Last weekend’s box office winner with the No. 1 spot was TMNT: Out of the Shadows with $35.3 million. See ya, Disney! (Until Finding Dory.) This weekend has a can’t-believe-that-game-is-adapted-to-a-feature-film, a buddy cop comedy, multiple documentaries, and two sequels.
Germans & Jews is a documentary about Germans grappling with their past regarding the Holocaust.
Puerto Ricans in Paris is a comedy about two childhood best friends, and detectives, who are sent to Paris. Starring Luis Guzmán and Edgar Garcia, executive produced by Pitbull.
De Palma is a documentary about film director Brian De Palma. OK.
Len and Company stars Rhys Ifans as an aging rockstar and successful producer who self-exiles to upstate New York.
Traded is the latest action western. It stars Kris Kristofferson as a sharpshooter searching for his daughter.
Therapy for a Vampire is a comedy about a vampire who also happens to be a patient of Sigmund Freud. This film was released in its native country, Austria, in 2014.
Tikkun is about an ultra-orthodox scholar who questions his faith, and wonders if God is testing him, when he is revived from the afterlife. The film took top honors at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
King Jack is an indie drama starring Charlie Plummer as Jack, a friendless fifteen-year-old in a small, depressed town. This looks like a movie that feels longer than summer vacation and where not a whole lot happens.
Warcraft is the weekend’s potential blockbuster. It stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, and a lot of digital artistry in an attempt to depict the popular RPG as a feature film. The film is written and directed by Duncan Jones.
Genius tells the story of Max Perkins, who oversaw the publication of Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law), Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce), among others. The film that is a joint effort of the US and UK but cast no American actors as our country’s supposed great writers (though having only two named female character, Aline Bernstein, who was romantically linked to Wolfe, and poor Zelda Fitzgerald, while Perkins published at least three women—Edith Wharton, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Marguerite Young— is very American).
Careful What You Wish For stars Isabel Lucas and Nick Jonas, who apparently didn’t think about consequences as a Disney kid star. Jonas is an awe shucks local who Rear Windows a hot co-ed, played by Isabel Lucas, who has her revenge. Or needs to be rescued. Who knows, this trailer is 10 percent Eagle Eye and 90 percent The Loft.
Last Cab to Darwin is bout a cab driver on One Last Drive to Die On His Own terms. The film stars Michael Caton and Jacki Weaver, who is everything.
Now You See Me 2 is the sequel for the 2013 film Now You See Me. It stars Mark Ruffalo, Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, and Woody Harrelson.
The Conjuring 2 is this week’s other sequel, and will rake in a reasonable sum of money, probably. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are back as Ed and Lorraine Warren, the couple people believe are legit paranormal investigators, and stars of 2013’s The Conjuring. The Warrens head to the UK in search of Electric Boogaloo.
Diary of a Chambermaid stars stars Léa Seydoux as Célestine, a beleagured chambermaid working for a wealthy couple in the early 1900s. It is based on the 1900 novel of the same name; this is the fifth film adaptation.
Also out this weekend: From Afar, which opened Wednesday, the Indiana thriller TE3N. Previously released films include Neighbors 2, Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping, and The Witness.