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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, July 24; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, July 24; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 24. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.]


Paper Towns
Director: Jake Schreier
Cast: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Caitlin Carver, Austin Abrams, Griffin Freeman, Jaz Sinclair
Synopsis: “Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life-dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge-he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues-and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.”

Director: Chris Columbus
Cast: Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Kevin James, Ashley Benson, Sean Bean, Jane Krakowski
Synopsis: “Video game experts are recruited by the military to fight 1980s-era video game characters who’ve attacked New York.”
Criticwire Grade Average: D (4 reviews)

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Oona Laurence, Naomie Harris, Rita Ora, 50 Cent, Clare Foley, Tyrese Gibson, Beau Knapp
Synopsis: “The riveting story of Billy ‘The Great’ Hope, reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife, an adorable daughter and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis, a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (10 reviews)

The Vatican Tapes

Director: Mark Neveldine
Cast: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Michael Peña, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott
Synopsis: “Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father Lozano to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.”


10 Cent Pistol
Director: Michael C. Martin
Cast: Jena Malone, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Joe Mantegna, Damon Alexander, JT Alexander
Synopsis: “Two brothers maneuver through the criminal underworld of Los Angeles in search of wealth, love and redemption. Their string of success screeches to a halt when a high stakes job goes horribly wrong. Soon they find themselves at the mercy of a crooked mob lawyer, and tangled in a love triangle with a sexy femme fatale. With no other choice but to do what they do best, the brothers take on the craziest job of their careers, and pray they get out alive.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

American Heist
Director: Sarik Andreasyan
Cast: Hayden Christensen, Jordana Brewster, Adrien Brody, Akon, Laura Cayouette, Elena Sanchez, Tory Kittles, Luis Da Silva Jr., Joe Chrest, Judd Lormand, John L. Armijo
Synopsis: “James owes his life to his older brother, Frankie after taking the rap for a crime they committed together. While Frankie served time, James worked to turn his life around, got a steady job and began courting his former girlfriend Emily. Now, Frankie is released and back on the streets with no money and no place to go. He turns to his underworld connections and convinces James to join him in hopes that one last job will be the solution to change both their lives.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Miami)

Big Significant Things
Director: Bryan Reisberg
Cast: Harry Lloyd, Krista Kosonen
Synopsis: “At 26 years old, Craig seems to be doing pretty well for himself. He has job stability, a supportive family, and is about to start a wonderful new chapter with his girlfriend. With big life changes on the horizon, what better time to lie to your girlfriend so you can go on a road trip by yourself to the south?” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on July 31st, Jackson on August 14th, Santa Fe on August 20th and Washington, DC on September 9th)

Capital C

Director: Timon Birkhofer & Jørg M. Kundinger
Synopsis: “The first documentary about crowdfunding. It follows the hopes and dreams as well as the fears and pitfalls of a whole new generation of independent creators, who reach out to the crowd in order to change their lives forever.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (also available on VOD)

The Chosen
Director: Ben Jehoshua
Cast: Kian Lawley, Elizabeth Keener, Angelica Chitwood, Chris Gann, Dayna Devon, Wiley B. Oscar, Mykayla Sohn, Casey James, Emily Killian, Barbara Goodson, Melissa Navia
Synopsis: “When a child-stealing demon attaches itself to a little girl, her family is thrust into a battle against time in order to save the girl and send the demon back to hell.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston and Philadelphia)

Dark Was the Night
Director: Jack Heller
Cast: Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas, Nick Damici, Sabina Gadecki, Steve Agee, Steve Agee, Heath Freeman., Bianca Kajlich
Synopsis: “Maiden Woods is a remote and quiet town of decent hard-working people, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community. After a logging company decimates an area of the forest, a rash of increasingly violent and unexplainable events transpires. Sheriff Paul Shields and his deputy struggle to confront their own personal demons while facing down a new breed of raw terror that is possibly older than humanity itself… And much, much hungrier.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Five Star

Director: Keith Miller
Cast: James ‘Primo’ Grant, John Diaz, Jasmin Burgos, Tamara Robinson, Wanda Colon, Larry Bogad, Tony Yayo
Synopsis: “After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets—one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve—both in the film and in reality—the streets of Brooklyn are all Primo has ever known. While John questions whether or not to enter into this life, Primo must decide whether to leave it all behind as he vows to become a better husband and father.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on July 31st)

