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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 13th. What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 13th. 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, June 13th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.)

Burning Bush
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Cast: Tatiana Pauhofová, Jaroslava Pokorná, Petr Stach, Vojtech Kotek
Synopsis: “This epic, long-form docudrama by acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland (made for HBO Europe as a three-part miniseries) chronicles the political, legal, and moral fallout that followed after Czech student protestor Jan Palach set himself on fire in protest against government repression in 1969.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

22 Jump Street
Directors: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Dave Franco, Nick Offerman, Peter Stormare, Rob Riggle, Wyatt Russell, Richard Grieco, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, Jimmy Tatro
Synopsis: “After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (12 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

All Cheerleaders Die
Directors: Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson
Cast: Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Tom Williamson, Reanin Johannink, Amanda Grace Cooper, Leigh Parker, Jordan Wilson, Nicholas S. Morrison, Chris Petrovski
Synopsis: “A rebel girl signs up a group of cheerleaders to help her take down the captain of their high school football team, but a supernatural turn of events thrusts the girls into a different battle.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, Tampa

Alone Yet Not Alone
Directors: Ray Bengston and George D. Escobar
Cast: Kelly Greyson, Natalie Racoosin, Jenn Gotzon, Clay Walker, Ozzie Torres, Tony Wade
Synopsis: “Fleeing religious persecution in Germany, the Leininger family seeks a new start in uncharted country – America. It is the mid-1700s and British and French forces are struggling for control over the abundant resources of this new territory. Despite the escalating tension mounting around them, the Leiningers give thanks and praise for the sparkling streams and majestic forests around Penns Creek and above all, their freedom to worship. Carving out a homestead can be arduous work, but the Leiningers labor joyfully. After all, what the land will not yield, the cherished family Bible would, providing the everlasting nourishment of God’s promise. Then the unthinkable.”
Theatrical Release: Wide

The Amazing Catfish
Director: Claudia Sainte-Luce
Cast: Lisa Owen, Ximena Ayala, Sonia Franco, Wendy Guillén, Andrea Baeza, Alejandro Ramírez-Muñoz
Synopsis: “22-year-old Claudia lives alone in Guadalajara. One night, she ends up in the emergency room with signs of appendicitis. There she meets Martha, lying on the bed next to her. 46-year-old Martha has four children and endless lust for life, in spite of her illness. Moved by the lonely young woman, Martha invites Claudia to come and live with her when she leaves the hospital. At first, Claudia is bewildered by the somewhat chaotic organization of the household, but soon she finds her place in the tribe. And while Martha is getting weaker, Claudia’s bond with each member of the family gets stronger day by day.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (3 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego and Las Cruces, NM through July 4th)

A Coffee in Berlin
Director: Jan Ole Gerster
Cast: Tom Schilling, Marc Hosemann, Friederike Kempter, Inga Birkenfeld, Martin Brambach, Annika Ernst, Michael Gwisdek, Katharina Hauck, Robert Hofmann, Steffen Jürgens, Rolf Peter Kahl, Arnd Klawitter, Frederick Lau, Leander Modersohn, Ulrich Noethen, Andreas Schröders, Katharina Schüttler, Theo Trebs, Justus von Dohnányi, Mayra Wallraff
Synopsis: “‘A Coffee in Berlin’ paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. Then on one fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes: his girlfriend rebuffs him, his father cuts off his allowance, and a strange psychiatrist dubiously confirms his ’emotional imbalance’.  Meanwhile, a former classmate insists she bears no hard feelings toward him for his grade-school taunts when she was ‘Roly Poly Julia,’ but it becomes increasingly apparent that she has unfinished business with him. Unable to ignore the consequences of his passivity any longer, Niko finally concludes that he has to engage with life.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington
Director: Riley Morton
Synopsis: “Against the backdrop of the 40-year-old ‘War on Drugs’, the state of Washington becomes a key battleground in the fight for cannabis prohibition reform. A growing medical pot industry paves the way for cultural change, while an unprecedented team of political superstars and local celebrities put forth a plan, known as Initiative 502, that they hope will balance the delicate politics of the region and stand a chance to pass in the November elections. But many in the local cannabis community are vehemently opposed to I-502, saying it imposes harsh and scientifically arbitrary DUI laws, new taxes, additional restrictions and penalties that negatively impact youth, medical marijuana patients and providers.”
Theatrical Release: New York (expansion: Denver, June 20th; Seattle, June 27th)

