Summer blockbuster season may be winding down, but there are still plenty of new movies being released this week that will tempt you to to escape the dog days of August and head to the theaters. This week, an action sequel, a terrifying thriller, and two incredible dramas based on real life stories.
When the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman force him to return to the life he left behind, Arthur Bishop’s life is once again in danger as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.
Starring: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones
Three teens plan to rob a home where a reclusive blind millionaire lives alone. After breaking in, they discover there’s much more to the man than they’d expected, and find themselves trapped and hunted, one by one — like rats in a maze, in a psychopath’s deadly game.
Starring: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette
Starring: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks
The story of the eventful date in 1989 when a young associate named Barack Obama was trying to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson on a summer afternoon and evening that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to the White House. Hear the cast talk about what it was like to play the Obamas, and check out these other movies inspired by real-life love stories.
Starring: Tika Sumpter, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Parker Sawyers, Donald Paul
Starring: Robert De Niro, Ana de Armas, Ellen Barkin, John Turturro
It’s love and loss that lead Arthur Brennan across the world to Japan’s Aokigahara, a mysterious dense forest known as The Sea of Trees, lapping the foothills of Japan’s Mount Fuji – a place where people go to contemplate life and death. Numbed by grief, Arthur enters the depths of the forest and loses himself beyond the guiding ribbons threaded through the trees by many before him. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura, a Japanese man who also appears to have lost his way. Unable to leave Takumi behind, Arthur invests all of his remaining energy into saving Takumi and returning him to safety. The two men embark on a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur’s will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife.
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, Katie Aselton, Ken Watanabe
John Hollar, an aspiring New York City artist, brings his girlfriend to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his mother’s brain surgery. John must navigate the stress of his mother’s operation, his dysfunctional family, old high school friends and an overeager ex-girlfriend.
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick