Movies Coming May 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Release Date: May 1, 2014 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D, p.m. screenings)
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Marc Webb
Screenwriter: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, B.J. Novak
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin.

Farmland

Release Date: May 1, 2014 (limited, p.m. screenings)
Studio: Allentown Productions
Director: James Moll
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: “Farmland” gives viewers a firsthand glimpse into the lives of the next generation of farmers and ranchers, their high-risk/high-reward jobs and their passion for a way of life that, more often than not, is passed down from generation to generation. Most Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch or even talked to the people who grow and raise the food we eat. “Farmland” will take an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their 20’s, all of whom are now responsible for running their farming business. This film was made with the generous support of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (FRA) ®.

The Bachelor Weekend

Release Date: May 2, 2014 (Chicago)
Studio: Tribeca Film
Director: John Butler
Screenwriter: Peter McDonald, John Butler
Starring: Andrew Scott, Hugh O’Conor, Peter McDonald, Brian Gleeson, Michael Legge, Andrew Bennet, Amy Huberman
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: A bachelor party weekend takes some unexpected detours in this hilarious and heartfelt Irish comedy, about a foppish groom-to-be (Hugh O’Conor) who reluctantly agrees to go on a camping trip before his nuptials. But when his fiancee’s alpha-male brother, nicknamed “The Machine,” unexpectedly turns up, all concepts of masculinity are challenged — and a leisurely weekend in the great outdoors takes a turn for the worse.

Bad Johnson

Release Date: May 2, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Gravitas Ventures
Director: Huck Botko
Screenwriter: Jeff Tetreault
Starring: Cam Gigandet, Nick Thune, Jamie Chung, Kevin Miller, Katherine Cunningham
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: In “Bad Johnson,” directed by Huck Botko and written by Jeff Tetreault, Cam Gigandet (“Twilight,” “Easy A”) plays Rich, a suave Chicago ladies’ man who refuses to take personal responsibility for his inability to maintain a lasting relationship. After his constant infidelities alienate yet another girlfriend (Jamie Chung, “The Hangover” Parts II & III, “Sucker Punch”), he wishes he could say goodbye to his ‘little friend.’ The next morning he awakes in horror to find that his wish has been granted and his penis has taken human form: A disgusting, selfish, oversexed jerk riotously portrayed by comedian Nick Thune (“Knocked Up”). Pitted against his alter ego, Rich must figure out how to rein in his penis, both literally and figuratively, in order to finally learn what separates the men from their boys.

Belle

Release Date: May 2, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Amma Asante
Screenwriter: Misan Sagay
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Wilton, Miranda Richardson, Tom Felton, Matthew Goode
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: “Belle” is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

Beneath the Harvest Sky

Release Date: May 2, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Tribeca Film
Director: Aron Gaudet, Gita Pullapilly
Screenwriter: Aron Gaudet, Gita Pullapilly
Starring: Emory Cohen, Callan McAuliffe, Zoe Levin, Aidan Gillen, Carla Callo, Sarah Sutherland
Genre: Thriller
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Plot Summary: Casper (Emory Cohen, “The Place Beyond the Pines”) and Dominic (Callan McAuliffe, “The Great Gatsby”) have been fiercely loyal friends since childhood. Desperate for a way out of their quiet town on the Maine-Canada border, the boys make a pact to pool their earnings on a car and hit the road. But when Casper is drawn into drug smuggling with his outlaw father (Aidan Gillen – “The Wire,” “Game of Thrones”) to pay his share, their friendship is pushed to the brink and adult choices forced on them all too soon.

Blood Glacier

Release Date: May 2, 2014 (NY)
Studio: IFC
Director: Marvin Kren
Screenwriter: Benjamin Hessler
Starring: Gerhard Liebmann, Edita Malovcic, Brigitte Kren, Hiller Beseler, Peter Knaack
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Horror
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Plot Summary: Working in a remote outpost of the German Alps, technician Janek and a cohort of scientists are stunned to discover a bleeding blood glacier parked high up in the mountain range. As the gory infected berg melts the blood attracts the local wildlife only to transform them into hellish hybrids and monstrous mutations. As this fusion of nightmarish creatures evolves in the life-giving mountain air, a second group including Janek’s ex-girlfriend advance towards the base in what will become a showdown of humans vs. nature upended into giant wood lice, beetle-foxes, crossbreed flying predators and much, much worse.Imagine every creature that makes you shiver fused into one and meet your ultimate fears up at… Blood Glacier!