Frank the Bastard

Director: Brad Coley
Cast: Rachel Miner, William Sadler, Wendy Vanden Heuvel, Andy Comeau, Ellen Albertini Dow, Chris Sarandon
Synopsis: “A haunting tale of long-buried secrets uncovered in a remote New England town, and centers around Clair Defina, a 33 year-old New Yorker who returns to the childhood home she and her father fled after her mother’s tragic and mysterious death. Arriving in the seemingly quaint Maine town, Clair encounters an undercurrent of secrecy and hostility, most of it linked to the local bigwig Cyrus Gast, whose latest land development scheme promises to revitalize the community but is not what it appears to be. Most of the town is intimidated by Cyrus, and when Clair starts delving into events, both present and past, she finds herself in jeopardy. As she comes face to face with a dark legacy that has been buried–literally and figuratively–for decades, she also has a series of strange encounters with the enigmatic Frank Byron, Cyrus’ bastard son. In Frank, Clair ultimately finds her only ally in a battle to redeem the crimes of the past.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to eight additional cities through the end of August)

A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile
Director: Sophie Deraspe
Synopsis: “‘A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile’ explores the story of Amina Arraf, a Syrian- American revolutionary whose blog A Gay Girl in Damascus acquires a huge following as the Syrian uprising gains momentum. Sandra Bagaria, a smart, young Montreal professional, is involved in an online affair with her when Amina is allegedly abducted by the Syrian secret police-sparking an international movement to save her from torture, rape or even death. Playing out like a detective story, ‘A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile’ involves American intelligence agencies, major global media outlets, and a host of activists and sympathizers. But what starts as a love story becomes a tale of deceit and betrayal enabled by the global internet and viral social media.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, available at SundanceNow Doc Club

Horse Money
Director: Pedro Costa
Cast: Ventura, Vitalina Varela, Tito Furtado
Synopsis: “A mesmerizing odyssey into the real, imagined and nightmarish memories of the elderly Ventura, a Cape Verdean immigrant living in Lisbon. The time is now, a numbing and timeless present of hospital stays, bureaucratic questioning, and wandering through remembered spaces… and suddenly it is also then, the mid ’70s and the time of Portugal’s Carnation Revolution, when Ventura got into a knife fight with his friend Joaquim.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (17 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Oklahoma on August 20th and in Columbus, OH on October 3rd)

Jack Strong

Director: Władysław Pasikowski
Cast: Marcin Dorocinski, Piotr Nerlewski, Patrick Wilson, Dagmara Dominczyk
Synopsis: “A spy thriller telling a historically based story of a man who alone dares to challenge Soviets being in the middle of the communistic system himself. Planning the maneuvers of Warsaw Pact forces he discovers that the American plans of nuclear counterattack against Soviet forces is planned to be executed on Polish territory. Thanks to his determination he starts a long, lonely and psychologically exhausting cooperation with CIA. From that moment the life of his and his family is in danger as one careless move can lead to tragedy.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Lucky Stiff
Director: Christopher Ashley
Cast: Dominic Marsh, Nikki M. James, Pamela Shaw, Jason Alexander, Dennis Farina, Don Amendolia, Kate Shindle, Mary Birdsong, Anthony Skordi, Jayne Houdyshell, Maggie Carney, Kent Avenido, Herschel Sparber, Steve West, Mary Jo Catlett
Synopsis: “Young Harry Witherspoon is a down-at-heel shoe salesman with a dead end job and no prospects, so when he receives an unexpected letter informing him that he has just been named the beneficiary of a huge inheritance, it seems like Harry’s ship is finally about to come in. Little does Harry know, his ship is sailing in a sea of sharks. All he has to do to claim the $6 million fortune is fulfill his uncle’s dying request to take him on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to sunny Monte Carlo and help him tick off his bucket list. There’s just one small catch: his uncle is already dead. A few other things stand between Harry and his dream, including his controlling, myopic, trigger-happy sister (Pamela Shaw), a desperate, put-upon optometrist (Jason Alexander), an avaricious French chanteuse (Kate Shindle), a mysterious Italian playboy (Dennis Farina) and a mysterious young woman from Brooklyn determined to get that money for her own ends… ” [Palm Springs International Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York

