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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 22, 2016)

Wondering what movies are out this weekend? We've got you covered.

Don't Think Twice

“Don’t Think Twice”

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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.

For July, 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 22. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Ice Age: Collision Course
Director: Galen T. Chu, Mike Thermeier
Cast: Adam DeVine, Jennifer Lopez, Melissa Rauch
Synopsis: Scrat’s epic pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet. To save themselves from peril, Manny, Sid, Diego, and the rest of the herd leave their home and embark on a quest full of thrills and spills, highs and lows, laughter and adventure while traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Director: Dinesh D’Souza
Synopsis: Documentarian Dinesh D’Souza analyzes the history of the Democratic Party and what he thinks are Hillary Clinton’s true motivations.

Lights Out
Director: David F. Sandberg
Cast: Teresa Palmer, Alexander DiPersia, Gabriel Bateman
Synopsis: A woman is haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out.

Star Trek Beyond
Director: Justin Lin
Cast: Chris Pine, Idris Elba, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Sofia Boutella, Alice Eve, Deep Roy, Johannes Taslim
Synopsis: The USS Enterprise crew, led by Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), have been attacked by a powerful unstoppable wave of unknown aliens, who destroy the Enterprise, leaving them stranded on a new planet where they find themselves in conflict with a new ruthless enemy, while finding a way to get off the planet.


Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Director: Mandie Fletcher
Cast: Gwendoline Christie, Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Jon Hamm, Rebel Wilson
Synopsis: Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamor, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hot-spots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and St. Louis)

Beta Test
Director: Nicholas Gyeney
Cast: Kevon Stover, Larenz Tale, Linden Ashby, Manu Bennett, Yuji Okumoto
Synopsis: The film’s storyline revolves around Max Troy (Tate, House of Lies, Rush), a Seattle-based video game champion and game tester who is about to test the latest game sensation from global video game juggernaut, Sentinel. As Max begins his procedural dissection of the game, he begins to realize this new game is not like any other. As Max completes new tasks, events in the real world begin to mirror them. Soon, Max uncovers a deep-rooted conspiracy from within the walls of Sentinel, which leads him to discover that the game’s protagonist, Orson Creed (Bennett, Arrow, The Hobbit), is a real man, in the real world. If Max can somehow join forces with Creed, together they may have a chance at unraveling this conspiracy before the tasks in the game escalate and overwhelm their city.
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington DC)

The Childhood of a Leader
Director: Brady Corbet
Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Robert Pattinson, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin
Synopsis: A child’s angelic face conceals a budding sociopath in the audacious feature debut from actor Brady Corbet. A powerhouse international cast led by Robert Pattinson and Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) headlines this dark domestic nightmare. Set amidst the turmoil of World War I and its aftermath, it follows the young son of an American diplomat living in France as he learns to manipulate the adults around him-a monstrous coming of age that ominously parallels the rising tide of Fascism in Europe.
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on July 29th)

Don’t Think Twice
Director: Mike Birbiglia
Cast: Mike Birbilgia, Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher
Synopsis: When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets cast on a hit TV show, the rest of the group – all best friends – start to realize that not everyone is going to make it after all. From the director of “Sleepwalk With Me” and the creator of This American Life comes “Don’t Think Twice,” a critically acclaimed comedy packed with comic stars Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard and Tami Sagher that presents a hilarious and honest look at the lives of professional funny people.
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to various cities on July 29th and additional markets through August)

Don’t Worry Baby
Director: Julian Branciforte
Cast: Christopher McDonald, Dreama Walker, John Magaro, Tom Lipinski
Synopsis: Struggling photographer Robert and his philandering father Harry realize that they each had a one-night stand with the same woman, Sara-Beth, in the same week. Years later, they realize that either one of them might be the biological father of her adorable four-year-old daughter. They begrudgingly agree to share fatherly duties while awaiting a paternity test.
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Milwaukee and St. Paul)

