Cinema Art Movies Coming to Select Regal Theatres This Week (8/30)

  A photo-shopped image of a movie reel showing some images from the cinema art movies coming to select Regal theatres the week of 8/30/2019

Who doesn’t love a good blockbuster? Big budgets, thrilling action, and entertaining set pieces will continue to drive audiences to the movies, and for good reason. However, cinema art can also provide us with great moments that capture our curiosity and spark our imagination. In fact, some of the most critically acclaimed movies of all-time, and many Academy Award® winners, could be labeled as “cinema art.”

So, what is “cinema art?” Frequently produced and distributed outside the major studio system on a relatively small budget, cinema art movies typically handle serious matters in an artistic and often experimental way, geared towards more of a niche market rather than for a mass audience. In an artform where social realism takes precedence, on-location filming is favored over studio sets and sometimes amateur actors are even used.  

Stretching back to the origin of movies, the genre has provided some of the most recognizable and talented filmmakers in cinema who have put their uncompromising visions onto the screen with a unique flare and style that is all their own. Foreign language movies are also included in this genre, recognizable by many of the same features with the addition of subtitles, although rarely referred to as “cinema art” in their respective countries. Instead, they are more commonly known as “auteur” or “national” cinema, the former originally coined in France to distinguish filmmakers of the French New Wave (a movement and form of European cinema art from the 1950s and 1960s).

Below are a few cinema art movies to keep an eye on this week as they debut in select Regal theatres nationwide:

 

BENNETT’S WAR
Forrest Films

Genre: Comedy  
Rating: PG-13 
Runtime: 2hr       
Starring: Martha Higareda, Omar Chaparro, Claudia Alvarez, Consuelo Duval, Anabel Ferreira, Edgar Vivar, Mauricio Barrientos, Santiago Michel    
Directed By: Ariel Winograd 
Written By: Cory Brusseau, Martha Higareda         

Marshall Bennett (Michael Roark), a young soldier in the Army Ranger Motorcycle Unit, is medically discharged following an IED explosion and told one more accident could mean he may never walk again. He returns home to find his dad, Cal Bennett (Trace Adkins), is behind on the mortgage and may lose the family farm. Against all odds, Marshall decides to make a comeback as a motocross racer to help his family and save the farm. 

Writer/director Alex Ranarivelo is no stranger to inspiring sports tales. He previously directed William Fichtner and Jon Voight in the wrestling drama American Wrestler: The Wizard (2016),  Kevin Dillon in the action-packed racing drama Dirt (2018), and Ludacris in the BMX action movie The Ride (2018). Ranarivelo’s latest sports movie, starring Michael Roark (Magic Mike), revisits the racing scene in the form of professional motocross. 

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BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON
Amazon Studios

Genre: Comedy, Drama 
Rating:
Runtime: 1hr 43min      
Starring: Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery, Micah Stock, Alice Lee   
Directed By: Paul Downs Colaizzo        
Written By: Paul Downs Colaizzo        

Brittany Forgler’s hard-partying ways, chronic underemployment, and toxic relationships are catching up with her. After seeing a new doctor, she gets a prescription she never wanted—get healthy. Too broke to join a gym and too proud to ask for help, Brit doesn’t know where to turn, until her seemingly together neighbor, Catherine, pushes her to run one block. The next day, Brit runs two. She soon finishes her first mile and sets an almost unthinkable goal—running in the New York City Marathon. 

Writer/director Paul Downs Colaizzo makes his directorial debut with Brittany Runs a Marathon, the winner of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. The award-winning playwright is known for his witty depictions of 21st-Century American life, and his first movie draws on a very personal experience from his own life. Colaizzo describes the movie as a love letter to his best friend, Brittany O’Neill. “It was born out of the compelling, painful, hilarious and inspiring journey she took in her late 20s,” says Colaizzo. “My concept for the film was to take a stock character from big American comedies—the ‘hot mess,’ the ‘fat sidekick’—and turn the camera squarely in her direction.” 

Jillian Bell lands her first lead role as Brittany Forgler in a movie that also marks her first outing as executive producer. “This is a real woman’s story that comes with all of real life’s ups and downs,” says Bell. “Brittany is messy and lovable and heartbreaking and joyful and raw and funny all at the same time. At 27, she’s trying to make sense of her life.” 

