Jordan Peele‘s race-driven thriller and Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine swan song are among this week’s stellar offerings. Along with the blockbusters, this week also sees the debut of a family movie sequel, a documentary about a Hollywood star gone too soon, and much more. Take a look at what titles are now available.
Comedian Jordan Peele wrote and directed this unusual and topical horror tale about Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man about to meet his white girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) parents for the first time. The trip to Rose’s family estate begins with some uncomfortable racial tension but quickly turns into a fight for survival as Chris becomes the unwilling subject of a bizarre procedure that could cost him his mind. With Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener.
It’s the year 2029, and much of the world’s mutant population has succumbed to a genocidal, man-made virus. As a down-and-out Logan (Hugh Jackman, in his final appearance as the character) comes to terms with his failing healing factor, he and an ailing Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) must protect Laura (Dafne Keen)–a young genetically bred mutant with powers similar to Logan’s–from the evil organization that created her. With Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant.
Director Zhang Yimou’s fantasy-tinged action epic stars Matt Damon as William Garin, a European mercenary in China during the Song Dynasty. Taken prisoner by an elite group of Chinese soldiers, Garin and his compatriot Pero Tovar (Pedro Pascal) soon find themselves aiding their captors in their desperate struggle to defend the Great Wall from the Tao Tei, monstrous creatures that launch an attack once every 60 years. Jing Tian, Andy Lau, and Willem Dafoe also star in this American/Chinese production
I Am Heath Ledger is a feature-length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger: actor, artist and icon. The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey -extravagant in gesture and in action. It was his creative energy and unshakable willingness to take risks that instilled such an extraordinarily deep love and affection in the people that entered his life.
In the Tibetan Himalayas, young mastiff Bodi (voiced by Luke Wilson) was set to meet his ancestral duties as a shepherd…until a radio dropped by a passing plane introduced him to the wonders of rock and roll. Given leave to follow his dreams of musical glory, he makes his way to civilization and an apprenticeship with legendary rocker Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard)…but will there be a price to pay for leaving his flock unprotected? Fun animated feature based on a Chinese graphic novel also features the voices of J.K. Simmons, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson, Matt Dillon.
Charming sequel finds German Shepherd Max in Washington, D.C., working as a Secret Service dog. When the president’s son (Zane Austin) and the daughter (Francesca Capaldi) of a visiting foreign leader stumble upon a plot that could spell trouble for both countries, they enlist the brave and loyal Max’s help as they try to avoid an international incident. Lochlyn Munro, Andrew Kavadas, Reese Alexander, Carrie Genzel also star.
Hell hath no fury? Best believe it, as proved by this pulse-pounding portmanteau of shock stories about–and written and directed by–women. A mother tries to comprehend the force driving her family to starve themselves in Jovanka Vuckovic’s “The Box”; a hausfrau tries to hide her husband’s corpse rather than wreck her daughter’s celebration in Annie (St. Vincent) Clark’s “The Birthday Party”; hikers are stalked by a supernatural force in Roxanne Benjamin’s “Don’t Fall”; and a single mom has to confront the truth of her violent kid’s parentage in Karyn Kusama’s “Her Only Living Son.” Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool, Christina Kirk star.