The Weekend Is Approaching! What Will You See?
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" arrives in theaters on Friday, July 11. In the aftermath of a virus that devastated the human population, Caesar is the leader of the ape society. The apes hope to avoid contact with the remaining humans, fearful of war and destruction. But a group of survivors encounter Caesar's community and win the apes' trust, leading to huge conflicts. The film's PG-13 rating is due to intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, as well as brief strong language. Matt Reeves directs.
"Boyhood" is Richard Linklater's drama that took 12 years in the making, resulting in a distinctive cinematic experience. The story traces Mason from his childhood into his teenage years. While dealing with his parents' divorce, navigating his relationship with his family and discovering his own path in life, Mason crosses the border between boyhood and adulthood. The R rating is due to teen drug and alcohol use and language that includes mature references.
"A Long Way Down" arrives in select theaters on July 11. Based on a novel by Nick Hornby, director Pascal Chaumeil's dark comedy follows four strangers whose lives connect just as they're planning to end them. Each of the four climb to a high rooftop, planning to end it all, but their unexpected encounter leads them to different outcomes. The R rating is due to language.
"Land Ho!" is a quirky comedy from Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens. Mitch and Colin were once brothers-in-law, but their friendship has remained steadfast throughout changing relationships and old age. Eager to live a little bit and have some fun together, the two pals head to Iceland, where their age won't hold them back from seeking adventures. The R rating is due to language, mature references and drug use.
"Transformers: Age of Extinction" sees Optimus Prime and the Autobots facing new challenges that go beyond their feud with the Decepticons. The government is waging war against the Autobots, and man-made Transformer assassins are out to get Optimus Prime and his followers. The battle between the various forces will be epic and could have lasting consequences. The PG-13 rating is due to intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, brief innuendo and some language. Michael Bay directs.
"Tammy" stars Melissa McCarthy in a comedy directed by her husband, Ben Falcone. Tammy is down on her luck and about to lose control over her life. Her last chance to redeem herself comes from an unexpected source. Her impetuous and hard-drinking grandmother convinces Tammy to come along on a road trip to Niagara Falls. The R rating is due to language that includes mature references.
In "22 Jump Street," Jenko and Schmidt finally graduate high school and head off to college, once again as undercover police officers. While tracking down a drug, the two will have plenty of opportunities to fall in love, make new friends and generally experience all the ups and downs of dorm life. The comedy's R rating is due to mature content, language, nudity, drug material and violence. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller direct.
"How to Train Your Dragon 2" features the voice talents of Cate Blanchett, Jay Baruchel and other stars. Just when he thinks he's managed to find peace and quiet, Hiccup learns about a man who could threaten the happiness of dragons and humans. A figure from Hiccup's past will offer much-needed help. The animated film has a PG rating for adventure action and mild rude humor. Dean DeBlois directs.
"Deliver Us from Evil" stars Eric Bana as Ralph Sarchie, a police officer based in New York who bears witness to crimes no human could have committed. A rogue priest convinces Ralph that something dark is happening just beyond the surface of reality. Together, the two will face off against malevolent, demonic forces that defy their expectations. Bloody violence, grisly images, terror and language contribute to an R rating. Scott Derrickson directs.
"Earth to Echo" follows a group of young friends who are facing the imminent destruction of their Nevadan neighborhood. Although they're determined to have fun on their last day together, the buddies wind up with a bigger adventure than they ever anticipated. Odd messages lead the friends to encounter an alien who needs their help. The PG rating is because of action, peril and mild language. Dave Green directs.
"Maleficent" is director Robert Stromberg's updated version of a well-known Disney tale. Maleficent may be infamous for her cold, evil ways, but once upon a time, she was a kind-hearted young fairy with a protective nature. A betrayal leaves her thirsting for vengeance. As it turns out, though, revenge can be a complicated and dangerous undertaking. "Maleficent" has a PG rating for frightening images and sequences of fantasy action and violence.