OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening August 28, 2015
BIG BUDGET FILMS
No Escape (R for profanity, graphic violence and rape) Political potboiler about an American family's frantic search for a safe haven in a Southeast Asian nation where foreigners are being shot on the spot in the wake of a violent coup d'etat. Co-starring Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan and Spencer Garrett.
War Room (PG fot mature themes) Faith-based morality play about a Christian couple (Priscilla Shirer and T.C. Stallings) whose marriage is tested by the husband's emotional abuse, infidelity and crooked financial dealings. Support cast includes Karen Abercrombie, Beth Moore and Jadin Harris.
We Are Your Friends (R for nudity, sexuality, drug use and pervasive profanity) Romance drama revolving around the tensions which surface when an aspiring DJ (Zac Efron) secretly starts courting his mentor's (Wes Bentley) young girlfriend (Emily Ratajkowski). With Jonny Weston, Jon Bernthal, Shiloh Fernandez and Alicia Coppola.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
I Touched All Your Stuff (Unrated) Cross-cultural documentary chronicling how Christopher Kirk, a nerdy American, ended up falling head-over-heels for a mysterious woman after moving to Colombia to study hippos. (In English and Spanish with subtitles)
My Voice, My Life (Unrated) Oscar-winner Ruby Yang (for The Blood of Yingzhou District) directed this overcoming-the-odds documentary following a group of underprivileged, middle school students for six months as they prepare to stage a musical production in Hong Kong. (In Cantonese with subtitles)
Queen of Earth (Unrated) Psychological thriller about childhood BFFs (Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston) who discover that they've drifted apart while spending time together during a reunion spent at a lake house in the country. Featuring Kate Lyn Sheil, Patrick Fugit and Kentucker Audley.
The Second Mother (R for profanity and brief drug use) Dysfunctional family drama, set in Sao Paulo, about a nanny (Regina Case) whose life is turned upside-down when her estranged daughter (Camila Mardila) shows up unexpectedly and starts challenging the upper-class/lower-class dynamic. With Helena Albergaria, Michael Joelsas and Luis Miranda. (In Portuguese with subtitles)
Unsullied (R for violence, rape, profanity and brief drug use) Fact-based tale of survival, directed by ex-NFL star Simeon Rice, recounting the ordeal of a young woman (Murray Gray) kidnapped by a couple of sociopaths (Rusty Joiner and James Gaudioso) after her car broke down on a deserted road in backwoods Florida. Supporting cast includes Erin Boyes, Cindy Karr and Nicole Paris Williams.
Z for Zachariah (Z for sexuality, partial nudity and brief profanity) Post-apocalyptic, sci-fi thriller revolving around the love triangle which develops among the only three survivors (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine and Margot Robbie) of an extinction level event.
Zipper (R for nudity, profanity, graphic sexuality and brief drug use) Shades of Eliot Spitzer in this drama about a self-destructive prosecutor (Patrick Wilson) who ruins his marriage and promising political career by cheating with a string of high-priced call girls. With Lena Headey, Ray Winstone, Richard Dreyfuss and John Cho.