Heli
Director: Amat Escalante
Cast: Armando Espitia, Linda González, Juan Eduardo Palacios, Andrea Vergara
Synopsis: “Heli lives in a tiny house on the Mexican plain. His life involves taking care of his young wife and sister and trying to do right by working an honest job at a factory. His younger sister is only 12 years old and has an older boyfriend who has just joined the army. A stupid decision by the young cadet sends Heli’s whole family cascading down a hellish path of violence and destruction. Once events are set in motion there is no escaping the carnage that results from a society ruled by men with guns.” [AFI FEST]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (21 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and San Diego (opens in: Chicago, June 27th; San Francisco, August 8th; Seattle, August 22nd)

Hellion
Director: Kat Candler
Cast: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner, Jonny Mars, Walt Roberts, Annalee Jefferies, Dalton Sutton, Camron Owens, Dylan Cole
Synopsis: “When motocross and heavy metal obsessed, 13-year-old Jacob’s delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother Wes with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent father must finally take responsibility for their actions and each other in order to bring Wes home.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (11 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to fifteen states and Washington DC through August 8th)

How to Train Your Dragon 2
Director: Dean DeBlois
Cast: Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Jay Baruchel, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson
Synopsis: “The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (11 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

I Am I
Director: Jocelyn Towne
Cast: Simon Helberg, Jason Ritter, Jocelyn Towne, Kevin Tighe, James Morrison
Synopsis: “‘I Am I’ is the story of a young woman, Rachael, who meets her estranged father Gene at her mother’s funeral. Eager to get to know her father, Rachael later tracks him down at an assisted living home only to realize that Gene suffers from memory loss and thinks he is still a young man. He has no recollection of having a daughter and instead is convinced that Rachael is actually her mother. After trying and failing to make him remember her, Rachael eventually decides to go along with her father’s delusions by pretending to be her mother in order to get to know him. Before long, Rachael is visiting Gene every day, finding new ways to bring elements from his past into their present relationship. What began as a search for understanding has become romantic and joyful, but it can’t go on forever.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Ivory Tower
Director: Andrew Rossi
Synopsis: “‘Ivory Tower’ questions the purpose of higher education in an era when the price of college has increased more than for any other service in the U.S. economy since 1978. While many college graduates struggle to find menial employment waiting tables and cleaning toilets, new student loans over the next 10 years will total $184 billion. Even the once-heroic, tuition-free holdout Cooper Union in New York City now charges students, thanks in large part to hedge fund loans and flashy facilities costing more than $170 million.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington, DC through July 4th)

The Human Race
Director: Paul Hough
Cast: Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Eddie McGee, Trista Robinson, T.Arthur Cottam, Celine Tien, Fred Coury, Noel Britton, B. Anthony Cohen, J. Louis Reid, Richard Gale, Luke Y. Thompson, Tiana Smith-Jones, Brianna Lauren Jackson, Domiziano Arcangeli
Synopsis: “Eighty people from totally diverse backgrounds suddenly find themselves in an undisclosed location where they are expected to compete in a race with simple rules, “If you are lapped twice, you die. If you step off the path, you die. Race… or die.” Will it be survival of the fittest or a show of humanity?”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Lullaby
Director: Andrew Levitas
Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Brown Findlay, Amy Adams, Terrence Howard, Terrence Howard
Synopsis: “Estranged from his family, Jonathan discovers his father has decided to take himself off life support in forty-eight hours’ time. During this intensely condensed period, a lifetime of drama plays out. Robert fights a zero sum game to reclaim all that his illness stole from his family. A debate rages on patients’ rights and what it truly means to be free. Jonathan reconciles with his father, reconnects with his mother, sister, and his love and reclaims his voice through two unlikely catalysts – a young, wise-beyond-her-years patient and a no-nonsense nurse. Through this intensely life affirming prism, an unexpected and powerful journey of love, laughter, and forgiveness unfolds.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (3 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Scottsdale and Seattle

