Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 15. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: James Badge Dale, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens, Matt Letscher
Synopsis: "An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos."
Norm of the North
Director: Trevor Wall
Cast: Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Gabriel Iglesias, Loretta Devine, Michael McElhatton, Colm Meaney, Bill Nighy, Zachary Gordon
Synopsis: "A polar bear of many words, Norm’s greatest gripe is simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do…he heads to New York City to stop it. With a cast of ragtag lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business and a big identity crisis to save the day."
Ride Along 2
Director: Tim Story
Cast: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Sherri Shepherd
Synopsis: "As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who’s supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product."
Director: Matt Osterman
Cast: Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Ben Feldman, Dane Cook, Tom Cavanagh, and Grant Bowler
Synopsis: "Centers on four astronauts sent on a simulated mission to a distant planet to test the psychological effects of deep space travel. Locked away for 400 days, the crew’s mental state begins to deteriorate when they lose all communication with the outside world."
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Columbus, OH)
Band of Robbers
Directors: Aaron & Adam Nee
Cast: Kyle Gallner, Adam Nee, Matthew Gray Gubler, Hannibal Buress, Melissa Benoist, Stephen Lang, Eric Christian Olsen, Daniel Edward Mora, Johnny Pemberton, Beth Grant, Cooper Huckabee, Lee Garlington, Creed Bratton
Synopsis: "Mark Twain’s young heroes Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn spring vividly back to life, this time as modern-day grown men. When Huck is released from prison he hopes to leave his criminal past behind. But his lifelong friend and corrupt cop, Tom, has other plans, having formed the Band of Robbers, a group of misfits dedicated to locating the hidden treasure that eluded the boys in childhood." [LA Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto)
Director: Andrew Renzi
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Theo James, Richard Gere, Clarke Peters, Brian Anthony Wilson, Dennisha Pratt, Derrick T. Lewis, Andrea Havens, Rory Ogden, Jeffrey Mowery, Lyssa Roberts
Synopsis: "A newly married couple (Dakota Fanning and Theo James) are forced to navigate the all-consuming interest of a powerful, mysterious, and possessive philanthropist (Richard Gere)."
Theatrical Release: Select Markets (also available on iTunes and On Demand)
Director: Adam Schindler
Cast: Rory Culkin, Martin Starr, Beth Riesgraf, Jack Kesy, Leticia Jimenez, Joshua Mikel, Timothy T. McKinney
Synopsis: "Anna and her older brother share co-dependent lives in their time-worn childhood home. But when her brother passes away, Anna must face her crippling agoraphobia to save herself from a trio of criminals who invade her home. A deadly cat-and-mouse game ensues as the intruders discover the house is not what it first appeared to be." [LA Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York
The Lady in the Van
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Cast: Maggie Smith, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Alex Jennings, Frances de la Tour, Gwen Taylor, Roger Allam, Samuel Anderson, Dermot Crowley
Synopsis: "A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her car that’s parked in his driveway."
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles)
Director: Antoine Bardou-Jacquet
Cast: Rupert Grint, Ron Perlman, Robert Michael Sheehan
Synopsis: "What if Apollo 11 never actually made it? What if, in reality, Stanley Kubrick secretly shot the famous images of the moon landing in a studio, working for the US administration? This is the premise of a totally plausible conspiracy theory that takes us to swinging sixties London, where a stubborn CIA agent will never find Kubrick but is forced to team up with a lousy manager of a seedy rock band to develop the biggest con of all time."
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, Miami, San Diego and San Francisco)
A Perfect Day
Director: Fernando León de Aranoa
Cast: Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Mélanie Thierry, Fedja Stukan
Synopsis: "It’s just another day on the job for a band of badass war zone rescue workers as they defy death and confront war’s absurdities. The setting is 1995, ‘somewhere in the Balkans.’ Over the course of 24 breathless hours, Mambrú leads his team of humanitarians—including hard-bitten, wisecracking veteran B and new recruit Sophie—as they deal with a most unexpected crisis, layers of bureaucratic red tape, and the reappearance of Mambrú’s old flame. Through it all, the group handles the less-than-glamorous realities of life in a combat zone the only way they know how: with selfless bravery and a healthy dose of irreverent humor."
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to Chicago and San Diego on January 22nd and six additional markets through mid-February)
In the Shadow of Women
Director: Phillippe Garrel
Cast: Clotilde Courau, Stanislas Merhar, Léna Paugam, Vimala Pons, Mounir Margoum, Jean Pommier, Thérèse Quentin, Antoinette Moya
Synopsis: "Pierre and Manon make low-budget documentaries and live off odd jobs. When Pierre meets a young trainee, Elisabeth, she becomes his mistress. But Pierre doesn’t want to leave Manon – he wants to keep both women. As Pierre twists in the wind, especially after a revelation from Manon, Garrel carefully dissects the foibles and follies of a man who cannot commit, and the frustrations of the women caught up in his indecision."
Criticwire Grade Average: B (14 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on January 29th)
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