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Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise), open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 12. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Sean Ellis
Synopsis: “Anthropoid” is based on the extraordinary true story of “Operation Anthropoid,” the code name for the Czechoslovakian operatives’ mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, »
- Steve Greene
It’s been three decades since “Stand By Me” became the little drama that could, catapulting River Phoenix to stardom, establishing Rob Reiner as a director on the rise, and racking up big ticket sales on a paltry budget.
The story of four friends from small town in Oregon, hiking into the countryside in search of the body of a boy who has been hit and killed by a train, is an unlikely coming-of-age tale. Yet in Reiner’s sensitive hands, it becomes a meditation on mortality — one that transcends its 1950s setting to have a universal appeal.
“Stand By Me” is unique in other ways. For one thing, it rivals “The 400 Blows” in its ability to evoke complex characterizations from young actors. Not only Phoenix as spiritual leader Chris Chambers, but co-stars Wil Wheaton as sensitive Gordie Lachance, Jerry O’Connell as wisecracking Vern Tessio, and Corey Feldman as hot-tempered Teddy Duchamp, »
- Brent Lang
It's Thursday night, and Chris Gethard has already broken his first pair of glasses of the evening. The audience in this midtown Manhattan broadcast studio are standing around a wrestling ring set up in the center of the room, cheering as loudly as they can. In one corner, a two-time world champion wrestler named Rhino circles the perimeter, his burly thighs rubbing together like two tan balloons. In the other is the 36-year-old comedian/talk-show host, unfazed by this behemoth of a man. Within seconds, the grappler has Gethard in the air, »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on TV and Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on Netflix
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" Season 2 (Netflix Original)
They alive dammit -- it's a miracle! Ellie Kemper's Kimmy Schmidt is back, and better than better, in the second season of Netflix's supremely adorkable comedy. Expect new jobs, new romance, and new songs to go viral when Season 2 starts streaming on Netflix this Friday, April 15. Watch the official trailer to see the whole peenooooooo noooooiiiiir gang back in action:
"Ajin: Demi-Human": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Here's the Netflix synopsis for this new anime series, adapted from the hit Japanese manga: "A teenager discovers he's an Ajin and flees before the authorities experiment on him. Other Ajin lan to fight back and he must choose a side." The series starts streaming April 12.
"Kong King of »
- Gina Carbone
If you’re a fan of animal clips that circulate the internet, or know anyone who is, you’ve caught a few clips of animal reunions, especially one that features Dr. Jane Goodall.
Now you’re going to get a chance to get the full story surrounding some of these reunions as Thirteen’s Nature brings Animal Reunions to PBS.
The show puts together several stories, with interviews and reunion footage, of the people who have rescued, raised, and/or bonded with animals that are now in the wild, and their journeys to discover what happens when they reunite with the animals.
As the views on some of these videos that have circulated will attest, the idea is fascinating, and getting a deeper exploration is something that you’re going to want to catch.
Catch a clip below of the elephant-centric part of the show, which includes the cutest tucking »
- Marc Eastman
Who are you and what do you do?”
I am Bob Eggleton multi-Hugo Award winning artist (Forry won the first one many years ago so there is a lineage), and recently a Rondo Award winner (for FM covers) who has been in the Sf/Fantasy field for over 30 years. I do lots of things: my own ideas, bookcovers, comics, and I have worked as a movie concept artist on several animated films and, I’m a huge Godzilla and Classic Monster fan.
What mediums are you most fond of working with?
I play with all media. Oils are really nice with painting, though I work in acrylics and, my most basic but favored medium is the pencil. I love pencil.
What inspires you the most?
Many things. Nature, dinosaurs, space….classical artists work, like what you see in a museum.
What/who is your favorite artwork/artist?
Wow. I could »
- Caroline Stephenson
6 items from 2016
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