The crime drama The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy, Locke, Warrior) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters—"money drops"—in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos"), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families and foes all work together to make a living—no matter the cost. Based on a screenplay from novelist Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop also stars Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and is directed by Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead). Official Web Site
Roger Moore's RogersMovieNation.com review...
The family adventure Dolphin Tale 2 continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery—thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail—made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world. Yet their fight is not over. Winter's surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only pool mate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins' social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium. Starring Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson and Nathan Gamble. Official Web Site
Claudia Puig's USA Today review...
The action-packed, epic space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan (Lee Pace), a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—gun-toting raccoon Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper), tree-like humanoid Groot (voice of Vin Diesel), the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance. Also starring John C. Reilly, Benicio del Toro and Djimon Hounsou, Guardians of the Galaxy is directed and co-written by James Gunn (Super, Slither). Official Web Site
Chris Nashawaty's Entertainment Weekly review...
|It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals (Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson) dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real-life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line. Also starring Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D'Arcy and Andy Garcia, Let's Be Cops is directed and co-written by Luke Greenfield (The Girl Next Door). Official Web Site|
|The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan. Based on the comic book characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, director Jonathan Liebesman brings Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the popular franchise that has captivated audiences of all ages for decades, into the 21st century. Official Web Site|
|A spy is never out of the game. Code named "The November Man," Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who has been enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect valuable witness Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko, Quantum of Solace). He soon uncovers this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred. Based on Bill Granger's novel There Are No Spies from the bestselling November Man book series, this is the ultimate cat and mouse game set in the world of international espionage. Directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, No Way Out, Thirteen Days). Official Web Site|
|The haunting sci-fi drama The Giver centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community's memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community's secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined—a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all—a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. Also starring Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift, The Giver is based on Lois Lowry's beloved novel of the same name. Directed by Phillip Noyce (Salt, The Quiet American). Official Web Site|
|Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's hip and visually stunning series of Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film Frank Miller's Sin City sees the town's most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants. Bruce Willis stars as a cop with a bum ticker and a vow to protect a sexy stripper (Jessica Alba); Mickey Rourke as an outcast misanthrope on a mission to avenge the death of his one true love (Jaime King); and Josh Brolin as Dwight, who spends his night defending Gail (Rosario Dawson) and her Old Town girls from a tough guy with a penchant for violence. Also starring Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Michael Madsen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Stacy Keach, Dennis Haysbert and Powers Boothe. Official Web Site|
|In this dramatic comedy, four grown siblings—bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives—are forced to return to their childhood home when their father passes away, and live under the same roof together for a week with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide. Written by Jonathan Tropper (based on his novel), This Is Where I Leave You stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne and Timothy Olyphant and is directed by Shawn Levy (Date Night). Official Web Site|
|From director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Zack and Miri Make a Porno) comes Tusk, an epic twist on horror. Born out of Smith's immensely popular SModcast, this modern day monster movie is truly one you'll have to see to believe. Tusk follows Wallace (Justin Long, The Conspirator), a journalist on a peculiar mission. He finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), a worldwide adventurer with a curious penchant for walruses. Official Web Site|
|In the sci-fi thriller The Maze Runner, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys. He has no memory of the outside world, other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner, The Maze Runner also stars Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Patricia Clarkson. Official Web Site|
|Based on Lawrence Block's bestselling series of mystery novels, A Walk Among the Tombstones stars Liam Neeson (Taken) as Matt Scudder, an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the P.I. learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime... nor will it be the last. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the dseviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again. Written and directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout). Official Web Site|
|In this Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, recorded live earlier in 2014 at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Valentine (Michael Marcus) and Proteus (Mark Arends) are best friends until they both fall in love with the Duke's daughter Silvia (Sarah MacRae). But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart Julia (Pearl Chanda) at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia. With friendship forgotten, the rivals' affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods, confused by mistaken identity and threatened by fierce outlaws before they find a path to reconciliation. Director Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare's exuberant romantic comedy. Official Web Site|
|A documentary film of the groundbreaking exhibition created by London's Victoria and Albert Museum, David Bowie is is described by The Times as "stylish & outrageous" and The Guardian as "a triumph." The exhibition features a remarkable collection of photographs, stage costumes, and other rare possessions from the David Bowie Archive. The film takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through the David Bowie is exhibition with special guests, including legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, to explore the stories behind some of the key objects that document Bowie's artistic career. The exhibition curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, provide fascinating insight into the most memorable music videos and original costumes, as well as more personal items such as never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, album cover artwork, set designs and diary entries, which reveal the creativity and evolution of Bowie's ideas. Official Web Site|
|In the action thriller The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by—he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). Official Web Site|
|William Shakespeare's masterpiece of the turbulence of war and the arts of peace tells the romantic story of Henry's campaign to recapture the English possessions in France. But the ambitions of this charismatic king are challenged by a host of vivid characters caught up in the real horrors of war. Recorded live earlier in 2014, Henry V opens the new Globe with the words "O for a muse of fire," and celebrates the power of language to summon into life courts, pubs, ships and battlefields within the "wooden O"—and beyond. Much loved for his performance as Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (2010), Jamie Parker returns to Hal's journey as Henry V. Official Web Site|
|Carrie Cracknell directs Euripides' powerful tragedy Medea, in a new version by Ben Power performed in 2014. Helen McCrory returns to the National Theatre to take the title role; her theatre work includes The Last of the Haussmans, Blood Wedding and The Seagull for the National Theatre; her film work includes Skyfall and the first two Harry Potter films. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she has left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day's grace. It's time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear. The cast also includes Michaela Coel, Danny Sapani and Cath Whitefield, with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp. Official Web Site|