By Felix Dalgo
It’s the second week of June, which means two things: #1) Summer is about to officially begin. #2) Summer movies are hitting the big screen! And this week is proof of that, with films like The Overnight (read our review), a great comedy with Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott and the very popular Taylor Schilling; about a crazy night between two couples in a Los Angeles home. Also Al Pacino is back with a film that could very well be another one of his classics – Manglehorn.
If you’re feeling a bit more nostalgic, like myself, then Infinitely Polar Bear with Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana is a must seen for you. But to really feel the summer, how about EDEN, a film about the most prominent music genre of every summer (specially in you live in big cities), trance and its electric dance movement. Finally, Disney’s Inside Out is definitely the best way to kick off the summer with the family on the big screen. So, like I tell you every week, watch some movies and remember, every week is movie week!
INDIE & LIMITED RELEASES
9. The Tribe (Unrated, 2hr 10m, Foreign Drama)
Director: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
Cast: Grigory Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy
Synopsis: A teenage boy has difficulty adapting to his new Ukrainian boarding school for deaf children in this intense drama directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. As he endures constant hazing by the class bully and his friends, the boy decides to befriend his tormentors and is pulled into a dark world of crime and prostitution while also falling for a female classmate.
8. Gabriel (Unrated, 1hr 28m, Drama)
Director: Lou Howe
Cast: Rory Culkin, David Call, Deirdre O’Connell, Emily Meade, Lynn Cohen
Synopsis: A troubled young man is convinced that reuniting with his first love will bring him the stability and happiness he craves.
7. Dark Awakening (Unrated, 1hr 35m, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
Director: Dean C. Jones
Cast: Jason Cook, Valerie Azlyn, Lance Henriksen
Synopsis: A family moves to a small town and begins seeing apparitions in their house.
6. Eden (R, 2hr 11m, Art House/Foreign, Drama)
Director: Mia Hansen- Løve
Cast: Felix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Vincent Macaigne
Synopsis: This film is an affecting trip into the electronic dance movement in Paris whose rhythms echo its textures and feeling. Based on the experiences of Hansen-Løve’s brother Sven, the film follows a teenager in the underground scene.
5. Manglehorn (PG-13, 1hr 37m, Drama)
Director: David Gordon Green
Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina
Synopsis: An elderly locksmith (Al Pacino) who is despondent about the loss of his great love tries to learn to trust again as he apprehensively begins to bond with a local bank teller (Holly Hunter) and seeks to mend his strained relationship with his yuppie son (Chris Messina).
4. Infinitely Polar Bear (R, 1hr 30m, Drama/Comedy)
Director: Maya Forbes
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky
Synopsis: This Maya Forbes autobiographical film stars Mark Ruffalo as Cameron, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder. After a breakdown forces him to leave his family and move into a halfway house, he attempts to rebuild a relationship with his two daughters, and win back the trust of his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana). When Maggie decides to go to business school in New York, they decide that he will move back in and take care of the day-to-day care for the kids. Due to his mercurial nature, this leads to a series of quirky, funny, and sometimes frightening episodes.
3. The Overnight (R, 1hr 20m, Comedy)
Director: Patrick Brice
Cast: Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, Judith Godreche.
Synopsis: Two very different couples have a wild night of drinking and debauchery after their children go to bed following a play date. As the night wears on, however, bizarre dysfunctions threaten to expose the fissures in each other’s own marriage.
2. Dope (R, 1hr 45m, Comedy & Drama)
Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Cast: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson
Synopsis: Malcom (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT.
1. Inside Out (PG, 1hr 35m, Animated/Family)
Director: Peter Docter
Cast: Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Diane Lane
Synopsis: Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.