Miss Sharon Jones (NR) 93 Minutes – 3 Stars
A year in the life of the popular funk/soul singer who was trying to release a new album while battling pancreatic cancer.
Director: Barbara Kopple
Starring: Sharon Jones
Morris From America (R) 89 Minutes – 3 1/2 Stars
This coming-of-age drama follows 13-year-old Morris as he moves to Heidelberg, Germany with his father and adjusts to his vastly different home.
Director: Chad Hardigan
Starring: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson
Little Men (PG) 85 Minutes – 3 1/2 Stars
When 13-year-old Jake’s (Theo Taplitz) grandfather dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father’s old Brooklyn home. There, Jake befriends the charismatic Tony (Michael Barbieri), whose single mother Leonor (Paulina Garcia), a dressmaker from Chile, runs the shop downstairs. Soon, Jake’s parents Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle) — one, a struggling actor, the other, a psychotherapist — ask Leonor to sign a new, steeper lease on her store. For Leonor, the proposed new rent is untenable, and a feud ignites between the adults. At first, Jake and Tony don’t seem to notice; the two boys, so different on the surface, begin to develop a formative kinship as they discover the pleasures of being young in Brooklyn. Jake aspires to be an artist, while Tony wants to be an actor, and they have dreams of going to the same prestigious arts high school together. But the children can’t avoid the problems of their parents forever, and soon enough, the adult conflict intrudes upon the borders of their friendship.
Director: Ira Sachs
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Alfred Molina
The 9th Life of Louis Drax (R) 90 Minutes – Not Screened
Director: Alexandre Aja
Starring: Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul
No Manches Frida (PG-13) – Not Screened
An ex-con works as a substitute teacher in order to retrieve the loot he buried under a high school’s new gym. Omar Chaparro and Martha Higareda star in this comedy directed by Nacho G. Velilla.
Director: Nacho G. Velilla
Starring: Omar Chapparo, Marth Higareda
Morgan (R) 92 Minutes – 2 Stars
A corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger.
Director: Luke Scott
Starring: Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones
Yoga Hosers (PG-13) 88 Minutes – 2 1/2 Stars
15-year-old yoga-nuts Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie love their smart phones and hate their after school job at Manitoban convenience store Eh-2-Zed. But when an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with the legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe to fight for their lives with all seven Chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time. Depp, Depp the younger and Smith the younger are returning in the roles they created for TUSK.
Director: Kevin Smith
Starring: Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Johnny Depp, Justin Long
Hands of Stone (R) 105 Minutes – 3 Stars (Moves From Last Week)
HANDS OF STONE follows the life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year‐old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50. In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) to capture the WBC welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch, famously saying the words “no mas” (no more.)
Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz
Starring: Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Usher Raymond
The Light Between Oceans (PG-13) 100 Minutes – 3 1/2 Stars
DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Light Between Oceans” is a heart-breaking drama about fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths to which one couple will go to see their dreams realized. Starring Academy Award (R) and Golden Globe (R) nominee Michael Fassbender, Oscar (R) winner Alicia Vikander, Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Rachel Weisz, Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson, the film is written for the screen and directed by Derek Cianfrance based on the acclaimed novel by M.L. Stedman. The producers are Academy Award nominee David Heyman, p.g.a. and Jeffrey Clifford, p.g.a. with Tom Karnowski, Rosie Alison, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King serving as executive producers. In the years following World War I, Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), a young veteran still numb from his years in combat, takes a job as lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a remote island off the coast of Western Australia. As the island’s sole inhabitant, he finds comfort in the monotony of the chores and the solitude of his surroundings. When he meets the daughter of the school’s headmaster, Isabel Graysmark (Alicia Vikander), in the local town of Partageuse on the mainland, Tom is immediately captivated by her beauty, wit and passion, and they are soon married and living on the island. As their love flourishes, he begins to feel again, their happiness marred only by their inability to start a family, so when a rowboat with a dead man and infant girl mysteriously washes ashore, Isabel believes their prayers may have finally been answered. As a man of principle, Tom is torn between reporting the lost child and pleasing the woman he loves, and against his better judgment he agrees to let Isabel raise the child as their own, making a choice with devastating consequences. DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Light Between Oceans” opens in U.S. theaters on September 2nd.
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weiz