by Kam Williams
BIG BUDGET FILMS
The Darkness (PG-13 for profanity, mature themes, disturbing violence and brief sensuality) Supernatural horror flick about a family which unwittingly brings back a demonic force from its Grand Canyon vacation. Co-starring Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, Jennifer Morrison, Ming-Na Wen and Lucy Fry.
Money Monster (R for brief violence, some sexuality and pervasive profanity) High-octane crime thriller about a bombastic host (George Clooney) of an investment advice TV show who, along with his crew and producer (Julia Roberts), is taken hostage by an irate viewer (Jack O'Connell) after a stock he'd promoted mysteriously tanks. With Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito and Caitriona Balfe.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
I Am Wrath (R for profanity and violence) Revenge thriller about a grieving widower (John Travolta) who takes the law into his own hands after corrupt cops fail to find his wife's (Rebecca De Mornay) killer. With Amanda Schull, Christopher Meloni and Sam Trammell.
Last Days in the Desert (PG-13 for disturbing images and brief partial nudity) Biblical saga revolving around Jesus' (Ewan McGregor) 40-day battle with the devil while praying and fasting in the desert. Cast includes Ciaran Hinds, Susan Gray, Tye Sheridan and Ayelet Zurer.
Love & Friendship (PG for mature themes) Adaptation of "Lady Susan," the Jane Austen novella about a beautiful widow's (Kate Beckinsale) search for husbands for herself and her daughter (Morfydd Clark) while living on the estate of her well-heeled in-laws. With Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry.
Pele: Birth of a Legend (PG for smoking, mature themes and mild epithets) Soccer boiopic chronicling the legendary Pele's (Kevin de Paula) rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to lead Brazil to its first World Cup victory when he was just 17 years-old. With Colm Meaney, Vincent D'Onofrio and Rodrigo Santoro.
Search Party (R for drug use, sexuality, graphic nudity and pervasive profanity) Road comedy about the buddies (T.J. Miller and Adam Pally) of a jilted groom's (Thomas Middleditch) attempt to help him find the bride (Shannon Woodward) after she leaves for their Mexican honeymoon without him. With J.B. Smoove, Alison Brie and Lance Reddick.
Sundown (R for crude sexuality, graphic nudity, pervasive profanity, teen partying and drug use) Spring Break comedy about a couple of BFFs (Devon Werkheiser and Sean Marquette) who travel to Puerto Vallarta hoping to hook up with their high school crushes. With Teri Hatcher, Camilla Belle and Sara` Paxton.
Sunset Song (R for sexuality, nudity and violence) Coming-of age epic, set in 1910, about a Scottish farm girl (Agyness Deyn) torn between tradition and change. Cast includes Kevin Guthrie, Peter Mullan and Jim Sweeney.