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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (June 24, 2016)

Wondering what movie is out this weekend?

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople”

The Orchard

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 24. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Free State of Jones
Director: Gary Ross
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Jacob Lofland
Synopsis: “In Jones County, Miss., Newt Knight joins forces with other farmers and a group of slaves to lead a rebellion against the Confederacy.”

Independence Day: Resurgence
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Patrick St. Esprit, Joey King, Jessie Usher, Chin Han, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Maika Monroe, William Fichtner, Vivica A. Fox, Sela Ward, Angelababy, Brent Spiner, Grace Huang, Judd Hirsch, Ryan Cartwright
Synopsis: “Using recovered extraterrestrial technology, the nations of Earth collaborate on an immense defense program to protect the planet. When the aliens attack with unprecedented force, only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can save the world.”

The Neon Demon
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Cast: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Desmond Harrington, Karl Glusman, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves
Synopsis: “When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.”


The Accidental Exorcist
Director: Daniel Falicki
Synopsis: “Richard Vanuck is a thirty-something, dirt poor alcoholic who can’t hold down a day job or maintain a normal life due to a very special ‘gift’ he was born into. All Richard really wants is to finish his book but fate dealt him a very strange hand – he is a natural born Exorcist. In fact, he is the best there ever was and with possessions on the rise across the city, he’s booked solid. Reluctantly, he faces the fact that performing exorcisms is the only thing he’s truly good at even though it’s wearing him down and making his life utterly miserable. Case after case, he stares evil incarnate in the face, taking on satanic forces to help those in need. However he soon finds his power may also come with a cost to his own soul and must find a way to finally save himself before time runs out.”
Theatrical Release: Columbus and Portland (additional one-night shows in Detroit, New Orleans, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Vancouver)

Breaking a Monster
Director: Luke Meyer
Synopsis: “Unlocking the Truth are all in 7th grade, spending their weekends playing a blend of heavy metal and speed punk in Times Square – often drawing substantial crowds. They take on a manager: a 70- year-old industry veteran. With his guidance they are soon on their way to a 1.8 million dollar record deal and a precarious initiation into the music industry. Anything feels possible, and in some moments the band can almost feel the eyes of the world gazing upon them. The boys are coming of age, not only as they make the leap to being professional musicians, but also as they transcend childhood and take their first steps into the complexities of adulthood.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on July 1st)

The Debt
Director: Barney Elliott
Cast: Alberto Ammann, Brooke Langton, Carlos Bardem, David Strathairn, Stephen Dorff
Synopsis: “Set against the backdrop of an international finance deal with profound social implications, a wealthy American businessman sets out to score the deal of a lifetime and gets entangled in a battle for land, money, and power in Peru.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles (opens in New York on July 8th)

The Duel
Director: Kieran Darcy-Smith
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen, William Hurt, Alice Braga, Felicity Price, José Zúñiga, William Sadler, Raphael Sbarge
Synopsis: “A Texas Ranger investigates a series of unexplained deaths in a town called Helena.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

Director: Thorsten Schütte
Synopsis: “It is only fitting that a comet and a mollusk are named in Frank Zappa’s honor. The famed American musician, composer, and thinker created satirical, operatic interpretations of music that seemed to originate from another world. Thorsten Schütte’s film is a sharply edited and energetic celebration of Zappa through his public persona, allowing us to witness his shifting relationship with audiences. Utilizing potent TV interviews and many forgotten performances from his 30-year career, we are immersed into the musician’s world while experiencing two distinct facets of his complex character.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York

From This Day Forward
Director: Sharon Shattuck
Synopsis: “With her own wedding just around the corner, filmmaker Sharon Shattuck returns home to examine the mystery at the heart of her upbringing: How her transgender father Trisha and her straight-identified mother Marcia stayed together through the most intimate of personal transformations.”
Theatrical Release: New York

The Fundamentals of Caring

Director: Rob Burnett
Cast: Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, Megan Ferguson, Frederick Weller
Synopsis: “Having suffered a tragedy, Ben becomes a caregiver to earn money. His first client, Trevor, is a hilarious 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, Ben and Trevor hit the road on a trip into the western states. The folks they collect along the way will help them test their skills for surviving outside their calculated existence. Together, they come to understand the importance of hope and the necessity of true friendship.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Release: Netflix

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Knightley, Rhys Darby, Stan Walker, Cohen Holloway, Mike Minogue, Troy Kingi
Synopsis: “Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to additional cities through September)

Director: Travis Zariwny
Cast: John Robinson, Louise Linton, Moby
Synopsis: “A young woman’s quiet night in becomes a free-fall into fear in this disturbing home invasion thriller. After she lands her dream job, a young cellist (Louise Linton) settles in for a relaxing few days holed up in her apartment—but as a violent storm rages outside, she can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her every move.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

The Kind Words

Director: Shemi Zarhin
Cast: Rotem Zissman-Cohen, Roy Assaf, Assaf Ben-Shimon, Tsahi Halevi, Sasson Gabai, Maurice Bénichou, Louise Portal
Synopsis: “In the wake of their mother’s death, three Jewish Israeli siblings discover that their biological father was a Muslim and set out on a journey across France to locate him.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on July 1st)

Les Cowboys
Director: Thomas Bidegain
Cast: Finnegan Oldfield, François Damiens, Agathe Dronne, Ellora Torchia, John C. Reilly, Dani Sanchez-Lopez, Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Synopsis: “Set amidst a sub-culture of Western enthusiasts in rural France, Alain attends a cowboy fair with his wife and children—sixteen-year-old daughter, Kelly, and young son, Kid. When Kelly disappears amidst the chaos of the festivities, Alain’s initial fear quickly turns to anger and disbelief as it becomes increasingly clear that his daughter has willingly abandoned her life to begin anew as a Muslim with her boyfriend. Convinced that she was coerced, Alain devotes what’s left of his broken existence to finding her, eventually bestowing the responsibility of the search onto his son.”
Theatrical Release: New York


