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Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
The adaptation of author Laura Lippman's crime novel centres on two teenagers, Ronnie and Alice (Fanning and Australian actress Danielle Macdonald), who were sentenced with jail time for kidnapping a child when they were younger.
Dakota Fanning: 'I'm not going to flaunt my private life'
Shortly after their release from prison, another kidnapping takes place in their town, leaving the newly-freed Ronnie and Alice under suspicion once again.
Banks has been cast as the detective investigating the new kidnapping case, while Lane portrays Ronnie's over-protective mother.
Every Secret Thing opens on May 15 in the Us and July 22 in the UK. »
Soundin' sweet! We know that the Pitch Perfect 2 sneak peeks have been giving you a taste of what to expect, but now Fox Movies Premium has released an exciting brand-new trailer full of tantalizing surprises. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and the remainder of the Barden Bellas are back, but this time the fearless group is taking its talents to the big leagues. By competing at the a capella world championship, they aim to face off against the Treblemakers for the acclaimed title of being "the best." The problem is, "No American team has ever won it," said Gail (Elizabeth Banks). "That's because they hate us," continues John Michael Higgins as the twosome heartily »
"Every Secret Thing" is a crime film directed by Amy J. Berg and written by Nicole Holofcener, that's based on the 2004 novel of the same name written by Laura Lippman, which centers on the investigation into a series of missing children and the prime suspects: 2 young women who, 7 years prior, were institutionalized for the death of an infant. The film stars Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning, Danielle Macdonald, Nate Parker, and Common; Lane plays the role of Helen Manning, the mother of Alice Manning, an 18-year-old girl (Macdonald) who becomes a suspect in the disappearance of a missing child. Banks plays Detective Nancy Porter, who is investigating the case, and who »
- Tambay A. Obenson
'Master Builder' Emmet and his adventurous companion Wyldstyle will both be seen in The Lego Movie 2, according to its producers.
Lord and Miller remain on board as executive producers, and recently offered the first hints about the sequel to Zap2it.
"It picks up where the other one left off," Lord initially joked, before Miller added: "Emmet and Wyldstyle will be back, and others. And there will be new characters as well!"
"We want to keep it mostly a surprise," Miller went on to say. "We found a new way to… not just retread the stuff we did in the first movie. It will still make it feel »
A new Pitch Perfect 2 trailer released Thursday includes all new footage of the Barden Bellas and the Trebles. New Pitch Perfect 2 Trailer The new, 2:22 minute trailer for the comedy sequel directed by Elizabeth Banks features some footage previously released in other trailers, but also gives fans a few new scenes to obsess […]
- Olivia Truffaut
Elizabeth Banks’ comedy sequel for Universal will close Geena Davis and Arc Entertainment’s inaugural festival while the world premiere of TriStar Pictures’ War Room will open the event, set to run in Arkansas from May 5-9.
The Kendrick brothers’ War Room centres on a family that turns to prayer to save their marriage. Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Tc Stallings, Beth Moore and Karen Abercrombie star. The film is scheduled to open on August 28.
Banks directed Pitch Perfect 2, which will screen as a free event ahead of nationwide release on May 15. The returning cast features Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, John Michael Higgins and Banks.
“We’re beyond excited to have two highly anticipated studio films open and close the first Bentonville Film Festival,” said Davis.
“War Room is another heartfelt film from Alex »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
“War Room,” which focuses on the transformational role that prayer can play in an individual’s life, is directed by Alex Kendrick from a script he co-wrote with brother Stephen Kendrick. The film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer (“Praise the Lord”), T.C. Stallings (“Courageous”), Beth Moore (“Living Proof Ministries”) and Karen Abercrombie (“Remnant”).
“War Room” will open in theaters on Aug. 28.
“Pitch Perfect 2” is directed by Elizabeth Banks and features the returning cast led by Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp and Banks herself. The film will open May 15.