On Beauty
Director: Joanna Rudnick
Synopsis: “‘On Beauty’ follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty. After a chance encounter with a young woman who had the genetic condition albinism, Rick re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows to change the way we see and experience beauty.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles (opens in Salt Lake City on July 27th, New York on July 31st and Chicago on August 12th)

Only You
Director: Zhang Hao
Cast: Tang Wei, Liao Fan, Su Yan, Fang Fang, Xie Dongshen, Liu Tao 
Synopsis: “Fang Yuan is a veterinarian about to be married only to have her wedding marred by uncertainty; as a youth, she was told by separate fortune tellers that her true love would be named Song Kunming. And as the momentous occasion approaches she receives a call from her soon-to-be-husband’s high school friend, named Song Kunming, which forces her to investigate. Is this new man destined to be the love of her life? Or is she throwing away her current level of comfort and happiness with her fiancé Xie Wei by following the words of strangers?”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Montreal, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver)

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker
Director: William Gazecki
Synopsis: “The rags to riches story of Sophie Tucker, an iconic superstar who ruled the worlds of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television, and Hollywood throughout the 20th century. Before Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Bette Midler, Marilyn Monroe, and Mae West, Sophie Tucker was the first woman to infatuate her audiences with a bold, bawdy and brassy style unlike any other. Using all of ‘The Last of the Red Hot Mamas’ 400-plus recently rediscovered personal scrapbooks, authors Susan and Lloyd Ecker take you on their seven-year journey retracing Tucker’s sixty-year career in show business.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Director: Christian Petzold
Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Uwe Preuss, Michael Maertens, Valerie Koch, Eva Bay, Imogen Kogge, Nikola Kastner, Daniela Holtz, Sofia Exss
Synopsis: “A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany in the stunning new film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold. Nelly, a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny, doesn’t recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Evoking the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin, Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation’s tragedy and a woman’s search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (25 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles


Director: Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache
Cast: Omar Sy, Tahar Rahim, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Izia Higelin
Synopsis: “When Samba is suddenly ordered to leave France, he enlists the help of Alice, an emotionally vulnerable immigration advocate with little experience but plenty of heart. As the immigrant aspiring chef and the burned-out corporate executive tentatively explore an unexpected bond, they inspire each other to reinvent themselves in this vibrant comedy full of tender humor and heartfelt optimism.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Smosh: The Movie

Director: Alex Winter
Cast: Ian Hecox, Anthony Padilla
Synopsis: “An embarrassing video of Anthony surfaces online right before his fifth high school reunion. The Smosh dudes then race to pull down the clip before it blows Anthony’s chances of reconnecting with his teen crush Anna.”
Theatrical Release: VOD only

Director: Kris Swanberg
Cast: Gail Bean, Anders Holm, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Sweeney Abrams
Synopsis: “Samantha is a high school science teacher at a low-income school about to close, and she has just found out she’s pregnant. Though her boyfriend, John, proposes and is thrilled to begin a new life together, Sam struggles with the idea of halting her career to be a full-time mother. Simultaneously, one of Sam’s brightest students, Jasmine, has also become pregnant. Sam makes it her mission to get Jasmine into college and bonds with her over their impending motherhood. Unbeknownst to Sam, Jasmine is wiser than she gives her credit for, and when things don’t go exactly according to Sam’s plan, she must reexamine what is best for herself and for the people she loves.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle and Washington, DC)

The Young Kieslowski

Director: Kerem Sanga
Cast: Ryan Malgarini, Haley Lu Richardson, Joshua Malina, Melora Walters, James Le Gros, Osric Chau, Jessica Lu, John Redlinger
Synopsis: “Grand romantic gestures need not apply in this comedic tale of star-crossed young love. Instead, freshman Brian Kieslowski displays endless reserves of bumbling awkwardness as he goes home with a girl for the first time… and then learns that he got her pregnant… with twins… all while she’s going through a rather inconvenient Christianity phase. Could it be that being the good guy and doing what’s right are two very different things?” [LA Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York

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