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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 1, 2016)

Wondering what movies are out this weekend?

Life, Animated

“Life, Animated”

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 below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

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

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 1. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Mark Rylance, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Ruby Barnhill
SynopsisThe BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

The Legend of Tarzan
Director: David Yates
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Hounsou, Ella Purnell, John Hurt, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Simon Russell Beale
Synopsis: Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

Our Kind of Traitor
Director: Susanna White
Cast: Damian Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgård
Synopsis: While on holiday in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple, Perry and Gail, befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, Dima, who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia. When Dima asks for their help to deliver classified information to the British Secret Services, Perry and Gail get caught in a dangerous world of international espionage and dirty politics. The couple is propelled on a perilous journey through Paris and Bern, a safe house in the French Alps, to the murky corners of the City of London and an alliance with the British Government via a ruthless and determined MI6 agent.

The Purge: Election Year
Director: James DeMonaco
Cast: Christopher James Baker, David Aaron Baker, Edwin Hodge, Elizabeth Mitchell, Ethan Phillips, Frank Grillo, Joseph Julian Soria, Kimberly Howe, Kyle Secor, Mykelti Williamson, Raymond J. Barry
Synopsis: Two years after choosing not to kill the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Leo Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlene Roan, the front runner in the next Presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge. On the night of what should be the final Purge, a betrayal from within the government forces Barnes and Roan out onto the street where they must fight to survive the night.


Director: Alex Simmons
Cast: Brian T. Finney, Claire Coffee, David Giuntoli, Flula Borg, Jeanne Syquia
Synopsis: When David is left by his fiancé just days before the wedding, Flula, his relentlessly upbeat best man, insists that the pair go on David’s previously planned honeymoon: a seven-day backpacking trip through the breathtaking mountains of Oregon. Their adventures are bookended with passages from William Clark’s diary describing his friendship with Meriwether Lewis and the terrain they crossed during their expedition.
Theatrical Release: Various (including Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto)

Carnage Park
Director: Mickey Keating
Cast: Alan Ruck, Ashley Bell, Darby Stanchfield, Graham Skipper, James Landry Hebért, Larry Fessenden, Michael Villar, Pat Healy
Synopsis: The year is 1978. After botching an ill-conceived bank robbery in a desolate California town, two wannabe crooks named Scorpion Joe and Lenny flee the scene with a hostage, Vivian, and lead the local lawmen on a dangerous high-speed chase. With his partner suffering from a gunshot wound and losing blood fast, Joe takes to the back roads to dodge the heat, but he unwittingly steers them into the path of a far more dangerous evil: a psychotic ex-military sniper who doesn’t take kindly to strangers. Thrust into a wicked game of cat and mouse with a highly trained and mentally imbalanced killer, they begin a harrowing fight for survival.
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on July 8th)

The Innocents
Director: Anne Fontaine
Cast: Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Anna Próchniak, Dorota Kuduk, Eliza Rycembel, Helena Sujecka, Joanna Kulig, Katarzyna Dąbrowska, Klara Bielawka, Lou de Laâge, Vincent Macaigne
Synopsis: Warsaw, December 1945: the second World War is finally over and Mathilde is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic one night begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters’ fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother (Agata Kulesza, Ida). Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the new anti-Catholic Communist government, and facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as their belief and traditions clash with harsh realities.
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various markets through September)

Life, Animated
Director: Roger Ross Williams
Synopsis: At three years old, a chatty, energetic little boy named Owen Suskind ceased to speak, disappearing into autism with apparently no way out. Almost four years passed and the only stimuli that engaged Owen were Disney films. Then one day, his father donned a puppet—Iago, the wisecracking parrot from Aladdin—and asked ‘what’s it like to be you?’ And poof! Owen replied, with dialogue from the movie. ‘Life, Animated’ tells the remarkable story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world.
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various markets through the end of August)

Director: Steven C. Miller
Cast: Adrian Grenier, Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista, Johnathon Schaech, Lydia Hull, Texas Battle, Tyler Jon Olson
Synopsis: When a bank is hit by a brutal heist, all evidence points to the owner (Bruce Willis) and his high-powered clients. But as a group of FBI agents (Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista and Adrian Grenier) dig deeper into the case — and the deadly heists continue — it becomes clear that a larger conspiracy is at play.
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Philadelphia)

Microbe and Gasoline

Director: Michel Gondry
Cast: Ange Dargent, Audrey Tautou, Étienne Charry, Fabio Zenoni, Laurent Poitrenaux, Sacha Bourdo and Théophile Baquet
Synopsis: Microbe, a shy, aspiring artist, has trouble making friends at school until he meets Gasoline, a likeminded outcast. Together they hatch a plan to build a car and spend their summer on an epic road trip across France.
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various cities throughout September)

Roseanne for President!
Director: Eric Weinrib
Cast: Farheen Hakeem, Michael Moore, Roseanne Barr, Rosie O’Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, Tom Smothers
Synopsis: Comedian Roseanne Barr always went against the odds, first as an assertive housewife struggling to pay the bills on her sitcom. Now she tests the limits of the two-party system, vying for candidacy on the 2012 ballot.
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Director: Jeffrey G. Hunt
Cast: Devanny Pinn, Marc Barnes, Sarah Hyland
Synopsis: Four friends on their way to Coachella stop off in Los Angeles to tour true-crime occult sites, only to encounter a mysterious young runaway who puts them on a terrifying path to ultimate horror.
Theatrical Release: Columbus, Vancouver and Greensboro, NC

There are more releases from June 24, which you can still catch here.

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