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This Week In Movies: “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” “Get On Up”

We’ve reached the end of July, oh man, school is almost in session. But that’s okay because there are some great limited and nation wide releases this week guaranteed to keep this almost-ending summer exciting!

Below is the list of ALL the movies coming out. You surely won’t be disappointed.


13. Amber Alert: Terror on the Highway (Limited, Tue. July 29, NR, 1 hr 30 min, Suspense/Thriller)
Director: George Mendeluk
Cast: Tom Berenger, Torri Higginson, Britt McKillip
Synopsis: Larsan is a man on the edge, making a dead rush for Mexico and kidnapping two young girls along the way. He is hotly pursued by police chief Martha Geiger, herself a mother of two. Using the Amber Alert system, Geiger constructs a psychological trapthat will brutally punish the man who came in to mess with her town.

12. Rich Hill (Limited, NR, 1 hr 31 min, Documentary)
Director: Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos
Synopsis: Rich Hill, MO could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America’s heartland, but to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it’s home. As they ride their skateboards and go to football practice, they are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over. But faced with difficult circumstances – isolation, instability, and parental unemployment – adolescence can be a daily struggle just to survive. With no road map and all evidence to the contrary, they cling to the hope that even they can live the American dream. Winner of the 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, RICH HILL is an irresistibly moving and inspirational portrait of the challenges, hopes and dreams of rural America’s youth.

11. Child of God (Limited, R, 1 hr 44 min, Mystery/Drama)
Director: James Franco
Cast: Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, James Franco, Nina Ljeti, Brian Lally
Synopsis:  Child of God, tells the provocative story of Lester Ballad (Scott Haze), a dispossessed, violent man, attempting to exist outside the social order. Consecutively deprived of parents and housing and driven by famished loneliness, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. Set in a small town in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee in the 1960s, Child of God is structured in three segments with each segment describing Ballad’s ever-growing isolation of from society and social mores.

10. War Stories (Limited, Wed. July 30, NR, 1 hr. 30 min Drama)
Director: Mark Jackson
Cast: Catherine Keener, Ben Kingsley, Hafsia Herzi, Vincenzo Amato, Donatella Finocchiaro, Guido Caprino
In Theaters: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Limited
Synopsis: A traumatized war photographer (Catherine Keener) taking pictures of refugees in Italy comes to the aid of a pregnant emigrant (Hafsia Herzi) who was deserted by a Tunisian trafficker while en route to France. In time, the connection shared between the two women begins to have a transformative effect on the weary photographer

9. The Strange Little Cat (Limited, NR, 1 hr 39 min, Drama)
Director: Ramon Zürcher
Cast: Leon Alan Beiersdorf, Lea Draeger, Jenny Schily, Matthias Dittmer, Anjorka Strechel, Luk Pfaff
Synopsis: Siblings Karin and Simon are visiting their parents and their little sister Clara. That evening, other relatives will be joining them for dinner. This sequence of family scenes in a Berlin flat creates a wondrous world of the everyday, putting the absurdities of daily life on display

8. Finding Fela (Limited, Unrated, 2 hr 0 min, Documentary)
Director: Alex Gibney
Cast: Fela Kuti, Yeni Kuti, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Bill T. Jones, Okwechime Abdul
Synopsis: Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life (1938 – 1997), his music, and his social and political importance. This in-depth look at the man who created Afrobeat brings audiences close to Mr. Kuti’s fight against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s.

7. Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (Limited, NR, 1 hr 31 min, Horror)
Director: Kaare Andrews
Cast: Ryan Donowho, Brando Eaton, Jillian Murray, Mitch Ryan, Lydia Hearst, Sean Astin
Synopsis: A group of friends planned the perfect vacation in the Caribbean, but when they head ashore to explore a remote island, their ultimate bachelor weekend devolves into their worst nightmare. After an ill-fated swim in contaminated water, they stumble upon a seemingly abandoned research facility where a deadly, flesh-eating virus has been unleashed.

6. Behaving Badly (Limited, R, 1 hr 38 min, Comedy)
Director: Tim Garrick
Cast: Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Mary-Louise Parker, Elisabeth Shue, Dylan McDermott, Heather Graham
Synopsis: In this fast-paced, outrageously funny, all-star romp, socially awkward high schooler Rick Stevens (Nat Wolff) is willing to do whatever it takes to win the heart of the girl of his dreams … and he does mean anything. But love’s a bitch! Particularly when your sights are set on the most beautiful and popular girl at school (teen queen and pop superstar Selena Gomez).

5. Louder than Words (Limited, PG-13, 1 hr 33 min, Drama)
Director: Anthony Fabian
Cast: David Duchovny, Hope Davis, Timothy Hutton, Olivia Steele-Falconer, Adelaide Kane, Ben Rosenfield
Synopsis: John (David Duchovny) and Brenda (Hope Davis) are trying to put their life together after the tragic death of their young daughter, Maria (Olivia Steele-Falconer). As they deal with their numbing grief, they discover a way to honor their daughter’s wish for health and well-being for all children. With the help of their community, led by good friend Bruce (Timothy Hutton), they establish a children’s hospital called the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital… a state of the art health facility that brings the whole family into the healing process.

4. 4 Minute Mile (PG-13, 1 hr 35 min, Drama)
Director: Charles-Olivier Michaud
Cast:  Richard Jenkins, Kim Basinger, Cam Gigandet, Analeigh Tipton, Rhys Coiro
Synopsis: A highly charged, emotional story of a disenfranchised teen living on the wrong side of the tracks. Desperate for a way out, his life collides with an old reclusive track coach, angry at the world with no purpose in life, with who he eventually forms a bond. The two are forced to face their circumstances as they race to save each other and ultimately – themselves.

3. Calvary (Limited, R, 1 hr 40 min, Drama/ Art House/ International/ Comedy)
Director: John Michael
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran
Synopsis: CALVARY’s Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral – and often comic – problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.


2. Get on Up (PG-13, 2 hr 19 min, Drama/Music/Performing Arts)
Director: Tate Taylor
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter
Synopsis: Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

1. Guardias of the Galaxy (PG-13, 2 hr 2 min, Action/Adventure/Family)
Director: James Gunn
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond
Synopsis: Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

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