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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 20th. What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 20th. 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.)

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Director: Grace Lee
Synopsis: “‘American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs’ plunges us into Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century: from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Boggs’s constantly evolving strategy – her willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her – drives the story forward. Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny Glover, Boggs’s late husband James and a host of Detroit comrades across three generations help shape this uniquely American story. As she wrestles with a Detroit in ongoing transition, contradictions of violence and non-violence, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, the 1967 rebellions, and non-linear notions of time and history, Boggs emerges with an approach that is radical in its simplicity and clarity: revolution is not an act of aggression or merely a protest. Revolution, Boggs says, is about something deeper within the human experience – the ability to transform oneself to transform the world.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Le Chef
Director: Daniel Cohen
Cast: Jean Reno, Michaël Youn, Raphaëlle Agogué, Julien Boisselier, Salomé Stévenin, Serge Larivière, Issa Doumbia
Synopsis: “A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group’s new CEO, who wants to the establishment to lose a star from its rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Code Black
Director: Ryan McGarry
Synopsis: “Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Their training ground and source of inspiration is ‘C-Booth,’ Los Angeles County Hospital’s legendary trauma bay, the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where ‘more people have died and more people have been saved than in any other square footage in the United States.'”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas, Austin, Cleveland, Houston, Portland, Charlotte and Knoxville through August)

Director: James Ward Byrkit
Cast: Hugo Armstrong, Emily Baldoni, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, Lauren Maher, Alex Manugian, Lorene Scafaria, Maury Sterling
Synopsis: “On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (5 grades)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to seven states through mid-July)

Director: Joanna Hogg
Cast: Viv Albertine, Liam Gillick, Tom Hiddleston, Harry Kershaw
Synopsis: “When D and H decide to sell the home they have loved and lived in for two decades, they begin a process of saying goodbye to their shared history under the same roof. The upheaval causes anxieties to surface, and wife and performance artist D, struggles to control the personal and creative aspects of her life with H. Dreams, memories, fears, have all imprinted themselves on their home, which exists as a container for their lives and has played such an important role in their relationship.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Director: Isabelle Doval
Cast: José Garcia, Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Audrey Fleurot, Gérard Hernandez, Alice Belaïdi, Alison Wheeler, Arnaud Tsamère, Hugo Dessioux
Synopsis: “Diego Costa, 20 years earlier using the nickname “Fonzy,” regularly donated his sperm for research purposes. Now aged 42, Diego delivers fish for his family’s firm and lives like a fun-loving teenager. But when his girlfriend Elsa announces she’s pregnant, his past starts to catch up with him. Diego discovers that he’s the biological father to 533 children, 142 of whom want to know just who this Fonzy is.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Director: Sajid Khan
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Tamanna Bhatia, Esha Gupta, Kumud Pant, Vic Waghorn, Richard Banks, Emma Louise Williams
Synopsis: “A comedy centered around three people who each have a lookalike of a lookalike, all with the same name.”
Theatrical Release: Wide

Jersey Boys
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda, Christopher Walken, Renée Marino
Synopsis: “The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including ‘Sherry,’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry,’ ‘Walk Like a Man,’ ‘Dawn,’ ‘Rag Doll,’ ‘Bye Bye Baby,’ ‘Who Loves You,’ and many more.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

The Last Sentence
Director: Jan Troell
Cast: Jesper Christensen, Pernilla August, Ulla Skoog, Peter Andersson, Björn Granath, Lia Boysen, Maria Heiskanen, Kenneth Milldoff
Synopsis: “With Sweden caught between Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Russia, the country’s elites chose a policy of neutrality and compliance, with few daring to speak up against the evil around them. Among those who did, nobody was as loud and as uncompromising as Segerstedt, a leading Swedish journalist of the 20th century. In the eyes of many of his countrymen, his pen was far more dangerous to Sweden than the Nazi sword. Amidst the political turmoil of the times, Segerstedt’s own personal life took a dramatic and scandalous turn as he entered into a very public affair with Maja Forssman, the Jewish wife of his close friend, the newspaper’s publisher.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Miss Lovely
Director: Ashim Ahluwalia
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Niharika Singh, Anil George
Synopsis: “Working out of sleazy hotels and abandoned warehouses, brothers Sonu (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Vicky (Anil George) are prolific producers of trashy, C-grade films for Mumbai’s booming and underground markets.  The ambitious, domineering Vicky is the unquestioned brains of the operation, leading the dim-witted Sonu deeper into a world of divas, money men and movie-loving gangsters.  But this precarious partnership is put to the test when the brothers meet Pinky (Niharika Singh), an exquisite ingénue with a shady past.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (3 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

