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This Week In Movies: ‘Hot Pursuit,’ ‘Maggie,’ ‘I Am Big Bird’

05.6.2015 | By |

We’re in the beginnings of May and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is still on the tip of everyone’s tongue. But aside from it, many are celebrating a week’s long worth of Cinco de Mayo in movies. There are 12 new films being released, from documentaries, to dramas, to true stories and comedies, these films will surely be competing for your attention and money. Some of the big names from the entertainment business are among this week’s releases. If you like gripping stories full of action and drama then you should check out Maggie with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Also Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton team up for a New York City based comedy and the beautiful Amber Rose stars in Sister Code. A few documentaries are showcasing important issues in America today as well as the story of the man behind the beloved Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.

Here is the full list of all the films coming out this week including all of their trailers. So find something you like; grab your money and lets watch some movies!

INDIE & LIMITED RELEASES

12. WarX2 (PG-13, 1hr 57m, Documentary)
Director: Bernie Olaf
Synopsis: This film examines both the alarming number of suicides committed by military veterans, and the use of spirituality in the tactical practices of terrorists.

11. The Seven Five (R, 1hr 42m, Documentary)
Director: Tiller Russel
Cast: Michael Dowd
Synopsis: In the late 1980s and early 90s Brooklyn, NY was the murder capital of America and ground zero for the crack cocaine epidemic. One man led his crew on a rampage through the streets of East New York, robbing dope dealers at gunpoint.

10. Noble (PG-13, 1hr 41m, Drama)
Director: Stephen Bradley
Cast: Deirdre O’Kane, Brendan Coyle, Liam Cunningham, Ruth Negga, Sarah Greene.
Synopsis: The broke everything but her spirit. They took everything but her dream. This is the incredible true story of a fearless Irish heroine driven by her daring vision, who escapes the slums of Ireland.

9. In The Name Of My Daughter (R, 1hr 56m, Drama)
Director: Andre Techine
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Guillaume Canet, Adele Haenel, Jean Corso, Judith Chemla.
Synopsis: Acclaimed director Andre Techine, brings a gripping real-life thriller to the screen. In 1976 Nice, young divorcee Agnes Le Roux falls for shady lawyer Maurice Agnelet.

8. Skin Trade (R, 1hr 36m, Action/Adventure Drama)
Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham
Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Michael Jai White, Ron Perlman
Synopsis: A detective teams up with a highly skilled Thai policeman to avenge the death of his family and bring down an international human trafficker in Southeast Asia.

7. Sister Code (R, 1hr 24m, Comedy/Drama)
Director: Corey Grant
Cast: Amber Rose, Drew Sidora, Eva Marcille, Marcus T. Paulk, Don Hale Jr.
Synopsis: Centering on the stories of three distinctly different foster sisters who face a family tragedy with a sisterly secret that threatens to tear them apart. Together they prove that while blood may be thicker than water, love is stronger than anything.

6. 5 Flights Up (PG-13, 1hr 32m, Comedy)
Director: Richard Loncraine
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Cynthia Nixon, Carrie Preston
Synopsis: Forty years ago, artist Alex (Morgan Freeman) bought a run-down apartment in a sketchy part of Brooklyn with his wife, schoolteacher Ruth (Diane Keaton). Today, their neighborhood is very hip and their apartment worth a small fortune. The couple spend a hectic weekend pondering whether to sale or not sale their apartment.

5. Saint Laurent (R, 2hr 30m, Drama)
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Lea Seydoux, Louis Garrel, Jeremie Renier.
Synopsis: 1967-1976. As one of history’s greatest fashion designers entered a decade of freedom, neither came out of it in one piece.

4. The D Train (R, 1hr 38m, Comedy)
Directors: Jarrad Paul & Andrew Mogel
Cast: Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike White.
Synopsis: All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That is all about to change if he can convince Oliver Lawless (Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school to show up with him to their class reunion.

3. I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (1hr 30m, Documentary)
Directors: Dave Lamattina & Chad N. Walker
Cast: Caroll Spinney.
Synopsis: This film profiles the master puppeteer Caroll Spinney who, though not a recognizable famous, is beloved by millions for bringing both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life on Sesame Street. The filmmakers detail his colorful life, and explore his run on the iconic children’s program that began with the very first episode in 1969 and continued into the second decade of the 21st century.

2. Maggie (PG-13, 1hr 35m, Drama/Horror)
Director: Henry Hobson
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joelyn Richardson.
Synopsis: As a virulent zombie epidemic spreads terror across the globe, a father cares for his infected daughter while struggling to prepare her for the inevitable.

WIDE RELEASE

1. Hot Pursuit (PG-13, 1hr 27m, Action/Adventure, Comedy)
Director: Anne Fletcher
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, John Carroll Lynch, Richard T. Jones, Rob Kazinsky.
Synopsis: An uptight and by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Sofia Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

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