New movies in theaters this week feature Samuel L. Jackson as the President, a military dog with PTSD, Kate Winslet in a costume drama and more. Movies opening in limited release include “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” “Felt,” “Glass Chin,” and “7 Minutes.” Let’s take a closer look at the wide releases.
In the rugged countryside of Finland, young 13-year-old Oskari (the amazing Onni Tommila) embarks on a traditional quest to prove himself by spending 24 hours alone in the wild, armed with only a bow and arrow.
After witnessing a spectacular plane crash, he discovers the escape pod from Air Force One, containing the President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson). When they realize a group of kidnappers is hot on their trail with the intention of taking the President, this unlikely duo must escape their hunters as they search for the American Special Forces team sent to find them.
Jalmari Helander directs this action-thriller, which also stars Jim Broadbent, Ted Levine, Victor Garber, Felicity Huffman and Ray Stevenson.
Max is a precision-trained military dog who serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott (Robbie Amell). But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service.
Shipped stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin (Josh Wiggins). But Justin has issues of his own, including living up to his father’s expectations, and Max may be Justin’s only chance to discover what really happened to his brother that day on the front.
As Justin’s growing trust in Max helps the four-legged veteran revert back to his heroic self, the pair race against time to unravel the mystery. Directed by Boaz Yakin, this family movie also stars Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church and Jay Hernandez.
A LITTLE CHAOS
R for some sexuality and brief nudity | In Theaters 6/26 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Focus World | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels | A Little Chaos
This romantic costume drama follows Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet), a talented landscape designer who is building a garden at Versailles for King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman, one of my favorite actors who also directs this movie).
Sabine struggles with class barriers as she becomes romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape artist. This gorgeously filmed movie also stars Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts and Jennifer Ehle.
Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and co-star of this follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time (which still just floors me). Joined once again by Mark Wahlberg and fellow “Ted” writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane produces the live action/CG-animated comedy alongside Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, as well as John Jacobs and Jason Clark.
The story follows newlywed couple Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), who want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law.
This movie also stars Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis and Dennis Haysbert.
PG for some mild thematic material | In Theaters 6/26 | Ok for Kids 8+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels | Batkid Begins
This documentary explores why the intense outpouring of spontaneous support for a child reverberated around the world and became one of the biggest “good news stories” ever.
I think we can all agree that the world needs kids like Miles as much as he needs us. And that the Make-A-Wish folks really do help dreams come true.
JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.
Images in this feature used courtesy of the studios and distributors.