Fight Valley
Director: Rob Hawk
Cast: Alexandria Williams, Arthur Maurizio, Bonnie Bruderer, Cabrian Collesides, Chelsea Durkalec, Cris Cyborg, Dre Edmonds, Erin O’Brien, Holly Holm, Ivy Lashawn Coleman, Jefferson Sanders, Kari J. Kramer, Miesha Tate, Rocco Michaluk, Salvatore Franciosa, Susie Celek
Synopsis: Twenty-two year old Tory Coro gets involved in an underground fighting ring in a rough section of Camden, NJ. When her bruised and beaten body is found abandoned in the woods, rumors begin to swirl that Tori died in Fight Valley, an unofficial neighborhood where fighters go to make money. Tori’s sister Windsor moves to town to start her own investigation. Jab’s, a respected fighter turned gym owner, agrees to train Windsor as she prepares to come face to face with Tori’s killer and fight for justice.
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Orlando, Philadelphia and Santa Fe)

For The Plasma
Director: Bingham Bryant, Kyle Molzan
Cast: James Han, Erica Jennifer Hill, Ryohei Hoshi
Synopsis: In a remote house in Maine, two old friends analyze CCTV footage of the surrounding forest to predict shifts in global financial markets. From this cryptic premise grows a lo-fi mind-bender of intimate scale and startling relevance that flirts with sci-fi and horror conventions even as it subverts them. To the strains of an electronic score, For the Plasma juxtaposes pastoral imagery with surveillance technology, every shade and shadow captured in gorgeous 16mm.
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to other cities on July 29th)

Hooligan Sparrow
Director: Nanfu Wang
Cast: Haiyan Ye, Yu Wang
Synopsis: The danger is palpable as intrepid young filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues to Hainan Province in southern China to protest the case of six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal. Marked as enemies of the state, the activists are under constant government surveillance and face interrogation, harassment, and imprisonment. Sparrow, who gained notoriety with her advocacy work for sex workers’ rights, continues to champion girls’ and women’s rights and arms herself with the power and reach of social media.
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on July 29th)

One Night Only
Director: Matt Wu
Cast: Aaron Kwok, Andy On, Hao Lei, Yang Zishan
Synopsis: Having lost all his fortune and loved ones from gambling, Gao Ye walks out from prison to a even more cruel world. Intrigued by a beautiful hooker who approaches him for unknown reason, he comes up a master plan to redeem everything he once had. But things immediately spin wildly out of control as they find themselves fallen into a bigger scheme set up by the underground. Will they survive this one night to see another sunrise?
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC)

Director: Noah Pritzker
Cast: Benjamin Konigsberg, Greg Germann, Kara Hayward, Kieran Culkin, Mira Sorvino, Morgan Turner, Saffron Burrows, Scott Lawrence
Synopsis: Quitters is a darkly comic look at difficult people in the world of privileged San Francisco. It tells the story of the Raymans, a wealthy Jewish family that’s falling apart. The son, Clark, is a bright and curious high schooler with a talent for manipulation. As his mother May enters treatment for a pill addiction, and he and his father Roger stop getting along, Clark thinks about running away from home. He just needs to decide where to go.
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Director: Catherine Corsini
Cast: Cécile De France, Izia Higelin, Kévin Azaïs, Noémie Lvovsky
Synopsis: France, 1971. Delphine moves from her conservative parents’ home near Limoges to Paris to break free from her rural lifestyle and gain financial independence. There, she meets and is drawn to Carole, with whom she embarks on a passionate, mutually invigorating love affair. When a family sickness pulls Delphine back to the farm, their bliss is interrupted and Carole has to decide whether to follow her into hostile territory, where their relationship becomes more complicated and fraught than its seductive, luminous visual palette initially suggests.
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Train to Busan
Director: Yeon Sang-Ho
Cast: Gong Yoo, Jung Yumi, Kim Su-An, Ma Dong-seok
Synopsis: Marshal law is declared when a mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency. Those on an express train to Busan, a city that has successfully fended off the viral outbreak, must fight for their own survival…
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York, Los Angeles and select cities nationwide)

There are more releases from July 15, which you can still catch here.

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