From the acclaimed director of »Sicario« and »Prisoners« comes a stunningly well-crafted, awe-inspiring and sophisticated sci-fi drama that delivers both spectacle and smarts. When mysterious spaceships touch down across the globe, an elite team, including expert linguist Louise Banks (Adams; »Man of Steel«, »American Hustle«), is brought together to investigate where the aliens came from and what their purpose on Earth might be. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers - and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. An existentialist film similar to »Inception« or »Interstellar«, this compelling tale combines bravura style and grand sci-fi questions with tremendous emotional intelligence and heart, resulting in a film of rare vision and beauty, the sheer emotional weight of which is downright staggering.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as young entrepreneur Christian Grey and novice reporter Anastasia Steele in this second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling "Fifty Shades" phenomenon by British author E.L. James. Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented Christian, Ana has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. A wounded Christian convinces her to resume their romance under Ana's conditions, but as the couple begins their normal relationship, Christian's past threatens to tear the couple apart. Sexy, stylish, and surprisingly engaging, this erotically charged film is another tantalizing, titillating and provocative engaging story about sexual naivety, concepts of consent and, ultimately, power.
One of the best war films since "Saving Private Ryan", and Mel Gibson's best direction since "Braveheart", this intense war drama tells the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of World War II, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor. Visually stunning, mercilessly bloody and utterly moving, this superbly told and finely acted film is a drama about the horrors of war, pacifism, faith and incredible heroics.
This heartwarming, inspirational and crowd-pleasing drama is the incredible untold story of three brilliant female African-American mathematicians working at a segregated division of NASA at Langley in Virginia. The visionary trio served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. As John Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit Earth, the three women crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. A well-made, uplifting and rousing piece of entertainment that celebrates some rather overlooked contributions from a pivotal moment in history.
Visually gorgeous and deliciously colorful, this modern take on the Hollywood musical from the Oscar-nominated writer/director of »Whiplash« follows dedicated jazz musician Sebastian (Gosling; »Drive«, »Nice Guys«) and aspiring actress Mia (Stone; »Birdman«, »Gangster Squad«) as they are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love in a city known for crushing hopes. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. Nostalgic, celebratory, and utterly captivating, this deft blend of long-gone filmmaking style with decidedly modern sensibilities is a romantically fueled, comically fun, and symphonically sublime treasure.
Oscar-nominated writer/director Kenneth Lonergan once again proves himself a powerful and visionary storyteller in this powerful, affecting drama about Lee Chandler (Affleck; »Gone Baby Gone«), a solitary Boston janitor whose life is suddenly transformed when he learns that his recently deceased brother has made him sole guardian of his 16-year-old nephew Patrick. Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Williams; Brokeback Mountain) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him. This tension-filled tale is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.
In this entertaining and romantic science fiction thriller from the director of »The Imitation Game«, the Starship Avalon is on a 120-year routine journey through space to a distant colony planet when the ship malfunctions and two passengers are awakened 90 years too early from their induced hibernation. As Jim (Pratt; »Guardians of the Galaxy«) and Aurora (Lawrence; »The Hunger Games«) face living the rest of their lives on board, with every luxury they could ever ask for, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction... until they discover that their failing hibernation pods were not the only problem afflicting the huge spaceship. With the lives of more than 5000 sleeping passengers at stake, Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunctions before it is too late.
From Lucasfilm comes the most anticipated movie of the year, the first ever »Star Wars« standalone film. Set in the »Star Wars« universe some time after the events of »Episode III«, when Anakin Skywalker was badly burned in a battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi, and shortly before the events of the original 1977 »Star Wars«, this all-new epic adventure brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things. Troubled and impetuous loner Jyn Erso (Jones; »The Theory of Everything«), a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when she is recruited for a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.
Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs" with this original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man's fractured, gifted mind. After a teen birthday party, three girls are kidnapped and locked in a windowless room by their captor Kevin (McAvoy; "X-Men", "Trance"). The trio is baffled as their captor switches from one personality to another, and it is revealed that Kevin suffers from dissociative identity disorder and exhibits a total of 23 alternate personalities. In order to escape, the girls must convince one of the personalities within him to set them free, before the arrival of the 24th and final personality, the 'beast.' An engaging, scary, and stylish psychological thriller that boasts a multifaceted bravura performance by McAvoy.