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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, May 8; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, May 8; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, May 8. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.]


Hot Pursuit
Director: Anne Fletcher
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Michael Mosley, John Carroll Lynch, Richard T. Jones, Jodi Lyn Brockton, Robert Kazinsky, Matthew Del Negro, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Mike Birbiglia
Synopsis: “An uptight by-the-book cop must protect the widow of a drug boss from crooked cops and gunmen.”


5 Flights Up
Director: Richard Loncraine
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Michael Cristofer, Cynthia Nixon, Claire Vanderboom, Korey Jackson, Carrie Preston, Sterling Jerins, Josh Pais, Miriam Shor
Synopsis: “A couple (Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton) must decide whether or not to sell their Brooklyn walk up of 40 years. The story takes a comedic turn when the dynamic couple have to contend with eccentric open house guests, their pushy realtor niece, and the health of their beloved family dog — all while navigating a New York on edge from what turns out to be an media-generated terror threat.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release
: Select Markets

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Director: Felix Herngren
Cast: Kerry Shale, Robert Gustafsson, Miglen Mirtchev, Lateef Lovejoy, Manuel Dubra, Iwar Wiklander
Synopsis: “After a long and colorful life working in munitions and getting entangled in the Spanish Civil War, the Manhattan Project, and other definitive events of the 20th century, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. Determined to escape on his 100th birthday, he leaps out of a window and onto the nearest bus, kicking off an unexpected journey involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some wicked criminals, and an elephant named Sonya. Like an unruly Nordic cousin of Forrest Gump, Allan’s youthful escapades and current adventures weave together into an offbeat treat for anyone who’s young at heart.”
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta (expands to various cities through the end of the month)

1001 Grams
Director: Bent Hamer
Cast: Ane Dahl Torp, Laurent Stocker, Stein Winge, Hildegun Riise, Per Christian Ellefsen, Peter Hudson, Dinara Drukarova, Christian Erickson, Didier Flamand, Magne-Håvard Brekke
Synopsis: “A recently divorced, work-obsessed lab technician finds herself encountering a whole new world of experience when she attends an important scientific conference in Paris.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Seattle on July 17th)

Director: Daniel Duran
Cast: Lucas Till, Kherington Payne, Josh Duhamel, Laura Dern, Maria Bello, Katrina Norman, Tom Everett Scott
Synopsis: “Josh Harvest, a hardened New York City teen from a broken home – and quietly one of the country’s top dance club DJs and remixers – is sentenced to counseling for a minor drug infraction, along with an extended stay with his estranged father, who lives in a small town in North Dakota. He is slow to warm to his new environment, a town best-known for sending its young off to war, many of whom never return. But when Josh is asked to help out the last-place dance team as they vie for the state competition title, his rough exterior begins to soften. As his relationships emerge with both the team’s captain, Mary, and his therapist, each of whom have lost someone special to war, it forces all three to begin to face and heal their pasts.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

The D Train
Director: Andrew Mogel & Jarrad Paul
Cast: James Marsden, Jack Black, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike White, Kyle Bornheimer
Synopsis: “Dan Landsman is the overly enthusiastic head of his high school reunion committee and also the group’s laughing stock. To impress his so-called friends, he vows to convince their most famous former classmate—Oliver Lawless, the star of a national Banana Boat TV commercial—to attend the reunion to increase attendance. Dan travels to Los Angeles and spins a web of lies, igniting an intoxicating excitement for the first time in his humdrum life. In exchange for Oliver’s precarious friendship, Dan sacrifices his relationships with his wife, son, and boss, and loses himself in his obsession for approval and recognition.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (12 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Director: Dave LaMattina & Chad N. Walker
Cast: Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Sonia Manzano, Jerry Nelson, Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado, Loretta Long, Joan Ganz Cooney
Synopsis: “For over 40 years, Caroll Spinney has been the puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Now, as his hand-picked successor waits to take over (as he’s been waiting for the past 20 years), Spinney rejects retirement once again. It would mean saying goodbye to characters whom he loves like children, who represent two very different parts of who he is. Carroll can’t say goodbye to Big Bird because he is Big Bird.” [LA Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Austin (expands to various cities nationwide through the end of July)

Director: Shane Abbess
Cast: Daniel MacPherson, Grace Huang, Luke Hemsworth, Bren Foster, Luke Ford, Dwaine Stevenson, Louisa Mignone, Tess Haubrich, Harry Pavlidis, Kevin Copeland, Andy Rodoreda
Synopsis: “Set in the 23rd century, a search and rescue team are sent to an off world colony to rescue the sole survivor of a biological outbreak.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Director: Henry Hobson
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson
Synopsis: “When a deadly zombie virus sweeps the nation, a father will stop at nothing to save his infected daughter.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various markets nationwide

Director: Stephen Bradley
Cast: Deirdre O’Kane, Brendan Coyle, Sarah Greene, Liam Cunningham
Synopsis: “They broke everything but her spirit. They took everything but her dream. The incredible true story of a fearless Irish heroine driven by her daring vision who escapes the slums of Ireland and risks everything on the streets of Vietnam.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, Nashville, Phoenix, San Diego and Washington, DC)

