Your weekly guide to all the biggest movies releasing in theaters, and whether or not to see it based on the 2 prong rating system of either “No Bro” or “Go Bro.” With the goal of trying to separate the upcoming films into two categories including:
Wide Release; The films opening nationwide, likely the easiest films to find.
Indie Release; The best low budget independent films opening at some smaller theaters.
So heres what’s opening at a theater near you this week
No question that the Furious 7 will be an extremely difficult film to follow. Opening to a whopping 147 million, it will likely repeat as number one at the box office again this week. If you have already seen Furious 7 then here are a couple of films that might grab your attention.
The Longest Ride
Realistically the only new wide release film, The new Nicholas Sparks movie The Longest Ride has it’s work cut out for it going against week two of a juggernaut. Starring Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson, The film revolves around parallel stories of star crossed lovers dealing with turmoil in their relationship. With a surprisingly impressive cast that includes Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Melissa Benoist (Whiplash) and Alan Alda (Tower heist), there is hope hit this feature might transcend your typical Nicholas Sparks love story. No doubt there will be some girls dragging some Bros to the movies as payback for making them see Furious 7 last week.
Probably the most interesting Indie film set to release is the Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson led Ex Machina. A character study following Caleb Smith (Gleeson) a he visits the home of reclusive Genius Billionaire Nathan Bateman (Isaac). Upon arrival Caleb learns that he is to be the human component in a test charging him with evaluating the capabilities of an advance AI i the form of Ava (Alicia Vikander), whose emotional intelligence proves to be more advanced and deceptive than the two men could have ever dreamed. This film is a walled off psychological thriller that on paper looks absolutely incredible.
Dial a Prayer
Dial a Prayer centers on Cora (Brittany Snow), a disenchanted young woman begrudgingly taking phone calls at a prayer center under the watchful eye of supervisor Bill (William H. Macy). When Cora’s prayers start making a difference, a caller shows up convinced that her voice is his saving grace. Cora struggles to reconcile her troubled past and grapples with the new found faith others have in her. Brittany Snow has become something of an indie darling of late, and she is an incredible talent. Between her and Macy this film shows real promise.
With a Title like Desert Dancer how could you not be excited?! Set in the harsh political climate of Iran, the true story follows Afshin Ghaffarian and his friends as they risk their lives to form an underground dance company during the 2009 presidential race. Through banned videos the group of individuals train themselves in the shadows so that they may live out their passion without political persecution. With what appears to be a solid cast including Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Reece Ritchie (Hercules), Desert Dancer still looks to be another Step-Up like dance flick. Depending on how much time they spend on the setting and climate of the film this doesn’t appear to be all that interesting.
While We’re Young
With an all star cast that features Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, and Amanda Seyfried, While We’re Young has all the makings of a great Indie comedy. Director Noah Baumbach coming fresh off his latest film This Is Where I Leave You, look to have created a similar atmosphere here Centering on an aging Couple (Stiller and Watts) whose lives get twisted upside down when they befriend a far younger tandem in Driver and Seyfried. The story is all about the perils of aging and the fear of letting go of your youth. Baumbach has collaborated with Indie genius Wes Anderson on several projects and has done well cutting his teeth on some original content of his own. This film looks certain to be entertaining at it’s worst.
VOD/DVD pick of the week
A Most Violent Year
Featuring two of the most talented people working today (Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain). If you’re looking for a movie to rent, look no further.
There you have it folks all the latest films releasing this week. Keep a look out for more news and reviews For The Bros.