In the end, this movie about a young woman deciding to change her life by running the New York City Marathon is more than just a comedy. “At the top of the film, Brittany is a guaranteed good time,” says Colaizzo. “She wears purposeful blinders that make her unthreatening and directionless. You will never feel bad about yourself hanging out with that version of Brittany. But we watch as she starts to look at herself and her life in a different way. She becomes self-aware and self-respecting. That’s something we can all be inspired by.”  

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DON’T LET GO
OTL Releasing / Blumhouse 

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror  
Rating:
Runtime: 1hr 43min       
Starring: David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Byron Mann, Mykelti Williamson     
Directed By: Jacob Estes  
Written By: Jacob Estes (screenplay by, story by), Drew Daywalt (story by)         

After receiving a shocking phone call from his recently murdered niece, Ashley (Storm Reid), detective Jack Radcliff (David Oyelowo) must work with her across time to solver her murder before it happens. 

This supernatural thriller from Blumhouse, producers of Get Out (2017), reunites Storm Reid and David Oyelowo following their work together in Ava DuVernay’s adventure/fantasy A Wrinkle in Time (2018). Reid starred as the main character, Meg, while Oyelowo was the voice of The It. Oyelowo has also previously appeared in Academy Award®-winning movies The Last King of Scotland (2006), The Help (2011), Lincoln (2012), and Selma (2014). 

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KILLERMAN 
Blue Fox Entertainment 

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama  
Rating:
Runtime: 1hr 52min 
Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen, Diane Guerrero     
Directed By: Malik Bader  
Written By: Malik Bader          

NYC money launderer Moe Diamond (Liam Hemsworth) wakes up from a car crash with no memory, millions in stolen cash, and an insane crew of dirty cops hunting him down. With a stranger who says he’s Moe’s best friend and a fiancée he doesn’t remember, Moe must race against the clock to discover his identity and escape his past before it destroys any chance at a future.  

Malik Bader has previously directed two crime dramas—Street Thief (2006) and Cash Only (2015)—and one horror/thriller. His latest work, Killerman, marks his first writing credit and stars established Hollywood star Liam Hemsworth, whose previous credits include The Hunger Games (2012), The Expendables 2 (2012), and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016). 

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Ne Zha
Well Go USA Entertainment 

Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Thriller 
Runtime: 1hr 50min       
Starring: Lyu Yanting, Cao Yalong, Wang Zheng, Chen Hao, Zeng Hongru, Yang Wei, Zhang Jiaming    
Directed By: Yu Yang (as Jiaozi) 
Written By: Yu Yang (Jiaozi), Yunyun Wei (story)         

Born with unique powers from a heavenly pearly by the Primeval Lord of Heaven, Nezha finds himself an outcast who is hated and feared. Destined by prophecy to bring destruction to the world, the young boy must choose between good and evil in order to break the shackles of fate and become the hero. 

Writer/director Yu Yang (as Jiaozi) makes his feature debut with this Chinese animated tale in which nearly all of the voice cast record their first credits.  

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TOD@S CAEN
Pantelion

Genre: Comedy  
Rating: PG-13 
Runtime: 2hr       
Starring: Martha Higareda, Omar Chaparro, Claudia Alvarez, Consuelo Duval, Anabel Ferreira, Edgar Vivar, Mauricio Barrientos, Santiago Michel    
Directed By: Ariel Winograd 
Written By: Cory Brusseau, Martha Higareda         

Armed with his array of bullet-proof rules of seduction, a charming seducer, Adán (Omar Chaparro), prepares to teach his friends the art of conquering women. Meanwhile, am ambitious producer, Mia (Martha Higareda), dreams of having her own women empowerment TV show called “Tod@s Caen,” a strategic guide to dating that teaches you how to hook a man and have him eating out of the palm of your hand. Adán and Mia cross paths at a bar one night, kicking off an all-out battle of the sexes in which each tests their finely honed seduction strategies on one another.  

Pantelion Films, a synergistic partnership between Lionsgate Entertainment and Grupo Televisa, is the first major Latino Hollywood studio that. Tod@s Caen stars Martha Higareda, who also co-wrote the screenplay, and Omar Chaparro reunite after previously starring together in the Pantelion movies No manches Frida (2016) and No manches Frida 2 (2019). 

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