By Jack Rico
This is a very good ‘This Week In Movies’. There’s a little bit for everyone from some family fair, comedy, documentaries and indie with some fresh faces and rising stars. First up is Disney’s Christopher Robin, essentially a live-action Winnie The Pooh movie. This one should choke on you up. If you’re into politics, author Dinesh D’Souza compares Abraham Lincoln’s presidency to Trump’s in Death of a Nation, and indie film Never Goin’ Back stars Argentine actress Camila Morrone who is a star in the making harkening back to Italy’s Sofia Loren. See what else is here that you might like to see and GO SEE IT! And remember to listen to our podcast this Friday for our review of movies and interviews with filmmakers and other notable figures of American and Latino pop culture.
Christopher Robin (PG, 104m, Family | Fantasy | Musical)
Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss
Synopsis: A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.
The Spy Who Dumped Me (R, 116m, Action | Comedy)
Director: Susanna Fogel
Cast: Justin Theroux, Blanka Györfi-Tóth, Vilma Szécsi, Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon
Synopsis: Audrey and Morgan are best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy.
The Darkest Minds (PG-13, 105m, Sci-Fi | Thriller)
Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Cast: Bradley Whitford, Mandy Moore, Amandla Stenberg, Gwendoline Christie
Synopsis: Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future.
Death of a Nation (PG-13, 109m, Documentary)
Director: Dinesh D’Souza | Bruce Schooley
Cast: Dinesh D’Souza, Karel Dobrý, Pavel Kríz, James McVan
Synopsis: This documentary draws parallels between Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and the presidency of Donald Trump.
INDIE & LIMITED RELEASES
La Familia (82min, Drama)
Director: Gustavo Rondón Córdova
Cast: Giovanni García, Reggie Reyes
Synopsis: Andres and his 12 year old son Pedro lives in a blue-collar violent neighborhood in the outskirts of Caracas but hardly see each other. One day Andres comes home Pedro has gotten himself in serious trouble after hurting a boy in a fight.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (91m, Drama | Romance)
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, John Gallagher Jr., Jennifer Ehle, Sasha Lane
Synopsis: In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.
Never Goin’ Back (R, 85m, Drama)
Director: Augustine Frizzell
Cast: Maia Mitchell, Camila Morrone, Kyle Mooney, Aristotle Abraham II
Synopsis: Jessie and Angela, high school dropouts, are taking a week off to chill at the beach. Too bad their house got robbed, rent’s due, they’re about to get fired, and they’re broke.
Nico, 1988 (R, 93m, Biography | Drama | Music)
Director: Susanna Nicchiarelli
Cast: Trine Dyrholm, John Gordon Sinclair, Anamaria Marinca, Sandor Funtek
Synopsis: The last year of singer Nico’s life, as she tours and grapples with addiction and personal demons.
40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie (99m, Documentary)
Director: Lee Aronsohn
Cast: The Band
Synopsis: TV writer/producer Lee Aronsohn tracks down the scattered members of a beloved early 1970s band with the hope that, 40 years after they broke up, he can get them to play ONE LAST SHOW.