Raleigh, N.C. — This weekend's new releases are dramas with big names, including Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Shailene Woodley and Willem Dafoe.
Edge of Tomorrow (Drama, PG-13, Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way)
Lt. Col. Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop – forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski. And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.
The Fault in Our Stars (Drama, PG-13, Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern)
Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them - and us - on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.
Or skip the box office blockbusters for some intriguing films being shown at single theaters around the Triangle:
The Hornet's Nest (Documentary, R, Starring Mike Boettcher, Carlos Boettcher, Kalen M. Waite, David Salzberg, Christian Tureaud)
Armed only with their cameras, Peabody and Emmy Award-Winning conflict Journalist Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, provide unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history. Mike and Carlos are embedded with U.S. Forces fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan, amidst the constant threat of the Taliban. Their journey, "The Hornet's Nest', unfolds a true story of survival not only for the soldiers but for a father and son who seek to rekindle their relationship under the most harrowing of circumstances.
The Immigrant (Drama/Romance, R, Starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Angela Sarafyan, Dagmara Dominczyk)
Ewa Cybulski and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland in search of a new start and the American dream. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. The arrival of Orlando - a dashing stage magician who is also Bruno's cousin - restores her self-belief and hopes for a brighter future, becoming her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself.