New films this weekend include God’s Not Dead 2 (Melissa Joan Hart, Hayley Orrantia), The Dark Horse (Cliff Curtis), Everybody Wants Some (Will Brittain, Zoey), Meet the Blacks (Mike Epps), Miles Ahead (Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor), Natural Born Pranksters (Roman Atwood, Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, Dennis Roady), Collide (Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones), and Standing Tall (Catherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot). So many new releases, yet nothing I really want to see. Continue reading for summaries and trailers of the new movies for this weekend.
Welcome back to Hope Springs… home not only of Hadleigh University, but also Martin Luther King Jr. High School, where beloved teacher Grace Wesley helps students understand and enjoy history. Her love of teaching, her love for her students, and her love of life all come from the same place: her love of Christ. So when Brooke, a hurting student grieving the loss of her brother, reaches out to Grace, their coffee-shop conversation naturally leads to Grace sharing the hope she finds in Christ. When Brooke later asks an honest question about Jesus in the classroom, Grace’s reasoned response lands her in big trouble — almost before she even finishes giving her answer. With the principal and superintendent joining forces with a zealous civil liberties group, Grace faces an epic court case that could cost her the career she loves and expel God from the classroom—and the public square—once and for all!
Based upon a powerful true story, The Dark Horse is the uplifting portrait of a man searching for the courage to lead, despite his struggles with mental illness. The film features a stunning, award-winning performance by Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider, Blow, Fear the Walking Dead) as Genesis “Gen” Potini, a brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion who finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life. After years in and out of mental institutions, Genesis is released into the care of his estranged brother Ariki (Wayne Hapi) and thrust into his volatile gang lifestyle. Seeking to escape this toxic environment, Genesis finds solace by volunteering at the Eastern Knights chess club and sharing his gift with the disadvantaged Maori children of his community. Charismatic and impassioned, Gen encourages the group to train for the upcoming National Chess Championships. But his teaching puts him at odds with his brother when Ariki’s son Mana (James Rolleston) shows an interest in the game — chess is considered a distraction from the teen’s imminent initiation into his father’s gang.
From writer/director Richard Linklater, a new “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused set in the world of 1980 college life. Everybody Wants Some is a comedy that follows a group of friends as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.
The Black family is getting out of Chicago in hopes of a better life. After Carl Black (Mike Epps) recently came into some unexpected fund. Carl takes his family and leaves the hustling lifestyle behind for something better. Carl, his wife Lorena (Zulay Henao), son Carl Jr., daughter Allie Black (Bresha Webb) and cousin Cronut (Lil Duval) pack up and move to Beverly Hills.
An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.
The world’s three most notorious, ballsy, and outrageous pranksters come together for the first time to unleash the most epic pranks in an outrageous feature-film event. Jam-packed with cameos from some of YouTube’s biggest stars, watch as Roman Atwood, Dennis Roady, and Vitaly Zdorovetskiy take fearlessness and unbelievable social experiments to the next level.
To pay for his girlfriend’s (Jones) medical emergency while abroad, Casey (Hoult) schemes to pull a drug heist for an eccentric gangster (Kingsley). After a failed attempt, he embarks across Europe on an action-packed chase in a race against time to save his girlfriend’s life from being taken by an evil druglord (Hopkins).
Malony has been in conflict with the school and with the law since he was six. But Florence Blaque, a juvenile judge, and Yann, a special educator, are convinced that they can save him from the spiral of revolt and violence in which he seems to be caught for the rest of his days. Will they attain their end in spite of everything, in spite of Malony himself who is his own worst enemy?