Reel Roundup for week of April 18th

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) Poster

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

Certificate PG-13114 min   –   Action | Adventure | Drama | Fantasy

As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land, two renegades, Eric the Huntsman, who previously aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna, and his forbidden lover, Sara, set out to stop them.
Director:  Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Stars:  Sam Claflin, Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain
Elvis & Nixon (2016) Poster

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

Certificate R86 min   –   Comedy | History

The untold true story behind the meeting between the King of Rock ‘n Roll and President Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.
Director:

Liza Johnson

Stars:  Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville
A Hologram for the King (2016) Poster

A Hologram for the King (2016)

Certificate R97 min   –   Drama

A failed American businessman looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch.
Director:

Tom Tykwer

Stars:

Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw, Sarita Choudhury, Tom Skerritt

Compadres (2016) Poster

Compadres (2016)

101 min   –   Action

A disgruntled Mexican cop is forced to work with a teenage hacker to hunt down the criminals who killed his wife, and dismantle their operation.
Director:

Enrique Begne

Stars:

Eric Roberts, Kevin Pollak, Aislinn Derbez, Héctor Jiménez

The Meddler (2015) Poster

The Meddler (2015)

Certificate PG-13100 min   –   Comedy | Drama

An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.
Director:  Lorene Scafaria
Stars:  Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Michael McKean

 

Sworn Virgin (2015) Poster

Sworn Virgin (2015)

84 min   –   Drama

Hana Doda, still a girl, escapes from her destiny of being wife and servant which is imposed on the women in the inhospitable mountains in Albania. She appeals to the old law of the Kanun and swears her eternal virginity thus becoming a “sworn virgin”. She turns into a man, takes up a rifle and becomes Mark, Mark Doda. It is in exchange for this sacrifice that Hana is allowed to be considered at the same level as other men. Her battle does not only mean that she must rebel against what destiny has been writing on her body for centuries, but she must also reject, in name of this rebellion, every form of love. A refusal that becomes her prison. After more than ten years spent in solitude in the mountains as a man, she becomes brutish and she transforms to survive the hardship, the cold and misery, until something returns to awaken her again… Hana decides to change life and painstakingly regain her body. She knows that leaving the mountains is the price she will have to pay to be able to go back to living. A journey drags her away from her arid land, a journey that will mean she will have to revisit her past and exhume memories and feelings that she was made to bury in oblivion. Following a path that is a continuous and subtle crossing of two different and distant worlds, of the past and the future. In a modern Milan metropolis, she struggles to leave her man’s clothes and learns to be woman. She experiences the heady sensation of physical contact with others, and she finds dear and beloved people that life had taken from her and there opens an unexpected and forbidden possibility of love. Mark not only returns to being Hana, but she is also able to piece the two souls back together that for years have lived inside her body and she is reborn as a new, free and complete.
Director:  Laura Bispuri
Stars:  Alba Rohrwacher, Emily Ferratello, Lars Eidinger, Flonja Kodheli

 

 

Tale of Tales (2015) Poster

Tale of Tales (2015)

125 min   –   Fantasy | Horror | Romance

The film serves as Garrone’s English-language debut and will interweave three separate story strands bookended by brief bits in which Italians Alba Rohrwacher and Massimo Ceccherini will play a street circus family. In one tale Salma Hayek will play a jealous queen who forfeits her husband’s life. In another, Vincent Cassel plays a king whose passion is stoked by two mysterious sisters.
Director:  Matteo Garrone
Stars:  Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly

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