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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, May 30th. What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, May 30th. 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 30th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.)


Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas
Director: Arnaud des Pallières
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Mélusine Mayance, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross, Bruno Ganz, Denis Lavant, Roxane Duran, Paul Bartel, David Bennent, Swann Arlaud, Sergi Lopez, Amira Casar, Jacques Nolot, Christian Chaussex, Jean-Louis Coulloc’h, Laurent Delbecque, Guillaume Delaunay
Synopsis: “With the age of feudalism in decline, Europe rests at a tense crossroads between the old world and the new. Respected, well-to-do horse merchant Michael Kohlhaas is a loving husband and family man leading a peaceful existence, until a ruthless nobleman steals his horses, setting off a chain of irreversible events. Kohlhaas resorts to extremes after these crimes destroy his livelihood and trust in the law, igniting a rampage through the countryside in his quest for justice.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Phoenix

Director: PJ Raval
Synopsis: “The subjects of Before You Know It are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades and bold adventurers. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55 in the United States, many of whom face heightened levels of discrimination, neglect and exclusion. But Before is not a film about cold statistics and gloomy realities, it’s a film about generational trailblazers who have surmounted prejudice and defied expectation to form communities of strength, renewal and camaraderie—whether these communities be affable senior living facilities, lively activist enclaves or wacky queer bars brimming with glittered trinkets and colorful drag queens.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego and Detroit throughout June)

Directors: Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman 
Cast: David Krumholtz, Zachary Knighton, Jason Ritter, Melanie Lynskey, Gillian Jacobs, Ahna O’Reilly, Dale Dickey, French Stewart, Ned Beatty
Synopsis: “Three couples head to the desert to help their friend heal after the death of his mother. But when they learn that his idea of healing is asking to sleep with his best friends’ girlfriends — at the same time — his ludicrous request creates fallout amidst the entire group.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Director: Brian Netto
Cast: Laurel Vail, Danny Barclay, Rob Cobuzio
Synopsis: “In this unnerving chiller, Kyle and Rachel Massy are a young couple who have agreed to document their first pregnancy for a reality show. During the production and after moving to a new home, a series of unexplained phenomena start plaguing the couple, eventually derailing the production of the show. Rachel, growing increasingly paranoid, starts to believe that there might be something seriously wrong with their unborn bundle of joy.” [LA Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego and Indianapolis

Director: Petra Costa
Synopsis: “Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her seven year old sister. Two decades later, Petra also becomes an actress and goes to New York in search of Elena. At any moment Petra hopes to find Elena walking in the streets in a silk blouse. Gradually, the features of the two sisters are confused; we no longer know one from the other. When Petra finally finds Elena in an unexpected place, she has to learn to let her go.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Director: Livia De Paolis
Cast: Livia De Paolis, Michael Cristofer, Miles Chandler, Diane Guerrero, Carol Kane, Sônia Braga, Christine Ebersole, Daphne Rubin-Vega
Synopsis: “Elena Gallenti is an anthropology graduate student struggling to complete her thesis on ‘modern means of communication.’ All that changes when she meets her new boyfriend’s teenage kids, who are going through their own journeys of self-discovery. Through these relationships and the help of her PHD advisor, Elena comes to a better understanding of how to navigate love and intimacy in the digital age. Ultimately they develop a bond that strikes a balance between the old world and the new, and everyone’s longing to find true emotional sense in both.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Director: Jon S. Baird
Cast: James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell, Joanne Froggatt, Eddie Marsan, Emun Elliott, Jim Broadbent, Kate Dickie, Shirley Henderson, Ron Donachie, Martin Compston, Iain De Caestecker, David Soul, Pollyanna McIntosh, Shauna Macdonald, Gary Lewis, Natasha O’Keeffe, John Sessions, Brian McCardie
Synopsis: “Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson wants a promotion. He is clearly the best man for the job – the rest of his colleagues are just idiots. Annoyingly, there’s been a murder and Bruce’s boss wants results. No problem for Bruce. He’s in control and when he solves the case and wins the promotion, his wife will return to him. No problem. But is life that simple? Is Bruce the man he really thinks he is?”
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles, Seattle; Saskatoon, Vancouver, Victoria (opens in nine more states throughout June)

