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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 26; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 26; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 26. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.]



Director: Boaz Yakin
Cast: Lauren Graham, Robbie Amell, Thomas Haden Church, Luke Kleintank, Jay Hernandez, Joseph Julian Soria, Josh Wiggins, Owen Harn, Kelly Borgnis, Zeeko Zaki, Edgar Arreola, Chris Matheny, Pete Burris, Mark Anthony Little, Marlo Scheitler
Synopsis: “A dog that helped soldiers in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience.”

Ted 2
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Patrick Warburton
Synopsis: “Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law.”


3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets
Director: Marc Silver
Synopsis: “Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving November 2012, four boys in a red SUV pull into a gas station after spending time at the mall buying sneakers and talking to girls. With music blaring, one boy exits the car and enters the store, a quick stop for a soda and a pack of gum. A man and a woman pull up next to the boys in the station, making a stop for a bottle of wine. The woman enters the store and an argument breaks out when the driver of the second car asks the boys to turn the music down. 3½ minutes and ten bullets later, one of the boys is dead.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various cities through early August)

7 Minutes
Director: Jay Martin
Cast: Luke Mitchell, Leven Rambin, Jason Ritter, Kris Kristofferson, Joel Murray, Kevin Gage, Zane Holtz, Russell Hodgkinson
Synopsis: “After becoming indebted to a psychopathic drug lord, three desperate young men are forced to commit a brazen robbery. What begins as a simple plan – ‘in and out in seven minutes’ – quickly escalates into a dangerous game of life-or-death. As each minute of the heist ticks by, true motives are revealed and unexpected twists ratchet up the stakes to a thrilling crescendo.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle)

A Borrowed Identity
Director: Eran Riklis
Cast: Tawfeek Barhom, Ali Suliman, Yaël Abecassis
Synopsis: “Gifted Eyad, a Palestinian Israeli boy, is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. As he desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates and within Israeli society, Eyad develops a friendship with another outsider, Jonathan a boy suffering from muscular dystrophy, and gradually becomes part of the home Jonathan shares with his mother, Edna. After falling in love with Naomi, a Jewish girl, he leaves school when their relationship is uncovered, and he discovers that he will have to sacrifice his identity in order to be accepted. Faced with a choice, Eyad will have to make a decision that will change his life forever.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Washington, DC (expands to various cities through the end of the year)

A Little Chaos
Director: Alan Rickman
Cast: Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoeneaerts, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Ehle, Helen McCrory
Synopsis: “A landscape gardener is hired by famous architect Le Notre to construct the grand gardens at the palace of Versailles. As the two work on the palace, they find themselves drawn to each other and are thrown into rivalries within the court of King Louis XIV.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

A Murder in the Park
Director: Shawn Rech and Brandon Kimber
Synopsis: “With his execution just 48 hours away, Anthony Porter’s life was saved by a Northwestern University journalism class. Their re-investigation of the crime for which he was convicted—a double homicide in a Chicago park—led to the discovery of the real killer, Alstory Simon, whose confession exonerated Porter. If it all sounds too good to be true, it’s because, as compellingly argued here, Porter actually is guilty, Simon is an innocent man and both are just pawns in a much larger plan.” [DOC NYC]
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to Los Angeles and seven other markets throughout July)

Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
Director: Dana Nachman
Synopsis: “It’s November 15, 2013. Twenty-five thousand people descend on San Francisco. Online, two billion others join in. This massive crowd erupts with a collective display of public emotion rarely seen. With a Beatlemania-like intensity, people take to the streets and screens. They are all united to fulfill the wish of 5-year-old Miles Scott, who is recovering from Leukemia. It is his dream to become Batkid and save Gotham City. ‘Batkid Begins’ chronicles the making of the overnight international phenomenon that is Batkid. The film reveals what happens when an event goes unintentionally viral. Will the San Francisco Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfill its mission to help Miles reclaim his childhood after battling disease for more than half his short life? Or will the event itself spiral out of control; consume the organization, scare Miles and shut down an entire city?”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco

Big Game
Director: Jalmari Helander
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Victor Garber, Mehmet Kurtulus, Ted Levine, Jorma Tommila, Risto Salmi, Felicity Huffman, Jim Broadbent
Synopsis: “In the rugged countryside of Finland, a young thirteen-year-old embarks on a traditional quest to prove himself by spending 24 hours alone in the wild, armed with only a bow and arrow. After witnessing a spectacular crash, he discovers the escape pod from Air Force One, containing the President of the United States. When they realize a group of kidnappers is hot on their trail with the intention of taking the president, this unlikely duo must escape their hunters as they search for the American Special Forces team sent out to find them.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (14 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami and Phoenix

Bound to Vengeance
Director: J. M. Cravioto
Cast: Tina Ivlev, Richard Tyson, Bianca Malinowski, Amy Okuda
Synopsis: “Chained by her ankle and locked away in the dismal basement of a sexual predator, Eve has been missing and presumed dead for some time. Lost to her family and friends, she wastes away in isolation between horrifying visits from her vile captor, who remains unaware that Eve has been maniacally planning her escape. With a carefully placed brick, she beats him senseless as he approaches and frees herself from his grasp at the outset of the film. But too quickly, she learns there are other girls in other houses facing sinister fates of their own. Making a deal with the devil, she vows to save them all, turning her torturer into her prisoner, one who will lead her to his prey one by one.” [Sundance Film Festival]

Escobar: Paradise Lost
Director: Andrea Di Stefano
Cast: Benicio del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Brady Corbet, Claudia Traisac
Synopsis: “Young surfer Nick thinks all his dreams have come true when he visits his brother in Colombia. Against an idyllic backdrop of blue lagoons and white beaches, he falls madly in love with Maria, a beautiful Colombian girl. It all seems perfect until he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (11 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Minneapolis and Portland)

Director: Jason Banker
Cast: Amy Everson, Kentucker Audley, Alanna Reynolds, Roxanne Lauren Knouse
Synopsis: “Amy is coming unglued. A young woman working a nothing job to finance her artistic endeavors, she has been plagued by nightmares for god knows how long; vivid and horrible things that plunge her into past trauma. Her only outlet is the increasingly outrageous artistic project and alter egos that may very well isolate Amy from her few remaining friends, but at least they also provide some distance from the pain. Then Amy meets Kenny, who’s kind and gentle and understanding, and for a moment, it appears as though life could get better.” [Fantastic Fest]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to sixteen additional cities through the end of July)

Fresh Dressed
Director: Sacha Jenkins
Synopsis: “With funky, fat-laced Adidas, Kangol hats, and Cazal shades, a totally original look was born—Fresh—and it came from the black and brown side of town where another cultural force was revving up in the streets to take the world by storm. Hip-hop, and its aspirational relationship to fashion, would become such a force on the market that Tommy Hilfiger, in an effort to associate their brand with the cultural swell, would drive through the streets and hand out free clothing to kids on the corner.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Columbus, Detroit, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, Santa Fe, Seattle, Washington, DC)

Glass Chin
Director: Noah Buschel
Cast: Corey Stoll, Kelly Lynch, Billy Crudup, Marin Ireland, Yul Vazquez, John Douglas Thompson
Synopsis: “After going down in the fifth round, boxer Bud Gordon bowed out of the limelight. Now residing in a fixer-upper apartment in New Jersey with his girlfriend, Bud longs for his former Manhattan glory. In an effort to get back in the game, he makes a deal with a crooked restaurateur. But quick schemes rarely bring easy pay-offs and as the consequences of his business negotiations unfold, Bud has to make a choice between his integrity and his aspirations.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Into the Grizzly Maze
Director: David Hackl
Cast: James Marsden, Piper Perabo, Billy Bob Thornton, Thomas Jane, Michaela McManus, Scott Glenn, Adam Beach, Patrick Sabongui, Bart the Bear
Synopsis: “Two estranged brothers reconcile on a camping trip with their girlfriends. Once in the remote wilderness, however, things go horribly awry when they are attacked and relentlessly stalked by a horrifying grizzly bear — the Red Machine.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

