There’s no question that last weekend’s Captain America took the box office lead. Marvel’s best reviewed film took nearly $180 million in profits, knocking The Jungle Book to No. 2.
This weekend features no blockbusters, but does contain a Hangover-like release with a great cast and three scary movies.
What We Become
Bo Mikkelsen’s zombie film finds a family struggling to survive in their small, quarantined town during the outbreak of a virulent flu.
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty
A young man inherits haunted property and must find and awaken Sleeping Beauty to break the curse (and live on land that’s not haunted!) in this film that looks like it was made by a handful of undergrads.
Kill Zone 2
Tony Jaa is a prison guard raising money for his daughter’s leukemia treatment. He takes a special interest in a prisoner who is an undercover police officer (who has been burned!) and a match for his daughter. The two martial arts experts must work together to keep him alive, and use the power of fighting since there’s a language barrier.
The English-language debut from Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) stars Colin Farrell, John C. Reilly, and Ben Whishaw as single people in danger of being turned into an animal if they don’t find a partner in 45 days. Rachel Weisz also stars. The film has been gathering praise and steam during its festival run.
This is the Red Band trailer
Thomas Middleditch plays a hapless groom who finds himself stranded in Mexico after his attempts at winning back his bride (Shannon Woodward) fail; T.J Miller and Adam Pally are the best friends tasked with saving him. The cast also includes J.B. Smoove, Lance Reddick, Krysten Ritter, and Alison Brie. This is the 2014 directorial debut from Scot Armstrong; this weekend is the film’s US release.
George Clooney is a Jim Cramer-like financial TV personality held hostage by a viewer (portrayed by criminally underrated Jack O’Connell). Julia Roberts is a production manager counseling Clooney during the hostage. Additional cast includes Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito, and Caitriona Balfe; directed by Jodie Foster.
Kevin Bacon stars in this PG-13 horror film about a family that brings a darkness to their home after a trip to the Grand Canyon. Native American hauntings: apparently still in!
Last Days in the Desert
Ewan McGregor, a white man, is Jesus (not a white man), during his 40 days in the desert. The film is well-reviewed. Lent this year began on February 10 and ended March 26.
Based on the 1932 novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, the film follows the life of a Scottish woman born into a dysfunctional Scottish farming family, whose brief happiness is interrupted by the arrival of WWI.
Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, and Elisabeth Moss star in the adaptation of the 1975 novel by J.G. Ballard. The residence of a posh high-rise succumb to a life of decadence and classicism, eventually suffering the consequences of their hedonistic lifestyle.
Love & Friendship
Whit Stillman directs this adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, uniting Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny as social women in the 1790s.
Pelé: Birth of a Legend
This is a biographical film about the world’s biggest soccer star, Pelé. Pass the tissues.