Whether you are on Team Iron Man or Team Captain America, there’s no arguing that this year’s biggest film is now available to watch from the comfort of your own home. But more than superheroics, this week’s new releases offers up something for everyone. Take a look!
When Captain America (Chris Evans) opposes UN oversight of the Avengers’ exploits, he finds his team splintered. And as he becomes determined to protect his old friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan)─a wanted man due to his suspected involvement in a deadly bombing─Cap is forced to lead his own superhero squad against a team assembled by former ally Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.). Action-packed Marvel Comics outing also stars Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, and Tom Holland as Spider-Man. 146 min.
Self-obsessed hip-hop sensation Connor4Real (Andy Samberg, who co-wrote) owns the world…or did, until his second solo album tanked critically and commercially. As his harried handlers try to keep him from going completely off the rails, he decides that salvaging his career requires an awkward reconciliation and reunion with his onetime boy-bandmates (co-writers/co-directors Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone). Incisive mockumentary from the Lonely Island lads also features Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack, and a slew of cameos. 87 min.
When an audacious armed bank heist results in millions gone and a dead guard, the lead FBI man (Christopher Meloni) on the case is pressured for results by his bosses as well as the institution’s outraged CEO (Bruce Willis). The deeper the investigation progresses, however, the more the frustrated fed’s convinced that the financier knows more than he’s telling. Crackling caper flick co-stars Dave Bautista, Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech, Lydia Hull. 104 min.
In the bleak, not-too-distant future, the local drive-in has gone through a radical change. Gone are the dancing hot dogs and soda pop. What’s left is a government-run concentration camp for misfits and the unemployed, who are inundated with a steady flow of junk food, bad music and bad movies. Ned Manning, Natalie Curry star. 92 min.
In the year 2005, the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons reaches its pinnacle as they vie for control of the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, the one thing in the universe that can stop the giant planet-devouring robot Unicron’s reign of destruction. ‘Til all are one! Feature-length animated actioner includes the voices of Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Eric Idle, Lionel Stander, and Orson Welles. 84 min.
Directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow explore the long and varied career of filmmaker Brian De Palma with this frank and informative documentary. Honest─brutally so at times─commentary from De Palma is intercut with clips from such films as “Carrie,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Blow Out,” Scarface,” “Body Double,” “The Untouchables,” and more to provide a fascinating overview of the work of a uniquely talented artist. 93 min.
London, 1977: When the Hodgson family begins to experience a series of strange and inexplicable supernatural events surrounding young Janet (Madison Wolfe), professional paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are called upon to investigate. Initially believing the girl is possessed by the spirit of a man who died in the house, the Warrens soon discover that there may be something far more evil at work. Frances O’Connor, Simon McBurney, Franka Potente also star in this spooky sequel. 134 min.