Decoding Annie Parker

Release Date: May 2, 2014 (limited)
Studio: eOne Films
Director: Steven Bernstein
Screenwriter: Steven Bernstein
Starring: Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt, Aaron Paul, Bradley Whitford, Rashida Jones, Richard Schiff, Alice Eve, Maggie Grace, Marley Shelton, Chris Mulkey, Corey Stoll
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Based on true events, “Decoding Annie Parker” is the hopeful and touching story of two remarkable women and their 15-year battle against a cruel and insidious illness, breast cancer. Waged on both scientific and emotional fronts, they are drawn together not just by the disease but by their shared determination and unconventional approaches to their research and to their lives.

Ida

Release Date: May 2, 2014 (LA)
Studio: Music Box Films
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Screenwriter: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Starring: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Poland 1962. Anna (newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska) is a beautiful eighteen-year-old woman, preparing to become a nun at the convent where she has lived since orphaned as a child. She learns she has a living relative she must visit before taking her vows, her mother’s sister Wanda. Her aunt, she learns, is not only a former hard-line Communist state prosecutor notorious for sentencing priests and others to death, but also a Jew. Anna learns from her aunt that she too is Jewish – and that her real name is Ida. This revelation sets Anna, now Ida, on a journey to uncover her roots and confront the truth about her family. Together, the two women embark on a voyage of discovery of each other and their past. Ida has to choose between her birth identity and the religion that saved her from the massacres of the Nazi occupation of Poland. And Wanda must confront decisions she made during the War when she chose loyalty to the cause before family.

Mr. Jones

Release Date: May 2, 2014 (LA)
Studio: Anchor Bay Films
Director: Karl Mueller
Screenwriter: Karl Mueller
Starring: Jon Foster, Sarah Jones, Diane Neal, Mark Steger, David Clennon
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: “Who is Mr. Jones?” To some, he is an enigmatic artist, with a unique vision of humanity and our place in the spiritual universe. To others, his very name conjures unimaginable primal fears. But for two young people, he will become their worst nightmare…

The Protector 2

Release Date: May 2, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnet Releasing (Magnolia Pictures)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Tony Jaa, RZA, Mum Jokmok, Marrese Crump, Jija Yanin Wismitanan, Ratha Pho-ngam, Kazu Patric Tang, Kalp Hongratanaporn, David Ismalone
Genre: Action
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Plot Summary: Boss Suchart is the influential owner of a major elephant camp. When he was murdered in his own home – the killer delivered three fatal blows on his body – all evidence points to Kham (Tony Jaa), who was present at the crime scene and was seen with the victim the moment before he died. Kham is forced to run as the police launch a pursuit. Meanwhile, the twin nieces of Boss Suchart (Jija Yanin Wismitanan and Teerada Kittisiriprasert) are out for revenge. But luck is on Kham’s side when he runs into Sergeant Mark (Mum Jokmok), an Interpol agent sent to Thailand on a secret mission.

Walk of Shame

Release Date: May 2, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Focus World
Director: Steven Brill
Screenwriter: Steven Brill
Starring: Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs, Bill Burr, Liz Carey, Ken Davitian, Willie Garson, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Oliver Hudson, Alphonso McAuley, Kevin Nealon, Tig Notaro, Ethan Suplee, Sarah Wright
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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Plot Summary: The outrageous comedy “Walk of Shame” stars Elizabeth Banks (“The Hunger Games,” “Pitch Perfect”) as a resourceful reporter whose one-night stand with a handsome stranger (James Marsden) leaves her stranded the next morning in downtown Los Angeles without a phone, car, ID, or money – and only 8 hours before the most important job interview of her career.

