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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, May 23rd. What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, May 23rd. What Will You See?

These days, the number of indies premiering on a weekly basis can be both thrilling and intimidating. To help sift through the number of new releases (independent or otherwise), we’ve created the Weekly Film Guide. Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for today’s fresh offerings. 

Happy viewing!

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, May 23rd. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.)

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Cast: Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, James Earl Jones, Richard Kind, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Lee Garlington, Chris Gethard, Olga Merediz
Synopsis: “Some people have bad days. Henry Altmann (Robin Williams) has one every day. Always unhappy and angry at the world including everyone in it, Henry sits impatiently at the doctor’s office and is finally seen by Dr. Sharon Gill (Mila Kunis). Sharon, who is enduring her own bad day, reveals that Henry has a brain aneurysm. This news makes Henry even angrier, and he demands to know how much time he has left. Faced with Henry’s anger and insults, Sharon abruptly tells him he has only 90 minutes. Shocked and reeling by this news, Henry storms out of the office, leaving Sharon stunned by what she has just done in a lapse of judgment. As Sharon goes on a city-wide search, Henry struggles with his diagnosis, determined to make amends with everyone he has hurt in his life.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Blended
Director: Frank Coraci
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Bella Thorne, Terry Crews, Joel McHale, Lauren Lapkus, Kevin Nealon, Dan Patrick, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Emma Fuhrmann , Anna Colwell, Abdoulaye N’Gom, Kyle Red Silverstein, Susan Yeagley
Synopsis: “After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week.”
Criticwire Grade AverageC (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Cold in July
Director: Jim Mickle
Cast: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell
Synopsis: “How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (18 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

The Dance of Reality
Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Cast: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Axel Jodorowsky, Adan Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits, Bastian Bodenhofer, Andrés Cox, Cristobal Jodorowsky, Alizarine Ducolomb, Sergio Vargas, Patricio Brambilla, Juan Quezada, Adrián Salgado, Ítalo Tai, Eugenio Morales, Carlos Cantero, Luz Jiménez, Charles Bustos, Hugo Marín, Nelson González, Rorigo Orellana, Helen Tabilo, Demetrio Spataris, Verónica Power, Nicolás Deteran, Sergio Monge, Victor Toledo, Brittany Star, Ricardo Zepeda, Tomás Álvarez, Dilan Avendaño
Synopsis: “‘Having broken away from my illusory self, I was desperately seeking a path and a meaning to life.’ This phrase perfectly sums up Alejandro Jodorowsky’s biographical project: reconstituting the incredible adventure of his life. Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on edge of the Chilean desert, where this film was shot. It was there where he discovered the fundamentals of reality, as he underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

The Fatal Encounter
Director: Lee Jae-Kyoo
Cast: Hyun Bin, JaeYeong Jeong, JeongSeok Jo, JaeHyeon Jo, JiMin Han, SeongRyeong Kim, SungWoong Park
Synopsis: “In 1777, one year since he had taken reign, King Jeong-jo bears a perilous palace life with his dedicated court servant, Gap-soo, amidst opposition and threats from those around with political ambitions. Meanwhile, Eul-soo, a member of a secret assassin group, receives orders to kill Jeong-jo. Gap-soo, who had also been in the same secret assassin ring as Eul-soo, later confesses to Jeong-jo about his dark past and his motive for coming into the palace. To Gap-soo’s surprise, Jeong-jo asks Gap-soo when he had given up being an assassin, then orders him to just leave the palace. However, Gap-soo finds out that there is another assassin besides him and frantically returns to the court, only to discover Eul-soo in combat with Jeong-jo.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Fairfax (VA), Honolulu, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Toronto)

Frequencies
Director: Darren Paul Fisher
Cast: Daniel Fraser, Eleanor Wyld, Dylan Llewellyn, Georgina Minter-Brown, Owen Pugh, David Broughton-Davies, David Barnaby, Timothy Block, Ria Carroll, Tom England, Joanna Hole, Lily Laight
Synopsis: “What if physics determined the laws of attraction? In a parallel world where human frequencies determine luck, love, and destiny, Zak, a young college student, must overcome science in order to love Marie, who emits a different frequency than his own. In an attempt to make their love a reality, Zak experiments on the laws of nature, putting in danger the cosmic equilibrium of fate and everything he holds dear. This unique and experimental drama blends science fiction and romance to create a futuristic tale where love, science, and fate collide.”
Theatrical Release: Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
Director: Nicholas Wrathall
Synopsis: “No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall’s new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington DC on June 6th)

Grand Depart
Director: Nicolas Mercier
Cast: Pio Marmaï, Jérémie Elkaïm, Eddy Mitchell, Chantal Lauby, Charlotte de Turckheim, Zoé Félix
Synopsis: “Caught between an overbearing, manic-depressive brother and a father suffering from a neurodegenerative disease that is as funny as it is worrying, Romain no longer accepts to perform the role he has always played: the guy who does what’s expected of him without complaining. Now approaching thirty, it is high time that he finally deals with his crazy father, his cynical brother, and his own tendencies to repress his emotions and his feelings, in order to fully assume his normality.”
Theatrical Release: New York

The Hornet’s Nest
Director: David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud
Cast: Members of 101st Airborne, 2nd Battalion 8th Marine Regiment and the 187th Airborne “Rakkasans”
Synopsis: “Mike and Carlos have embedded with U.S. Forces fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan, amidst the constant threat of the Taliban. Their journey, The Hornet’s Nest, unfolds a true story of survival not only for the soldiers, but for a father and son team who seek to re-connect under the most harrowing of circumstances.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (nationwide on June 6th)

