Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 22. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
The 5th Wave
Director: J Blakeson
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Zackary Arthur, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe, Liev Schreiber, Maria Bello
Synopsis: "Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother."
Director: William Brent Bell
Cast: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Jim Norton, Diana Hardcastle, Ben Robson, James Russell
Synopsis: "Greta is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive."
Director: Dan Mazer
Cast: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Zoey Deutch, Julianne Hough, Jason Mantzoukas, Danny Glover, Adam Pally, Dermot Mulroney
Synopsis: "Jason Kelly is one week away from marrying his boss’s uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick, to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, ‘dirty’ Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can learn from one another and form the bond they never had."
Director: Radu Jude
Cast: Teodor Corban, Mihai Comanoiu, Cuzin Toma, Alexandru Dabija, Luminita Gheorghiu, Victor Rebengiuc, Alberto Dinache, Mihaela Sîrbu, Alexandru Bindea, Adina Cristescu
Synopsis: "A moving parable about late-feudal Europe developed from historical documents and songs: its power structures and hierarchies, people’s idea of themselves and others, interaction with minorities and the resulting conflicts. A Balkan Western in black-and-white which brings the cacophony of the times strikingly to life and explores the thematic arcs which stretch into the present." [Berlin International Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco
All Mistakes Buried
Director: Tim McCann
Cast: Sam Trammell, Vanessa Ferlito, Missy Yager
Synopsis: "Struggling with drug addiction and heartbreak after his recent separation, Sonny looks to make amends by giving his wife a precious necklace on their anniversary. But when the necklace is stolen, he must delve into the dark corners of a Louisiana town to find it. Sonny faces dangerous drug dealers and truths he may not want to confront, all in a last ditch attempt to save his marriage."
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Francisco
Director: Arturo Ripstein
Cast: Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Nora Velázquez, Sylvia Pasquel, Arcelia Ramírez, Alberto Estrella, Alejandro Suárez, Juan Francisco Longoria, Guillermo López
Synopsis: "Two wrestlers decide to go to a hotel in order to meet two prostitutes."
Criticwire Grade Average: B (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York
Caged No More
Director: Lisa Arnold
Cast: Loretta Devine, Kevin Sorbo, Alan Powell, Anthony Evans, Dallas Lovato, Cassidy Gifford, Abigail Duhon, George Kosturos, Christos Vasilopoulos, Kathie Lee Gifford, Bobby Jindal, Gretchen Carlson, Chad Veach, Natalie Grant
Synopsis: "Aggie, a 65-year-old Cajun, has just stepped into her worst nightmare. Her two granddaughters have disappeared, and the only clue she possesses is a forgotten laptop. Aware she only has a short window of time, she feels helpless to save them, as her money and influence are scarce. Desperate to get her girls back, Aggie risks everything to cross paths with Richard and Lottie DuLonde, two of the wealthiest and most connected people in New Orleans. Certainly, once they hear her story, they will help. But what Aggie doesn’t foresee is the dark world she’s about to step into, or the dangers accompanying the rescue needed to bring her girls home."
Theatrical Release: Various Markets
Durant’s Never Closes
Director: Travis Mills
Cast: Tom Sizemore, Michelle Stafford, Peter Bogdanovich, Jon Gries
Synopsis: "Jack Durant is a dynamic and dangerous gentleman who runs the most famous steakhouse in the city. He caters to movie stars, politicians and mobsters. He knows all their secrets but does anyone really know the man they call Jack Durant?"
Theatrical Release: Scottsdale, AZ
Ip Man 3
Director: Wilson Yip
Cast: Donnie Yen, Mike Tyson, Lynn Hung, Yu Kang
Synopsis: "In this explosive third installment of the blockbuster martial arts series, when a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer (Mike Tyson) make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand."
