THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016) Adventure, Drama, Family
Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) must leave the only home he’s ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther (Ben Kingsley) and a free-spirited bear (Bill Murray), the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python and a smooth-talking ape. Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to much adventure.
Director: Jon Favreau Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken, Garry Shandling
SING STREET Comedy, Drama, Music
It’s the 1980s in Dublin, seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), looking for a break from his strained homelife, and trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band… yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what his promise – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos.
Director: John Carney Cast: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy
REGRESSION Crime, Drama, Mystery
Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.
Director: Alejandro Amenábar Cast: Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis, Emma Watson, Devon Bostick, Dale Dickey, David Dencik, Aaron Ashmore, Lothaire Bluteau, Adam Butcher
TOUCHED WITH FIRE Drama, Romance
When two poets with bipolar disorder meet in a treatment facility, their chemistry is instant and intense driving each other’s mania to new heights. They pursue their passion which breaks outside the bounds of sanity, swinging them from fantastical highs to tormented lows until they ultimately must choose between sanity and love.
Director: Paul Dalio Cast: Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby, Christine Lahti, Griffin Dunne, Bruce Altman, Alex Manette
FORSAKEN Drama, Western
Kiefer and Donald Sutherland share the screen in this brooding western about an embittered gunslinger who attempts to make amends with his estranged father whilst their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.
Director: Jon Cassar Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Brian Cox, Michael Wincott, Aaron Poole,
Demi Moore, Landon Liboiron, Greg Ellis, Siobhan Williams
JANE GOT A GUN Action, Drama, Western
With help from her boozing ex-lover (Joel Edgerton), a woman (Natalie Portman) tries to defend her injured husband (Noah Emmerich) from a vengeful outlaw (Ewan McGregor) and his gang of killers in the Old West.
Director: Gavin O’Connor Cast: Natalie Portman,
Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich,
Boyd Holbrook, Rodrigo Santoro, Sam Quinn
BLACKWAY (aka GO WITH ME) Thriller
Lillian (Julia Stiles), returns to her hometown after the death of her mother, and unwittingly raises the interest and eventual ire of Blackway (Ray Liotta), a crazed ex-cop turned violent crimelord. Blackway’s stalking and relentless harassment forces Lillian to seek help. She forms an unlikely alliance with a retired logger (Anthony Hopkins), still grieving over the loss of his daughter, who carries a secret vendetta against Blackway. Together with a young, introverted friend (Alexander Ludwig), the threesome set out for justice and revenge against the sociopathic Blackway, leading them on a violent, perilous journey that culminates in a face to face showdown with their nemesis.
Director: Daniel Alfredson Cast: Julia Stiles, Alexander Ludwig, Anthony Hopkins
TAKE DOWN Action, Adventure, Thriller
The movie focuses on the reckless sons and daughters of international billionaires, who have been sent by their frustrated parents to an exclusive, tough-love boot camp on a remote island, where they will be taught basic survival skills in the hope it will teach them to take responsibility for their lives. When they are taken hostage and held for a billion dollar ransom by a group of sophisticated kidnappers, the young captives suddenly need every ounce of their brief training to survive.
Director: Jim Gillespie Cast: Jeremy Sumpter, Ed Westwick, Phoebe Tonkin, Ashley Walters, Sebastian Koch, Elliot Knight, Mark Bonnar, Anna-Louise Plowman
THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR
Action, Adventure, Drama
Betrayed by her evil sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron), heartbroken Freya (Emily Blunt) retreats to a northern kingdom to raise an army of huntsmen as her protectors. Gifted with the ability to freeze her enemies in ice, Freya teaches her young soldiers to never fall in love. When Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and fellow warrior Sara defy this rule, the angry queen does whatever she can to stop them. As war between the siblings escalates, Eric and Sara unite with Freya to end Ravenna’s wicked reign.
Director: Cedric Nicolas-Trojan Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith, Alexandra Roach
KEANU Action, Comedy
Recently dumped by his girlfriend, slacker Rell (Jordan Peele) finds some happiness when a cute kitten winds up on his doorstep. After a heartless thief steals the cat, Rell recruits his cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) to help him retrieve it. They soon learn that a thug named Cheddar (Method Man) has the animal, and he’ll only give it back if the two men agree to work for him. Armed with guns and a gangster attitude, it doesn’t take long for the hapless duo to land in big trouble.
Director: Peter Atencio Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Tiffany Haddish, Method Man, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Jason Mitchell, Tiffany Haddish, Will Forte
THE DRIFTLESS AREA Crime, Drama
Based on the novel by Tom Drury, this is a contemporary fable about the ways we struggle to control time and fate in a possibly predetermined universe. Pierre Hunter (Anton Yelchin), a bartender with unyielding optimism, returns to his tiny hometown after his parents’ death. When he falls for the enigmatic Stella (Zooey Deschanel), Pierre is unknowingly pulled into a cat-and-mouse game that involves a duffel bag full of cash, a haphazard yet determined criminal (John Hawkes), and a mystery that will determine all of their fates.
Director: Zachary Sluser Cast: Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, John Hawkes, Frank Langella, Ciarán Hinds, Alia Shawkat, Aubrey Plaza, Elika Portnoy, Philip Granger
THE FOREST Horror, Mystery, Thriller
When her twin sister disappears in Japan, Sara (Natalie Dormer) becomes determined to find out what happened to her. Her investigation leads to the legendary Aokigahara Forest, located at the base of Mount Fuji. Accompanied by expatriate Aiden, she enters the mysterious wilderness after being warned to “stay on the path.” Her investigation plunges her into a dark world where the angry and tormented souls of the dead prey on those who dare to explore the forest.
Director: Jason Zada Cast: Natalie Dormer, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt, Rina Takasaki
PERSON OF INTEREST Season 5 Drama
A presumed-dead ex-CIA agent and a billionaire software genius try to stop crimes before they happen. The season begins as Lionel is investigated in relation to Dominic’s death. Away from Samaritan, Mr. Reese and Harold try to save the Machine. Root is on the run.
Creator: Jonathan Nolan Cast: Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerso, Kevin Chapman, Sarah Shahi, Amy Acker, Joel Häberli, Wrenn Schmidt, John Nolan, Josh Close, LaChanze
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Season 7 Drama
It’s Elena’s first day back at Mystic Falls High School since the tragic death of her parents. Along with her Aunt Jenna, Elena tries her best to look after her troubled younger brother, Jeremy, and salvage what family they have left. The first day is shaping up to be a struggle until she meets the mysterious new kid at school, Stefan. Elena is touched that he can relate to what she’s going through, but doesn’t know is that Stefan is a vampire, constantly resisting the urge to taste her blood. As their undeniable connection grows deeper, Stefan’s dangerous older brother, Damon, shows up to wreak havoc on the town of Mystic Falls – and claim Elena for himself.
Creators: Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson Cast: Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder,
Candice King, Kat Graham, Zach Roerig, Matt Davis, Michael Malarkey
HATCHET AND CLANK Animation, Action, Adventure
The story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they’ll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.
Directors: Kevin Munroe, Jewricca Cleland Cast: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye,
Jim Ward, Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Don Briggs