New releases this week – Hot Pursuit, Adult Beginners and more

Hot PursuitGet ready for a lot of laughs at the theatre this weekend, there are a bunch of comedies coming to the big screen. Hot PursuitAdult Beginners and Ben’s At Home are bound to get you giggling, but if you’re not in the mood for a few laughs you can catch a good drama or a documentary.

Opening today is the comedy Hot Pursuit starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara. Reese plays Cooper, a straight and narrow police officer, who tries to protect Daniella Riva (Sofia Vergara), an outgoing widow of a drug boss. The pair end up on the run across Texas after being set up. They go on quite the adventure to clear their names and protect themselves from crooked cops and the cartel. For showtimes click here.
Trailer: Hot Pursuit

The comedy Adult Beginners, starring Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale and Joel McHale, opens in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Victoria. Jake (Nick Kroll) launches a product that he thinks will make him very successful. Unfortunately the product fails and costs him a fortune and much of his personal life. Jake moves in with his sister and her family on the premise that he will babysit their son, Teddy. Jake faces backlash from his sister’s family but begins to form a special connection with his nephew. For showtimes click here.
Trailer: Adult Beginners

Big Muddy, filmed in Saskatchewan with a Canadian cast and crew, opens in Saskatoon and Regina. Martha Barlow (Nadia Litz) lives in seclusion with her teenage son Andy because of a dark personal history she would rather forget about. When Andy commits a crime she must face her past and heal many broken relationships, including Andy’s dangerous and forgotten father. For showtimes click here.
Trailer: Big Muddy

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief premieres in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Waterloo. The documentary deconstructs the church and aims to reveal the not so pleasant truth and the history of abuse, exploitation and misconduct of the church from former members. For showtimes click here.
Trailer: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

The documentary Lambert & Stamp premieres in Toronto and Vancouver. It shows the story of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, aspiring filmmakers, who end up discovering and managing the famous 1960’s band The Who. For showtimes click here.
Trailer: Lambert & Stamp

Horror movie Maggie premieres in Toronto and Montreal. Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is the father of his teenage daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin). When a deadly virus sweeps across the nation, Maggie becomes infected. The infection slowly turns people into zombies and Wade stays by his daughter’s side during the slow process as he tries to find a cure.
Trailer: Maggie 

Opening in Ottawa is the comedy Ben’s At Home. After being dumped by his girlfriend, Ben feels cynical about relationships and does not want to be bothered with going out and trying to meet people after he turns 30. He comes to the realization that he doesn’t have to leave his house anymore and highly enjoys a hermit lifestyle. He unexpectedly meets someone and begins to really like her. For showtimes click here.
Trailer: Ben’s At Home

Phoenix premieres in Toronto. The drama stars Nina Hoss who plays Nelly, a woman who was presumed to be dead after the Holocaust. She undergoes reconstructive surgery and returns home in order to see if her husband, who believes her to be dead, has betrayed her. When she finds her husband, he does not recognize her, but since she resembles his wife, he asks her to help him claim his wife’s considerable inherency. Nelly agrees and becomes her own doppelganger. For showtimes click here.
Trailer: Phoenix
~Erin Stewart 

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