OPENING THIS WEEK
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (PG for action and rude humor) Third installment in the animated franchise finds Dracula (Adam Sandler), daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) and the rest of the family embarking on a luxury cruise for monsters where the Count falls head-over-heels for the ship’s mysterious captain (Kathryn Hahn). Voice cast includes Mel Brooks, Keegan-Michael Key, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Andy Samberg, David Spade and Chrissy Teigen.
Skyscraper (PG-13 for action, violence and brief profanity) Disaster thriller, set in Hong Kong, starring Dwayne Johnson as a disabled war veteran-turned-security expert suspected of setting the world’s tallest building on fire who has to catch the terrorists responsible while simultaneously saving his family trapped on the top floor of the towering inferno. With Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber and Noah Taylor.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN
Dark Money (Unrated) Eye-opening expose’ examining the influence of money on American elections since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Citizen United allowing unlimited corporate contributions to political causes.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (R for sexuality, nudity, alcohol abuse and pervasive profanity) Gus Van Zant (Milk) directed this adaptation of John Callahan’s (Joaquin Phoenix) bittersweet memoir of the same name about his adjustment to living in a wheelchair in the wake of a catastrophic car accident. Cast includes Rooney Mara, Jack Black and Jonah Hill.
Eighth Grade (R for profanity and sexuality) Coming-of-age comedy chronicling a tormented 13 year-old’s (Elsie Fisher) disastrous last week of middle school. With Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson and Missy Yager.
Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (Unrated) Romance drama, set in 1891, recounting French painter Paul Gauguin’s (Vincent Cassel) abandoning his wife (Pernille Bergendorff) and five kids for a nubile native girl (Tuhei Adams) he met while finding himself on an exotic island. With Malik Zidi, Marc Barbe and Paul Jeanson. (In French and Polynesian with subtitles)
Milford Graves: Full Mantis (Unrated) Reverential retrospective chronicling the career of avant-garde jazz drummer/percussionist Milford Graves who over the course of an enduring six-decade career has led his own band and also played in groups led by Pharoah Sanders, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Montego Joe, Kenny Clarke and Paul Bley.
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind(Unrated) Intimate post mortem painting a revealing portrait of the late comedian via archival footage and interviews with some of his closest colleagues and confidantes. Featuring commentary by Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin and David Letterman.
Shock and Awe (R for profanity and sexual references) Fact-based drama recounting five Knight-Ridder reporters’ skepticism about the Bush Administration’s claim that Saddam Hussein was in possession of weapons of mass destruction during the buildup to the War in Iraq. Directed by Rob Reiner and co-starring James Marsden, Jessica Biel, Woody Harrelson, Milla Jovovich and Tommy Lee Jones.
Soorma (PG-13 for mature themes including a bloody image) Inspirational biopic chronicling the comeback of Sandeep Singh (Diljit Dosanjh), a field hockey star left paralyzed by a gunshot wound recovered and led India to the 2012 Olympics. With Tapsee Pannu, Angad Bedi and Danish Husain. (In Hindi with subtitles)