New in Theaters This Week for 05/04/18
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 05/04/18, shown in totally random order, because why not? Showtimes are linked on the titles so you can see if it is playing near you.
Gehenna: Where Death Lives (Uncork’d Entertainment)
A construction group visits the beautiful and remote island of Saipan to search for a new resort location to break ground on. As they find what they think is the perfect spot, they discover a forgotten Japanese bunker from WW2. While exploring the cryptic remains, they uncover a dark evil that lies beneath the surface. An evil that forces each member to face their darkest secrets and may very well be death itself….
The feature directorial debut of celebrated effects master Hiroshi Katagiri (Jurassic Park III, Pacific Rim), who also provides the film’s impressive effects, Gehenna co-stars genre icon Lance Henriksen (TV’s ”Millennium”, Aliens), Eva Swan, Simon Phillips, and Justin Gordon. Spectral Motion, known for award-winning work on such films as Hellboy and Looper, did the makeup effects on the creature played by Doug Jones.
102 Not Out (Sony Pictures Releasing International)
102 Not Out is an ageless comedy that brings together Indian Cinema’s two biggest stalwarts – Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor – after 27 years with the two legends playing father-son duo for the first time. 102 years young, Dattatraya Vakharia (Bachchan) lives life to the fullest and wants to break the record of oldest living man – that’s held by a 118 years old Chinese.
Dattatraya wants to live a stress free life in order to become the oldest living man. However, there is only one hindrance – his 75 year old son Babulal (Kapoor) who has resigned himself to a life of old age stuck in drudgery. Dattatraya now must find means and ways to change Babulal’s sad and grumpy demeanor so that he doesn’t become a deterrent in breaking the record. Little do they realize that this roller coaster ride filled with comedy, emotion and commotion, will change them and their relationship forever.
The 12th Man (IFC Films)
This breathtaking action adventure tells an incredible true-life story of heroism and a man’s unbreakable will to live. Norway, 1943: after a failed anti-Nazi sabotage mission leaves his eleven comrades dead, Norwegian resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud (Thomas Gullestad) finds himself on the run from the Gestapo through the snowbound Arctic reaches of Scandinavia. It’s a harrowing journey across unforgiving, frozen wilderness that will stretch on for months—and force Jan to take extreme action in order to survive. With gut-punching realism and vivid psychological immediacy, director Harold Zwart pays tribute to one man’s extraordinary courage—and to the everyday heroes who helped him along the way. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers costars.
RBG (Magnolia Pictures)
“RBG” uses archival footage to trace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s barrier-busting career, following her rise from a brainy Brooklynite to the highest court in the land. It also delves into her relationship with her husband, Martin Ginsburg, and catches the justice in private moments, following her on workouts and with her granddaughter. What emerges is a portrait of a person who used her legal career to fight for women and minorities.
Bad Samaritan (Electric Entertainment)
A valet (Robert Sheehan) develops a clever scam to burglarize the houses of rich customers. Things go smoothly until he robs the wrong customer (David Tennant), and discovers a woman being held captive in his home. Afraid of going to prison, he leaves the woman there and makes a call to the police, who find nothing when they investigate. Now, the valet must endure the wrath of the kidnapper who seeks revenge on him, all while desperately trying to find and rescue the captive woman he left behind.
Racer and the Jailbird (Neon)
RACER AND THE JAILBIRD is the latest breathlessly stylish and sexy crime epic from Oscar® nominated director Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead, The Drop), set against an electrifying backdrop of high-speed racing and high-stakes heists. As a member of a notorious Brussels gang renowned for their expertly-executed robberies, Gigi (frequent Roskam collaborator Matthias Schoenaerts, The Danish Girl, Red Sparrow) tends to his front, a luxury automobile import-export business, in his downtime.
Sparks fly when he meets glamorous and affluent race car driver Bibi (Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color), and despite their wildly different backgrounds, the pair fall instantly and tragically in love. While Gigi attempts to break away from his illicit history, two things stand in the couple’s way to a happy life together: an unrelenting mob hungry for another heist, and the cops that are closing in on them. A triumph in on-screen chemistry and atmosphere, RACER AND THE JAILBIRD is a fiery collision between thrilling ensemble crime saga and intimate Shakespearean tragedy.
Overboard (MGM / Pantelion)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Pantelion Films presents Overboard, a fresh take on the iconic romantic comedy. In a splashy new twist, Overboard focuses on “Leonardo” (EUGENIO DERBEZ), a selfish, spoiled, rich playboy from Mexico’s richest family and “Kate” (ANNA FARIS), a working class single mom of three hired to clean Leonardo’s luxury yacht.
After unjustly firing Kate and refusing to pay her, Leonardo falls overboard when partying too hard and wakes up on the Oregon coast with amnesia. Kate shows up at the hospital and, to get payback, convinces Leonardo he is her husband and puts him to work – for the first time in his life. At first miserable and inept, Leonardo slowly settles in. Eventually he earns the respect of his new “family” and co-workers. But, with Leonardo’s billionaire family hot on their trail and the possibility of his memory returning at any moment, will their new family last or will Leonardo finally put the clues together and leave them for good?
