Category: Monthly Movie Preview

February 18, 2015 Sam Davenport

Mountains have a certain picturesque setting to them that draws many in — both for the beauty and danger. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is dedicated to the love of the mountains. On Feb. 27 and 28, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to UAA for an action-packed night of films in…

February 11, 2015 Samantha Davenport

Telluride Mountainfilm is an annual festival and worldwide tour, displaying an array of beautiful and unique films from around the globe. Mountainfilm on Tour hit UAA’s Wendy Williamson Auditorium Jan. 30-31. Films can be watched online at www.mountainfilm.org 1. It’s visually pleasing. Every film had a beautiful sight for the eyes the second night of…

July 22, 2014 Sam Davenport

Aug. 1

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

In this new Marvel adventure, everyday man and pilot Peter Quill — or as he calls himself, “Star-Lord” (Chris Pratt, “Parks and Recreation”) — journeys into space and comes upon a coveted orb. Soon after he possesses the orb, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”) comes after him.

“Get on Up”

A biography on James Brown’s life, “Get on Up” traces James Brown’s (Chadwick Boseman, “Draft Day”) journey as an impoverished young man with no parents, who went from raising his sister to his life as a famous musician and founding fathers of funk music.

“Calvary”

Fr. James Lavelle (Brendon Gleeson, “Edge of Tomorrow”) has a person confess that he wants to kill him because he was raped as a child by a priest. Lavelle is forced to make decisions to protect himself and his daughter, Fiona Lavelle (Kelly Reilly, “Heaven Is for Real”), while staying as true to his religion as he can.

“What If”

When Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe, “Horns”) meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan, “The Pretty One”), he falls in love with her, despite the fact she has a boyfriend and makes Wallace agree they are just friends. All of his friends tell him that there is no way that men and women can be just friends, but Wallace makes honest efforts to do so.

Aug. 8

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles must save the city from the threat of destruction by a new robot creation that Shredder (William Fichtner, “The Homesman”) has created to take over. Along the way, the secret of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can no longer be kept — especially after April O’Neil (Megan Fox, “This Is 40”) discovers them.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey”

When a new family moves to France, they open an Indian restaurant, run by the son, Hassan Haji (Manish Dayal, “California Scheming”). It is across the street from the premier French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, “Red 2”). At first the two are very competitive with one another, but they soon learn they each have a thing or two to learn from one another.

“Into the Storm”

Lifelong tornado scientist Allison Stone (Sarah Wayne Callies, “The Walking Dead”) finds herself in a super storm unlike anything the world has seen before. Along the way, she and her team help Gary Morris (Richard Armitage, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”) look for his son and bring him to what safety he can give to his son in the biggest storm to ever hit.

“About Alex”

“About Alex” is the story of the reunion of college friends after their friend, Alex (Jason Ritter, “Parenthood”), tries to commit suicide. The reunion is primarily to make sure Alex doesn’t try anything again, but the friends soon find out that old feelings from college are quick to resurface — and Alex isn’t the only one with issues.

Aug. 15

“The Expendables 3”

The stellar “The Expendables” crew, old and new, is back in business with even more stars. The team takes on a whole new kind of mission lead by Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone, “Grudge Match”) as they take on arms dealer and co-founder of the Expendables, Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson, “Machete Kills”).

“The Giver”

Based on the popular book by the same title, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites, “Maleficent”) realizes there’s more in his dystopian world than what his government says. When he begins meeting with the Giver (Jeff Bridges, “R.I.P.D.”), Jonas soon begins to defy the society he’s been living in his whole life and eventually takes the Giver’s place.

“Let’s Be Cops”

When two friends, Ryan (Jake Johnson, “Neighbors”) and Justin (Damon Wayans, Jr., “Someone Marry Barry”), dress up as cops for a costume party, they realize people think they are actual cops. Their newfound power over others takes their impersonation of cops to the next level when they purchase a police car and start doing actual police work.

“As Above, So Below”

In this horror fiction, archeologists search in the catacombs beneath Paris for a long lost treasure. While there they find themselves in the middle of terror like they’ve never known in the world’s largest mass grave.

“Frank”

A music group lead by Frank (Michael Fassbender, “The Counselor”), who constantly wears a large cartoon mask, take a journey to become more well-known, traveling to South by Southwest and creating new music. Meanwhile, the rest of the band encourages Frank to take off the ridiculous mask he wears.

“The Trip to Italy”

In the TV show and movie “The Trip,” stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play fictionalized versions of themselves and go on a restaurant tour of England. Back at it again, the two go on another food tasting journey. They travel across Italy for six meals in six different places: Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and Capri. The trip becomes a completely unserious and sarcastic trip between joking friends who happen to taste delicious meals along the way.

“Life After Beth”

Zach Orfman’s (Dane DeHaan, “Devil’s Knot”) deceased girlfriend, Beth Slocum (Aubrey Plaza, “Parks and Recreation”), rises from the dead as zombie. Zach and Beth’s parents, Maury (John C. Reilly, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”) and Geenie (Molly Shannon, “Getting On”), must try and keep her under control and decide if having Beth back is really worth all the trouble of dealing with her as a zombie.