The Love Punch
Director: Joel Hopkins
Cast: Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Louise Bourgoin, Timothy Spall, Tuppence Middleton, Laurent Lafitte, Tom Morton, Marisa Berenson, Celia Imrie
Synopsis: “Ex-husband and wife Richard and Kate’s biting banter suggests that the flames of their former relationship have not been fully extinguished… Unfortunately the same cannot be said for their retirement nest egg which is wiped out when Richard’s investment firm is defrauded and the pension fund is siphoned away. Learning that the unscrupulous French financier behind the scheme has just purchased a $10 million diamond for his bride to be, the divorced duo grudgingly agree to set aside their differences, and hatch a plot to gate-crash the wedding and steal the rock.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa and Phoenix

My Words, My Lies – My Love (Lila Lila)
Director: Alain Gsponer
Cast: Daniel Brühl, Hannah Herzsprung, Henry Hübchen, Kirsten Block, Anna Maria Mühe
Synopsis: “David Kern is a socially awkward waiter who works a dead end job in a chic cafe. One day he stumbles upon the biggest break of his life, an unpublished manuscript which he finds in a jammed nightstand drawer. He reads the manuscript, and thinking there might be something to it, claims it as his own in order to impress Marie, a pretty literature student who frequents the cafe. The manuscript turns out to be a lost masterpiece. Marie is quite taken with this stunning new writer, and is not content to let the hefty document go unpublished, much to David’s dismay.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Return to the Hiding Place
Director: Peter C. Spencer
Cast: John Rhys-Davies, Mimi Sagadin , Craig Robert Young, David Thomas Jenkins, Rachel Spencer Hewitt, Suzy Brack, Joanie Stewart, Stass Klassen, Gary Moore, Louie Lawless, Steve Christopher, Charlie Jensen, Korey Simeone, Mark Boyd, Walt Sloan, Arlie Hammons
Synopsis: “When Corrie ten Boom realizes the rising Nazi empire will swallow Holland and create the holocaust of every innocent Jew in secret death-camps, she faces the deadly threat of these “Death-Skull Storm Troopers” with a surprising remedy: an army comprised of untrained teenagers. Around that same time, brilliant young physics student, Hans Poley, chooses not to join the Nazi party. To protect him, his parents force him into hiding in the home of Corrie ten Boom. While in hiding, he witnesses the atrocities toward the suffering Jews and decides he must do something.”
Theatrical Release: San Antonio; Washington, DC; Holland, MI; South Barrington, IL

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
Director: Sam Fleischner
Cast: Andrea Suarez, Jesus Valez, Azul Rodriguez, Tenoch Huerta, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Azul Zorrilla
Synopsis: “‘Stand Clear of the Closing Doors’ is the story of Ricky, a 13-year-old boy with autism, and his mother, Mariana. An undocumented immigrant from Mexico, Mariana works long days cleaning houses while Ricky, deeply imaginative but painfully isolated, struggles to cope. They live in Rockaway Beach, Queens along with Ricky’s rebellious older sister, Carla, and semi-absent father, Ricardo Sr. Carla doesn’t pick Ricky up from school one day and as he walks home alone, he is scolded by Mariana over the phone. Blocking out his mother’s wrath, he is swooned by a mysterious dragon figure into the subway. This marks the beginning of the young boy’s odyssey of self-discovery, where his confrontation with the bizarre, indifferent world of the subway pushes him to interact with the world. Mariana’s search brings her out into her neighborhood in new ways. She forms a new relationship with the beach and befriends a shopkeeper who knows her son. As days pass with no sign of Ricky and an impending hurricane, the divisions that the family has tried to ignore are brought to light.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

This is Where We Live
Director: Josh Barrett & Marc Menchaca
Cast: Ron Hayden, C.K. McFarland, Marc Menchaca, Tobias Segal, Frankie Shaw, Barry Corbin, Katherine Willis, Carolyn Gilroy
Synopsis: “Set in a small town in the Texas Hill Country, mother of two Diane Sutton (CK McFarland) is the caregiver to her twenty-five year old son August (Tobias Segal), who has cerebral palsy, and her husband Bob (Ron Hayden), who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. Her daughter Lainey (Frankie Shaw) is living at home and has distanced herself from the daily life of the family. Suffering her own chronic health issues, Diane is warned by her doctor to make changes to her daily routine, not just her full time job of working stock at a supermarket, but also the exhausting physical demands that August’s care presents: feeding, bathing, transferring him from the car to house, room to room, table to bed. After almost dropping August while carrying him onto the front porch on a recent return home from the store, Diane hires Noah Warden (Marc Menchaca) to build a wheelchair ramp up the steps to the house.”
Theatrical Release: Dallas

Words and Pictures
Director: Fred Schepisi
Cast: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Keegan Connor Tracy, Bruce Davison, Adam DiMarco, Valerie Tian
Synopsis: “Prep school English teacher Jack Marcus (Owen) laments his students’ obsession with social media and good grades rather than engaging with the power of the written word. A one-time literary star, Jack has not published in years filling his spare time with drink versus the art of language. He meets his match in Dina Delsanto (Binoche) — an abstract painter and new teacher on campus, who was once celebrated for her art. From the start, the two flirt and provoke each other with equal relish. With a performance review looming and his teaching job on the line, Jack hatches an inspired plan for galvanizing student interest in their studies: he declares a war between Words and Pictures, confident that the former can convey greater meaning than the latter. Dina and her art students accept the challenge between Jack and his English students, and the battle lines are drawn…”
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Halle Berry, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Daniel Cudmore, Adan Canto, Omar Sy, Evan Peters, Lucas Till, Josh Helman, Evan Jonigkeit
Synopsis: “The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ The beloved characters from the original ‘X-Men’ film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from ‘X-Men: First Class,’ in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (10 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Missed last week’s? Here are all the releases from the weekend of May 16th.

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