Davis announced the event in January with the aim of highlighting diversity. The Arkansas festival is touting itself as the only film competition »
- Dave McNary
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- Scott Beggs
Generally speaking, a movie like Every Secret Thing would end up on some backburner list somewhere as a reminder of something to catch up with eventually. Thing is that Every Secret Thing has so much talent behind it, it's instantly made the other list. The one of movies to watch as soon as possible.
Adapted from Laura Lippman's novel by acclaimed writer/director Nicole Holofcener, the movie stars Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald as Ronnie and Alice, teen girls who, in their youth, were responsible for the kidnapping and death of a child. They've been incarcerated for eight years and a mere days after their release and return home, another child disappears and the girls are the key suspects in the investigation which is being led by Nancy Porter (Elizabeth Banks), t [Continued ...] »
Amy Berg is a rising filmmaker who started her career on a documentary hot streak with the docs West of Memphis and Deliver Us From Evil, and now she’s adapting her first full feature with a story that’s ripped from the headlines.
Every Secret Thing is a Fincher-esque thriller starring Dakota Fanning as a teenager just released from prison after having kidnapped a baby when she was just a young girl. Now a new child has gone missing just three miles from where the first kidnapping took place, and a detective (Elizabeth Banks) suspects Fanning. Here’s the full synopsis:
Every Secret Thing is a psychological crime thriller produced byAcademy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand (Fargo), which premiered in the Spotlight section at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Amy J. Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis) and written by Nicole Holofcener (Friends With Money, Enough Said »
- Brian Welk
Fresh from the Tribeca Film Festival where it played to full screens comes Every Secret Thing, a new thriller starring Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks and Dakota Fanning. The film has a first trailer that you can watch below. Just click the big ‘play’ button and let it weave it dark, trailer-y spell. Directed by Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil) and produced by Frances McDormand, this thriller has a female focus the genre is not always known for. For screenwriter Nicole Holofcener, director of Enough Said and Friends With Money, this is a shift into darker terrain with a story of child abduction that sees Banks as a detective investigating a missing child. Fanning plays the prime suspect in the abduction, 18-year-old Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Fuller. Danielle Macdonald is her fellow prime suspect, Alice Manning. Lane plays Alice's mother, bristling as Banks' 'tec comes knocking, suspecting the worst of her daughter. »
The first trailer for director Amy Berg’s (An Open Secret, Prophet’s Prey) feature debut Every Secret Thing has arrived online, which you can check out below. The film stars Dakota Fanning (Night Moves), Diane Lane (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), Nate Parker (About Alex), and Common (Selma).
Every Secret Thing is a psychological crime thriller produced by Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand (Fargo), which premiered in the Spotlight section at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Amy J. Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis) and written by Nicole Holofcener (Friends With Money, Enough Said), it is based on a 2004 novel of the same name by New York Times best-selling author Laura Lippman about the chilling consequences of the secrets we keep. The film stars Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning, Danielle Macdonald, Nate Parker, and Common.
Detective Nancy Porter (Banks »
- Scott J. Davis
There are a ton of movies based on books arriving in theaters this year, and if you're looking for a good thriller, you may want to check out Every Secret Thing. It's debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20, and the trailer has just been released. Elizabeth Banks stars as Nancy, a detective still haunted by her failure to save a small child who is mysteriously killed by two girls (Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald). When a 3-year-old goes missing around the same time that the two young women are released from juvenile detention eight years later, Nancy and her partner (Nate Parker) start to unravel some disturbing secrets. The movie, which also stars Diane Lane and Common, will be released on May 15. Until then, you can watch the trailer below. »
Read More: Watch: Amy Berg Explores Polygamy in Exclusive Sundance 'Prophet's Prey' Clip Filmmaker Amy Berg has found remarkable success as the documentarian behind acclaimed hits such as the Oscar-nominated "Deliver Us From Evil," but she's about to change things up considerably with her first feature-length drama, "Every Secret Thing." Fortunately for Berg, she's got a handful of Hollywood's most successful women on her side, including screenwriter Nicole Holofcener, producer Frances McDormand and stars Elizabeth Banks and Dakota Fanning. The psychological crime thriller revolves around a detective (Banks) who failed to save the life of a missing child from the hands of two young girls (Fanning and Danielle Macdonald). Eight years after the initial incident, another child goes missing in the same town just as the two convicted girls are released from juvenile detention. As the detective races to prevent history from repeating itself, she gets »
- Zack Sharf
Out of the vast quantity of movies produced for mass consumption, a staggeringly low percentage hail from female directors, screenwriters and producers. This sad-but-true fact brings to light the very matter of representation in one of the most profitable and high-profile industries, and so when films such as Every Secret Thing come along, they’re worth investigating. And, as it goes, the latest effort from director Amy J. Berg (Deliver Us From Evil) centers around a police investigation in a small American town.