“The One I Love”

Couple (Mark Duplass, “Togetherness”) and (Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”) wake up from a drunken and stoned night after a huge fight only to nonchalantly shrug it off. The two then embark on a weekend getaway that becomes nothing they would have expected.

Aug. 22

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”

In this comic book-style movie, pictured partly in black and white, a group of outlaws led by Johnny (Joseph Gordon Levitt, “The Wind Rises”) fight against the all-powerful, rich and corrupt Senator Roark (Powers Boothe, “Nashville”) in Sin City .

“If I Stay”

Cellist Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz, “Clouds of Sils Maria”) meets another musician, Adam (Jamie Blackley, “The Fifth Estate”), who pushes her to showcase her talents as a musician and to pursue her dreams. She then gets into a car crash that puts her into a coma. When she has an out-of-body experience involving herself and her family at the scene of the crash and of herself at the hospital, she must make a choice to wake up or not.

“When the Game Stands Tall”

Led by coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel, “Person of Interest”), De La Salle High School had the longest football winning streak in history, having won 151 games in a row. The team learns that the pressure to win has been weighing on them and now more than ever.

“Love Is Strange”

Newlyweds Ben (John Lithgow, “How I Met Your Mother”) and George (Alfred Molina, “Once Upon a Time: Journey to Neverland”) face a challenge when George loses his teaching job at a Catholic school for marrying Ben. The couple needs to sell their house and stay with family separately to make ends meet.

“Are You Here”

Old best friends Steve Dallas (Owen Wilson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”) and Ben Baker (Zach Galifianakis, “Muppets Most Wanted”) return to their hometown together when Ben finds he has come into a large inheritance from his estranged father. His family fight him for the estate because of his sanity.

Aug. 29

“Jessabelle”

Jessabelle (Sarah Snook, “Predestination”) returns home after a long stay at the hospital, following a car accident that killed her boyfriend and put her in a wheelchair. At home, she finds a spirit that has been waiting for her and never wants her to leave after watching a video her mother created for her.

“The November Man”

A former CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan, “A Long Way Down”) is called back for a mission that sets Peter against his very own pupil David Mason (Luke Bracey, “Westside”).

“The Congress”

When “The Princess Bride” actress Robin Wright (self, “A Most Wanted Man”) discovers her son, Aaron (Kodi Smit-McPhee, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), is sick, she throws away her chance to do a multitude of movies to be with him. She is then pushed into doing one last role to save her son. The role, however, will forever change her life.

“Life of Crime”

Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins, “Back to 1942”) wants to get away from his wife, Mickey (Jennifer Aniston, “We’re The Millers”), to be with his mistress (Isla Fisher, “Arrested Development”). Luckily for him, she gets taken as a hostage. Those who take her demand 1 million as ransom, and there’s just one catch: He doesn’t want her back. In a turn of fate, his wife and mistress end up working together with those who took Mickey.

June 24, 2014 Sam Davenport

July 4

“Tammy”

When Tammy (Melissa McCarthy, “The Heat”) gets fired from her job at a fast food restaurant called Topper Jack’s, she takes to the road with her grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon, “Ping Pong Summer”) in a crazy adventure.

 

“Deliver Us from Evil”

Detective Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana, “Lone Survivor”) believes that human nature can explain everything. A priest named Mendoza (Édgar Ramírez, “The Counselor”) makes Sarchie question that belief, saying the cases Sarchie is dealing with are demonic possessions. 

 

“Earth to Echo”

While hanging out, a group of kids’ phones start going haywire and receive images of a map. Wanting to find out what it all means, they go to the location on the map and find the alien named Echo who needs their help.

 

“Life Itself”

“Life Itself” is the documentary on the movie critic Roger Ebert (self, “Roger Ebert’s 14th Annual Film Festival: A Retrospective”) and writer of “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.” The film explores how he has advanced the movie industry and also documents his battle with cancer.

 

July 11

 

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

After the virus released 10 years ago wipes out most of the human population, the genetically evolved apes have taken over. When a group of surviving humans come across the apes they try to make peace, but the peace can only stand for so long before one species goes extinct. Get ready for a story of survival of the fittest as the apes and humans enter into war of the species.

 

“The Fluffy Movie”

“The Fluffy Movie” is a documentary film of Gabriel Iglesias, or “Fluffy,” and stand-up comedy shows and his rise to fame as a comedian. The documentary will only be available in theaters.

 

“Boyhood”

“Boyhood” follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane, “Hallettsville”) from age 5 to 18. It takes a look at love, dealing with change and growing up.

 

“And So It Goes”

Oren Little (Michael Douglas, “Last Vegas”) finds himself in charge of taking care of his granddaughter, whom he recently found out about when his estranged son comes asking for help. Little must enlist his neighbor (Diane Keaton, “The Big Wedding”) and his friend (Frances Sternhagen, “The Closer”) for help in taking care of the girl that he has no idea how to care for.

 

“Land Ho!”