Whitewash

Release Date: May 2, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Oscilloscope Pictures
Director: Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais
Screenwriter: Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, Marc Tulin
Starring: Thomas Haden Church, Anie Pascale, Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, Marc Labrèche, Geneviève Laroche, Isabelle Nélisse
Genre: Thriller
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Plot Summary: In the harsh, wintry woods of rural Quebec, Bruce (Thomas Haden Church), a down-on-his-luck snowplow operator, accidentally kills a man during a drunken night joyride. Stricken with panic, he hides the body and takes to the deep wilderness in hopes of outrunning both the authorities and his own conscience. But as both begin to close in, Bruce falls apart mentally and morally and mysteries unravel to reveal who he was before the accident, the truth behind his victim, and the circumstances that brought them together in a single moment.

Breastmilk

Release Date: May 7, 2014 (NY; LA release: May 16)
Studio: CAVU Pictures
Director: Dana Ben-Ari
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: “Breastmilk” is an unflinchingly provocative, humorous, informative and inspirational exploration of just how, when and why the next generation gets fed. The film dives into the fray of what really happens among new parents – those who want to breastfeed, those who can’t breastfeed and a whole culture caught up in the heady mix of stress, bliss and judgment that have made breastfeeding choices a matter of polarizing social debate.

Chef

Release Date: May 9, 2014 (NY, LA)
Studio: Open Road Films
Director: Jon Favreau
Screenwriter: Jon Favreau
Starring: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Emjay Anthony, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey, Jr.
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.

Devil’s Knot

Release Date: May 9, 2014 (limited)
Studio: RLJ/Image Entertainment
Director: Atom Egoyan
Screenwriter: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Amy Ryan, Mireille Enos, Stephen Moyer, Alessandro Nivola, Dane DeHaan
Genre: Crime, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Based on the true crime book, “Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three” by Mara Leveritt, “Devil’s Knot” tells the compelling story of three teenagers accused of the brutal 1993 murder of three 8-year old boys in Memphis, Ark. – two of them sentenced to life imprisonment and one to death. The film explores the lives of deeply misunderstood outsiders, their families and communities, and their darkest fantasies. The conviction of the West Memphis Three – Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley, Jr., and Jason Baldwin – riled the American justice system, shocked a tightly knit religious town and outraged the nation.

The Double

Release Date: May 9, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Richard Ayoade
Screenwriter: Richard Ayoade, Avi Korine
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, Paddy Considine
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.

Fed Up

Release Date: May 9, 2014 (limited)
Studio: RADiUS-TWC
Director: Stephanie Soechtig
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: For the past 30 years, everything we thought we knew about food and exercise is dead wrong. “Fed Up” is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of “An Inconvenient Truth”) and director Stephanie Soechtig, “Fed Up” will change the way you eat forever. The film opens in theaters across the country on May 9th.

God’s Pocket

Release Date: May 9, 2014 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: John Slattery
Screenwriter: Alex Metcalf, John Slattery
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, Glenn Fleshler, Caleb Landry Jones, John Turturro
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: In the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood of “God’s Pocket,” Mickey Scarpato’s crazy stepson, Leon, is killed in a construction “accident,” and Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse. Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle compounded by a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please, and a debt he can’t pay.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

Release Date: May 9, 2014
Studio: Summertime Entertainment
Director: Dan St. Pierre, Will Finn
Screenwriter: Randi Barnes, Adam Balsam, Barry Glasser
Starring: Lea Michele, Martin Short, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Megan Hilty, Hugh Dancy, Oliver Platt, Patrick Stewart, Bernadette Peters
Genre: Animation, Family
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Plot Summary: “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. A continuation of one of the world’s most popular and beloved fairy tales, “Legends of Oz” finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City. Set to the tunes of Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, “Legends of Oz” marks a charming, family-friendly return to the Oz franchise.

Mom’s Night Out

Release Date: May 9, 2014
Studio: TriStar Pictures (Sony)
Director: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
Screenwriter: Jon Erwin, Andrea Gyertson Nasfell
Starring: Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation… a long-needed mom’s night out . But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours-what could go wrong? “Mom’s Night Out” is an endearing, true-to-life family comedy.

Neighbors

Release Date: May 9, 2014
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Screenwriter: Andrew Cohen, Brendan O’Brien
Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of “Neighbors,” a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. “Neighbors” is directed by Nick Stoller (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Get Him to the Greek”).

Palo Alto

Release Date: May 9, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Tribeca Film
Director: Gia Coppola
Screenwriter: Gia Coppola
Starring: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, Val Kilmer
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: From writer-director Gia Coppola comes an astonishing debut feature that deftly captures the complicated ties, heightened emotions, and romantic highs and lows of adolescence. Based on several linked stories by James Franco, “Palo Alto” is a teenage movie for the ages, made indelible though its ensemble cast featuring some of the most gifted up-and-coming young actors working today.

Stage Fright

Release Date: May 9, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnet Releasing
Director: Jerome Sable
Screenwriter: Jerome Sable
Starring: Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Brandon Uranowitz, Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Musical
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Plot Summary: Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theater.

A Night in Old Mexico

Release Date: May 16, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Phase 4 Films
Director: Emilio Aragón
Screenwriter: William D. Wittliff
Starring: Robert Duvall, Jeremy Irvine, Angie Cepeda, Luis Tosar, Joaquín Cosio, Javier Gutierrez, Jim Parrack, James Landry Hébert, Michael Ray Escamilla, Abraham Benrubi
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: Forced to give up his land and home, Texas rancher Red Bovie isn’t about to retire quietly in a dismal trailer park. Instead he jumps in his Cadillac and hits the road with his estranged grandson for one last wild adventure filled with guns, women and booze. It’s just another night in Old Mexico.

A Short History of Decay

Release Date: May 16, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Paladin
Director: Michael Maren
Screenwriter: Michael Maren
Starring: Bryan Greenberg, Linda Lavin, Harris Yulin, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Benjamin King, Emmanuelle Chriqui
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “A Short History of Decay” tells the story of Nathan Fisher, a thirty-something Brooklyn “hipster” (Greenberg) whose writing career is stalled, much to the chagrin of his ambitious live-in girlfriend, Erika (Chriqui). When she unceremoniously dumps him, Nathan retreats into a depressive funk, not knowing where to turn– finish the novel? work on the play?– when he gets a call from his brother in Florida telling him his father has been hospitalized. Racing down to “snowbird” central, Nathan finds his father (Yulin) on the mend (albeit grumpy), and his normally addled mother (Lavin) a bit hazier than usual. His quick visit turns into an extended stay during which he discovers that his aging parents are actually in much better control of their lives than he is. He also meets a woman (Perkins)–his mother’s manicurist, no less– who is the polar opposite of Erika, but who may just be exactly what Nathan needs.

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

Release Date: May 16, 2014 (NY)
Studio: International Film Circuit
Director: Andreas Johnsen
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Ai Weiwei
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: A provocative documentary about Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei – named the world’s most powerful artist by Art Review Magazine – made with unprecedented access to the artist by Danish filmmaker Andreas Johnsen during Ai’s year under house arrest.

Chinese Puzzle

Release Date: May 16, 2014 (NY, LA)
Studio: Cohen Media Group
Director: Cedric Klapisch
Screenwriter: Cedric Klapisch
Starring: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cecile De France, Kelly Reilly, Toshiko Onizawa
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: Years after “L’Auberge Espagnole” and “Russian Dolls,” Xavier (Romain Duris)’s life is still a mess. His ex, Wendy (Kelly Reilly) has left him in Paris and taken their kids to New York. Always up for an adventure, Xavier follows them to the city and begins to piece together a life for himself amidst the cheerful chaos of Downtown Manhattan. An imminent deadline for his new novel, the realities of immigration, and old friends Martine (Audrey Tautou) and Isabelle (Cécile de France) add to the vibrant jumble in this delightful conclusion to director Cédric Klapisch’s trilogy.