In addition to its director, Every Secret Thing has a wealth of veritable female talent attached to its production. It’s based on the novel by Laura Lippman, was adapted for the screen by Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), is produced by Frances McDormand (Fargo), and stars Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald. With the movie’s release date not due for another month, there »
- Gem Seddon
Amy Berg is best known for her documentaries Deliver Us from Evil and West of Memphis, but now she's taking to directing a narrative feature as the first trailer for Every Secret Thing has just arrived. amz asin="006207489X" size="small"Based on the novel by "New York Times" best-selling author Laura Lippman the psychological thriller centers on detective Nancy Porter (Elizabeth Banks) who's still haunted by her failure to save the life of a missing child from the hands of two young girls. Eight years later, another child goes missing in the same town just days after Ronnie and Alice (Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald), the two girls convicted of the former crime, were released from juvenile detention. Porter and her partner (Nate Parker) must race against the clock to prevent history from repeating itself. But as they begin to investigate the girls and their families, especially Alice's protective »
- Brad Brevet
There’s a lot of talk about female filmmakers these days. Michelle MacClaren dropping out of “Wonder Woman”, a situation reminiscent of Patty Jenkins dropping out of “Thor: The Dark World,” has made many ask: is Hollywood unfriendly when it comes to female-helmed films? It’s a sobering thought that gives you pause as it is already difficult for women to break through in the industry. For our money, there is one female filmmaker who is firing on all cylinders right now and isn’t being appreciated at the level she should be: Amy Berg. She has released two fantastic docs in the last twelve months (“An Open Secret” and “Prophet’s Prey”), and she’s got her feature-length dramatic debut on deck. Titled “Every Secret Thing,” the movie is a David Fincher-esque psychological drama and crime thriller, and it features a solid cast of Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, »
- Rodrigo Perez
Director Bill Pohlad and writers Michael A. Lerner and Oren Moverman twist the biopic genre by paralleling Wilson's disorderly heyday with his eventual nervous breakdown and subsequent Stockholm syndrome-like relationship with the dubious Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti). Paul Dano plays the spacey, slowly frittering '60s Wilson — as he was just starting to go solo and dip his toes in the world of orchestral pop — while Cusack plays 1980s Wilson, who was suffering creatively and wrestling with paranoid schizophrenia. Dano and Cusack's beautiful performances draw you into Wilson's inner world with the support of Elizabeth Banks as Melinda Ledbetter, the sparky Cadillac saleswoman who steps into his life to save it (and went on to become his current wife). Read More: 5 Reasons Why "Love and Mercy" Deserves an Awards Push »
- Ryan Lattanzio
I hate to spoil a blockbuster this early, but it appears "Magic Mike Xxl" will have as much sexy shirtlessness as the first movie. I hope your feelings aren't hurt by that revelation. The sequel is out July 1, and in a new poster, we see Channing Tatum in the middle of a serious, shirtless jive. Apparently Snapchat followers of the film at @MagicMikeMovie got to view this pic first. Ugh! Now we have to learn what Snapchat is and start saying "Snapchat" in regular conversation like mean cool tweens. For the record, "Magic Mike Xxl" will feature Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodriguez, who are all reprising their roles from the first film. Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Riley Keough, Alex Pettyfer, and Olivia Munn will not be returning. Newcomers in the sequel include Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, Amber Heard, Gabriel Iglesias, Andie Macdowell, Jane McNeill, Jada Pinkett Smith, »
- Louis Virtel
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