L.A. Slasher
Director: Martin Owen
Cast: Mischa Barton, Dave Bautista, Danny Trejo, Eric Roberts, Andy Dick
Synopsis: “Incensed by the tabloid culture which celebrates it, the L.A. Slasher publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars, while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them. A biting, social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous, ‘L.A. Slasher’ explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent – purely through notoriety achieved through shameful behavior.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles, Atlanta, Denver, Houston, Miami

The Little Death
Director: Josh Lawson
Cast: Josh Lawson, Bojana Novaković, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany, Lisa McCune, Kate Box, Patrick Brammall, TJ Power
Synopsis: “Both an edgy sex comedy and a warm-hearted depiction of the secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney. Lawson’s searing and sometimes shocking screenplay weaves together a story that explores a range of sexual fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and Toronto (expands to Chicago and Miami on July 3rd and five additional cities through the end of September)

The Midnight Swim
Director: Sarah Adina Smith
Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Jennifer Lafleur, Aleksa Palladino, Ross Partridge
Synopsis: “When their mother goes missing in Spirit Lake, three half-sisters travel home to settle her affairs. The youngest sister, June, a documentary filmmaker, captures their bittersweet homecoming. But when the sisters jokingly summon a local ghost, their relationship begins to unravel and they find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the true mystery of the lake.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Chicago and Detroit)

The Princess of France
Director: Matías Piñeiro
Cast: Julián Larquier Tellarini, Agustina Muñoz, María Villar, Romina Paula, Laura Paredes, Elisa Carricajo, Pablo Sigal, Gabi Saidón
Synopsis: “Víctor (Julián Larquier Tellarini) returns to Buenos Aires after his father’s death and a spell in Mexico to prepare a radio production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. Reuniting with his repertory, he finds himself sorting out complicated entanglements with girlfriend Paula (Agustina Muñoz), sometime lover Ana (María Villar), and departed actress Natalia (Romina Paula), as well as his muddled relations with the constellation of friends involved with the project. As the film tracks the group’s crisscrossing movements and interactions, their lives become increasingly enmeshed with the fiction they’re reworking, potential outcomes multiply, and reality itself seems subject to transformation.” [Film Society of Lincoln Center
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (10 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Director: Kimberly Levin
Cast: Joanne Kelly, Neal Huff, Alex Shaffer, Tom Bower, Kivlighan De Montebello, Darlene Hunt, Joseph Melendez, Brad Koed
Synopsis: “Betty is a fiercely committed matriarch driven to desperate measures by a failing business, her husband’s deteriorating health and a family home on the brink of foreclosure. Played by Joanne Kelly, she’s the beating heart of Levin’s sensitive, skillfully written narrative, which flips the standard gender dynamic and brings unexpected insight and realism to an established genre. Levin’s stirring family drama touches on matters of social conscience and environmental justice to ask: How far will we go to save our families?” [LA Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Louisville on July 24th)

The Strongest Man
Director: Kenny Riches
Cast: Robert Lorie, Paul Chamberlain, Ashly Burch, Patrick Fugit, Lisa Banes
Synopsis: “Beef is a beefy Cuban man who believes that he is The Strongest Man in the World. He doesn’t want children, but he wants to tell his grandchildren about his life as The Strongest Man in the World. His best friend is a slight Korean man named Conan. Conan makes him think about things he normally doesn’t think, like the fact that Beef thinks in Spanish, rather than English. Illy, the adopted daughter of a rich art collector, brings out an anxious side in Beef. But it is when his prized possession—a solid gold BMX bicycle—is stolen from him that Beef finds and loses so much more than he thought he could.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles, Miami and Salt Lake City

What Happened, Miss Simone?
Director: Liz Garbus
Synopsis: “A classically trained musical genius, chart-topping chanteuse, and Black Power icon, Nina Simone is one of the most influential, beloved, provocative, and least understood artists of our time. On stage, she was known for utterly free, rapturous performances, earning her the epithet ‘High Priestess of Soul.’ But amid the violent, day-to-day fight for civil rights, she struggled to reconcile artistic ambition with her fierce devotion to a movement. Director Liz Garbus sensitively explores the constant state of opposition that trapped and tortured Simone—as a classical pianist pigeonholed in jazz, as a professional boxed in by family life, as a black woman in racist America—and in so doing, reveals a towering figure transcending categorization and her times.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (14 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Netflix

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