Saturday, April 22, 2017



This week in theaters we have Ben Wheatley's crime thriller "Free Fire", the erotic thriller "Unforgettable", the historical drama "The Promise" and the Disneynature documentary "Born in China".

Synopses, details, critical reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.


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Official Synopsis

Bold, breathless and wickedly fun, Free Fire is an electrifying action comedy about an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Acclaimed filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise) propels the audience head-on into quite possibly the most epic shootout ever seen on film as he crafts a spectacular parody -- and biting critique -- of the insanity of gun violence. Everyone's got a gun, and absolutely no one is in control. Set in a colorful yet gritty 1970s Boston, Free Fire opens with Justine (Oscar (R) winner Brie Larson), a mysterious American businesswoman, and her wise-cracking associate Ord (Armie Hammer) arranging a black-market weapons deal in a deserted warehouse between IRA arms buyer Chris (Cillian Murphy) and shifty South African gun runner Vernon (Sharlto Copley). What starts as a polite if uneasy exchange soon goes south when tensions escalate and shots are fired, quickly leading to a full-on Battle Royale where it's every man (and woman) for themselves. Packed with witty one-liners, flamboyant characters and remarkable feats of cinematic gunplay, Free Fire is a full-throttle action extravaganza that keeps things fresh and fun with Wheatley's alternately buoyant and savage sense of humor. Swinging from the madcap to the macabre and back again, the film is an exhilarating experience that will leave you quite literally blown away

Film Details

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  • Director: Ben Wheatley

  • Starring: Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Sam Riley, Cillian Murphy, Babou Ceesay, Noah Taylor, Jack Reynor

  • Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

  • Running Time: 90 min.

  • Rating: R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexual references and drug use

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 66% (101 fresh, 51 rotten, score: 6.4/10)
  • Metacritic: 64 out of 100 (23 positive, 12 mixed, 1 negative).


Unforgettable 2017 Movie Image

Official Synopsis

Tessa Connover (Katherine Heigl) is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Geoff Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Rosario Dawson)--not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lilly (Isabella Rice). Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa's jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia's dream into her ultimate nightmare.

Film Details

Unforgettable movie poster
  • Director: Denise Di Novi

  • Starring: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults, Cheryl Ladd

  • Genre: Drama, Thriller

  • Running Time: 100 min.

  • Rating: R for sexual content, violence, some language, and brief partial nudity

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 24% (16 fresh, 52 rotten, score: 3.9/10)
  • Metacritic: 45 out of 100 (8 positive, 12 mixed, 5 negative).


The Promise Movie Image

Official Synopsis

Empires fall, love survives. When Michael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant medical student, meets Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana's boyfriend Chris (Christian Bale), a famous American photojournalist dedicated to exposing political truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to get their people to safety and survive themselves. The Promise is directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Terry George.

Film Details

The Promise Poster
  • Director: Terry George

  • Starring: Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Angela Sarayfan, Tom Hollander

  • Genre: Drama, History

  • Running Time: 132 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for thematic material including war atrocities, violence and disturbing images, and for some sexuality

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 46% (37 fresh, 44 rotten, score: 5.7/10)
  • Metacritic: 48 out of 100 (7 positive, 17 mixed, 4 negative).


Born in China Disneynature Documentary

Official Synopsis

Disneynature's new True Life Adventure film "Born In China" takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard--an elusive animal rarely caught on camera--faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China's vast terrain--from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest--on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together.

Film Details

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  • Director: Chuan Lu

  • Starring: John Krasinski, Xun Zhou

  • Genre: Documentary

  • Running Time: 76 min.

  • Rating: G

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 83% (24 fresh, 5 rotten, score: 6.9/10)
  • Metacritic: 58 out of 100 (8 positive, 4 mixed, 1 negative).

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