The Discoverers

Release Date: May 16, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Quadratic
Director: Justin Schwartz
Screenwriter: Justin Schwartz
Starring: Griffin Dunne, Madeline Martin, Devon Graye, David Rasche, Dreama Walker, Ann Dowd, Cara Buono, Becky Ann Baker, Scott Adsit, John C. McGinley
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: Washed-up history professor Lewis Birch (Oscar® and Emmy nominated Griffin Dunne) takes his begrudging teenage kids – Zoe (Madeleine Martin, “Californication”) and Jack (Devon Graye, “American Horror Story”) – on a road trip to a conference in hopes of putting his career back on track. But, when Lewis’s estranged father Stanley (Emmy® Award-winning Stuart Margolin) goes AWOL on a Lewis and Clark historical reenactment trek, Lewis is forced to make a family detour. The Birch family find themselves on a journey of discovery and connection as they make their own passage west.

Godzilla

Release Date: May 16, 2014 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX)
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures
Director: Gareth Edwards
Screenwriter: Max Borenstein
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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Plot Summary: An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Half a Yellow Sun

Release Date: May 16, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Monterey Media
Director: Biyi Bandele
Screenwriter: Biyi Bandele
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Celebrated playwright Biyi Bandele’s directorial debut, an adaption of Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Orange Prize-winning novel, chronicles the captivating journey of two women during the tumult of Nigeria’s independence and ensuing Nigerian-Biafran War (1967-1970), a conflict prompted by the attempted secession of Nigeria’s southeastern region and its formation into the short-lived Republic of Biafra. With the vast sweep of an epic, “Half of a Yellow Sun” tells the story of a generation through the prism of the sisters’ thorny romantic destinies: Olanna (Thandie Newton) falls in love with Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a revolutionary who fathers a child by another woman, while Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) enters into a romance with a British writer (Joseph Mawle) who has come to Nigeria to teach.

The Immigrant

Release Date: May 16, 2014 (NY, LA)
Studio: RADiUS-TWC
Director: James Gray
Screenwriter: James Gray, Richard Menello
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Angela Sarafyan, Dagmara Dominczyk
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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Plot Summary: In James Gray’s “The Immigrant,” Ewa Cybulski (Cotillard) and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland in search of a new start and the American dream. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda (Sarafyan) is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno (Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. The arrival of Orlando (Renner) – a dashing stage magician who is also Bruno’s cousin – restores her self-belief and hopes for a brighter future, becoming her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself.

Million Dollar Arm

Release Date: May 16, 2014
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Craig Gillespie
Screenwriter: Tom McCarthy
Starring: Jon Hamm, Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Suraj Sharma, Aasif Mandvi, Madhur Mittal, Pitobash, Alan Arkin
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Based on a true story, Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” follows JB Bernstein, a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner Aash (Aasif Mandvi) will have to close their business down for good if JB doesn’t come up with something fast. Late one night, while watching cricket being played in India on TV, JB comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Why not go to there and find the next baseball pitching sensation? Setting off for Mumbai with nothing but a gifted but cantankerous scout (Alan Arkin) in tow, JB stages a televised, nationwide competition called “Million Dollar Arm” where 40,000 hopefuls compete before two 18-year-old finalists, Rinku and Dinesh (Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal), emerge as winners. JB brings them back to the United States to train with legendary pitching coach Tom House (Bill Paxton). The goal: get the boys signed to a major league team.

Wolf Creek 2

Release Date: May 16, 2014 (limited)
Studio: RLJ/Image Entertainment
Director: Greg Mclean
Screenwriter: Greg Mclean, Aaron Sterns
Starring: John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Philippe Klaus, Shannon Ashlyn
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: The outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey for crazed, serial-killer Mick Taylor (John Jarratt).

