CityBeat - Movie Previews <![CDATA[Francofonia - ]]> Historical perspective allows us to consider the true power and glory of art during moments of great human crises. ]]> <![CDATA[Keanu - ]]> The television sketch comedy princes Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele seemingly abdicated their crowns at the height of their reign with the intention of tackling other formats (although sticking to making us laugh, rather than straying into more dramatic fare).]]> <![CDATA[Mother's Day - ]]> I feel like I might have to accept some level of responsibility for the ensemble comedy from Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman), since I, along with just about every other critic in the game, joked about his seeming desire to pander to audiences with holiday-themed rom-coms.]]> <![CDATA[Papa: Hemingway in Cuba - ]]> Imagine a fantastic true story that feels like it can’t be real. In 1959, toiling away at a newspaper, Ed Myers (Giovanni Ribisi) pens a letter to Ernest Hemingway (Adrian Sparks) that gets sent by a co-worker to Havana, Cuba, where the great writer enjoys a life of unparalleled celebrity and a sense of self-satisfaction.]]> <![CDATA[Ratchet & Clank - ]]> This animated adventure follows the timeworn blueprint of an impending galactic threat that must be met and thwarted by a steely resistance augmented by the presence of a lowly figure and a robot ally.]]> <![CDATA[Elvis & Nixon - ]]> Just in time for election season comes a film that fuses the grandeur of history with a surreal comedy scheme seemingly made for the modern era.]]> <![CDATA[Everybody Wants Some!! - ]]> Moving on from Boyhood, filmmaker Richard Linklater follows a wayward collection of college baseball players attempting to strike a balance between freedom and responsibility at a time when their only concern would seem to be enjoying and maintaining the good-time ride they’re on. ]]> <![CDATA[The Huntsman: Winter's War - ]]> To follow up Snow White & The Huntsman, the decision was made to delve into the complex history between the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and the evil queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron). ]]> <![CDATA[A Hologram for the King - ]]> Writer-director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) might seem to be an unlikely choice to steer this seemingly pedestrian human drama about an American businessman (Tom Hanks) on the decline who concocts a scheme to reclaim his footing by traveling to Saudi Arabia to pitch an idea to a wealthy monarch. ]]> <![CDATA[The Adderall Diaries - ]]> Stephen Elliott (James Franco) enjoys the typical successes of a big-city writer hovering on the margins of true fame. ]]> <![CDATA[Criminal - ]]> It would be too easy to roll your eyes at the trailer for Ariel Vromen’s Criminal and assume it’s just another in a long line of body-switching knockoffs, or worse still, peg it as Kevin Costner’s latest stab at a Liam Neeson reinvention as an aging action hero (reminiscent of 3 Days to Kill). ]]> <![CDATA[The Jungle Book - ]]> Disney should celebrate the day they first teamed up with Jon Favreau as a national holiday.]]> <![CDATA[The Boss - ]]> Melissa McCarthy slips into Martha Stewart mode in The Boss, co-written and directed by her husband Ben Falcone (Tammy). Michelle Darnell (McCarthy) might be a captain of industry, but she’s also crass and completely opportunistic, which leads to getting caught up in an insider trading deal gone wrong. ]]> <![CDATA[City of Gold - ]]> Rare indeed that a feature documentary takes as its focus the life, times and experiences of a critical force, especially within the restaurant world, but Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold does not limit himself to mere discussions about food, so why should a film about him do so? ]]> <![CDATA[Hardcore Henry - ]]> Picking up, in theory, where the 2009 sci-fi action-thriller Gamer (starring Gerard Butler) left off, screenwriter-director Ilya Naishuller (helmer of the video short Biting Elbows: Bad Motherfucker) drops viewers into the first-person perspective of Henry.]]> <![CDATA[Midnight Special - ]]> Scale matters. Writer-director Jeff Nichols has kept close and tight reins on an outsized vision in his previous films.]]> <![CDATA[Eye in the Sky - ]]> Director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) sets his sights on the unnerving topicality of the war on terror in Eye in the Sky, his latest release.]]> <![CDATA[God's Not Dead 2 - ]]> The debate about the state of spiritual affairs continues in the latest release from Harold Cronk, the helmer behind God Is Not Dead! and God’s Not Dead. ]]> <![CDATA[I Saw the Light - ]]> Up till now, talented Brit Tom Hiddleston has been known for his mischief-making turn as the trickster god Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.]]> <![CDATA[Krisha - ]]> Arriving in theaters with the eerily familiar dysfunctional family dynamic firmly in place, Krisha certainly is a difficult film to like or recommend in the traditional sense, but what writer-director Trey Edward Shults has birthed here is something that demands to be seen. ]]>