Tully (Focus Features)
A new comedy from Academy Award®-nominated director Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”) and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”). Marlo (Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron), a mother of three including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Mark Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis).
The Guardians (Music Box Films)
An affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family’s matriarch (Nathalie Baye,) must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are off at the front. Hortense reluctantly brings on an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan, Francine (Iris Bry), to help her daughter Solange (Laura Smet).
New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred especially when the men return from the front on short leaves. Acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (Of Gods and Men) revels in the mysteries and beauties of the French countryside, here unravaged by war, with painterly images bathed in natural light, yet keeps his focus on the intricate drama that plays out against the upheaval of the Great War.
Altered Perception (Cinedigm)
A Sci-fi Thriller centered around the idea of a governmentally designed drug created to help correct or strategically alter perceptions gathered during times of trauma or stress. Slated as being a substance that may help solve issues with everything from racial tensions, PTSD and geopolitical battles, first a focused study is needed to see how people respond to treatment and what dosages might be needed. Unfortunately, things don’t go according to plan when four couples volunteer and learn there are deadly consequences to taking the drug as their past and present are examined.
The Cleanse (Vertical Entertainment / SONY)
Johnny Galecki (TV’s “Big Bang Theory) plays Paul Berger, an unemployed, down and out, heartbroken man searching for happiness. When Paul sees an ad for a spiritual retreat promising to restart your life, he immediately signs up, hoping to cleanse himself and fix his broken life. But after only a few days, he discovers the cleanse is releasing more than just everyday toxins… a lot more. Starring Oliver Platt and Academy Award® Winner, Anjelica Huston as the leaders of the retreat, The Cleanse is a darkly humorous, weird, and soulful fantasy that examines the inner demons in all of us.
Ray Meets Helen (TriCoast Worldwide)
It’s been said that relativity defines human experience — who, where, when, yours, mine, theirs — and by chance or design, it’s all relative. Ray meets Helen during a random collision of altered fates. They are strangers, over 60, lonely, and luckless. He hit rock bottom in the big city, and she found it on a small farm. It’s a struggle for both of them to not to give up. But then separately and without warning, they become overwhelmed by unrelated and extraordinary events.
The List (Gravitas Ventures)
Alex, a lovable, unassuming dog trainer is in love with a great woman – Katherine – smart, talented, from a good family. Katherine adores Alex’s quirky sense of humor, honesty and capacity to listen. Having decided to pop the question, Alex is blindsided when Katherine produces a detailed list of well-thought-out “improvements” she feels will tweak Alex on their way to becoming the ideal couple.
Alex instinctively rejects the suggestion that he needs to change anything. But with the threat of a new competitor, Alex decides to “do the list.” Guided by a coterie of friends that include: Dave, Alex’s loyal childhood buddy, best female friend Lily, her husband Michael, and their 8-year-old son, Nicky, Alex’s journey has him reconsider and question his beliefs, values and world.
The Con Is On (Lionsgate)
In an effort to avoid paying off a massive gambling debt to a notorious mobster in England, two badly behaved con artists flee to Los Angeles, where they hatch a convoluted plot to steal jewels.
The Son of Bigfoot (Viva Pictures)
Teenage outsider Adam sets out on an epic and daring quest to uncover the mystery behind his long-lost dad, only to find out that he is none other than the legendary Bigfoot! He has been hiding deep in the forest for years to protect himself and his family from HairCo., a giant corporation eager to run scientific experiments with his special DNA. As father and son start making up for lost time, Adam soon discovers that he too is gifted with superpowers beyond his imagination. But little do they know, HairCo. is on their tail as Adam’s traces have led them to Bigfoot!
Strangers on the Earth (First Run Features)
Scores of pilgrims follow an ancient path in search of meaning and personal truth. One carries a cello, unraveling his relationship with music through performances of Bach. A tapestry of pilgrim narratives, Strangers on the Earth explores the physical, social, and spiritual aspects of pilgrimage along Spain’s Camino de Santiago.
Taco Shop (Streetwise Entertainment)
Discovering his mother is in debt and losing their family home, Smokes (Tyler Posey) gives up his plan to resign from Taco Dollar and open his own shop. The pressure mounts when a gourmet taco truck parks across the street and threatens the survival of Taco Dollar. An all-out war ensues as Bruce (Brian Huskey) and his band of cholos challenges the crew of Taco Dollar for taco supremacy. Can Smokes unite his co-workers and fight to save Taco Dollar? Taco Shop is a slapstick comedy that gives new meaning to the term, “I poked you, fool!” Also starring Felipe Esparza, Paula Jai Parker, Johnny Sanchez and Dan Bakkedahl.
Hopefully, you found some interesting trailers and maybe plan to see a film you normally wouldn’t have. New in Theaters This Week for 05/04/18 brought to you by The Nerd Mentality! Check back each week by bookmarking our Now Playing tag.