Movie Beat – 06.13.14

06.13.14 - 22 Jump Street22 Jump StreetThe meta-named “21 Jump Street” program was such a success that the division is loading a lot of money into the follow-up, “22 Jump Street”. The name change is due to an address change and this time, the boys are going to college. The incredible team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller look to crack the sequel code and they just might do it. Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman are back and Peter Stormare, Dave Franco and Amber Stevens join in on the fun. Out in wide release from Sony Pictures.


06.13.14 - All Cheerleaders Must DieAll Cheerleaders Die – Maddy has revenge on the brain, and it’s going to lead her down some dark roads. Those that must be punished: the high school football team. Those that will help her: the cheerleading squad. Just your average, run of the mill scenario until all the cheerleaders die in a terrible car accident, but come back to life thanks to some wicked voodoo. Now these hot bodies have an insatiable appetite and no man is safe. Caitlin Stasey, Brooke Butler, Michael Bowen, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Tom Williamson and Amanda Grace Cooper star in this slasher film written by Lucky McKee with McKee directing alongside Chris Sivertson. In limited release from Image Entertainment.


06.13.14 - A Coffee in BerlinA Coffee In Berlin – Niko (Tom Schilling) is a twenty-something college dropout and alcoholic who doesn’t have much going for him. His girlfriend is giving him a hard time, his father is trying to light a fire under his ass and everything seems far more complicated than it should be, even buying a simple cup of coffee. But! Things might be looking up if an old classmate, Julia (Friederike Kempter) can bring a little sunshine into his world. Marc Hosemann, Justus VonDohnanyi, Ulrich Noethen and Justus von Dohnanyi co-star in this look at everyday German life from writer/director Jan Ole Gerster. In limited release from Music Box Films.


06.13.14 - Evergreen The Road to Legalization in WashingtonEvergreen: The Road to Legalization There are two states in the union where recreational marijuana use is legal, Colorado and Washington. The transition from the War on Drugs to legal drug use went fairly smoothly for Colorado, but Washington’s Initiative 502 was met with more blow-back. Director Riley Morton and writer Nils Cowan follows I-502’s road to the vote and tries to give both sides a fair shake at the truth. In limited theaters from First Run Pictures.


06.13.14 - HeliHeli– This is what the front line of Mexico’s Drug War looks like. Not a bunch of master-minds, but children who made the wrong decision and will spend the rest of their lives regretting it. She didn’t know what she was getting into when she agreed to hide some drugs in her family’s water tank, but now they are in over their head and the whole family is in jeopardy. Starring Armando Espitia, Linda González and Andrea Vergara. Directed by Amat Escalante and in limited release from Outsider Pictures.


06.13.14 - HellionHellion – Jacob (Josh Wiggins) is a thirteen-year-old kid heading down the wrong path. Dirt bike racing is his hobby, but mischief and mayhem is his passion. He doesn’t have much of a Father in Hollis (Aaron Paul) who loves his sons dearly, but doesn’t have his act together either. The two of them need to pull their act together in hopes that the youngest brother, Wes (Deke Garner), will have some semblance of a future ahead of him. Juliette Lewis, Jonny Mars and Walter Orr Roberts co-star in writer/director Kat Candler’s feature debut movie. Out in limited release from IFC Films.


06.13.14 - How to Train Your Dragon 2How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his trusty pal Toothless are back and they are mapping and cataloging the dragons of the world. Turns out there are a whole lot and while on the mission, Hiccup inadvertently meets his own mother, Valka (Cate Blanchett). Just in time too, because Drago (Djimon Hounsou) is rounding up all the dragons he can find and Hiccup will need to band his friends and family together if they plan on making it out of this one. Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse also provide vocals in the sequel written and directed by Dean DeBlois. Out in wide release from DreamWorks Pictures.


06.13.14 - Ivory TowerIvory Tower – If you wanted to attend the University of California at Berkeley in the 1960s it would have cost you zero dollars and zero cents. Now, you’re going to need a couple of loans, some scholarships and a pretty decent paying job on the other side to break even. College tuition has gotten completely out of hand and not many people know how to fix it. Documentarian Andrew Rossi explores the history of college tuition, the people looking to change it and the options that are out there for students who maybe don’t want to or need to go to college. Out in limited release from Samuel Goldwyn Films.


06.13.14 - The RoverThe Rover – Just weeks after its debut at the Cannes Film Festival comes another violent trip into the Australian Outback with writer/director David Michôd. Taking place ten years after the collapse of society, Australia has turned into an anything goes land where robbers are a constant threat. Eric (Guy Pearce) is a loner who has his car stolen. In the chaos they leave behind Ray (Robert Pattinson) and Eric has to look after Ray while also tracking down the robbers. Scoot McNairy, David Field, Anthony Hayes and Gillian Jones co-star in this dusty and dirty post-apocalyptic world. Out in limited release from A24.


06.13.14 - The SignalThe Signal – Everything was going so well. Three students are headed down the Southwestern part of these United States when they encounter The Signal. What is The Signal and where it came from is a mystery, but what it does is not going to be good for Nic (Brenton Thwaites). His world will irrevocably be changed and it is up to the scientist (Laurence Fishburne) to figure what is going on and hopefully save Nic. Sarah Clarke, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp and Lin Shaye co-star, Carlyle and William Eubank wrote the script with William directing. Out in limited release from Focus Features.