The Big Sick (AUG 11-24)
R / COMEDY, DRAMA, BIOPIC / 2 HOURS
ROTTEN TOMATOES 98% FRESH
Critics Consensus: Funny, heartfelt,
intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the stnadard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore.
Based on the real-life
courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a
one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry
(Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. THE BIG SICK is directed by Michael Showalter (HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS) and producer by Judd Apatow (TRAINWRECK, THIS IS 40) and
Barry Mendel (TRAINWRECK, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS).
Detroit (AUG 18-31)
R / DRAMA, MYSTERY / 2 HOURS 20 MINUTES
ROTTEN TOMATOES: 86% FRESH
Consensus: Detroitdelivers a gut-wrenching -- and essential -- dramatization of a tragic chapter from America's past that draws distressing parallels to the present.
From the Academy Award winning director of THE HURT
LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY, DETROIT tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of '67.
Maudie (AUG 25 - SEP 6)
PG 13 / DRAMA, ROMANCE / 2 HOURS
ROTTEN TOMAOTES: 87% FRESH, AUDENCE 93%
Critics Consensus: Maudie's talented
cast -- particularly Sally Hawkins in the title role -- breathe much-needed depth into a story that only skims the surface of a fascinating life and talent.
MAUDIE, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins)
to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts
Everett's efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie's deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.
Logan Lucky (SEP 1-14)
PG13 / COMEDY / 2 HOURS
TOMATOES: 100% FRESH
Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway
R / HORROR, MYSTERY / 2 HOURS 15 MINUTES
New Line Cinema's horror thriller "IT," directed by Andy Muschietti ("Mama"), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the
same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder
and violence dates back for centuries.