New in Theaters This Week for 03/09/18
Welcome to a recurring feature here at The Nerd Mentality. As movie lovers, we often scramble to find all the films coming out in a given week. We thought we would take some of the guesswork out of it for our readers. We’ll be showcasing both wide and limited releases. So sit back watch some trailers and you might find something new to go watch this weekend. These films are what’s New in Theaters This Week for 03/09/18, shown in totally random order, because why not? Showtimes are linked on the titles so you can see if it is playing near you.
The Strangers: Prey At Night (Aviron Pictures)
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS.
Thoroughbreds (Focus Features)
Childhood friends Lily and Amanda reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily has turned into a polished, upper-class teenager, with a fancy boarding school on her transcript and a coveted internship on her resume; Amanda has developed a sharp wit and her own particular attitude, but all in the process of becoming a social outcast. Though they initially seem completely at odds, the pair bond over Lily’s contempt for her oppressive stepfather, Mark, and as their friendship grows, they begin to bring out one another’s most destructive tendencies. Their ambitions lead them to hire a local hustler, Tim, and take matters into their own hands to set their lives straight.
Girls vs Gangsters (Well Go USA)
A wild bachelorette weekend in a foreign city spins hilariously out of control in this over-the-top sequel to the box office smash GIRLS. After a drinking contest with some questionable local spirits, three friends wake naked on a beach to discover two are handcuffed to a locked suitcase, one has a strange new tattoo, and none of them have any clue what happened the night before. When they soon find themselves pursued by local gangsters, their only shot at making it home – and to the altar – is to piece together the previous night’s events while on the run.
Itzhak (Greenwich Entertainment)
From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician, to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, ITZHAK is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.
A Wrinkle in Time (Disney)
From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.
The Leisure Seeker (Sony Pictures Classics)
“The Leisure Seeker” is the story of a runaway couple going on an unforgettable cross-country journey in their vintage camper. Ella and John are fleeing the suffocating care of their doctors and grown children. He is distracted but strong; she is frail but sharp. Their journey aboard the faithful old camper they call The Leisure Seeker takes them from Boston to Key West. Sharing moments of exhilaration and anguish, they recapture their passion for life and their love for one another on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.
Sheep & Wolves (Vertical Entertainment)
In a magical land faraway lives a flock of carefree sheep. When their easy life is interrupted by a pack of wolves, the pack’s favorite goofball tries to prove that he is a worthy leader…but only after he is accidentally turned into a sheep!
Gringo (STX Entertainment/Amazon Studios)
An exhilarating mix of dark comedy, white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides into Mexico, where mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of his back-stabbing business colleagues back home, local drug lords and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold battles to survive his increasingly dangerous situation in ways that raise the question: Is he out of his depth – or two steps ahead?
The Death of Stalin (IFC Films)
The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci. Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov, the wily Nikita Khrushchev, and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria. But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.
Our Blood is Wine (Music Box Films)
Filmmaker Emily Railsback and award-winning sommelier Jeremy Quinn provide intimate access to rural family life in the Republic of Georgia as they explore the rebirth of 8,000-year-old winemaking traditions almost lost during the period of Soviet rule. By using unobtrusive iPhone technology, Railsback brings the voices and ancestral legacies of modern Georgians directly to the viewer, revealing an intricate and resilient society that has survived regular foreign invasion and repeated attempts to erase Georgian culture. The revival of traditional winemaking is the central force driving this powerful, independent and autonomous nation to find its 21st century identity.
The Hurricane Heist (Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures)
A crew of thieves plans the ultimate heist, to steal $600 million from the U.S. treasury facility located on the Gulf Coast of Alabama using a hurricane as their cover. When the storm blows up into a lethal CATEGORY 5 and their well-made plans go awry, they find themselves needing a vault code known only by one female Treasury Agent, a need that turns murderous. But the Treasury agent has picked up an unlikely ally, a meteorologist terrified of hurricanes but determined to save his estranged brother kidnapped by the thieves. He uses his knowledge of the storm as a weapon to defeat the bad guys in this non-stop action/thriller.
