By Jack Rico
This week in movies we see the release of Michael Bay’s final direction of a Transformers movie. We’ll have a review this Wednesday at 4pm. Also, there’s an informative food doc about GMO’s you should see it’s called Food Evolution. Now that Amazon has bought Whole Foods, this doc comes at a right time for our nutritious curiosity. We like the indies this week. Beguiled with a fantastic cast starring Nicole Kidman, who has had some sort of renaissance, plus, The Big Sick where white and Middle Eastern characters begin to interact romantically in cinema. Enjoy the trailers and remember to listen to our podcast this Friday for our review of Transformers: The Last Knight.
Transformers: The Last Knight (PG-13, 2hr 29m, Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock
Synopsis: In this fifth and final installment with director Michael Bay, Cade Yeager forms an unlikely alliance as the war between Transformers and humans threatens Earth.
Food Evolution (92m, Documentary)
Director: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Cast: Raoul Adamchak, Charles Benbrook, Tamar Haspel
Synopsis: Food Evolution looks at one of the most critical questions facing the world today-that of food security-and demonstrates the desperate need for common sense, solid information, and calm logical deliberation. Using the often angry and emotional controversy over genetically-modified foods as its entry point, Food Evolution shows how easily fear and misinformation can overwhelm objective, evidence-based analysis. Food Evolution takes the position that science and scientists hold the key to solving the food crisis. But whose science? In the GMO debate, both sides claim science is on their side. Who’s right? How do we figure this out? What does this mean for the larger issues of food security, sustainability, and environmental well-being? Food Evolution seeks to answer these critically important questions.
A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff (1hr 27m Comedy, Suspense/Thriller)
Director: Mitchell Altieri
Cast: Joey Kern, Luke Edwards, Bree Williamson
Synopsis: 2 brothers decide to make most convincing pseudo-snuff film EVER and decide not to tell the Victim that it’s “staged” – of course the brothers whole plan goes south – as they picked the wrong victim and soon find the tables turned on them!
F(l)ag Football (94m, Sports Documentary)
Director: Seth Greenleaf
Cast: Wade Davis, Jared Garduno, Brenton Metzler, Cyd Zeigler
Synopsis: Three teams and their journey to become the next Gay Bowl Champions. With everything on the line, some teams will come together and others will fall apart, but gay sports will never be seen the same way again.
INDIE & LIMITED RELEASES
The Beguiled (R, 93m Drama, Western)
Director: Sofia Coppola
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell
Synopsis: At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.
The Big Sick (R, 119m Comedy, Romance)
Director: Michael Showalter
Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano
Synopsis: A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.
Ripped (1hr 38m, Comedy)
Director: Brad Epstein
Cast: Alex Meneses, Bridger Zadina, Faizon Love
Synopsis: Comedy that tells the story of two free spirited stoners who, after smoking some top secret pot created by the CIA in 1986, find themselves catapulted into 2016.
Alien Arrival (1h 35m, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi)
Director: Jesse O’Brien
Cast: Christopher Kirby, Dan Mor, Shaun Micallef
Synopsis: It is an interstellar survival story of a stranded mercenary who discovers a deadly secret on a seemingly deserted moon.
The Bad Batch (R, 118m, Romance, Sci-Fi)
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Cast: Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Jayda Fink, Keanu Reeves
Synopsis: A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.
The Ornithologist (NR, 1h 57m, Adventure, Drama, Mystery)
Director: João Pedro Rodrigues
Cast: Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, João Pedro Rodrigues
Synopsis: Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track.
Tubelight (NR, 154m, Adventure, Drama, War)
Director: Kabir Khan
Cast: Salman Khan, Zhu Zhu, Sohail Khan, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub
Synopsis: Tubelight is the story of a man’s unshakable faith in himself and the love for his family.