View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including The Nice Guys, Neighbors 2, The Angry Birds Movie, Maggie's Plan, and more.
Written by The Lonely Island comedy trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone and directed by Schaffer and Taccone, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping follows clueless singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) as his sophomore album flops and he’s forced to reunite with his old boy band. The June 3rd release features Sarah Silverman, Bill Hader, Tim Meadows, Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Imogen Poots, Adam Levine‘s hologram, and Seal.
Sausage Party is a raunchy, R-rated, CG-animated movie about what happens when supermarket foods realize their horrifying fate when they’re taken home by happy customers. Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, and featuring voice work from Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Michael Cera, Paul Rudd, Edward Norton, Bill Hader, and Salma Hayek, this August 12 release earned good early notice when it was shown at SXSW as a work in progress.
The first trailer for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters confused some people (even Melissa McCarthy) and enraged enough haters with time on their hands to make it the most disliked trailer in YouTube history. This week, a second, much less confusing trailer has been released, but it’s not on Sony’s YouTube channel yet. As with the first trailer, there are some familiar faces and moments, but the trailer also reveals new set pieces and more information about Chris Hemsworth’s role. McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones start up their proton packs on July 15th.
After the critical success of 2012’s Keep the Lights On and 2014’s Love Is Strange, writer-director Ira Sachs returned to Sundance this year with another film co-written by Mauricio Zacharias. His new film focuses on how the friendship between Jake (Theo Taplitz) and Tony (Michael Barbieri) is impacted by their parents' dispute over a rental property, and Sachs once again impressed critics with his humane approach to common modern problems. Little Men comes to theaters August 5th.
Set on the Western Australia coast after World War I, The Light Between Oceans tells the story of lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) and his wife, Isabel (Alicia Vikander), who discover a boat carrying a dead man and a two-month-old baby. Rescuing the infant, they make the decision to raise her as their own, but several years later, Tom and Isabel meet the baby’s biological mother (Rachel Weisz). The September 2 release is adapted from M. L. Stedman’s novel by director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines).
While its Cannes premiere wasn’t the critical hit many expected, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG will surely please many families when it comes to theaters July 1st. The latest trailer emphasize the effects and action in what is Spielberg’s first live-action 3D movie. The story follows 10-year-old Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), a London orphan, as she’s kidnapped by the BFG and taken to Giant Country, where the BFG lives, and Dream Country, where he works. Bill Hader and Jemaine Clement play not so friendly giants, and Penelope Wilton and Rebecca Hall play the Queen and her maid in a part of the movie that pleased most critics.
When it premiered to good reviews at Sundance this year, Equity was billed as the “first female-focused Wall Street drama.” Meera Menon’s second feature stars Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn as Naomi Bishop, a senior investment banker struggling to balance business and ethics as she guides the IPO for a new tech company. The July 29 release written by Amy Fox stars producers Sarah Megan Thomas as a junior executive under Naomi and Alysia Reiner a powerful prosecutor.
The Purge: Election Year further expands on the world established in 2013’s The Purge and 2014’s The Purge: Anarchy. Two years later, we catch up with Frank Grillo’s Sergeant, now fully named Leo Barnes and the head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), who opposes Purge Night. Surely her opinion will only strengthen when they must survive the night on the streets of Washington D.C. Writer-director James DeMonaco, the creator of this ever-evolving alternate America, returns. Also back is Edwin Hodge, while Mykelti Williamson joins the cast.
Writer-director Lorenzo Vigas’ debut feature, From Afar, won the Golden Lion as the best film at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. The story follows the developing relationship between Armando (Alfredo Castro in a highly praised performance), a well-off, middle-aged gay man, and Elder, a working-class kid Armando initially picks up cruising the streets of Caracas, Venezuela. Look for it in select theaters June 8th.
Incarnate, coming to theaters September 30th, stars Aaron Eckhart as a scientist who enters the subconscious minds of the possessed. Brad Peyton (San Andreas) directs a cast that also includes Carice van Houten and Catalina Sandino Moreno.
Writer-director Steven Caple Jr.‘s The Land tells the story of four friends who dream of leaving the streets of Cleveland to become pro skateboarders. Look for it in theaters and VOD beginning July 29th.
Just in case you forgot, Jason Bourne is back July 29th.