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Catch This Week’s Limited Releases Opening In Theaters This Weekend

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Indie films hardly get the public recognition they deserve outside of the circle of internationally known film festivals, or national premieres outside of New York City or Los Angeles (the recently released Mr. Holmes with Sir Ian McKellen and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence serve as perfect examples). But that’s not to say I wouldn’t recommend seeing any of these. This week several such projects will be seeing limited releases on big screens across the country. First on the list is Grandma from writer/director Paul Weitz (About A Boy, In Good Company), which follows a young teenager, Sage, as she goes to her grandmother, Elle Reid, for help when finding herself in a tight spot. The two embark on a day-long journey of self discovery and life reflection that brings both a sense of comfort and motivation to the audience. Actresses Lily Tomlin (Nine to Five, I Heart Huckabees), Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), and Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Into The Wild) will be leading the cast on this one. Next on the list is The Last Picture Show director Peter Bogdanovich‘s She’s Funny That Way, starring Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, Filth), Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, Midnight in Paris), Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses, We’re The Millers), and Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty). Given the plot of this one revolves around a love-triangle on the set of a Broadway production in New York, I would recommend this one as a good date-night movie. Last, but not least, is another romantic comedy (you would think it’s Valentine’s Day weekend!) called Some Kind of Beautiful from director Tom Vaughn (What Happens in Vegas, Extraordinary Measures). Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, The Thomas Crown Affair), Salma Hayek (From Dusk Til Dawn, Desperado), Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Awake), and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, The Artist) lead the cast in this tale of a Cambridge poetry professor who comes to a type of midlife crises when he begins to reevaluate his life. All three selections are rated R due to some pretty heavy content, but I think they are all definitely worth seeing, so be sure to check your local theater listings for showtimes in your area, and as always…Enjoy!!

Director Judd Apatow’s ‘Trainwreck’ With Amy Schumer Now Playing

The new comedy from director Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Pineapple Express), Trainwreck, is now playing in theaters. Star Amy Schumer (Mostly Sex Stuff, Inside Amy Schumer) wrote the script about a commitment-scared woman who pours all her time into work until she meets a new guy and must choose between her independent lifestyle or a committed relationship. Actors Bill Hader (SuperBad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, The Gambler), and Tilda Swinton (Burn After Reading, The Grand Budapest Hotel) make up the supporting cast, plus a special appearance by NBA star Lebron James. Watch the trailer here on MADE, then see it in theaters this weekend. Other new features opening this week include Mr. Holmes with Ian McKellen and comedy veteran Woody Allen’s Irrational Man. Enjoy!

New Drama ‘Mr. Holmes’ Opening In Theaters This Friday, July 17th


This weekend, alongside Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck with Bill Hader and Woody Allen’s Irrational Man with Joaquin Phoenix, movie-goers will also be able to see a literary icon return to the big screen in the form of director Bill Condon‘s new drama Mr. Holmes. Condon (Gods and Monsters, The Fifth Estate) directs Oscar-nominee Ian McKellen (X-Men, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) in an adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s A Slight Trick of the Mind, that finds a retired Sherlock Holmes toying over an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman and a confrontation with an angry husband. Fellow Oscar-nominee Laura Linney (The Truman Show, Mystic River) and Hiroyuki Sanada (Rush Hour 3, The Wolverine) make up the supporting cast. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy the weekend line-up!

New Trailer For Upcoming Sherlock Holmes Drama ‘Mr. Holmes’ With Ian McKellen


Sir Ian McKellen has played some pretty iconic characters in his career as an actor, especially in modern cinema, portraying mythical characters like Gandalf, the wizard, and Magneto in the X-Men film franchise, to historical figures like Richard III, Hamlet, and David Copperfield. 2015 will now see the two-time Oscar-nominee take on another literary legend in the form of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. The film will be titled Mr. Homlmes, and will find the famous inspector an old man living with his son and housekeeper in Sussex and reflecting on his life’s work while still trying to grapple with an unsolved case he encountered 50 years earlier. Included in the supporting cast is Academy Award-nominee Laura Linney (The Truman Show, Mystic River), Hattie Morahan (The Bank Job, Summer In February), Patrick Kennedy (Atonement, War Horse), and Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai, The Wolverine). The script comes screenwriter Jeffery Hatcher (Casanova, The Duchess) and is an adaptation of the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by author Mitch Cullen, with director Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, The Fifth Estate) behind the camera. Check out the new trailer here on MADE. The film is expected to hit theaters this summer.

New Sequels For ‘The Hobbit’ And ‘Night At The Museum’ Opening December 19th


This December 19th will see the final installment of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit series open in theaters, this one subtitled The Battle of the Five Armies. Following the conclusion of author J.R.R. Tolkein‘s book, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) come to an epic battle between the Dwarfs and the dragon Smaug. Actors Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, and Richard Armitage also appear in the film. Also opening on December 19th is the final installment of the Night At The Museum film series, this time subtitled Secret of the Tomb. Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, and Owen Wilson all return for the movie in their respective roles as Larry (the security guard), President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, and outdoorsman, hunter, and trader Jedediah Smith. Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis will also appear in the modern-update of Annie on the 19th, so mark your calenders and go check out this year’s Holiday movie line-up for yourself!

