Comedy fans will be chuckling their way home from theaters this weekend as Finding Dory and Central Intelligence launch onto the big screen. As Dory, Ellen DeGeneres swims out of Nemo’s shadow in her headlining film Finding Dory, the highly anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo. In Central Intelligence, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart bring the laughs as two old time pals who reconnect and find themselves in a few sticky situations.
Finding Dory: One year after her journey with Nemo, Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) is curious about her past. Unfortunately for her, her memory doesn’t offer much help. But with Nemo and Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) by her side, she embarks on a journey to uncover her roots. Who are her parents? Where did she learn to speak Whale? Finding Dory is her tale and it opens across Canada today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Finding Dory
Hitting theaters nationwide today is Central Intelligence, which follows Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson), a former geek turned lethal CIA agent, as he returns home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top secret mission, he enlists the help of former “big man on campus”-turned-accountant Calvin (Kevin Hart), who misses his glory days. Before he realizes what he’s gotten himself into, it’s too late for Calvin to back out. Now the domestic number-cruncher is being dragged through an unpredictable world of deadly shoot-outs and espionage that could get both of them killed. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Central Intelligence
World-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth) at Charles Scribner’s Sons Publishing in New York City oversees works from such legends as F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce) and Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West) in the period drama Genius. He’s given a massive manuscript written by unknown writer Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) and even though every publishing house in New York has turned it down, he decides to publish it. Thus begins an intense friendship with Wolfe, an unusual personality who takes over a room when he walks into it. Genius opens in Toronto and Vancouver today and expands on Friday, June 24. Click here for showtimes.
After watching Steven Spielberg‘s classic 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi decided to reproduce, shot-for-shot, the entire movie. They spent seven years on the film, titled Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, completing every scene with the exception of the explosive airplane set piece. More than two decades later, Chris Strompolos, who played Indiana Jones and Eric Zala, who directed and played Belloq, reunited with the cast members from their film to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, who played Sallah in the original film, director Eli Roth and more, Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is the story behind the dedication these friends showed to creating the greatest fan film ever produced. It opens in select cities today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
No Stranger Than Love, which debuts in Toronto today, is the story of art teacher Lucy (Alison Brie). As Lucy is about to make love to her married colleague Clint (Colin Hanks), a three-foot hole opens up at his feet. He plummets into a black abyss where he remains, but he’s unharmed and is able to communicate from his newfound home. Before Lucy can pull together a rescue plan, she needs to devise an explanation for Clint’s absence. When tough guy Rydell (Justin Chatwin) rides into town looking for Clint to collect on a gambling debt, he seems like the prime person to pin the mystery on. Lucy’s plan is thrown for a loop, though, when she begins developing feelings for Rydell. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: No Stranger Than Love
The documentary De Palma, which opens in Toronto today, takes a look at Brian De Palma, one of the most talented and influential filmmakers of all time. His career began in the 1960s, but really took off in the 1970s, with the box office hit Carrie. Critically acclaimed films such as Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way, and Mission: Impossible followed. Directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow have a candid discussion with De Palma about not just his life and work but also his unique approach to the craft, as well as his experiences navigating the film business. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: De Palma
On March 13, 1964, at 3:20 a.m., Kitty Genovese was walking a short distance to her apartment from her car when she was attacked. She was stabbed repeatedly, then raped as she lay dying in Kew Gardens, Queens. The New York Times reported there were 38 witnesses who heard Kitty screaming for help, but they stayed in their apartments, unwilling to get involved. The case quickly became a symbol of urban apathy. The Witness, which opens in Toronto today, follows the efforts of Kitty’s brother, Bill, who wants to uncover the truth buried beneath the story. In the process, he makes astonishing discoveries about the crime that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: The Witness