermind behind 2013's
"Evil Dead" remake, flexes his filmmaking muscle with "Don't Breathe," a
stylish home invasion horror-thriller that makes for a diabolically chilling
end-of-summer treat. Petty thief
Rocky (Jane Levy), her friend Alex (Dylan Minnette), and Rocky's macho
boyfriend, Money (Daniel Zovatto), have been pulling off a string of robberies,
selecting their targets from information they glean from the home security
company owned by Alex's father.
Over the years, we've gotten plenty of films about the
cutthroat world of high finance, but from "Wall Street" to "The Big Short,"
they're all typically male-centric affairs. The fact that "Equity" is the
practically unheard of financial thriller told from the female perspective
immediately distinguishes itself from the pack.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia made headlines a few weeks back when
he took to Twitter to express his frustration with the
MPAA's decision to slap his latest film, "Don't Think Twice," with an "R"
rating simply because the film had a couple scenes in which adults smoke pot. Meanwhile,
Birbiglia argued, a film like "Suicide Squad" can be loaded with non-stop
violence (however bloodless), show characters being decapitated, mowed down by
machine guns, swords, and bombs, and only merit a "PG-13."
Two down-on-their luck brothers turn to small-time bank
robbing in order to secure enough money to keep themselves afloat in "Hell or
High Water," British director David Mackenzie's excellent modern Texas noir. In
debt and facing foreclosure on their family ranch, Toby (Chris Pine) and his
reckless ex-con brother, Tanner (Ben Foster), see their crimes as a rather poetic
solution to their troubles: They can raise the necessary money while getting it
over on the same banks that have been sucking them dry all their lives.
From Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda ("After Life," "Still Walking") comes "Our Little
Sister," a sweet, sensitive family drama based on the popular manga "Umimachi Diary," by Akimi
Yoshida. The story revolves around the lives of three sisters: responsible,
motherly Sachi (Haruka Ayase), fun-loving Yoshino (Masami Nagasawa),
and oddball Chika (Kaho), living together in their
With its gentle tone, "Pete's Dragon" would make a pretty spectacular first movie-going experience for any young child (though adults will get plenty out of it as well -- it's probably a good idea to bring
In Milford, Kansas, in 1918, Dr. John R. Brinkley came up
with the novel (insane) idea that he might be able to cure impotence by
transplanting goat testicles into the bodies of humans. Shockingly, Brinkley's
experimental surgery actually caught on, earning him widespread admiration and
the approval of luminaries such as Buster Keaton, William Jennings Bryan, and
Rudolph Valentino, even as his practices turned him into the arch-nemesis of
the American Medical Association.