Final Installment In ‘The Hobbit’ Series Opens In Theaters This December


The third and final installment in Peter Jackson‘s new film trilogy The Hobbit is scheduled to open in theaters this December 17th. Subtitled The Battle of the Five Armies, the movie will close out the over-extended film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s pre-Lord of the Rings adventure that follows the hobbit Bilbo Baggins after he is recruited by the wizard, Gandalf, to assist Thorin and his band of dwarfs in reclaiming a lost treasure from the ancient dragon Smaug. The first two installments were subtitled An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug, and brought back from Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy actors Ian McKellen (Gandalf-X2: X-Men United, The Da Vinci Code), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Orlando Bloom (Legolas-Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), Christopher Lee (Saruman-Sleepy Hollow, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith), Hugo Weaving (Elrond-The Matrix, V for Vendetta), and Ian Holm (older Bilbo-Alien, The Fifth Element). Jackson adapted the screenplay for The Hobbit movies with returning Lord of the Rings collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and writer/director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy). Some cinemas will be playing all three Hobbit films this holiday season to celebrate the Battle of the Five Armies release, and there are rumors flying around all over the web that a teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be played during the previews for The Hobbit. So if you are a fan of Jackson or Tolkien by all means go and catch the final film on the big screen this holiday season. You can watch the trailer right here on MADE.

Bryan Singer Will Return To Direct ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

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Even though word of X-Men: Apocalypse was released well before we saw the latest X-Men installation, Days of Future Past, hit theaters this summer, word on whether or not director Bryan Singer would stay on to do Apocalypse was still not clear. Singer directed Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart in the original X-Men blockbuster in 1999, and stayed on to direct X2: X-Men United in 2002, but his involvement with the franchise had since then been nonexistent until he finally returned with the original cast to direct Days of Future Past this year, and according to recent news reports, he has also agreed to stay on and direct Apocalypse as well. Days of Future Past not only included Singer’s original cast, but also the cast of X-Men: First Class, which explored the origins or the relationship between Charles Xavier and Eric Lehnsherr as they formed the group of original X-Men and included such big names as James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence. Although the plot details are not set in stone at this point, judging by the preliminary cast listings, I think it’s safe to say that we won’t see as much of the original cast this time, with the exception of Hugh Jackman, who will appear on film as the Wolverine for the seventh time. Singer is currently working on the script for Apocalypse with X2 writers Dan Harris and Mike Dougherty, as well as writer Simon Kinberg, and the movie is already set for release on May 27, 2016, so we should be getting more news coming out soon. Stay tuned.

‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ In Theaters This Weekend

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On top of the great weather in the forecast for this weekend, and SoundSet happening on Sunday in Minneapolis, what else could make this Memorial Day weekend even more memorable? How about the return of the X-Men to the big screen! Today (Friday) will see Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, and Halle Berry returning to theaters for their long-awaited return to the X-Men universe in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer, who directed the original X-Men film, along with X2: X-Men United, has brought back his original cast, as well as the cast of X-Men: First Class, which includes Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Jennifer Lawrence, into one big X-Men bash that revolves around a time-traveling plot for the purposes of preventing the war of mutants against humanity. While it is the return for Singer, the plot does include details of the characters that we have seen in previous X-Men installments, including the most recent The Wolverine and X-Men: First Class, so you may want to catch up on some of the details before you go and see this one. Either way, it should make for a great movie-going experience. Happy Memorial Day, and as always….Enjoy!

‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Hits Theaters This May 23rd


Bryan Singer is returning to the X-Men franchise this month with the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. The film reunites Singer’s original X-Men cast, including Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Halle Berry with the cast of X-Men: First Class, which includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence. Nothing much to say about the plot with the movie only two weeks from release, so just watch the trailer and then go watch the movie, and as always…enjoy!

The Wolf of Wall Street, Secret Life of Walter Mitty In Theaters Christmas Day

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This December has already seen a swarm of new movies, and it’s not even Christmas day yet! Earlier in the month the Coen Brothers’ musical drama Inside Llewyn Davis came out to theaters starring Oscar Isaac, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake. The film follows a young singer/songwriter in the middle of the folk scene of 1960s Greenwich Village and has already received 3 Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Oscar Isaac), and Best Original Song. Also in theaters is the second installment of director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, this one sub-titled The Desolation of Smaug. The film picks up where the first left off, and along with Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett, also brings Orlando Bloom back to the Tolkien world from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. Anchorman 2 and American Hustle both come out this week, and are most likely to be the big holiday hits for the 2013 season.

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Hustle is Christian Bale’s second film for this month following the violent crime-drama Out of the Furnace from director Scott Cooper and co-starring Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck. Mary Poppins has also found her way back to the big screen this year in the form of Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s new movie Saving Mr. Banks, which was highlighted at the major film festivals earlier this year and is finally being released to the public for the holiday season. The big Christmas Day releases this year, however, include the controversial new film from director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street, which follows the life and crimes of Jordan Belfort, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which was directed by and stars Ben Stiller in the lead role of a man who goes on a global adventure after his job is threatened. Both these films are sure to do well at the box office, with Mitty already having received a nomination for Best Picture at the New York Film Festival and Wolf receiving Golden Globe nods for Best Actor (DiCaprio) and Best Picture.

With all this talk about film it almost makes you forget Christmas is coming, but if you have any time this holiday season, check out your local movie theater; there is guaranteed to be something you like showing!!!