In Theaters

Black-Mass-Movie-ReviewThe weekend begins tonight and there are some great films opening. First and foremost is Black Mass, the new film from Cross Creek Pictures. Sure, there’s football. But there’s also Johnny Depp’s comeback movie afterwards.

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

The second installment in the Maze Runner series, the film follows Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brian, and the other gladers as they try to solve the mysteries of WCKD, the organization who place them inside of the Glades. Along the way, the group, along with other members of the resistence, must travel through the dangerous Scorch, a dangerous and desolate area. TBA min. Rated PG-13.

Black Mass

Johnny Depp stars in the true story of Whitey Bulger, one of the most violent gangsters turned FBI informant to take down an enemy mafia group. Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Peter Skarsgard, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, and Corey Stoll also star. 122 min. Rated R.

Everest

Jake Gyllenhaal joins an ambitious climbing team with Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, and Jason Clarke that faces a severe snow storm as they climb Mount Everest. 121 min. Rated PG-13.

Captive

A single mother struggling with drug addiction is taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run after breaking out of jail and murdering the judge assigned to his case. 97 min. Rated PG-13.

Grandma

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle’s granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 79 min. Rated R.

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With remakes and sequels flooding the summer box office, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. follows suit as a reboot of the classic 1960s television show. The movie portrays the first case shared by the rival agents, acting as a prequel to the series. Other movies opening this Friday include the hip-hop biopic Straight Outta Compton and Final Girl.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

A CIA agent and a KGB operative take part in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization. Written and directed by Guy Ritchie, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. stars Alicia Vikander, Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 116 min. Rated PG-13.

Straight Outta Compton

NWA emerges from the streets of Compton and hits the screens of Hollywood. The most controversial hip-hip pioneers cause havoc in pop culture in the mid-80s. Paul Giamatti, Keith Stanfield, Aldis Hodge, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins star in the story about the group and their life in the hood. 157 min. Rated R.

Final Girl

A sadistic group of teenage boys lure the shy new girl into the woods, only to discover she’s an assassin-in-training whose final test to hunt and kill them. 90 min. Rated R.

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Crashing into theaters this Friday, Baton Rouge-shot Fantastic Four tries to find success as a reboot of the Marvel comic. Following months of hype, the reboot may be overshadowed by another new movie from Marvel Studios, Ant-Man. That film has continued to be a box office force in the past few weeks. Also coming to theaters this weekend is Meryl Streep in Ricki and The Flash, as well as The Gift, The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Dark Places.

Fantastic Four

The origins of the four are illustrated as they team up and teleport to a dangerous alternate dimension. They discover powers and abilities and must band together to save Earth from Dr. Doom. Shot in Baton Rouge, the superhero flick stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Toby Kebbell, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan and Tim Blake Nelson. 106 min. Rated PG-13.

Ricki and The Flash

An aging musician returns to her family, hoping to reconcile for abandoning them in order to follow her dreams of rock’n’roll fame. 102 min. Rated PG-13.

The Gift

Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall play a young couple whose lives are shaken by the unexpected arrival of a high school acquaintance. Dark secrets come to light through the haunting presence of this “friend” and the mysterious gifts he brings. 108 min. Rated R.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

In 1970s San Francisco, a 15 year old artistic girl begins to have an affair with her mother’s boyfriend, a man more than twice her age. 102 min. Rated R.

Dark Places

A woman haunted by her family’s murder recalls the traumatic memories in order to discover the truth about that night. 113 min. Rated R.

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IN THEATERS: ‘Ted 2,’ ‘Max’

by Jordan McGuire on June 26, 2015

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Ted 2

The sequel to Seth MacFarlane’s teddy bear comedy is here. Mark Wahlberg returns as best bud for his newly married furry friend. In order to be a parent, Ted must prove he’s a person in a court of law. 115 min. Rated R.

Max

Post traumatic stress effects dogs too. This is a heart warming story about a US Marine dog returning home from the war in Afghanistan. 111 min. Rated PG.

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IN THEATERS: ‘Inside Out,’ ‘Dope’

by Jordan McGuire on June 19, 2015

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Inside Out

This Pixar film has an amazing cast consisting of Diane Lane, Mindy Kailing, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black. The little voices in Riley’s head are her emotions that begin to take control of her life. 102 min. Rated PG.

Dope

Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa, the film Dope follows a nerdy African American high schooler named Malcolm. Malcolm and his friends are invited to an underground party and are led on a Los Angeles adventure. 115 min. Rated R. 

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IN THEATERS: ‘Tomorrowland’, ‘Poltergeist’

by Arthur Vandelay

Tomorrowland Director Brad Bird tackles the tall order of following up Pirates of the Caribbean by creating a film franchise out of a beloved Disney theme park attraction. Travel into a futuristic world with George Clooney as your guide. 130 min. Rated PG. Poltergeist Rosemarie DeWitt and the always awesome Sam Rockwell star in this remake of […]

IN THEATERS: ‘Ex Machina,’ ‘The Longest Ride,’ ‘Lost River’

by Jordan McGuire

Ex Machina Dredd penman Alex Garland directs from his own script in this Sci-Fi drama starring Oscar Isaac and Domhall Gleeson. A story of seduction and deceit involving a young programmer, a scientific icon and his creation, a breathtaking female artificial intelligence. 108 min. Rated R. The Longest Ride From the ink of Nicholas Sparks, […]

IN THEATERS: ‘Inherent Vice’, ‘Predestination’, ‘Taken 3’, ‘Selma’

by Jordan McGuire

Inherent Vice In a drug fueled 1970s Los Angeles, Joaquin Phoenix splendidly fits the role of Larry “Doc” Sportello in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film Inherent Vice. The film also features highly recognizable actors like Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph and Boardwalk Empire alum Michael Kenneth Williams. 148 min. Rated R. Predestination The […]