Stuck for what to watch at the weekend? Let Entertainment Focus help you with our handy guide to this week’s new releases. From the biggest blockbusters to the best in independent and world cinema, we’ve got it covered.
What’s it about? Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall completes his unofficial “day” trilogy following Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, with this intertwining story of mothers, daughters, sisters, and handsome widowers. As before we get a huge ensemble cast of big Hollywood names, a trite storyline, and a series of borderline miraculous coincidences. Oh and a truckload of schmaltz too. Expect it to have the same level of depth and emotion as a Hallmark card.
Who’s in it? Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, Timothy Olyphant, Hector Elizondo, Jack Whitehall
When Marnie Was There
What’s it about? The final film to be released from the legendary Studio Ghibli, When Marnie Was There tells the story of a young girl who goes to live with her aunt and uncle by the seaside, where she discovers a mysterious old mansion and the girl who lives there. Dealing with many of the same themes that have resonated throughout the history of Studio Ghibli, When Marnie Was There is a beautiful and gothic fantasy from the masters of animation.
Who’s in it? Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima
What’s it about? Hollywood’s first lady of funny, Melissa McCarthy stars as a titan of industry brought low by insider trading. After a stint in jail she tries to rebrand herself as an American sweetheart. Released in the States back in April, the film was slated by the critics for being just another vulgar and unfunny waste of McCarthy’s talent. Directed by her husband Ben Falcone, this is the second time he has put a horrible stain on her filmography, following the awful Tammy. Let’s hope there isn’t a third.
Who’s in it? Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, and Kathy Bates
The Stanford Prison Experiment
What’s it about? Based on a fascinating true story, The Stanford Prison Experiment took place at Stanford University in 1971, where a psychology professor enlisted college students to become prisoners and prison guards over a two-week period to examine how taking on these roles would affect their behaviour. Featuring a terrific cast, this film toured the festival circuit last year and is now finally getting a limited UK cinema release. Worth looking out for.
Who’s in it? Ezra Miller, Billy Crudup, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby, Logan Miller
Where to Invade Next?
What’s it about? Michael Moore’s latest polemic against the US government was shot in secret with a minimal crew in order to counteract his concerns of being under surveillance. The title rather cheekily suggests that this will be an excoriating attack on America’s vast military industrial complex and the constant desire to be at war. In actual fact it is Moore doing the invading, as he travels the world and visits various countries that in his narrative are putting the US to shame, with their attitudes to work, women, war, race, and healthcare. Having been hailed as the world’s most influential documentarian, and then inevitably pilloried for the same reasons, this could be Moore’s most popular film in years.
Who’s in it? Michael Moore
Miracles From Heaven
Inspirational true story starring Jennifer Garner.
Learning to Drive
This 2014 comedy drama starring Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley finally gets a UK release.
Fire at Sea
Documentary looking at life on an Italian island that is the frontline in the European migrant crisis.