Movies in Theaters This Friday, August 1, 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy, Get On Up, Calvary, and More
As we officially head into August, I’m happy that we’ll finally get to see the premiere of James Gunn’s (Super) Guardians of the Galaxy. This project has been in development for quite some time and all indications point to it being a monster hit (both critically and commercially).
Besides watching Marvel continue to dominate, you will have the opportunity to check out a very different project in Get On Up. Tate Taylor’s (The Help) biopic brings one of the most iconic movie stars, James Brown (played by Chadwick Boseman), to the big screen. Guardians of the Galaxy will win by a longshot, but I’m curious to see how this one fares.
The rest of the films releasing this week fall into the limited release category. To be honest, nothing pops out at first glance. However, Calvary, a film starring Brendan Gleeson (The Guard) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), could show a strong premiere. Also, I’d keep tabs on Child of God which was directed by and stars James Franco.
Other than those releases, 4 Minute Mile, The Almost Man, Behaving Badly, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, Finding Fela, Louder Than Words, Rich Hill, and The Strange Little Cat release this weekend.
Before going out this weekend, check out the trailers, links, and synopses below! Have a good one!
IN HIS FOLLOW-UP TO THE FOUR-TIME ACADEMY AWARD®-NOMINATED BLOCKBUSTER THE HELP, TATE TAYLOR DIRECTS 42’S CHADWICK BOSEMAN AS JAMES BROWN IN GET ON UP.
Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd.
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, 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—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. 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.
“One Square Mile” is a highly charged, emotional story of a disenfranchised teen living on the wrong side of the tracks. Desperate for a way out, his life collides with an old reclusive track coach, angry at the world with no purpose in life, with who he eventually forms a bond. The two are forced to face their circumstances as they race to save each other and ultimately – themselves.
“The Almost Man” walks a fine line between outrageous comedy and relationship drama, and emerges with a portrait of a couple navigating their new adult responsibilities. Henrik (Henrik Rafalesen) is 35, but he still parties with his high-school buddies like they were in their 20s. His mother cares for him like he’s still a child. And he’s in a relationship that’s based on goofing around. Now, his girlfriend Tone is pregnant and Henrik has taken a serious job, moved into a prefab duplex, and he’s trying to calm down the partying and start behaving like a father-to-be. But as he feels the pressure to mature, and to do it quickly, Henrik’s frustrations surface in unforeseen—and hilariously inappropriate—ways.
Teenager Rick Steven(Nat Wolf), has a crush on Nina Penn (Selena Gomez) as they form a friendship and embark on a rock n roll journey together.
A group of friends think they’re going to the perfect spot for a bachelor party; a secluded private island. They quickly learn the island is not as private as they thought. The island is home to a lab thought to be empty, but in actuality a deadly, extremely fast acting, flesh eating virus has just escaped containment. Now everyone on the island has to fight not only to survive the outbreak, but also to survive each other
Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, Calvary’s Priest is the flipside to The Guard’s Sergeant Gerry Boyle. A good man intent on making the world a better place, he is continually shocked and saddened by the spiteful and confrontational inhabitants of his small country town. After being threatened during confession, he must battle the dark forces closing in around him.
Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee, in the 1960s, Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard, a dispossessed (Scott Haze), violent man whom the narrator describes as “a child of God much like yourself perhaps.” Ballard’s life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation.
The film is based on the novel written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy.
Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela’s message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom. Finding Fela was directed by the Academy Award winning director, Alex Gibney.
After the Fall is inspired by true events and tells the poignant story of grieving parents who used the unexpected death of their young daughter as inspiration to build a world class children’s hospital. The hospital not only keeps their daughter’s memory alive, but has also gone on to help thousands of children and their families, eventually becoming the template for all children’s hospitals built thereafter
An examination of challenges, hopes and dreams of the young residents of a rural American town.
Siblings Karin and Simon are visiting their parents and their little sister Clara. That evening, other relatives will be joining them for dinner. Over the course of the day, the washing machine is repaired, people sit together at the kitchen table, carry out an experiment with orange peel, talk about lungs, and sew on a button that was deliberately torn off. This sequence of family scenes in a Berlin flat complete with cat and dog creates a wondrous world of the everyday: Coming and going, all manner of doings, each movement leading to the next, one word following another. It is a carefully staged chain reaction of actions and sentences. And in between, silent gazes and anecdotes about experiences. The people act oddly even-temperedly; their dialogues are direct and unemotional. Even the pets and the material surroundings play a part. Some objects seem alive as if by magic. Commonplace actions and familiar items appear absurd and eerie in this narrative cosmos. Putting the absurdities of daily life on display and translating unspectacular events into an exciting choreography of everyday life, this film is no small feat.
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