This week sees a thriller for adults in the Charlize Theron flick Atomic Blonde as well as an animated family comedy from Sony in The Emoji Movie. Charlize Theron can also be seen in The Last Face, the 2016 film making its theatrical debut in limited theaters but will also be available via On Demand. Also, Paramount Pictures has a documentary sequel that you should stay away from in the form of An Inconvenient Sequel starring Al Gore.
New Releases for Friday, July 28th
Studio: Focus Features
Director: David Leitch
MPAA Rating: R (for sequences of strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity)
Screenwriter: Kurt Johnstad
Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, Toby Jones
Oscar winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in “Atomic Blonde,” a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.
The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
A blistering blend of sleek action, gritty sexuality and dazzling style, “Atomic Blonde” is directed by David Leitch (“John Wick,” upcoming “Deadpool 2”). Also starring John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones, the film is based on the Oni Press graphic novel “The Coldest City,” by Antony Johnston & illustrator Sam Hart. Kurt Johnstad (“300”) wrote the screenplay.
The Emoji Movie
Studio: Sony Pictures Animation
Director: Anthony Leondis
MPAA Rating: PG (for rude humor)
Screenwriters: Anthony Leondis, Eric Siegel
Starring: T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Maya Rudolph, Jake T. Austin, Patrick Stewart
Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Anna Faris). Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.
The Last Face
Studio: Saban Films, Lionsgate
Director: Sean Penn
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence including disturbing images of war atrocities, language, and brief sexuality
Screenwriter: Erin Dignam
Starring: Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Jared Harris, Jean Reno, Denise Newman
* Limited release and On Demand.
“The Last Face” centers around a love affair between Dr. Wren Petersen (Academy Award winner, Charlize Theron), the director of an international aid organization and Dr. Miguel Leon (Academy Award winner, Javier Bardem), a relief-aid doctor.
Set against the devastating backdrop of war-torn Liberia, Miguel and Wren must find a way to keep their relationship alive in extraordinarily difficult conditions battling their mutual passion for the value of life matched by the intensity of their diametrically opposed opinions on how best to solve the conflict that surrounds them.
Directed by Two-time Academy Award winner Sean Penn, “The Last Face” also stars Primetime Emmy nominee Jared Harris, and celebrated French actors Jean Reno and Adèle Exarchopoulos.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
MPAA Rating: PG (for Thematic Elements and some troubling images)
Starring: Al Gore
* Limited release, expands on August 4th.
A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Dave McCary
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, brief sexuality, drug material and teen partying
Screenwriters: Kevin Costello, Kyle Mooney
Starring: Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Greg Kinnear, Kate Lyn Sheil, Ryan Simpkins, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins
* Limited release.
Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: James (Kyle Mooney). When the show abruptly ends, James’s life changes forever, he sets out to finish the story himself and must learn to cope with the realities of a new world that he knows nothing about.
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