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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, February 19; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, February 19; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, February 19. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Director: Stephen Hopkins
Cast: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice van Houten, Shanice Banton, William Hurt
Synopsis: “Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.”

Director: Kevin Reynolds
Cast: Tom Felton, Cliff Curtis, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Firth
Synopsis: “Clavius, a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide, Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.”

The Witch
Director: Robert Eggers
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, Ellie Grainger
Synopsis: “A colonial family leaves plantation life and attempts to reap their harvest on a fledgling farm at the edge of an imposing ancient New England forest. Soon, superstition and dread set in as food grows scarce, a family member goes missing, and the children’s play takes on a frenzied and menacing undercurrent. As they begin to turn on one another, the malevolent machinations of an ethereal presence from within the woods exacerbate the growing corruption of their own natures.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade AverageA- (35 reviews)


Busco novio para mi mujer
Director: Enrique Begné
Cast: Sandra Echeverría, Arath de la Torre, Juan Carlos Colombo, Yago Muñoz, Mónica Huarte, Mauricio Isaac, Jesús Ochoa
Synopsis: “Paco, so fed up with his nagging and nitpicking wife, comes up with an ingenious plan to end the unhappy union: Find her a boyfriend by hiring a professional seducer nicknamed ‘El Taiger’ to whisk her off her feet and out of the marriage.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

Crazy About Tiffany’s
Director: Matthew Miele
Synopsis: “Tiffany & Co. has captured the aspirational dreams of the world with its legendary jewels, signature blue box, and timeless elegance and sophistication. From past to present, from the behind the scenes characters to those clients beholden to the charm of Tiffany & Co., this fully authorized documentary seeks to capture how a simple jewelry store dating from 1837 has woven itself into the American culture and consciousness to become an unparalleled global phenomenon.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Embrace of the Serpent
Director: Ciro Guerra
Cast: Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolivar, Yauenkü Migue, Luigi Sciamanna, Nicolás Cancino
Synopsis: “Filmed in stunning black-and-white, the film centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (16 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various markets nationwide through the end of April)

Director: Jon Cassar
Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Brian Cox, Michael Wincott, Aaron Poole, Demi Moore
Synopsis: “In 1872, John Henry Clayton retires as a gunfighter and returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyoming in hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, Reverend Clayton. However, he soon learns that the town is in turmoil, as the railroad will be coming through the area and a criminal gang is terrorizing ranchers who refuse to sell their land. John Henry is the only one who can stop them, but his father does not want his son to return to a life of violence.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Director: Jessica Edwards
Cast: Mavis Staples
Synopsis: “‘Mavis!’ is the first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From freedom songs in the ‘60s and hits like ‘I’ll Take You There’ in the ‘70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince in the ‘80s and her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has managed to transform herself as she goes, yet never alter. After 60 years performing, she’s making the most vital music of her career, and her message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York

Rolling Papers
Director: Mitch Dickman
Cast: Ricardo Baca, Greg Moore, Ry Prichard, Brittany Driver, Jake Browne
Synopsis: “At ground zero of the green rush, The Denver Post became the first major media outlet to appoint a marijuana editor. Policy news, strain reviews, parenting advice and edible recipes are the new norm in the unprecedented world of pot journalism.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Boulder, Chicago, Columbus, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Seattle, Tampa and Tempe)

We Are Twisted Fucking Sister!
Director: Andrew Horn
Synopsis: “In their early club days,Twisted Sister were the Grand Funk of Glam and the NY Dolls of Heavy Metal as they beat their way to the top of the 70s/80s tri-state club scene, and out into the world. Dress like women, talk like men, play like motherf*ckers!”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Seattle)

Missed last week’s films? Here are all the releases from February 12th.

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