By Jack Rico
During the beginning of the 2014 World Cup week, 13 new film releases will be competing for your eyeballs and money this week and they look pretty darn good, particularly the art house set. Full of some big names from television and film, some of the most compelling pieces are Lullaby from director Andrew Levitas which brings a plethora of Academy Award nominees to the table. You also have The Rover which sees an interesting casting between Guy Pierce and Robert Pattinson. The documentaries are perhaps the most intriguing tackling contemporary topics from high-cost education and marijuana. Also, two Spanish-language films look to make you laugh and cry, one of them being Alex de la Iglesias‘ new horror comedy. How will Aaron Paul do in his latest and can indie sci-fi The Signal really become a cult classic? In regards to the wide releases, let’s see how 22 Jump Street does with the public. I saw it and it wasn’t a pretty site until the end montage.
Here is the full list including all its trailers. Hope you find something of your liking!
13. All Cheerleaders Die (NR, 1hr 29m, Comedy, Suspense/Thriller)
Director: Lucky Mckee
Cast: Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink, Tom Williamson
Synopsis: Teenage outsider Maddy is keeping some dark secrets and holding a serious grudge against the captain of the Blackfoot High football team. When Maddy joins the school’s elite and powerful cheerleading squad, she convinces her new friends to help inflict her revenge. After a late-night party goes awry, their plans take an unexpected turn for the worst and all of the girls die. A sinister, supernatural power intervenes and the girls mysteriously appear at school the next day with a killer new look… and some unusual new appetites.
12. I Am I (NR, 1hr 27m, Drama)
Director: Jocelyn Towne
Cast: Jocelyn Towne, Kevin Tighe, Jason Ritter, James Morrison, Simon Helberg
Synopsis: A young woman meets her estranged father at her mother’s funeral.
11. The Human Race (NR, 1hr 27m, Action/Adventure, Horror)
Director: Paul Hough
Cast: Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Eddie McGee, Trista Robinson, T. Arthur Cottam, Fred Coury, Richard Gale
Synopsis: Eighty strangers from all walks of life are ripped out of their daily lives and forced to participate in a brutal race to the death. The rules are simple; follow the arrows or you will die, step on the grass and you will die, get lapped twice and you will die. Only one participant will survive. Race or die. There can only be one winner, but who will survive and for what purpose?
10. Hellion (NR, 1hr 34m, Drama, Suspense/Thriller)
Director: Kat Candler
Cast: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins
Synopsis: A juvenile delinquent and his emotionally absent father (Aaron Paul) must come to terms.
9. Lullaby (R, 1hr 57m, Drama, Family)
Directors: Andrew Levitas
Cast: Amy Adams, Garrett Hedlund, Jessica Brown Findlay, Frankie Shaw, Terrence Howard, Anne Archer
Synopsis: Estranged from his family, Jonathan (Hedlund) discovers his father has decided to take himself off life support in forty-eight hours’ time and must reconcile with him.
8. The Amazing Catfish (Los Insolitos Peces Gatos) (89m, Comedy, Drama)
Director: Claudia Sainte-Luce
Cast: Lisa Owen, Ximena Ayala, Sonia Franco
Synopsis: A lonely young woman becomes a live-in caretaker for an ailing matriarch and her brood of kids.
7. Witching & Bitching (NR, 1hr 54m, Comedy, Horror)
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Cast: Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepón Nieto
Synopsis: Jewel thieves flee into the Basque forests and are captured by a coven of witches.
6. Evergreen: The Road to Legalization (NR, 1hr 26m, Documentary)
Director: Riley Morton
Cast: Rick Steves, Alison Holcomb, John Mckay
Synopsis: How Washington State legalized recreational marijuana and the effects of this decision.
5. Ivory Tower (PG-13, 1hr 30m, Culture & Society, Documentary)
Director: Andrew Rossi
Cast: Amy Entelis, Andrew Coffman, Andrew Rossi, Bryan Sarkinen, Chad Beck
Synopsis: As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), IVORY TOWER asks: Is college worth the cost?
4. The Signal (PG-13, 1hr 37m, Suspense/Thriller)
Director: William Eubanks
Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Sarah Clarke, Olivia Cooke, Laurence Fishburne, Jeffrey Grover
Synopsis: Three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour: the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults.
3. The Rover (R, 1hr 42m, Drama, Suspense/Thriller)
Director: David Michod
Cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy
Synopsis: A loner (Guy Pearce) begins an unrelenting pursuit of the brutal thieves who stole his car.
2. How To Train Your Dragon 2 (PG, 1hr 45m, Action/Adventure Animated)
Director: Dean Deblois
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett, Djimon Hounsou, Craig Ferguson
Synopsis: In this sequel, Hiccup and Toothless battle the power-hungry Drago.
1. 22 Jump Street (R, 1hr 49m, Action/Adventure Comedy)
Director: Philip Lord, Chris Miller
Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Wyatt Russell, Jimmy Tatro, Dave Franco
Synopsis: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college.