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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (June 10, 2016)

Wondering what movie is out this weekend? Should you watch "Now You See Me 2" or "De Palma"?

The Conjuring 2

“The Conjuring 2”

Warner Bros. Pictures

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list here, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

SEE MORE: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for June 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 10. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


The Conjuring 2
Director: James Wan
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O’Connor, Simon McBurney, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Sterling Jerins, Javier Botet, Robin Atkin Downes, Madison Wolfe, Shannon Kook-Chun, Steve Coulter, Simon Delaney, Abhi Sinha, Nancy DeMars, Jennifer Collins
Synopsis: “Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.”

Now You See Me 2
Director: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe, Jay Chou, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Sanaa Lathan, Justine Wachsberger
Synopsis: “The illusionists known as the Four Horsemen must perform an unprecedented stunt to clear their names and expose the unethical practices of a tech magnate.”

Director: Duncan Jones
Cast: Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Ben Foster, Robert Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Daniel Wu, Clancy Brown, Ruth Negga, Daniel Cudmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Ryan Robbins, Burkley Duffield, Donnie MacNeil
Synopsis: “The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.”


Be Somebody
Director: Joshua Caldwell
Cast: Matthew Espinosa, Sarah Jeffery, Allison Paige, Caitlin Keats, Lamonica Garrett, Mahaley Patel, Liana Ramirez, Trista Nabors, Mason McCulley
Synopsis: “Pop superstar Jordan Jaye has a big dream – he just wants to live like a regular teenager. When he’s chased down by some excited female fans, he finds a perfect hideout and a reluctant new friend from a small town, high-school art student, Emily Lowe. Despite being from different worlds, they soon discover they have way more in common than they ever imagined. Over the course of several days, the two embark on an unexpected journey of friendship, first love and self-discovery — proving that maybe opposites really do attract.”
Theatrical Release: Various (via Tugg)

Director: Daniel Alfredson
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Alexander Ludwig, Ray Liotta, Hal Holbrook, Steve Bacic, Aleks Paunovic, Taylor Hickson
Synopsis: “A young woman newly returned to her hometown becomes the subject of harassment by a man named Blackway, an ex-cop turned violent crime lord who operates with impunity in this small community on the edge of the wilderness. Forsaken by the local townspeople, and advised by the Sheriff to leave town, Lillian decides instead to take a stand against her sociopathic stalker, and enlists the help of ex-logger Lester and his laconic young sidekick Nate.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Portland and Seattle)

Careful What You Wish For
Director: Elizabeth Allen
Cast: Nick Jonas, Isabel Lucas, Graham Rogers, Dermot Mulroney, Paul Sorvino
Synopsis: “The summer before he leaves for college a young man begins an affair with the beautiful wife of his powerful investment banker neighbor. The plot thickens when a suspicious death embroils the young lovers in scandal.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

De Palma
Director: Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow
Synopsis: “One of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma’s career started in the 60s and has included such acclaimed and diverse films as ‘Carrie,’ ‘Dressed to Kill,’ ‘Blow Out,’ ‘Scarface,’ ‘The Untouchables,’ ‘Carlito’s Way,’ and ‘Mission: Impossible.’ In this lively, illuminating and unexpectedly moving documentary, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow engage in a personal and candid discussion with De Palma, exploring not only his life and work but also his singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his remarkable experiences navigating the film business, from his early days as the bad boy of New Hollywood to his more recent years as a respected veteran of the field. In the end, what emerges is a funny, honest, and incisive portrait of a truly one-of-a-kind artist, and an exhilarating behind-the-scenes look at the last 50 years of the film industry through the eyes of someone who has truly seen it all.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Diary of a Chambermaid
Director: Benoît Jacquot
Cast: Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Hervé Pierre, Clotilde Mollet, Vincent Lacoste, Mélodie Valemberg, Patrick d’Assumçao, Joséphine Derenne, Dominique Reymond
Synopsis: “Célestine is a resentful young Parisian chambermaid who finds herself exiled to a position in the provinces. There she must immediately chafe against the noxious iron rules and pettiness of her bourgeois mistress, rebuff the groping advances of Monsieur, and reckon with her fascination with the earthy, brooding gardener Joseph. Backtracking past the fetishism of Buñuel’s version to Octave Mirbeau’s original 1900 novel, Benoît Jacquot offers some trenchant commentary about the present state of French society: the sense of social suffocation, Célestine’s humiliating submission to her employer, and Joseph’s virulent anti-Semitism. But he also uses the turn-of-the-century setting when psychoanalysis burst forth, to look past the characters’ outward behavior and appearance, and reveal the repression, social codes and compulsions they conceal.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

From Afar (Desde Alla)
Director: Lorenzo Vigas
Cast: Alfredo Castro, Luis Silva, Jericó Montilla, Catherina Cardozo
Synopsis: “A denture-maker by profession, Armando belongs to Caracas’ upper classes, but he chooses to live in a lower-middle-class neighbourhood, where he entices young men back to his home with the promise of payment. He only wants to look, not touch, yet the distance he maintains with these men contains its own particular violence — a contact-free abuse. Armando carries the scars of a troubled childhood, and when he hears that his father has returned to Caracas, long-suppressed anxieties resurface. At the same time, unexpected changes are occurring in his relationship with one of his paid companions, seventeen-year-old Elder. At first their association was purely transactional, but as the two spend more time together, something begins to emerge between them: an intimacy that neither man is ready for.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Director: Michael Grandage
Cast: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce, Dominic West
Synopsis: “A stirring drama about the complex friendship and transformative professional relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway) and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC

Germans & Jews
Directors: Janina Quint & Tal Recanati
Synopsis: “What began as a private conversation between two friends, Tal Recanati (an American Jew) and Janina Quint (a non-Jewish German), grew into a cultural exchange among many. The film explores the complicated relationship between Germans and Jews in postwar Germany and the country’s transformation as a society. It is at once uncomfortable and provocative, unexpected and enlightening. From denial to acceptance, a story of reconciliation emerges.”
Theatrical Release: New York

King Jack
Director: Felix Thompson
Cast: Charlie Plummer, Cory Nichols, Danny Flaherty, Christian Madsen, Erin Davies, Yainis Ynoa, Chloe Levine, Scarlet Lizbeth, Keith Leonard
Synopsis: “Jack is a scrappy fifteen year-old kid stuck in a run-down small town. Trapped in a violent feud with a cruel older bully and facing another bout of summer school, Jack’s got all the problems he can handle. So when Jack’s aunt falls ill and his runty younger cousin must stay with him for the weekend the last thing Jack wants to do is look after him. Unfortunately no one really cares what Jack wants. Set over a hazy summer weekend, King Jack is a tough and tender coming of age story about friendship and finding happiness in rough surroundings.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Last Cab to Darwin
Director: Jeremy Sims
Cast: Jacki Weaver, Michael Caton, Emma Hamilton, Ningali Lawford-Wolf, Mark Coles Smith
Synopsis: “Rex, a cab driver in the mining town Broken Hill, has spent his life avoiding getting close to people – even his best friend and occasional lover Polly, who lives across the road. One day, Rex discovers he doesn’t have long to live. Not wanting to be forced to rely on anyone, least of all Polly, he decides to leave his home and drive alone the 3000 kms across the Australian continent to Darwin, where a recently passed law and a willing Dr. Farmer will allow him to die on his own terms. But on his epic journey he discovers that before you can end your life you’ve got to live it, and to live it you’ve got to learn to share it.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on June 17th)

Len and Company
Director: Tim Godsall
Cast: Rhys Ifans, Juno Temple, Jack Kilmer, Kathryn Hahn, Keir Gilchrist, Peter Outerbridge, Elias Toufexis, Jenny Raven
Synopsis: “A legendary, reclusive music producer has his shut-in routine disturbed by the unexpected arrival of his aspiring musician son and a troubled bubblegum-pop superstar.”
Theatrical Release: New York

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
Director: Morgan Neville
Synopsis: “The film follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands nationwide throughout June and July)

Puerto Ricans in Paris
Director: Ian Edelman
Cast: Luis Guzmán, Edgar Garcia, Alice Taglioni, Miriam Shor, Frédéric Anscombre, Rosie Perez, Rosario Dawson
Synopsis: “Puerto Rican brothers–in-law Eddie and Luis just happen to be NYC’s two best counterfeit detectives. When the latest, must-have ‘It Bag’ from celebrated Parisian fashion designer Colette’s new collection has been stolen, they head to Paris in hopes of cracking the case and collecting a handsome fee. With clashing sleuthing styles and personality traits, the comedic duo infuses a bit of color into the City of Lights.” [LA Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

Director: Avishai Sivan
Cast: Aharon Traitel, Khalifa Natour, Riki Blich, Gur Sheinberg, Omri Fuhrer, Dani Kedem, Shani Ben-Haim
Synopsis: “Haim-Aaron is experiencing a crisis of faith – and visions of earthy delights – when his father brings him back from the brink of death. Was the young man’s improbable survival a violation of God’s will, or was it “tikkun,” a way toward enlightenment and redemption?”
Theatrical Release: New York

Til Madness Do Us Part 
Director: Wang Bing
Synopsis: “Documents the inmates of an isolated mental hospital in China’s Yunnan province. Within the facility’s gates, the patients are confined to locked floors of a single building. Once locked on that floor, with little contact from the outside world, anything goes.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Director: Timothy Woodward, Jr.
Cast: Trace Adkins, Michael Paré, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Sizemore, Martin Kove, Quinton Aaron, Kelly Kristofferson
Synopsis: “In 1880s Kansas, sharpshooter turned rancher, Clay Travis, goes from happily married father of two to a man on a mission after the disappearance of his 17 year-old daughter, Lily. Determined to protect what little family he has left, Clay leaves his quiet ranch and heads to Wichita where, after confronting the ruthless Ty Stover, he discovers that Lily’s been traded away into an underground sex ring in Dodge City. And it’s there, with the help of an unlikely companion — hardened old barkeep Billy — that Clay makes a stand to bring his daughter home, leaving a trail of gunsmoke and bodies in his wake.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Here are all the releases from June 3; you can still catch these movies in theaters.

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