By Jack Rico
It’s the first week of June and there are sports events all throughout the world trying to catch our attention; from the NBA and NHL Finals, the European Champions League Final and the FIFA Women’s World Cup, but don’t think that the entertainment world stayed behind. This week 10 new films are being released with some of the hoighlights being: “Testament of Youth” a drama based on the World War I memoirs of Vera Brittain, John Cusack starrer “Love and Mercy” about the mastermind of the ‘Beach Boys’ era Brian Wilson. And lookout for the commercial films the film “Insidious: Chapter 3,” Melissa McCarthy’s action comedy SPY and “Entourage”.
Look at the rest of all the new releases along with their trailers. Pick a film and get to a theater near you. Remember, every week is movie week!
INDIE & LIMITED RELEASES
Testament of Youth (PG-13, 2hr 9m, Drama)
Director: James Kent
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Dominic West
Synopsis:This film is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view.
Police Story: Lockdown (Unrated, 1hr 50m, Action/Adventure, Foreign)
Director: Sheng Ding
Cast: Jackie Chan, Ye Liu, Tian Jing, Tao Yin
Synopsis: The newest chapter in the “Police Story” crime saga stars Jackie Chan as a cop caught in the crossfire of a high-stakes hostage plot involving his daughter, forcing him to choose between justice and revenge.
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (PG-13, 1hr 41m, Comedy/Drama)
Director: Roy Andersson
Cast: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Viktor Gyllenberg
Synopsis: Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.
Hungry Hearts (Unrated, 1hr 49m, Drama/Suspense/Thriller)
Directors: Saverio Costanzo
Cast: Adam Driver, Alba Rohrwacher, Roberta Maxwell, Al Roffe
Synopsis: Convinced that their newborn must be kept free of all contaminants, Mina (Alba Rohrwacher) develops fanatical obsessions with veganism, cleanliness, and purity that may kill the child unless Jude (Adam Driver) can stop her. As Mina spirals further into instability, the life of the child is put into jeopardy.
How To Save Us (R, 1hr 18m, Horror/Drama)
Director: Jason Trost
Cast: Jason Trost, Coy Jandreau, Kate Avery
Synopsis: Brian Everett’s younger brother Sam goes missing on the island of Tasmania during the middle of a mysterious quarantine forcing Brian to traverse across enemy lines to save his brother from an army of ghosts.
Every Last Child (Unrated, 1hr 23m, Documentary)
Director: Tom Roberts
Synopsis: The story of five people impacted by the current polio crisis in Pakistan. Taking place on the front line of the fight against the disease, it is a story of sacrifice, fearless determination and sorrow in the face of mistrust, cynicism and violence.
Love and Mercy (PG-13, 2hr 00m, Biography & Music/Drama)
Director: Bill Pohlad
Cast: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks
Synopsis: In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.
Insidious: Chapter 3 (PG-13, 1hr 37m, Horror)
Director: Leigh Whannell
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Lin Shaye
Synopsis: Set prior to the haunting of the Lambert family, this truly disturbing prequel focuses on a psychic (Lin Shaye) who contacts the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who’s being haunted after a botched attempted at connecting with her deceased mother.
Spy (R, 1hr 55m, Action/Adventure & Comedy)
Director: Paul Feig
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Curtis Jackson, Jude Law
Synopsis:After years of doing work integral to the success of major missions, an intelligent but self-conscious deskbound CIA analyst Melissa McCarthy is finally given the chance to go undercover as a homely “cat lady” in order to save her missing partner (Jude Law) and thwart a global disaster at the hands of a dangerous arms dealer.
Entourage (R, 1hr 44m, Comedy)
Director: Doug Ellin
Cast: Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara.
Synopsis: In this raunchy satire based on the hit HBO series, young Hollywood A-lister Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his posse of best friends negotiate the perils and pleasures of Hollywood life, with the help of former super agent and now Hollywood-Studio Head, Ari Gold.