The Ocean of Helena Lee
Director: Jim Akin
Cast: Moriah Blonna, Tom Dunne, Maria McKee, Kristina Nekyia
Synopsis: “Twelve-year-old Helena Lee sleeps in the sandy closet of a one room apartment in an unkempt corner of California’s Venice Beach. Her father, charismatic surf-rat Mickey, spurs her journey as an aspiring writer with his iconoclastic absurdist view of the world. Helena conducts a season to season pilgrimage in and around the carnival of beach life; observing the bohemian locals, the hopeful tourists, the lost and forgotten who have reached the end of the map. Helena’s observations lead to an introspective spiritual and intellectual wanderlust often leaving her standing at the water’s edge, facing the void, a head and heart full of unanswerable questions; how shall I to live? why did my mother die? At the cusp of adolescence, her view of what it means to become a woman is torn between the opposing influences of the free spirited strippers who flock around Mickey and the sacred memory of her mother Luisa. Forever preserved in Helena’s wakeful dream, the vision of her mother is a saintly protector who haunts with calming advice and compassionate lullabies.  As winter approaches and the sea and sky begin to darken, Helena’s quest to find her identity is hastened and forever impacted by a life-altering event.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Playing It Cool
Director: Justin Reardon
Cast: Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Aubrey Plaza, Ioan Gruffudd, Martin Starr, Ashley Tisdale, Patrick Warburton, Topher Grace, Anthony Mackie, Luke Wilson, Jaeden Lieberher, Philip Baker Hall, Fabianne Therese
Synopsis: “The story of a young man disillusioned by love who meets a breathtaking young woman at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Turns out that she’s engaged to a guy who doesn’t like her going on dates. Challenged by the chase, and egged on by his eclectic friends, he feigns a platonic relationship in order to keep seeing her as he tries to conquer her heart.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Jose, Santa Fe and Seattle

Director: Jacob Tierney
Cast: Sonja Bennett, James Caan
Synopsis: “When 35-year-old Ruth ruins a baby shower with her juvenile antics, her old high school cronies — who are all mothers now —promptly de-friend her. Later, when she is mistakenly thought to be with child she is inexplicably welcomed back into the group. Although she initially tries to come clean, the many perks of pregnancy are far too seductive to ignore. Preggoland is a comedy about our societal obsession with babies and the lengths we’ll go to to be part of a club.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Phoenix and Washington, DC

Saint Laurent
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Léa Seydoux, Jérémie Renier, Lisa Ulliel, Louis Garrel, Amira Casar, Aymeline Valade
Synopsis: “As one of History’s greatest fashion designers entered a decade of freedom, neither came out of it in one piece.” [Cannes Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (19 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

The Seven Five
Director: Tiller Russell
Synopsis: “In the late 1980s and early ‘90s Brooklyn, NY was the murder capital of America and ground zero for the crack cocaine epidemic. One man led his crew on a rampage through the streets of East New York, robbing dope dealers at gunpoint, stealing countless kilos of cocaine and hundreds of thousands dollars in cash. He was a New York City cop. This is his story — a high-octane documentary thriller about Michael Dowd, the dirtiest cop ever. His arrest in 1992 led to the largest police corruption scandal in New York City history. It all began in a Brooklyn precinct known as The Seven Five.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Skin Trade
Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham
Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Michael Jai White
Synopsis: “Two undercover cops are both working the same case on opposite sides of the globe. Their target: to hunt down Viktor Dragovic and destroy his human trafficking network. Nick mistakenly killed Dragovic’s son in a bloody and brutal sting operation on the New Jersey docks, and Dragovic responded by attempting to kill Nick and his family. Nick miraculously survived the brutal attack, but his wife and daughter were killed. Weeks later in Bangkok, Nick resurfaces but he’s not the man he was – now he’s a monster loose and intent on one thing-revenge. The Thai cops get involved and soon Nick and Tony are partners and fighting for redemption. An epic gun battle ensues with huge casualties on both sides. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Eddie Reed is sent to bring Nick home; but as the crossfire ensues, Nick has to determine who his true allies are.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles (opens in Albuquerque on May 22nd and New York on June 12th)

Sister Code
Director: Corey Grant
Cast: Amber Rose Revah, Drew Sidora, Eva Marcille
Synopsis: “With the revered matriarch of the family gone, the James girls must learn to navigate the choppy waters of love, life and sisterhood without her. And when a tragic sisterly secret is revealed, they must learn to dig deep, put their differences aside, and tap into that never-ending bond instilled in them by their beloved foster mother. Through it all, our three sisters will grow closer, love harder, and ultimately prove that mama James was right all along… blood may be thicker than water, but love is thicker than everything. The story of the James sisters will inspire all of us to celebrate the most important people in our lives: our family.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Washington, DC)

Spike Island
Director: Mat Whitecross
Cast: Elliott Tittensor, Emilia Clarke, Nico Mirallegro, Adam Long, Oliver Heald, Jordan Murphy, Matthew McNulty, Lesley Manville, Antonia Thomas, Jodie Whittaker, Steve Evets, Chris Coghill, Paul Popplewell, Nick Blood, Michael Socha, Danny Cunningham, Andrew Knott, Philip Jackson
Synopsis: “A rising indie band travels to Spike Island, Cheshire, in May of 1990 to see The Stone Roses.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis and San Francisco

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