THE FINEST HOURS Action, Drama, History
The remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in U.S. Coast Guard history. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.
Director: Craig Gillespie Cast: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, Kyle Gallner, Josh Stewart, Graham McTavish, John Magaro
SPOTLIGHT Biography, Drama, History
The riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.
Director: Tom McCarthy Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, Brian D’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James
THE DRESSMAKER Australian Drama
Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, this bittersweet, comedy-drama is set in early 1950s Australia. Tilly Dunnage, a beautiful and talented misfit, after many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy, but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and in so doing gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.
Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse Cast: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis, Caroline Goodall, Rebecca Gibney, Kerry Fox, Barry Otto
THE CHOICE Drama, Romance
Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) is a ladies’ man who thinks a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle. Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) is a feisty medical student who’s preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend (Tom Welling). Fate brings the two together as Gabby moves next door to Travis, sparking an irresistible attraction that upends both of their lives. As their bond grows, the unlikely couple must decide how far they’re willing to go to keep the hope of love alive.
Director: Ross Katz Cast: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Alexandra Daddario,
Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Grace, Tom Welling, Anna Enger, Brett Rice, Brad James
CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR Drama, Thriller
Self-conscious high school student Doug Martin (Nick Jonas) gets more than he bargained for when he begins a torrid affair with Lena Harper (Isabel Lucas) — the young, lonely wife of a wealthy businessman (Dermot Mulroney), who’s renting the lake house next door. When a serious crime rocks their sleepy vacation town, Doug is let in on a devastating secret and suddenly finds himself a suspect.
Director: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Isabel Lucas, Nick Jonas, Paul Sorvino, Kandyse McClure, Graham Rogers
THE 5TH WAVE Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The human race stands on the brink of extinction as a series of alien attacks decimate the planet, causing earthquakes, tsunamis and disease. Separated from her family, Ohio teenager Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz) will do whatever it takes to reunite with her brother Sam. Fate leads her to form an alliance with Evan Walker (Alex Roe), a mysterious young man who may be her last hope. Forced to trust each other, Cassie and Evan fight for survival during the fifth assault from the invaders.
Director: J Blakeson Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, Liev Schreiber, Ron Livingston, Gabriela Lopez, Maika Monroe, Zackary Arthur, Maria Bello, Maggie Siff