No Tears for the Dead
Director: Lee Jeong-beom
Cast: Jang Dong-gun, Minhee Kim, Kang Han-Na
Synopsis: “Veteran hitman Gon receives a mission, which is to target Mogyeong. The trouble is, he falls in love with her.”
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Dallas, Honolulu, Chicago, Atlanta and Washington, DC

Norte, The End of History
Director: Lav Diaz
Cast: Archie Alemania, Angeli Bayani, Soliman Cruz, Angelina Kanapi, Sid Lucero, Hazel Orencio, Mae Paner, Perry Dizon
Synopsis: A man is wrongly jailed for murder while the real killer roams free. The murderer is an intellectual frustrated with his country’s never-ending cycle of betrayal and apathy. The convict is a simple man who finds life in prison more tolerable when something mysterious and strange starts happening to him.
Criticwire Grade Average: A (12 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Northern Light
Director: Nick Bentgen and Lisa Kjerulff
Synopsis: “Set against the backdrop of a town’s annual snowmobile race, Northern Light interweaves captivating stories of recession-era America. The lives of three families change profoundly in the north woods of Michigan, where winters are unforgiving, jobs are hard to come by, and the line between living life and merely surviving is razor-thin. This is a cinematic, observational documentary that explores the American working class experience through character-based storytelling. As racers and their families pin their hopes to a 500 mile-long test of endurance, small triumphs and giant sacrifices are made along the way.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Portland

The Past is a Grotesque Animal
Director: Jason Miller
Synopsis: “A personal, accessible look at an artist – Kevin Barnes, frontman of the endlessly versatile indie pop band of Montreal – whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. As he struggles with all of those around him, family and bandmates alike, he’s forced to reconsider the future of the band, begging the question – is this really worth it?”
Theatrical Release: Various (plays in 19 states through the end of June)

A Picture of You
Director: J.P. Chan
Cast: Lucas Dixon, Jodi Long, Jo Mei, Andrew Pang, Teyonah Parris
Synopsis: “Following their mother’s death, siblings Kyle (Andrew Pang) and Jen (co-writer Jo Mei) drive from New York City to their mom’s home in rural, eastern Pennsylvania to pack up her belongings and prepare the house for sale. Long estranged, their sibling rivalry and tension is apparent from the opening scene. Kyle, frustrated, wants to get the packing done as soon as possible. He is also resentful of his sister’s obvious absence during their mother’s illness before her death. Jen, annoyed by her brother’s foul mood, seems equally bothered with the obligatory ritual of packing, but soon becomes nostalgic about their mother as she reads through books to be packed and documents to be shredded or kept. As the film unfolds, the focus becomes less about the rivalry between brother and sister and more about their mother’s life in the lakeside community. In going through her belongings and talking to neighbors, the siblings reconstruct their mom’s late life persona through reflections on the neighbors’ stories, their mom’s notes in books and pictures of her. Over the course of an eventful weekend, both Kyle and Jen learn about the generous, independent, intellectual, free-spirited, sexual woman beyond the person they knew as simply ‘Mom.'” [LA Asian Pacific Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York

Think Like a Man Too
Director: Tim Story
Cast: Kevin Hart, Romany Malco, Terrence Jenkins, Michael Ealy, Gary Owen, Jerry Ferrara, Regina Hall, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Wendi McLendon-Covey, La La Anthony, Adam Brody, David Walton, Jenifer Lewis
Synopsis: “All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Third Person
Director: Paul Haggis
Cast: Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger, Moran Atias
Synopsis: “Michael (Liam Neeson) is a writer whose latest manuscript has been refused, so he flies off to Paris to rethink his life, leaving his wife (Kim Basinger) behind in the States. Sean (Adrien Brody) finds himself wandering the streets of Rome and befriends a Romanian woman in a bar, while Rick (James Franco) lives in a tony New York apartment with his son from a previous marriage and his new girlfriend. Gradually, each one of these stories unveils its secrets, testifying to the whims and complexities of life.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: C- (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Venus in Fur
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric
Synopsis: “Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for the lead role in his new play, writer-director Thomas complains on the phone about the poor caliber of talent he has seen. No actress has what it takes to play his lead female character-a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic-and, it turns out, erotic-energy. At first she seems to embody everything Thomas has been lamenting. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared-or so it seems. But when Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. Not only is Vanda a perfect fit (even sharing the character’s name), but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively-down to buying props, reading source materials and learning every line by heart. The likeness proves to be much more than skin-deep. As the extended “audition” builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession.” [Cannes Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (21 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Missed last week’s? Here are all the releases from the weekend of June 13th.

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