Beyond the Edge – Part documentary, part dramatic recreation, Beyond the Edge tells the tale of Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay as they ascending Mount Everest in 1953. Now, many have conquered the world’s highest point, but then, we weren’t even sure if such a feat was possible. Chad Moffitt, Sonam P. Sherpa, John Wraight, Joshua Rutter, Dan Musgrove and Erroll Shand re-enact the historic feat, Matthew Metcalfe wrote the script and Leanne Pooley directed it. Out in limited release from IFC Films.
Deliver Us From Evil – New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) has seen it all, except true evil. Father Mendoza (Edgar Ramirez) has, and when Sarchie stumbles upon demonic possession, he will have to enlist the services of Mendoza–especially when Sarchie and his loved ones become threatened by that force. Co-starring Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, Joel McHale and Chris Coy. Directed by Scott Derrickson and in wide release from Screen Gems.
Earth to Echo – Three best friends (Teo Halm, Astro and Reese C. Hartwig) are being broken up due to eminent domain. A giant freeway is cutting right through their Nevada suburban town and they have one last night together. Rather than spending it reminiscing, they have decided to investigate a strange electronic occurrence, which leads them into the desert and to an alien life form, which they call Echo. Found footage meets Spielberg in the debut film from Dave Green from a script by Henry Gayden. In wide release from Relativity Media.
Life Itself – Roger Ebert loved the movies. Roger Ebert believed in the movies. Roger Ebert believed that the movies were a “machine to generate empathy”. How fitting that his memoir, Life Itself, would be turned into a movie. How fitting that the man who brings Life Itself to the big screen was a man whose career would not exist without Ebert’s championing spirit. Director Steve James enlists the help of Chaz, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Ramin Bahrani, Errol Morris, Ava DuVernay and William Nack to discuss the life of one of the cinema’s favorite sons. In limited release from Magnolia Pictures.
Me & You – From one of cinema’s greatest maestros, Bernardo Bertolucci and based on the novel by Niccolo Ammaniti, comes the tale of Lorenzo (Jacopo Olmo Antinori) a fourteen-year-old boy hiding in his building’s unused basement. Then Lorenzon’s twenty-five year old half-sister, Olivia (Tea Falco), shows up. Olivia is running from all kinds of problems and running into Lorenzo might help or it might make matters worse. The perfect material for a director who brought about a sexual revolution with Last Tango in Paris. In limited release from Emerging Pictures.
Premature – Rob (John Karna) is having a very weird day. He woke up to find his mother barging in on him and witnessing the aftermath of his teenage libido. Then he went for his college interview, failed it, got hit by a car on his way home and found himself in the bedroom of his sexpot friend. Right as he climaxes-BANG-it starts all over again. Edge of Tomorrow isn’t the only movie this year that earns it’s Groundhog’s Day premise. Katie Findlay, Craig Roberts, Carlson Young, Adam Riegler and Alan Tudyk co-star in the feature debut from director Dan Beers. In limited release from Morningwood Productions.
Tammy – Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is having a very bad day. On her way to work she hits a deer and shows up late to work–resulting in her termination. Upon returning home, she finds her husband (Nat Faxon) having dinner/affair with the neighbor (Toni Collette). With nothing left to lose, she decides to hit the road with her alcoholic, pill-popping grandmother (Susan Sarandon). Their destination: Niagara Falls. Doesn’t quite work out that way. McCarthy co-wrote the screenplay with her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directs. In wide release from Warner Bros.
Wrinkles – Often a source of misery and sadness, the retirement home is the false reward of a life well lived. At least that is how Emilio, Juan and Miguel feel. They are not done with life and they are certainly not done with raising hell. Adapted from a graphic novel into a Spanish language animation and then dubbed for American audiences, Wrinkles enlists a vocal cast of Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine and George Coe to bring a little levity to the twilight years. Written by Ángel de la Cruz, Paco Roca, Ignacio Ferreras de Zumarraga and Rosanna Cecchini with Ferreras de Zumarraga directing. In limited release from GKIDS.