When two old friends and former brothers-in-law Colin (Paul Eenhoorn, “This Is Martin Bonner”) and Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson, “Pilgrim Song”) reunite after years apart, Mitch surprises Colin with plane tickets to Iceland despite the other’s trepidations. Mitch uses the trip as a chance to help Colin get over his deceased wife, Patty, and rediscover why life is beautiful.

 

July 18

 

“Sex Tape”

With their sex lives slowing down and their relationship on the brink, Annie (Cameron Diaz, “The Other Woman”) and Jay (Jason Segel, “How I Met Your Mother”) decide to make a sex tape to reignite their spark. While making the film does just that, the video accidentally makes it onto Jay’s cloud account, where it’s available for all their friends and family to see. The two take every step to make sure no one sees the video.

 

“The Purge: Anarchy”

The annual purge from the first “Purge” film hasn’t stopped in the dystopian United States. In “The Purge: Anarchy,” couple Shane (Zach Gilford, “Devil’s Due”) and Liz (Kiele Sanchez, “Kingdom”) must survive the streets after their car breaks down. “Anarchy” also follows Leo (Frank Grillo, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), who is out seeking revenge for his son’s death.

 

“Planes: Fire and Rescue”

From the creators of “Cars” comes “Planes: Fire and Rescue,” the story of air racer Dusty  (Dane Cook, “Planes”), from the first “Planes” movie, who has a damaged engine and can never race again. Dusty becomes an aerial firefighter in place of racing.

 

“Wish I Was Here”

Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff, “Oz the Great and Powerful”), facing many life changes and decisions as a struggling actor, questions what is good for himself and his family. He decides to home school his two children, Grace (Joey King, “American Dad!”) and Tucker (Pierce Gagnon, “Big Thunder”), to become closer with both his kids and his wife, Sarah (Kate Hudson, “Clear History”).

 

 

 

 

“Mood Indigo”

Bachelor Colin (Romain Duris, “Populaire”) gets pushed by friends to meet Chloé (Audrey Tautou, “Thérèse”). The two fall in love and later get married, but then Chloé gets a rare disease where a flower grows in her lungs and Colin must take care of her.

 

“I Origins”

Ian Gray (Michael Pitt, “Seven Psychopaths”) follows a pattern of numbers to a billboard with a pair of eyes on them.  He then meets the girl that the eyes belong to, Sofi (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, “Juliette”). She talks of how she feels they know each other from a past life, which he refuses to believe as a scientist. Despite this, the two fall in love, and following her death Ian has to face that maybe what Sofi said is true.

 

July 25 

 

“Hercules”

Hercules (Dwanyne Johnson, “Ballers”), after completing his 12 labors, is enlisted to help defeat a warlord and the gods by the King of Thrace.  Hercules’ success will help put the rightful king back in charge. He also seeks to take revenge on those who killed his family.

 

“Lucy”

Lucy (Scarlett Johansson, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) is a captive being tested on with an experimental drug that allows her to access a larger percentage of her brain. She goes on a search to destroy her captors. The tests seem to backfire on the captors, as Lucy is able to perform almost inhuman feats with greater access to her brainpower.

 

“Step Up: All In”

Previous stars and new stars of “Step Up” come together in Las Vegas to battle for the ultimate dance title to help cement their futures as dancers.

 

“Magic in the Moonlight”

Stanley, (Colin Firth, “Devil’s Knot”), a masterful magician, is recruited to investigate reports of a supposed spirit medium. He must determine if whether or not the young socialite, Sophie (Emma Stone, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2“), is truly a medium. During his investigations she makes him question if magic really does exist and if illusions aren’t the only way for magic to happen.

 

“A Most Wanted Man”

A Muslim man illegally immigrates into Hamburg, Germany. German spies, lead by Günther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman, “God’s Pocket”), go after the man and a group he’s involved in unauthorized  means to protect national security.

 

“Very Good Girls”

After high school, best friends Lilly (Dakota Fanning, “The Motel Life”) and Gerry (Elizabeth Olsen, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) embark on a quest to lose their virginities before college. The two end up falling for David (Boyd Holbrook, “Out of the Furnace”), and their friendship and relationship with him is tested.

 

“Happy Christmas”

After breaking up with her boyfriend, Jenny (Anna Kendrick, “Life After Beth”), comes to live in Chicago and stays with her brother Jeff (Joe Swanberg, “Proxy”), his wife Kelly (Melanie Lynskey, “Togetherness”) and their new baby before she gets a place of her own. Her partying and drinking threaten her ability to stay with her brother and his family, and she must learn to shape up.

May 20, 2014 Sam Davenport

June 6 “Edge of Tomorrow”Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise, “Oblivion”) finds himself reliving over and over again events leading up to the battle in which he dies. Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt, “The Wind Rises”) helps him to improve himself and make sure he survives through the battle. He never wants to relive that fateful…

March 19, 2014 Sam Davenport

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” – April 4 Captain America or Steve Rogers (Chris Evans, “Thor: The Dark World”), wakes up in the future and becomes a member of the S.H.E.I.L.D. organization. He is faced with defeating a villain known as the Winter Soldier, who has stayed anonymous and hidden from most of the United…