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Release Date: May 23, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Screenwriter: Daniel Taplitz
Starring: Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, James Earl Jones
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: Some people have bad days. Henry Altmann (Williams) has one every day. Always unhappy and angry at the world including everyone in it, Henry sits impatiently at the doctor’s office when he is finally seen by Dr. Sharon Gill (Kunis). Sharon, who is enduring her own bad day, reveals that Henry has a brain aneurysm. This news makes Henry even angrier, yelling at Sharon he demands to know how much time he has left. Faced with Henry’s anger and insults, Sharon abruptly tells him he has only 90 minutes. Shocked and reeling by this news, Henry storms out of the office leaving Sharon stunned by what she has just done in a lapse of judgment. As Sharon goes on a city-wide search, Henry struggles with his diagnosis, determined to make amends with everyone he has hurt in his life.

Blended

Release Date: May 23, 2014
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Frank Coraci
Screenwriter: Ivan Menchell, Clare Sera
Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, Jessica Lowe, Terry Crews, Dan Patrick, Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann, Alyvia Alyn Lynd, Kyle Red Silverstein, Braxton Beckham
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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Plot Summary: “Blended” marks the third comedy collaboration between stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, following their successful onscreen pairings in the hit romantic comedies “50 First Dates” and “The Wedding Singer.”

Cold in July

Release Date: May 23, 2014 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Jim Mickle
Screenwriter: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell
Genre: Crime, Thriller
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Plot Summary: How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Michael C. Hal) puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepard), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.

The Love Punch

Release Date: May 23, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Ketchup Entertainment
Director: Joel Hopkins
Screenwriter: Joel Hopkins
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Louise Bourgoin, Laurent Lafitte
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: A divorced couple scheme to recover the retirement money that was stolen from them.

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Release Date: May 23, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Director: Sam Fleischman
Screenwriter: Rose Lichter-Marck, Micah Bloomberg
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: When 13 year-old undocumented immigrant Ricky wanders away from his family in their oceanside neighborhood of Rockaway, Queens, he stumbles into the cacaphony, eccentricity and menace found in New York’s underground. His mother’s frantic efforts to find him are complicated by her lack of legal resources as an illegal immigrant – and further complicated when Hurricane Sandy threatens the city. Filmed in part during 2012’s devastating storm, “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors” is a film that reawakens the viewer to the beauty , strangeness and magic of New York City in its intimate look at a few of its lost residents.

Tracks

Release Date: May 23, 2014 (limited)
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: John Curran
Screenwriter: Marion Nelson
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Jessica Tovey, Emma Booth, Rainer Bock, Melanie Zanetti, Robert Coleby, Tim Rogers, John Flaus
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Director John Curran (“The Painted Veil,” “We Don’t Live Here Anymore”) and the producers of “The King’s Speech” bring you the film “Tracks,” which tells the remarkable true story of Robyn Davidson (Wasikowska), a young woman who leaves her life in the city to make a solo trek through almost 2,000 miles of sprawling Australian desert. Accompanied by only her dog and four unpredictable camels, she sets off on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she meets National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Driver) who begins to photograph her voyage.

Words and Pictures

Release Date: May 23, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Director: Fred Schepisi
Screenwriter: Gerald DiPego
Starring: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: A witty romantic drama, “Words and Pictures” stars the engaging duo of Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen working together on-screen for the first time. Prep school English teacher Jack Marcus (Owen) laments his students’ obsession with social media and good grades rather than engaging with the power of the written word. A one-time literary star, Jack has not published in years filling his spare time with drink versus the art of language. He meets his match in Dina Delsanto (Binoche) — an abstract painter and new teacher on campus, who was once celebrated for her art. From the start, the two flirt and provoke each other with equal relish.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Release Date: May 23, 2014
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Bryan Singer
Screenwriter: Simon Kinberg
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halley Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Lucas Till, Evan Jonigkeit
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

Tapped Out

Release Date: May 27, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Grindstone Entertainment
Director: Allan Ungar
Screenwriter: Allan Ungar
Starring: Cody Hackman, Krzysztof Soszynski, Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Martin Kove, Nick Bateman, Michael Biehn
Genre: Action, Drama, Sports
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Plot Summary: A disgruntled teenager, sent to do community service at a rundown Karate school, enters an MMA tournament to face the man who killed his parents.

