New In Theaters – 7/14/17

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War For the Planet of the Apes

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Scott’s Take

I missed the press screening for the final entry in the new Apes trilogy and I have to say, I have loved everything about Caesar and these reboots. I can’t wait to see this one and am sad to see it end.

Steve’s Take

What Scott said.

Gilberto’s Take

Check out Gilberto’s review here!

Claudio’s Take

Check out Claudio’s review here!

The Big Sick

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. THE BIG SICK is directed by Michael Showalter (HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS) and producer by Judd Apatow (TRAINWRECK, THIS IS 40) and Barry Mendel (TRAINWRECK, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS).

Scott’s Take

The Big Sick isn’t just my favorite movie of the summer, it’s quite possibly my favorite film of the year. Finding a smart and funny romantic comedy is like searching for a needle in a haystack but this gem is a flat out masterpiece. GO SEE IT NOW! (5 out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

I haven’t been able to check this one out yet. I will very soon. Trust me.

Wish Upon

In the latest horror thriller from the director of ANNABELLE, 17-year-old CLARE SHANNON (Joey King) is barely surviving the hell that is high school, along with her friends MEREDITH (Sydney Park) and JUNE (Shannon Purser). So when her dad (Ryan Phillippe) gifts her an old music box with an inscription that promises to grant the owner’s wishes, she thinks there is nothing to lose. Clare makes her first wish and, to her surprise, it comes true. Before long, she finally has it all: money, popularity and her dream boy. Everything seems perfect – until the people closest to her begin dying in gruesome and twisted ways. Now, with blood on her hands, Clare has to get rid of the box, before it costs her and everyone she loves the ultimate price. Be careful what you wish for. Broad Green Pictures’ WISH UPON is directed by John R. Leonetti (ANNABELLE) and produced by Sherryl Clark (CLOVERFIELD).

Scott’s Take

It looks like we have another low budgeted, mediocre hour film just waiting to take cash out of our pockets. Since I am a sucker for all things horror, Wish Upon will also be taking my money this weekend, so don’t feel bad.

Steve’s Take

I am down for this one. Count me in.

Lady Macbeth

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Scott’s Take

Wow, what a performance by Florence Pugh. Her Katherine might be the most evil screen incarnation we see this year. The film is a tad predictable but it’s all worth it watching Pugh weave her tangled web. Excellent. (4 out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

Meh.

Next Week

Again, something for everyone this week. My pick is going to be The Big Sick. Next week we have Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets and Girls Trip. Have a great weekend everyone.