The big new film this week is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Felicity Jones). We can’t wait to see the latest Star Wars movie. Other new films this weekend include Collateral Beauty (Will Smith, Keira Knightley), Solace (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Farrell), The Grace of Jake (Jake La Botz), and Neruda (Gael García Bernal). Continue reading for summaries and trailers of the new films for this weekend.
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.
When FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is unable to solve a series of homicides, he decides to enlist the help of his former colleague Dr. John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins), a retired physician with psychic powers. The reclusive Clancy, who shuttered his practice and retreated from the world following the death of his daughter and subsequent break-up of his marriage, wants nothing to do with the case. He soon changes his mind after seeing disturbingly violent visions of Joe’s partner, FBI Special Agent Katherine Cowles’s (Abbie Cornish) ultimate demise. When Clancy’s exceptional intuitive powers put him on the trail of a suspect, Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell), the doctor soon realizes his abilities are no match against the extraordinary powers of this vicious murderer on a mission.
Fresh out of prison, drifter musician Jake Haynes steals a car and says goodbye to California. His destination is Palestine, Arkansas, population 678. It’s here among the cotton fields and gravel roads where his father Henry Haynes lives and works as a crop duster pilot. Jake has never met his father, but holds him responsible for all of life’s troubles- failure, jail, the death of his mother. Jake travels to the mid-south with the intention of revenge. However, once he gets to this small town big things start to happen. It’s here with nothing that he finds everything – life, love and a gospel record contract. And Jake learns that his momma may not have been quite so innocent through it all. Jake soon becomes part of a colorful ensemble cast that is as authentic and soulful as it gets. The Grace of Jake is a movie about people, the characters just as important as the location. This indigenous musical movie has the heart and feel of a foreign film, but its country of origin just happens to be the Arkansas delta.
An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.