Leaning Into The Wind (Magnolia Pictures)
LEANING INTO THE WIND is a vibrant journey through the diverse layers of Andy Goldsworthy’s world. From urban Edinburgh and London to the South of France and New England, each environment he encounters becomes a fresh kaleidoscopic canvas for his art. A lushly-visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy’s work and Thomas Riedelsheimer’s exquisite cinematography redefine landscape and inextricably tie human life to the natural world.
Claire’s Camera (Cinema Guild)
A refreshingly sunny performance from Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, Elle) is at the center of this comic charmer from South Korean Master Hong Sangsoo. Huppert plays Claire, a school teacher with a camera (that might be magical) on her first visit to Cannes. She happens upon a film sales assistant, Manhee (Kim Minhee), recently laid off after a one-night stand with a film director (Jung Jinyoung). Together, this unlikely pair become detectives of sorts, as they wander around the seaside resort town, working to better understand the circumstances of Manhee’s firing—and developing new outlooks on life in the process. Intricately plotted with wit and charm to spare, CLAIRE’S CAMERA explores the power of images to transform us. “The only way to change things,” says Claire, “is to look at them again very slowly.”
After discovering the news that his mother has taken her life, Saxon Gamble returns home, irrationally plagued by the notion that her death was not a suicide. Saxon, a man of violence, embarks on a revenge mission that shakes up the quiet town of his birth. His quest also awakens a dormant sibling rivalry that puts himself and his brother, Dean, on a collision course with bloody consequences.
Dead Bullet (Gravitas Ventures)
When a desperate gambler tries to buy a second chance with a former lover by selling stolen casino chips to ruthless criminals, the stakes quickly rise, and he discovers that he has just made the worst bet of his life.
The Princess and the Matchmaker (CJ Entertainment)
Hoping to find the perfect husband for a princess, a renowned diviner narrows down his choices to four men. She soon disrupts his grand plans by taking fate into her own hands and checking out the candidates for herself.
Viva Kino! (Indie Rights)
Riding through the missions founded by a Jesuit in the seventeenth century, Maria, a young Rodeo instructor, discovers the origins of the devotion spread throughout Mexico and the United States to Father Kino, recognized as the founder of Arizona. He also makes an inner journey, which leads her to confront the very hard actuality of the border regions: the wall, illicit traffic, deportations, and the harsh situation of the native Tohono O’odham.
Los Angeles Overnight (Freestyle Digital Media)
In the vein of classic neo-noirs like MULHOLLAND DRIVE, LOST HIGHWAY, BLUE VELVET, comes a thriller that will speak both to fans of crime thrillers and true cinephiles alike. When broke actress Priscilla overhears a bizarre riddle about hidden loot, she recruits lovelorn mechanic, Benny to help crack the code and fund her Hollywood dreams.
The Feels (Gravitas Ventures)
Andi and Lu are excited to celebrate their upcoming wedding with a joint bachelorette weekend in wine country. On the first night, things get off to a rocky start when one of the brides admits that she’s never had an orgasm.
Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio? (XLrator Media)
From 1985 to 1989, Lou DiMaggio was a regular at the iconic Catch a Rising Star comedy club in New York City. After a nearly 30-year break, Lou decides to get back into stand-up and asks his now-famous comedian friends for advice. Larry David, Colin Quinn, Suzie Essman, Joy Behar, Jeff Garlin and Chris Rock are just a few of Lou’s old pals who appear in the film.
Hello & Goodbye (Indie Rights)
With wounds still open from the recent end of their five-year relationship, Drew and Beth decide to meet up for a quiet dinner at Drew’s apartment to help solidify their newly found station as ‘just friends’.
A discredited former cop connects a murder case to an elaborate conspiracy involving high-stakes treason.
The Forgiven (Saban Films)
The drama centers on Tutu’s work as president of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and his struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld over concession and redemption.
Hopefully, you found some interesting trailers and maybe plan to see a film you normally wouldn’t have. New in Theaters This Week for 03/09/18 brought to you by The Nerd Mentality! Check back each week by bookmarking our Now Playing tag.