Movies in Theaters This Friday, May 30, 2014: Maleficent, A Million Ways to Die in the West, and More
After two big releases (Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past), you’d think we’d get a little bit of balancing out. That’s not the case at all this weekend, though, because Disney has the anticipated Maleficent coming out and Seth MacFarlane’s comedy A Million Ways Die in the West also releases.
Both are loaded with starpower as Maleficent has Angelina Jolie taking on the title character. It also features Elle Fanning (Super 8) and Sharlto Copley (Elysium). A Million Ways to Die in the West, on the other hand, stars MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, and Liam Neeson.
In limited release, movies like Filth (starring Days of Future Past’s James McAvoy), Night Moves (starring Elle Fanning’s sister Dakota and Jesse Eisenberg), and The Grand Seduction (standing another X-Men alum Taylor Kitsch) all release in smaller markets.
The rest of the limited releases are Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas, The Big Ask, Delivery: The Beast Within, Elena (Petra Costa), Korengal, Lucky Them, and We are the Best!
Check out more info on each of the films below.
Oh, and enjoy your weekend!
Seth MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert in A Million Ways to Die in the West. After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.
Starring alongside MacFarlane are Oscar® winner Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris. MacFarlane reunites many of the filmmakers behind Universal and MRC’s hit film Ted including Scott Stuber (Bluegrass Films) and Jason Clark who produce, and Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin who co-wrote the script.
From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.
An arresting medieval epic starring Mads Mikkelsen (A ROYAL AFFAIR, VALHALLA RISING, Hannibal), Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas explores the high cost of vengeance. With the age of feudalism in decline, Europe rests at a tense crossroads between the old world and the new. Respected, well-to-do horse merchant Michael Kohlhaas is a loving husband and family man leading a peaceful existence, until a ruthless nobleman steals his horses, setting off a chain of irreversible events. Kohlhaas resorts to extremes after these crimes destroy his livelihood and trust in the law, igniting a rampage through the countryside in his quest for justice.
Adapted from Heinrich von Kleist’s 16th century novella, the story of Michael Kohlhaas is considered one of the first examples of modern literature. Filled with gorgeous widescreen cinematography, Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and stands tall as a powerful cinematic adaptation of a classic of German romanticism.
Andrew’s mom has just died of cancer. It hits him hard and his closest friends worry about his sanity. When Andrew and his girlfriend Hannah invite everyone to spend a week in Joshua Tree to celebrate Andrew’s birthday, the friends rally around them. The first night goes well until Andrew announces that he’s figured out how to cure his depression– by sleeping with all of them at the same time. His friends are not psyched. Andrew doesn’t know that Dave has just proposed to Zoe, and that Owen and Emily are on the rocks, and that Hannah is about to break. Andrew sets off a week of communal catharsis, highlighted by the crazy desert lifers who call Joshua Tree home.
Delivery tells the story of Kyle and Rachel Massy, a young couple who agree to document their first pregnancy for a family-oriented reality show. The production spirals out-of-control after the cameras capture a series of unexplained events, leading Rachel to believe that a malevolent spirit has possessed their unborn child.
From director BRIAN NETTO and producer ADAM SCHINDLER, Delivery is told through the shows abandoned and un-aired reality footage, as well as testimonials from friends, family and crew members, providing a first hand account of the Massy’s tragic story.
Based on a true story, ELENA obliterates the line between documentary, diary and fever dream, and is at once captivating and devastating. The most watched documentary in Brazil of 2013 now comes to America.
Watch Now Before It’s In Theaters. James McAvoy (X-MEN) is Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson – a sex, drugs, and power crazed cop with his sights set on a bigpromotion. He knows he’s the best man for the job, and he’s got the track record to prove it. Plus, his colleagues are bumbling idiots and don’t deserve it like he does. He’s confident in his abilities, there’s just one thing standing in his way: a murder that he has yet to solve. With his boss breathing down his neck to catch the perp, Bruce knows he has to get this case closed–and fast–so that he can get promoted, win back his wife and move on with his life. But nothing is as easy as it seems, and the harder Bruce tries to control the world around him, the more it unravels before his eyes.
The small harbor of Tickle Cove is in dire need of a doctor so that the town can land a contract to secure a factory which will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray French (Gleeson) leads the search, and when he finds Dr. Paul Lewis (Kitsch) he employs – along with the whole town – tactics to seduce the doctor to stay permanently.
KORENGAL picks up where RESTREPO left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war. KORENGAL explains how war works, what it feels like and what it does to the young men who fight it. As one soldier cheers when he kills an enemy fighter, another looks into the camera and asks if God will ever forgive him for all of the killing he has done. As one soldier grieves the loss of his friend in combat, another explains why he misses the war now that his deployment has ended, and admits he would go back to the front line in a heartbeat. Every bit as intense and affecting as RESTREPO, KORENGAL goes a step further in bringing the war into people’s living rooms back home.”
A rock journalist is assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend.
Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.
From Swedish master Lukas Moodysson, We are the Best! revolves around three girls in 1980’s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band — despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. Based on a graphic novel, We are the Best! is a paean to DIY culture and the power of rebellion.
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