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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (June 17, 2016)

Wondering what movie is out this weekend?

“Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made”

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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 17. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Central Intelligence
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Aaron Paul, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Ryan Hansen, Bobby Brown, Megan Park, Timothy John Smith
Synopsis: “After he reunites with an old pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.”

Finding Dory

Director: Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane
Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell, Idris Elba, Kaitlin Olson, Ed O’Neill, Dominic West, Hayden Rolence, Kate McKinnon, Bill Hader, Michael Sheen, Andrew Stanton
Synopsis: “With help from Nemo and Marlin, Dory the forgetful fish embarks on a quest to reunite with her mother and father.”


Director: Carlos Saura
Cast: Mia Maestro, Pedro Aznar, Juan Falú, Marian Farías Gómez, Gabo Ferro, Liliana Herrero, Jairo, Luciana Jury, Horacio Lavandera, Luis Salinas, Walter Soria, Jaime Torres
Synopsis: “Poetic, riveting and moving, Argentina explores the heart of traditional Argentine folklore and its stunning musical heritage – from traditional styles such as the Zamba of ‘La Felipe Varela’ through to modern dance – as choreographed by critically-acclaimed Carlos Saura.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on July 1st)

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)
Director: Eva Husson
Cast: Finnegan Oldfield, Marilyn Lima, Daisy Broom, Lorenzo Lefèbvre, Fred Hotier
Synopsis: “George, a pretty teen girl, falls in love with Alex. To get his attention, she initiates a game with their friends, discovering, testing and pushing the limits of their sexuality. When the nature of their activities is revealed, each of them deals with the scandal in radically different ways. Faced with the implosion of their value systems, they move on by reassessing their priorities, finding love and their real desires.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Director: Jon Watts
Cast: Peter Stormare, Laura Allen, Andy Powers, Elizabeth Whitmere
Synopsis: “A story of a loving father who dons a clown outfit and makeup to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover that the costume – red nose and wig included– will not come off and his own personality changes in a horrific fashion. To break the curse of the evil outfit, the father must make grim choices with his own family facing danger.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

Director: Andrzej Żuławski
Cast: Sabine Azéma, Victoria Guerra, Ricardo Pereira, Johan Libéreau, Andy Gillet, Jean-Francois Balmer, Jean-Francois Balmer, Jonathan Genet
Synopsis: “Two young men seek the solitude of the country; their peace is disturbed when a set of random occurrences suggest to their susceptible minds a pattern with sinister meanings.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on August 24th)

Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary
Director: Gay Dillingham
Synopsis: “An intimate portrait celebrating two very complex controversial characters in an epic friendship that shaped a generation. In the early 1960s Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics. Leary became the LSD guru, asking us to think for ourselves, igniting a global counter-cultural movement and landing in prison after Nixon called him ‘the most dangerous man in America’. Alpert journeyed to the East becoming Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher for an entire generation who continues in his 80s teaching service through compassion. With interviews spanning 50 years the film invites us into the future encouraging us to ponder questions about life, drugs & the biggest mystery of all: death.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Janey Makes a Play
Director: Jared Callahan
Synopsis: “Director Jared Callahan follows 90-year old Janey (Callahan’s own grandmother) as she writes and directs her latest original, socially relevant community theatre production for the small town in which she lives. Battling through the current recession, the colorful troupe of faithful townspeople cope with their own struggles by telling their story on stage.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

The Last Heist
Director: Mike Mendez
Cast: Henry Rollins, Torrance Coombs, Victoria Pratt, Camilla Jackson, John O’Brien, Michael Aaron Milligan
Synopsis: “A bank heist descends into violent chaos when one of the hostages turns out to be a serial killer. Trapping the well-organized team of bank robbers in the building, the killer is now picking them off one by one…”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

The Last King
Director: Nils Gaup
Cast: Jakob Oftebro, Kristofer Hivju, Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, Thorbjørn Harr
Synopsis: “Year 1206. Norway is ravaged by civil war. The King’s illegitimate son is guarded in deep secret. A boy that half of the kingdom wants to kill and two men will protect to the death. A boy named Earl Håkonsson. Birkebeiners is the story of the escape that changed Norway’s history forever.”
Theatrical Release: Minneapolis, Santa Fe and Seattle

My Love, Don’t Cross That River
Director: Mo-Young Jin
Cast: Byong-man Jo, Gye-Yeul Kang
Synopsis: “’100-year old Lovebirds’ Byong-man Jo and Gye-yeul Kang, have been inseparable companions for the past 76 years. Living in their small home by the river, they wear traditional Korean clothes, go shopping at the local market, have picnics with neighbors, and enjoy dance parties. Every night they go to sleep holding each other’s hands. Observing this fragile couple for 15 months, director Mo-Young Jin acts as a fly-on-the-wall, capturing their twilight days with tender moments that reveal simple acts of affection – from a good-natured leaf fight to a gentle caress of the cheek.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on June 24th)

No Stranger Than Love
Director: Nick Wernham
Cast: Alison Brie, Colin Hanks, Justin Chatwin, Dylan Everett, Jayne Eastwood, Aaron Poole
Synopsis: “What is stranger than the big hole that opens up in Lucy Sherrington’s living room floor? As it turns out… love.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Miami and Washington, DC)

Director: Leena Yadav
Cast: Lehar Khan, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, Radhika Apte
Synopsis: “In a remote desert community of North West India -widowed Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee, acclaimed for her starring role in Siddharth), her vivacious best friend Lajjo (Radhika Apte), and the erotic dancer Bijli (Surveen Chawla) – unapologetically talk about men, sex and life as they struggle under the oppressive rules of their traditional village ways. But when Rani is tasked to find a teenage bride for her entitled fifteen-year-old son, they begin to question this status quo that favors men, sends child brides to abusive husbands, and ostracizes women for being educated and opinionated.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Directors: Jeremy Coon & Tim Skousen
Synopsis: “In 1982, two 11 year-olds in Mississippi set out to remake their favorite film: Raiders of the Lost Ark. It took seven turbulent years that tested the limits of their friendship and nearly burned down their mother’s house. By the end, they had completed every scene except one… the explosive airplane scene. 30 years later, they attempt to finally realize their childhood dream by building a replica of the 75 foot “Flying Wing” plane from Raiders in a mud pit in the backwoods of Mississippi… and then blow it up! This is the story behind the making of what is known as ‘the greatest fan film ever made.'” [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC)

Seoul Searching
Director: Benson Lee
Cast: Justin Chon, Jessika Van, In-Pyo Cha, Teo Yoo, Esteban Ahn, Byul Kang
Synopsis: “Seoul, 1986. A raucous gaggle of Korean teenagers spill out of the Gimpo Airport and onto buses that transport them to a location just outside the city. There, these high schoolers sent from all over the world—the U.S., Mexico, London, and Hamburg—are participating in a government-sponsored summer program to help them connect with their heritage. With a summer of partying ahead of them, they’re on a crash course to bring shame to their families, their ancestors, and their hosts—but with any luck, they might just figure out how to make friends, fall in love, and absorb some of their roots along the way.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on June 24th)

Directors: David Farrier & Dylan Reeve
Synopsis: “After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier’s sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (opens in additional markets through August)

Here are all the releases from June 10; you can still catch these movies in theaters.

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