Director: Don McKellar
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Gordon Pinsent, Liane Balaban 
Synopsis: “A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract. When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into staying. As the doctor’s time in the village winds to a close, acting mayor Murray French has no choice but to pull out all the stops and begin The Grand Seduction.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Director: Sebastian Junger
Synopsis: “Korengal picks up where Restrepo left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war. Korengal explains how war works, what it feels like and what it does to the young men who fight it. As one soldier cheers when he kills an enemy fighter, another looks into the camera and asks if God will ever forgive him for all of the killing he has done. As one soldier grieves the loss of his friend in combat, another explains why he misses the war now that his deployment has ended, and admits he would go back to the front line in a heartbeat. Every bit as intense and affecting as Restrepo, Korengal goes a step further in bringing the war into people’s living rooms back home.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in various cities nationwide from June through August 1st)

Director: Megan Griffiths
Cast: Toni Collette, Ahna O’Reilly, Thomas Haden Church, Joanne Woodward, Oliver Platt, Amy Seimetz, Ryan Eggold, Lynn Shelton, Nina Arianda
Synopsis: “More interested in partying and flirting with young musicians than work, veteran rock journalist Ellie Klug has one last chance to prove her value to her magazine’s editor: a no-stone-unturned search to discover what really happened to long lost rock god, Matt Smith, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Teaming up with an eccentric amateur documentary filmmaker, Ellie hits the road in search of answers in this charming dramedy set against the vibrant Seattle indie music scene.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Director: Robert Stromberg
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple, Sharlto Copley, India Eisley, Miranda Richardson, Brenton Thwaites, Imelda Staunton, Sam Riley, Peter Capaldi, Jamie Sives, Lesley Manville, Toby Regbo, Kenneth Cranham
Synopsis: “As a young girl, Maleficent possessed radiant beauty and a pure heart. Her life in a quiet forest kingdom was a happy one until a fateful day when invading humans carved a swath of chaos throughout the land. Maleficent’s selfless heroism during those dark times would become the stuff of legend, though it was an unspeakable act of betrayal that would ultimately shape her into the dreaded Mistress of All Evil. That diabolical transformation begins to take place when the vengeful Maleficent seeks to defeat the noble invader’s successor, and places a curse on his infant daughter Aurora. Later, Maleficent discovers that the child she once cursed may possess the power to not only pull her back from the dark side, but to restore the peace in their battle-scarred land as well.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C- (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Director: Seth MacFarlane
Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Wes Studi, Evan Jones, Preston Bailey, Ralph Garman, Challen Cates, Dennis Haskins, Rex Linn
Synopsis: “After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Director: Kelly Reichardt
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg, Alia Shawkat, Peter Sarsgaard, James Le Gros, Katherine Waterston
Synopsis: “Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard star as radical activists surreptitiously plotting to blow up Oregon’s Green Peter Dam in an act of environmental sabotage. As their plan marches inexorably towards fruition, they soon discover that small steps have enormous consequences.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (19 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Director: Rajeev Nirmalakhandan
Cast: Chris Marquette, Rumer Willis, Brendon Sexton, Veronica Cartwright, Bruce Altman
Synopsis: “A twist on the well-known road movie genre, The Odd Way Home find the oddest of couples learning about themselves and each other as they wend their way across the American Southwest. Maya hits the road in Los Angeles, hoping to break a long cycle of domestic abuse and start a new life. When her car breaks down in a middle-of-nowhere town in New Mexico, she meets Duncan, a reclusive man with autism.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles
Director: Lukas Moodysson
Cast: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne, David Dencik
Synopsis: “From Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson, We are the Best! revolves around three girls in 1980’s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band — despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (13 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles; Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver (opens in various cities throughout June and July)

Missed last week’s? Here are all the releases from the weekend of May 23rd.

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