A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:
‘Crazy Rich Asians’
- Genre: Comedy and romance
- Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Nora 'Awkwafina' Lum, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remi Hii, Nico Santos, Jing Lusi, Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh
- Director: Jon M. Chu
- Rated: PG-13
Jon M. Chu directed the contemporary romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians,” based on the acclaimed worldwide bestseller by Kevin Kwan.
The story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. Not only is he the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors.
Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family, in this funny and romantic story sure to ring true for audiences everywhere.
‘Down a Dark Hall’
- Genre: Thriller
- Cast: AnnaSophia Robb, Isabelle Fuhrman, Victoria Moroles, Noah Silver, Taylor Russell, Rosie Day and Uma Thurman
- Director: Rodrigo Cortes
- Rated: PG-13
Kit (AnnaSophia Robb), a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School when her heated temper becomes too much for her mother to handle.
Once she arrives at Blackwood, Kit encounters eccentric headmistress Madame Duret (Uma Thurman) and meets the school’s only other students, four young women also headed down a troubled path. While exploring the labyrinthine corridors of the school, Kit and her classmates discover that Blackwood Manor hides an age-old secret rooted in the paranormal.
- Genre: Action
- Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey and John Malkovich
- Director: Peter Berg
- Rated: R
In a visceral modern thriller, Mark Wahlberg stars as James Silva, an operative of the CIA’s most highly-prized and least-understood unit.
The goal is to complete the mission at any cost. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must retrieve and transport an asset who holds life-threatening information to Mile 22 for extraction before the enemy closes in.
- Genre: Drama, action and adventure
- Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela, Natassia Malthe, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Priya Rajaratnam, Mercedes de la Zerda and Jens Hultén
- Director: Albert Hughes
- Rated: PG-13
An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, “Alpha” tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man’s best friend.
While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before winter arrives.
The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.
- Genre: Thriller and crime
- Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Common and Ana de Armas
- Director: Andrea di Stefano
- Not rated
Honorably discharged Special Ops soldier Pete Koslow’s (Joel Kinnaman) world is turned upside-down when he is jailed after a fight to protect his wife (Ana de Armas).
He’s given a chance for early release by becoming an informant for the FBI and using his covert skills in an operation to take down the General, the most powerful crime boss in New York. But when the FBI sting meant to finally earn Koslow his freedom results in the death of an undercover NYPD cop, Koslow finds himself caught in the crossfire between the mob and the FBI.
The General insists Koslow takes the heat and sends him back to prison to spearhead a drug operation from inside, and the FBI affirms that going back to jail to do the General’s bidding is the only way for Koslow to keep his deal with them alive. Caught in a world of impossible choices, Koslow must return to prison, where he formulates a plan to escape the clutches of three of New York City’s most powerful organizations – the mob, the NYPD and the FBI – in order to save himself and his family.
‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’
- Genre: Thriller and horror
- Cast: Thomas Lennon, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Charlyne Yi, Michael Pare, Barbara Crampton and Udo Kier
- Directors: Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund
- Not rated
In “Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich,” Edgar (Thomas Lennon), recently divorced, returns to his childhood home to where he finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother’s room.
He decides to sell the doll for some quick cash at a small-town convention celebrating the 30th anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time.
- Genre: Comedy and drama
- Cast: Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O’Dowd and Jimmy O. Yang
- Director: Jesse Peretz
- Rated: R
Annie (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O’Dowd) – an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke).
When the acoustic demo of Tucker's hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, “Juliet, Naked” is a comic account of life’s second chances.