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Release Date: May 30, 2014
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Screenwriter: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Neil Patrick Harris
Genre: Comedy, Western
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Plot Summary: Seth MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert in “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.

Filth

Release Date: May 30, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Jon S. Baird
Screenwriter: Jon S. Baird
Starring: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Jim Broadbent, Imogen Poots, Joanne Froggatt, Gary Lewis, Martin Compston, Kate Dickie, Shirley Henderson
Genre: Dark Comedy
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Plot Summary: Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson wants a promotion. He is clearly the best man for the job – the rest of his colleagues are just idiots. Annoyingly, there’s been a murder and Bruce’s boss wants results. No problem for Bruce. He’s in control and when he solves the case and wins the promotion, his wife will return to him. No problem. But is life that simple? Is Bruce the man he really thinks he is? The tragic, hilarious and memorable answers unfold in “Filth”…

The Grand Seduction

Release Date: May 30, 2014 (limited)
Studio: eOne Films
Director: Don McKellar
Screenwriter: Michael Dowse, Ken Scott
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: In “The Grand Seduction,” the only hope for the tiny outport of Tickle Head is a new Petrochemical plant, but in order to qualify for the bid they need to prove they have a resident doctor. When fate sends Dr. Paul Lewis (Kitsch) their way, unemployed fisherman Murray French (Gleeson) mobilizes the town to do everything they can to convince the fast living, jazz loving, cricket playing doctor that their sleepy harbour is a paradise tailor-made just for him.

Lucky Them

Release Date: May 30, 2014 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Megan Griffiths
Screenwriter: Huck Botko, Emily Wachtel
Starring: Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt, Ryan Eggold, Ahna O’Reilly, Nina Arianda
Genre: Romance
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Plot Summary: More interested in partying and flirting with young musicians than work, veteran rock journalist Ellie Klug (Toni Collette) has one last chance to prove her value to her magazine’s editor: a no-stone-unturned search to discover what really happened to long lost rock god Matthew Smith, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Teaming up with an eccentric amateur documentary filmmaker (Thomas Haden Church), Ellie hits the road in search of answers.

Maleficent

Release Date: May 30, 2014 (3D/2D theaters)
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Robert Stromberg
Screenwriter: Linda Woolverton
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

Night Moves

Release Date: May 30, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Cinedigm
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Screenwriter: Kelly Reichardt
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard
Genre: Action, Drama
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Plot Summary: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard star as radical activists plotting to blow up Oregon’s Green Peter Dam in an act of environmental sabotage. As their plan marches towards fruition, they soon discover that small steps have enormous consequences. “Old Joy” and “Wendy and Lucy” director Kelly Reichardt crafts another graceful and absorbing film about outsiders searching for a meaningful place on the edges of the system in this atmospheric suspense thriller.

We Are The Best!

Release Date: May 30, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Lukas Moodysson
Screenwriter: Lukas Moodysson, Coco Moodysson
Starring: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “We Are The Best!” is Moodysson’s adaptation of his wife Coco’s graphic novel about three young misfits growing up in early ’80s Stockholm. Pixieish, mohawk-sporting Klara (Mira Grosin) and her best friend Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments—or discernible musical talent—the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne) as the third wheel. With tender affection for his young characters and the period in which his film is set, Moodysson paints an ebullient and sharply observant portrait of DIY spirit and growing up different.

Don Peyote

Release Date: May, 2014 (limited)
Studio: XLrator Media
Director: Dan Fogler, Michael Canzoniero
Screenwriter: Dan Fogler, Michael Canzoniero
Starring: Dan Fogler, Josh Duhamel, Jay Baruchel, Wallace Shawn
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: “Don Peyote” follows a man’s decent into perceived madness as he goes on a journey to unravel the fabric of status-quo society. Fogler’s leading character, Warren Allman, dives deep down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories, secret societies, and counter culture to try and figure out what’s really happening in our world and who is pulling the strings.

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