Director: Jessica Yu
Synopsis: “For almost 50 years, the world’s population has grown at an alarming rate, raising fears about strains on the Earth’s resources. But how true are these claims? Taking cues from statistics guru Hans Rosling, Misconception offers a provocative glimpse at how the world—and women in particular— are tackling a subject at once personal and global. Following three individuals, director Jessica Yu focuses on the human implications of this highly charged political issue, inspiring a fresh look at the consequences of population growth.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Director: Penny Lane
Synopsis: “‘Nuts!’ recounts the true story of John Romulus Brinkley, a small-town Kansas doctor who discovers in 1917 that he can cure impotence by transplanting goat testicles into men. And that’s just the tipping point in this stranger-than-fiction tale. With the balls of a P.T. Barnum, the gonads of goats, and the wishful dreams of flaccid men, Brinkley amassed a fortune, was almost elected Governor of Kansas, invented junk mail and the infomercial, and built the world’s most powerful radio station. By the time all of the twists and turns of Brinkley’s story are revealed, ‘Nuts!’ certainly earns its title.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on July 8th and additional cities through August)

The Phenom
Director: Noah Buschel
Cast: Johnny Simmons, Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti, Alison Elliott, Yul Vazquez, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Marin Ireland, Elizabeth Marvel, Paul Adelstein, Louisa Krause, Frank Wood
Synopsis: “Major-league rookie pitcher Hopper Gibson has lost his focus. After choking on the mound, he’s sent down to the minors and prescribed sessions with an unorthodox sports therapist, who pushes him to uncover the origins of his anxiety. Beneath it all is his fraught relationship with his overbearing ex-con father, whose tough love is the source of both his success and his paralysis.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Right Now, Wrong Then
Director: Hong Sang-soo
Cast: Jae-yeong Jeong, Kim Min-Hie, Yoon Yeo-jeong, Gi Ju-bong, Hwa-Jeong Choi, Yoo Joon-Sang, Seo Young-Hwa, Ko Ah-Sung
Synopsis: “By accident, a film director arrives in town a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, he stops by a restored old palace and meets a fledgling artist. She’s never seen any of his films, but knows he’s famous. They talk. And together, they go to her workshop to look at her paintings, have sushi and soju. More conversation follows, and drinks, and then an awkward get-together with friends where all sorts of secrets are revealed. All the while, they may or may not be falling for each other. Then, quite unexpectedly, we begin again, but now things appear somewhat different…”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in seven additional markets through the end of August)

Septembers of Shiraz
Director: Wayne Blair
Cast: Salma Hayek, Adrien Brody, Shohreh Aghdashloo
Synopsis: “The harrowing story of a secular Jewish family in Iran as they fight for their lives immediately following the 1979 revolution.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC

Swiss Army Man
Directors: Daniel Scheinert & Daniel Kwan
Cast: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Synopsis: “Alone on a tiny deserted island, Hank has given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body washes ashore, and he soon realizes it may be his last opportunity to escape certain death. Armed with his new ‘friend’ and an unusual bag of tricks, the duo go on an epic adventure to bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands nationwide in July)


Directors: Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari
Synopsis: “An intimate coming-of-age story about a new kind of American heroine. For the first time, women’s boxing is included in the 2012 Olympics. Fighting for gold is 17-year-old Claressa “T-Rex” Shields. From the streets of Flint, Michigan, Claressa is undefeated and utterly confident. Her fierceness extends beyond the ring. She protects her family at any cost, even when their instability and addictions threaten to derail her dream. As she gets closer to her dream her relationships with her coach and her family get more complicated. But Claressa is determined. She desperately wants to take her family to a better, safer place and winning gold could be her only chance. [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York


Director: Johnnie To
Cast: Louis Koo, Vicki Zhao, Wallace Chung
Synopsis: “When a police sting goes bad, a cornered criminal makes a desperate choice: he shoots himself, forcing the officers to cease fire and take him to the hospital. Once there, he refuses treatment, waiting for his cohorts to break him out. Caught between an obsessed cop and the surgeon assigned to save his life, the hospital is now a battleground of deception, double-crosses, and a coming onslaught of violence.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC)

The Vigilante Diaries

Director: Christian Sesma
Cast: Jason Mewes, Michael Jai White, Michael Madsen, Paul Sloan, Quinton Jackson
Synopsis: “A team of black-ops agents turned crime-fighters, led by an elusive, brooding anti-hero of near-mythical physical and weapons skills, known only as The Vigilante. Abandoned by governments, corporations and his handlers and with a bounty on his head, The Vigilante’s jam-packed missions of rescue and revenge take the audience from the mega-mansions and underbelly of Los Angeles to far-flung locales including Iraq, Armenia, Russia, and the UK.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Director: Todd Solondz
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, Julie Delpy, Zosia Mamet, Brie Larson
Synopsis: “‘Wiener-Dog’ tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading a certain kind of comfort and joy. Man’s best friend starts out teaching a young boy some contorted life lessons before being taken in by a compassionate vet tech named Dawn Wiener. Dawn reunites with someone from her past and sets off on a road trip picking up some depressed mariachis along the way. ‘Wiener-Dog’ then encounters a floundering film professor, as well as an embittered elderly woman and her needy granddaughter—all longing for something more.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to additional markets through September)

Here are all the releases from June 17; you can still catch these movies in theaters.

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