View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Secret Life of Pets, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and more.
After starring in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Anna Kendrick re-teams with her Rocket Science director, Jeffrey Blitz, for another wedding comedy, Table 19. This less raunchy comedy, written by Jay and Mark Duplass, also features Craig Robinson, June Squibb, Stephen Merchant, Wyatt Russell, Lisa Kudrow, and Tony Revolori. Look for it in theaters on January 20, 2017.
When it played at Sundance earlier this year, critics were split on the success of actress Clea DuVall’s debut feature as writer-director. The ensemble comedy follows four couples on a weekend getaway in Savannah, Georgia. The gathering is a ruse for three of the couples—Jason Ritter and Melanie Lynskey (who earned a Special Jury Prize for her performance), Ben Schwartz and Alia Shawkat, and Duvall and Natasha Lyonne—to intervene in the troubled marriage of Ruby (Cobie Smulders) and Peter (Vincent Piazza). The Intervention comes to theaters, iTunes and On Demand beginning August 26th.
Goat, based on Brad Land’s memoir, stars Ben Schnetzer and Nick Jonas as Brad and Brett Land. After surviving a brutal assault, Brad pledges his brother’s fraternity, only to find himself suffering through vicious hazing rituals. The September 23rd release from director Andrew Neel (King Kelly) earned good reviews when it premiered at Sundance this year.
Stellan Skarsgård reunites with his A Somewhat Gentle Man director, Hans Petter Moland, for this dark comedy about a snowplow driver who goes on a rampage against a local crime boss and the Serbian mob after his son is murdered. Originally released in 2014, the filmed has earned good reviews and awards at Fantastic Fest and the Fantasia Film Festival. In Order of Disappearance hits theaters, Amazon Video, iTunes and On Demand on August 26th.
In a continued attempt to resurrect his career, Mel Gibson stars in Blood Father as an ex-con who must protect his 16-year-old daughter (Erin Moriarty) from a gang of drug dealers. Directed by Jean-François Richet (Mesrine: Killer Instinct, Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1) and featuring a supporting cast that includes William H. Macy, Elisabeth Rohm and Diego Luna, this August 12 release earned mixed reviews when it premiered in Cannes.
In the August 19 release Imperium, Daniel Radcliffe plays Nate Foster, an FBI agent who goes undercover to take down a right-wing terrorist group. But the young, idealistic agent finds it difficult to maintain his principals as well as his new identity as a white supremacist. Written and directed by Daniel Ragussis, this story is based on the life of agent Michael German.
In Five Nights in Maine, David Oyelowo plays Sherman, a widow who is called to Maine by his terminally ill and estranged mother-in-law Lucinda (Dianne Wiest). Once he’s there, Sherwin and Lucinda are forced to cope with their failings and grief. This second feature from writer-director Maris Curran has earned mixed early reviews despite the strong cast.
The August 19 release from the stop-motion animators at Laika, Kubo and the Two Strings, tells the story of Kubo (Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) who, with the help of Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), must find the armor of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. Additional voices are supplied by George Takei, Rooney Mara and Ralph Fiennes, but as with other Laika films (Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls), the real stars are the animators.
Edge of Winter stars Joel Kinnaman as a father who is pushed to the edge of sanity when he and his two sons (Tom Holland and Percy Hynes White) are stranded in the wilderness. Look for it on iTunes July 26th and in theaters August 12th.
Coming to theaters August 5th is Louis Black and Karen Bernstein’s documentary Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny, a look at the career of one of America’s great, working filmmakers.