V/H/S 2: On Demand Now, In Theatres July 11

Magnet Releasing offers up this sequel to V/H/S (2012), the clever horror anthology built around the premise of a gang hired to steal a videotape, which turns out to contain a series very bizarre vignettes.  Once again, a handful of genre filmmakers have contributed individual segments: Simon Barret, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sanchez, Timo Tjahjanto, Jamie Nash, and Adam Wingard. The cast includes Kelsy Abbott, Fachry Albar, Oka Antara, Devon Brookshire, Jay Saunders, etc. The 96-minute film is rated R for “bloody violence, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, pervasive language and some drug use.”
Currently available on VOD, the film begins a limited theatrical run on July 11. You can rent the film from the Cinefantastique Online Store by clicking here.

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July 11, 2013
West Los Angeles, CA: Nuart Theatre
July 12, 2013
Brookline, MA: Coolidge Corner Theatre
Denver, CO: Sie FilmCenter
Indianapolis, IN: Keystone Art Cinema 7
Minneapolis, MN: Uptown Theatre
New York, NY: Sunshine Cinema 5
Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse
Portland, OR: Hollywood Theatre
Tucson, AZ: The Loft Cinema
University City, MO: Tivoli Theatre
July 18, 2013
Charlotte, NC: Movies @ CrownPoint 12
July 19, 2013
Chicago, IL: Music Box
Columbus, OH: Gateway Film Center 8
Dallas, TX: Texas Theatre
Greensboro, NC: Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema
Houston, TX: River Oaks Theatre 3
San Francisco, CA: Clay Theatre
Washington, DC: E Street Cinema
July 24, 2013
Nashville, TN: Belcourt Theatre
August 17, 2013
Ooltewah, TN: Barking Legs Theater
September 6, 2013
Milwaukee, WI: University of WI – Union Theatre

Insidious: Chapter 2 in theatres September 13

Film District releases the latest creep-show from Blumhouse Productions, a sequel to INSIDIOUS (2010). The SAW-team of director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell are back, along with cast members Rose Byrne, Patrick WIlson, Barbara Hershey, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, and yes, Whannel himself.
The previous film left no doubt the evil had triumphed, taking possession of Josh Lambert after his trip through limbo to save his son from supernatural forces. The trailer suggests the the sequel has been jiggered to suggest that Josh is haunted but not controlled by something that followed him back from his trip to the other side. It’s just as well: a direct sequel to the original would have consisted of Josh being tried and convicted of murder – probably not what the audience wants.
Theatrical Release: September 13, 2013
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The Purge opens June 7

Universal Pictures releases this speculative thriller from Blumhouse Productions, which posits that on one night every year, laws are rescinded, allowing society to “purge” its violent tendencies and then live peacefully the rest of the time. (Sounds a bit like the “Festival” time from “The Return of the Archons,” a first-season episode of STAR TREK.)
James De Monaco wrote and directed. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey head the cast, supported by Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield, and Tony Oller. Rated R. 85 minutes.
Release Date: June 7, 2013
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Epic in theatres May 24

20th Century Fox releases this production from Blue Sky Studios (ICE AGE, ROBOTS) on Friday May 24 (with previews starting Thursday evening). The 3-D computer-animated film tells the story of a teenage girl (Amanda Seyfried) who discovers that her father’s belief in a miniature race of forest people is true; shrinking down to their size, she joins their quest to protect the forest from the evil Mandrake (Christoph Waltz). Other voices include Collin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Steven Tyler, and Beyonce Knowles as Queen Tara.
Chris Wedge directed, from a screenplay by James V. Hart & William Joyce & Daniel Shere & Tom J Astle & Matt Ember; from a story by William Joyce and James V. Hart & Chris Wedge, based upon the books “The Leaf Men” and “The Brave Good Bugs” by William Joyce.
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Iron Man 3 in theatres May 3

Walt Disney Pictures releases the third IRON MAN movie during the lucrative month of May (“summer” blockbusters don’t wait for summer anymore). Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark, the man in the iron suit, along iwth Dwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. However, Favreau (who helmed the first two IRON MAN films) is out of the director’s chair, replaced by Shane Black (LETHAL WEAPON), who also had a hand in the script, along with Drew Pearce, based on the Marvel Comics character. This time, the story pits Stark against a new villain, The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley. Also in the cast are Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian and William Sadler as Sal Kennedy. And we’re sure Stan Lee will show up in there somewhere.
U.S. Theatrical Release: May 3, 2013
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Star Trek Into Darkness in theatres May 17

Paramount Pictures offers the next installment in the rebooted mission of the Starship Enterprise and her crew.  J.J. Abrams is back in the director’s chair, working from a script by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof, based on the original concept by Gene Roddenberry. Chris Pine is James T. Kirk; Zachary Quinto is Spock; and Karl Urban is Dr. McCoy, with Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, and John Cho filling out the crew. Alice Eve shows up as Dr. Carol Marcus, and Bruce Greenwood is back as Christopher Pike. The story pits the Federation against an overwhelming force threatening obliteration.
U.S. Theatrical Release: May 17.
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The Croods in theatres March 22

20th Century Fox releases this 3D computer-generated prehistoric comedy from DreamWorks Animation. The story follows a curious daughter who chaffs against the restrictions of her father, who warns them of the dire consequences of disobedience and especially the danger of leaving the safety of the cave – until unforeseen circumstances force a reappraisal. Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders wrote and directed. Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman provide voices.
U.S. Theatrical Release: March 22
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Oblivion in theatres April 19

Universal Pictures releases this science fiction film starring Tom Cruise. Joseph Kosinski (TRON: LEGACY) directed from a script co-written with Karl Gajdusek and Michael Arndt, based on the comic book by Kosinski and Arvid Nelson. Morgan Freeman co-stars, along with Zoe Bell, Olga Kurylenko, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Andrea Riseborough, and Melissa Leo. Cruise stars as a repairman fixing drones on a future Earth depopulated by war (vaguely reminiscent of WALL-E?). The plot kicks into gear when he rescues a woman in a crashed space ship, which leads to a confrontation with forces that lead him to doubt his assumptions about the war.
U.S. Theatrical Release: April 19, 2013
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Monsters University in theatres June 21

Walt Disney Pictures releases the latest computer-animated fantasy from Pixar Animation Stuidios – a prequel to the popular MONSTERS, INC. This time, we get to see Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) back in their college days, when they were studying – and competing – to beomc the scariest monsters. Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, Frank Oz, and John Ratzenberger also reprise their roles; Kelsey Grammer replaces the late James Coburn. Dan Scanlon directed.
U.S. Theatrical Release: June 21
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Man of Steel in 3D & IMAX June 14

Warner Brothers releases their reboot of the Superman franchise, which has been dormant since the disappointing SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006). Zack Snyder (SUCKER PUNCH) directs from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, from a story developed by Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan, based on the character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film offers another origin story, with the young Kal-El being sent to Earth by his father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and growing up with Martha Kent (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) before turning into Superman (Henry Cavill) and confronting his father’s mortal enemy General Zod (Michael Shannon). Also in the cast are Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Christopher Meloni ans Colonel Hardy, and Jadin GOuld as Lana Lang.
U.S. Theatrical Release Date: June 14
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