When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.
Vitals: Director: Ari Aster. Stars: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Gabriel Byrne, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd.
2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 127 min., Horror, Box office gross: $43.170 million, Lionsgate.Extras: Deleted scenes, “Cursed: The True Nature of Hereditary” featurette, “Evil in Miniature” photo gallery.
Based on the true story of survival, a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime. As the two avid sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn't anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved.
Vitals: Director: Baltasar Kormakur. Stars: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Thomas, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Grace Palmer.
2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 96 min., Drama, Box office gross: $30.124
million, Universal.Extras: Deleted scenes; "Survival at Sea" interview with the cast and filmmakers; "Braving the Elements" behind-the-scenes look at filming in the open waters; "Journey" in which Shailene Woodley takes viewers on a journey into "Adrift"; theatrical trailers; commentary with director Baltasar Kormákur and Woodley.
Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), the estranged sister of infamous criminal mastermind Danny Ocean, seeks to carry on the family business by plotting an enormous heist on New York's annual Met Gala. After being released from prison, Debbie recruits her best friend Lou (Cate Blanchett) to set out and assemble a team of larcenists. This hodgepodge, seven-member team includes everyone from a street pick-pocket, a computer hacker, and a jewelry expert. The women band together to infiltrate the Met Gala and steal a $150 million necklace worn by celebrity Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway).
Vitals: Director: Gary Ross. Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, James Corden.
2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 110 min., Crime Action, Box office gross: $137.733 million, Warner.Extras: "A Heist in Heels," "Ocean’s Team 3.0," "Reimagining the Met Gala," deleted scenes.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
It's been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who's still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times. With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs -- along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before.
Vitals: Director: J.A. Bayona. Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ted Levine, Jeff Goldblum, James Cromwell, Geraldine Chaplin, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Daniella Pineda, BD Wong,.
2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 128 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $385.723 million, Universal.Extras:
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Young Han Solo finds adventure when he joins a gang of galactic smugglers, including a 196-year-old Wookie named Chewbacca. Indebted to the gangster Dryden Vos, the crew devises a daring plan to travel to the mining planet Kessel to steal a batch of valuable coaxium. In need of a fast ship, Solo meets Lando Calrissian, the suave owner of the perfect vessel for the dangerous mission -- the Millennium Falcon.
Vitals: Director: Ron Howard. Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo.
2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 135 min., Sci-Fi Action, Box office gross: $212.117 million, Disney.Extras: "Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable"; "Team Chewie"; "Kasdan on Kasdan": Iconic Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and son Jonathan in conversation; "Remaking the Millennium Falcon"; "Escape from Corellia"; "The Train Heist"; "Becoming a Droid: L3-37"; "Scoundrels, Droids, Creatures and Cards: Welcome to Fort Ypso"; "Into the Maelstrom: The Kessel Run."
The 1972 film that helped define a genre with its characters, look, sound and feel -- is introduced to a new generation through this reimagining by music video creator Director X (Drake, Rihanna). Cocaine kingpin Youngblood Priest realizes that it's time to get out of the game after surviving a violent attack from a crazed rival. Hoping for one last score, Priest and his partner travel to Mexico to arrange a deal. The career criminal now finds himself trying to outmaneuver the cartel, two corrupt police officers and all the double-crossers that threaten his path to freedom.
Vitals: Director: Director X. Stars: Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott, Jennifer Morrison.
2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 116 min., Crime Action, Box office gross: $20.522 million, Sony.Extras: Three featurettes: "Trap Talk: The Music," "Director X Scene Breakdown," "Superfly: The Remix"; Future’s “No Shame” music video featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR; "Making of No Shame music video."
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