Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You) takes the reins of this
adaptation of author Bill Bryson’s book about returning to the United
States after two decades in England and deciding to reconnect by hiking
the Appalachian Trail with an old friend (Nick Nolte).
We Are Your Friends, from co-writer and director Max Joseph (of documentary feature 12 Years of DFA: Too Old to Be New, Too New to Be Classic),
taps Zac Efron to lead a collective in the San Fernando Valley
with dreams of gaining fame and fortune on the grandest of scales.
Director Craig Zobel (Compliance) and screenwriter Nissar Modi (Breaking at the Edge)
transform Robert C. O’Brien’s post-apocalyptic science-fiction tale
into an intimate story of cautious rebirth with a highly charged ménage á
trois that everyone knows cannot maintain and bear meaningful fruit for
Owen Wilson and Lake Bell topline co-writer and director John Erick
Dowdle’s action-thriller about an American family settling into a new
home overseas who must go on the run with their children when a coup
attempt plunges the country into turmoil.
By now we have become used to actors venturing behind the camera and
even the occasional musician eager to pursue their crossover dreams, but
Simeon Rice, the director of Unsullied, seeks to bulldoze his
way from the football field.
Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes the Barley) continues to offer audiences his British socialist outsider narratives, this time delving into the Depression-Era return of Jimmy Gralton (Barry Ward) to his home in Ireland after a decade spent in exile in the United States.
An Adventureland reunion breaks out in Project X director Nima Nourizadeh’s new movie about a stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) who turns out to be a stone-cold licensed-to-kill government agent deemed to be off the reservation.
Kahlil Gibran’s seminal work gets reimagined as a documentary essay by Gary Tarn (Black Sun) that seeks to illustrate the themes of love, life and loss that The Prophet addressed through its powerful mix of prose and poetry-laced essays, with Thandie Newton providing narration.
Death comes a-calling, and it seems intent on seducing the twin sons (Robert Daniel Sloan and Dartanian Sloan) of a mother (Shannyn Sossamon) who has moved her family to a remote rural house with a connection to a dark past.
One of the few missed opportunities for me from last year’s Toronto International Film Festival from Anne Fontaine (the writer/director of Coco Before Chanel), Gemma Bovery dances along the demarcations that seek to define comedy, drama and romance.