Manuscripts Don’t Burn
Director: Mohammad Rasoulof
Synopsis: “Shot covertly in Iran, the story revolves around two overlapping centers: a desperate father who seeks money for his ailing child through work as a contract killer; and a small circle of aging writers menaced by the secret service, in the person of a powerful agent with much to lose by the threatened publication of certain manuscripts. A cat-and-mouse game ensues against a backdrop of generational amnesia and popular indifference, as brutality overwhelms conscience and despotism haunts the oblivious streets.” [San Francisco International Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Murder101
Director: Michael Phillip Edwards
Cast: Tom Sizemore, Dante Basco, Sheldon Robins, Paige La Pierre, Jasmine Waltz, Percy Daggs III, Daniela Dib
Synopsis: “When a brilliant female law student Fiona Reid signs up for Professor Mark Sloan’s criminology class, she quickly realizes she has signed on for more than what she bargained for. Within days of Fiona joining the class, a series of sickeningly violent random killings rise up striking fear in the hearts of the local college town student body. The Detective believes a mass murderer has come to town. With a passion for solving crime, fueled by the unsolved murder of her father’s death at the hands of a mass murderer days before she was born, Fiona sets about the task of catching the town’s new mass murderer.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Policeman
Director: Nadav Lapid
Cast: Ben Adam, Michael Aloni, Meital Barda, Gal Hoyberger, Yiftach Klein, Michael Moshonov, Menashe Noy, Yaara Pelzig, Rona-Lee Shim’on, Shaul Mizrahi
Synopsis: “Yaron, an elite special operations squad leader, is the spiritual leader and alpha male among his peers, a small, highly trained team that is part of the Israeli Defense Ministry’s Anti-Terrorism unit. Like a band of brothers, these men work, play, laugh, and cry together. They are true patriots; they love their country, their families, and each other. Yaron is ambitious and energetic, but a cyclone of emotions consumes him. His wife is expecting their first child, and the failing health of a team member weighs on his soul as the men contend with an unforgivable accident resulting from a miscalculation during a recent rescue mission, and the price that must be paid as a result of this.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

The Rover
Director: David Michôd
Cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy, David Field, Anthony Hayes, Tawanda Manyimo, Jamie Fallon, Gillian Jones, Susan Prior, Richard Green
Synopsis: “David Michôd writes and directs this post-apocalyptic western about a lone wolf drifter who joins forces with a wounded man to pursue a sadistic band of thieves. A decade after the collapse of the western world, Australia has become a lawless wasteland. As desperate outsiders pillage the country’s precious mineral resources, taciturn Eric (Guy Pearce) travels from town to town searching for signs of life.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands nationwide June 20th)

The Signal
Director: William Eubank
Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Laurence Fishburne, Sarah Clarke, Lin Shaye, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp
Synopsis: “Nick and Jonah are MIT freshmen with a passion for hacking. While driving cross-country through Nevada with Nick’s girlfriend, Hailey, they follow rival hacker Nomad’s clues to a location 180 miles away. After a terrifying confrontation with Nomad in the middle of the desert, the trio regain consciousness in captivity. Struggling to comprehend the true nature of their confinement, they discover they are part of a plot much larger than themselves.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: 

Test
Director: Chris Mason Johnson
Cast: Kevin Clarke, Kristoffer Cusick, Matthew Risch, Damon K. Sperber, Scott Marlowe, Rory Hohenstein, James Sofranko
Synopsis: “San Francisco, 1985. Two opposites attract at a modern dance company. Together, their courage and resilience are tested as they navigate a world full of risks and promise, against the backdrop of a disease no one seems to know anything about.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles

Violette
Director: Martin Provost
Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Catherine Hiegel, Olivier Gourmet, Olivier Py, Jacques Bonaffe
Synopsis: “Emmanuelle Devos gives an astonishing performance as the volatile, bisexual, pioneering feminist writer Violette Leduc, whose stormy life intersected with the giants of the post-war French literary world–Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Jean Genet, Jean-Paul Sartre.” [LA Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to nine states and Washington DC through mid-August)

Witching & Bitching
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Cast: Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepón Nieto, Secun de la Rosa, Carmen Maura, Javier Botet, Carolina Bang, Carlos Areces, Macarena Gómez, María Barranco, Terele Pávez, Enrique Villén
Synopsis: “When a bank heist in the city doesn’t all go according to plan, José and Tony find themselves in possession of some hostages and speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, José has also brought his son along, for both the robbery and the ride. Little do they know that this is only the beginning of their troubles. When they decide to make a stop in a small tavern in the Basque countryside, the group encounters a series of local wackos. Falling victim to a mysterious spell, they soon find themselves the honored guests of a fractured family of witches who are preparing for an ancient ritual.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Miami

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