Theatrical Release: Select Cities Nationwide
Directors: Doron & Yoav Paz
Cast: Tom Graziani, Yael Grobglas, Danielle Jadelyn, Yon Tumarkin
Synopsis: "When a couple of American young adults fly to Israel to visit the city of Jerusalem, a biblical nightmare falls upon the city."
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles and iTunes/VOD (expands to New York, Austin, Boston, San Francisco and various other markets on January 29th)
Directors: Kevin & Michael Goetz
Cast: Troian Bellisario, Bailey Noble, Kate Burton
Synopsis: "Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful night terrors at the orphanage that takes her in. Her only comfort comes from Anna, a girl her own age. Nearly a decade later and still haunted by demons, Lucie finally tracks down the family that tortured her. As she and Anna move closer to the agonizing truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare – if they cannot escape, a martyr’s fate awaits them."
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles
Director: William Monahan
Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Oscar Isaac, Louise Bourgoin, Walton Goggins
Synopsis: "Thomas is a talented artist with suicidal tendencies who ventures into the Mojave desert in search of deeper meaning in his shallow existence. When he runs into a simple yet threatening drifter, Thomas’ life is thrown off course. A man who rose to fame by defining reality with his own words, Thomas must snap from his depressive rut to keep his family, his home, and the world as he knows it in balance." [Tribeca Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles
Director: Raman Hui
Cast: Bai Baihe, Jiang Wu, Boran Jing, Eric Tsang, Tang Wei
Synopsis: "In a mythical ancient world, monsters rule the land while humans keep to their own kingdom. But when adorable baby monster Wuba is born to a human father and monster queen, mortals and creatures alike set out to capture the newborn, and Wuba’s epic adventure begins."
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, Miami, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, DC)
Naz & Maalik
Director: Jay Dockendorf
Cast: Curtiss Cook, Jr., Kerwin Johnson, Jr., Annie Grier, Anderson Footman, Bradley Custer, Ashleigh Awusie
Synopsis: "Two closeted Muslim teens have their Friday afternoon ruined by FBI surveillance when their small-time scheming sets an agent on their trail. Convinced the boys are engaged in violent radicalism, the agent pits them against each other and starts to unravel the delicate web of lies protecting their relationship." [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York
Director: Chris Bell
Synopsis: "Americans consume 75% of the world’s prescription drugs. After losing his own brother to the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse, documentarian Chris Bell sets out to demystify this insidious addiction. Bell’s examination into the motives of big pharma and doctors in this ever-growing market leads him to meet with experts on the nature of addiction, survivors with first-hand accounts of their struggle, and whistleblowers who testify to the dollar-driven aims of pharmaceutical corporations. Ultimately his investigation will point back to where it all began: his own front door." [Tribeca Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles
Director: Jacob Gentry
Cast: Chad McKnight, AJ Bowen, Brianne Davis, Scott Poythress, Michael Ironside, Claire Bronson, Ashley Drayton, Derek Ryan Duke, Sergine Dumais, Elle Sunkara, Erik Thirsk
Synopsis: "A daring physicist folds time to travel into the past, trying to stop a mysterious woman from stealing his invention. But once there, he uncovers a surprising truth about the machine, the woman, and his own fractured reality."
Theatrical Release: Various (including Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and Columbus, OH)
Director: Marc Furmie
Cast: Jai Koutrae, Kendra Appleton, Bren Foster, Todd Lasance
Synopsis: "Blinded by the light of a falling meteor, David has a devastating car accident, leading to a profound discovery: an extra-terrestrial organism that may contain the secret of life itself. When David goes missing for two days, Annabelle searches for her father only to discover him wandering the forest, without so much as a scratch. David’s mysterious reappearance draws the attention of federal authorities and gives Annabelle reason to doubt his sanity. But David has a new sense of purpose, fueled by nightmarish visions. Driven by what he believes is an otherworldly purpose, David must convince Annabelle to believe him and complete his task before government agents can stop him, and the world destroys itself."
Theatrical Release: Select Markets
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