Friday, April 7, 2017



This week in theaters we have the new animated Smurfs film titled "Smurfs: The Lost Village", the old-men-pull-off-a-heist comedy "Going in Style", and the faith-based drama "The Case for Christ". In limited release check out Marc Webb's new film "Gifted" starring Chris Evans.

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


Smurfs The Lost Village

Official Synopsis

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

Film Details

  • Director: Kelly Asbury

  • Starring: Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Danny Pudi, Michelle Rodriguez, Julia Roberts, Ariel Winter, Meghan Trainor, Mandy Patinkin

  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

  • Running Time: 89 min.

  • Rating: PG for some mild action and rude humor

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 37% (23 fresh, 40 rotten, score: 4.7/10)
  • Metacritic: 40 out of 100 (3 positive, 13 mixed, 7 negative).


Going in Style Image

Official Synopsis

Oscar winners Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby"), Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules," "Hannah and Her Sisters") and Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine") team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff's comedy "Going in Style." Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Film Details

  • Director: Zach Braff

  • Starring: Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Ann-Margret, Christopher Lloyd, Matt Dillon, Joey King

  • Genre: Comedy, Crime

  • Running Time: 96 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for drug content, language and some suggestive material

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 39% (31 fresh, 48 rotten, score: 5.3/10)
  • Metacritic: 50 out of 100 (10 positive, 17 mixed, 2 negative).


Case for Christ Movie Image

Official Synopsis

A hard-driving journalist, Lee Strobel was exactly where he expected to be at work: on top. His award-winning investigative reporting recently earned him a promotion to legal editor at the ChicagoTribune. But things weren't going nearly as well at home where his wife Leslie's newfound faith in Christ went against everything Lee believed-or didn't believe-as an avowed atheist. Utilizing his journalistic and legal training, Lee begins a quest to debunk the claims of Christianity in order to save his crumbling marriage. Chasing down the biggest story of his career, Lee comes face-to-face with unexpected results that could change everything he knows to be true. Based on Lee Strobel's award-winning bestselling book and starring Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, and Robert Forster, THE CASE FOR CHRIST opens in theaters April 7. It's an ideal Easter-season movie for anyone who has ever pondered the existence of God ... and what role He could play in their lives.

Film Details

  • Director: Jon Gunn

  • Starring: Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Frankie Faison, Faye Dunaway, Robert Forster

  • Genre: Drama

  • Running Time: 112 min.

  • Rating: PG for thematic elements including medical descriptions of crucifixion, and incidental smoking

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 80% (8 fresh, 1 rotten, score: 8.4/10)
  • Metacritic: N/A (0 positive, 2 mixed, 0 negative).


Gifted Movie Image

Official Synopsis

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well

Film Details

  • Director: Marc Webb

  • Starring: Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Octavia Spencer, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate

  • Genre: Drama

  • Running Time: 101 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive material

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 61% (30 fresh, 19 rotten, score: 6.2/10)
  • Metacritic: 60 out of 100 (11 positive, 11 mixed, 2 negative).

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