kwilliamns@tri-statedefender.com | 8/15/2014, 10:49 a.m.
“Let’s Be Cops” (R for profanity, violence, drug use, sexuality and graphic nudity) Crime comedy about pals (Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson) pretending to be police officers at a costume party who later become entangled in a real life web of intrigue involving mobsters and crooked detectives. With Andy Garcia, Angela Kerecz and Nina Dobrev.   INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS     “Abuse of Weakness” (Unrated) Catherine Breillat wrote and directed this semi-auto-biopic about a filmmaker (Isabelle Huppert) who finds herself manipulated by a cruel con artist (Kool Shen) after suffering a stroke. With Laurence Ursino, Christophe Sermet and Ronald Leclercq. (In French with subtitles)   “Coldwater” (Unrated) Harrowing nightmare chronicling the mistreatment of juvenile inmates at a privatized prison located in the California wilderness. Starring P.J. Boudousque’, James C. Burns, Chris Petrovski and Octavius J. Johnson.     “Dinosaur 13” (PG for mature themes, mild epithets and brief smoking) Archeology documentary about a dig in the South Dakota Badlands, led by paleontologist Peter Larson, which unearthed the bones of the biggest Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found.   “Fort McCoy” (R for violence) Fact-based World War II saga, set in Wisconsin in the summer of ‘44, about a barber (Eric Stoltz) who set up shop nearby a U.S. Army base also serving as a German POW camp. Co-starring Kate Connor, Camryn Manheim, Seymour Cassel, Brendan Fehr and Andy Hirsch.    “Frank” (R for profanity and some sexuality) Musical comedy about an aspiring musician (Domhnall Gleeson) with second thoughts after joining a rock band whose mysterious lead singer (Michael Fassbender) wears a bubble-head mask 24/7. With Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Tess Harper.     “Jake Squared” (R for profanity) Elias Koteas stars as the title character of this romantic dramedy about a 50 year-old loser at love who decides to make a movie about his life in order to figure out why he’s screwed up every romantic relationship he’s ever had. Cast includes Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kevin Railsback.    “Life after Beth” (R for violence, sexuality, nudity, brief drug use and pervasive profanity) Horror comedy about a grief-stricken guy (Dane DeHaan) who gets more than he wished for when his recently-deceased girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) comes back to life as a man-eating zombie. Supporting cast includes John C. Reilly, Anna Kendrick, Paul Reiser, Molly Shannon and Cheryl Hines.   “Moebius” (Unrated) Oedipal drama revolving around a housewife (Eun-woo Lee) who becomes so enraged about her philandering husband’s (Jae-hyeon Jo) having an affair that she considers performing a taboo act while crying on her son’s (Young-ju Seo) shoulder for support. (In Korean with subtitles)   “Mr. X” (Unrated) Cat’s out of the bag biopic about Leos Carax, aka Mr. X, a mysterious French filmmaker who enjoys a cult following despite the fact that he does his best to hide his identity. (In French, English and Japanese with subtitles)    “The One I Love” (R for profanity, sexuality and drug use) Romantic comedy revolving around a couple (Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss) whose weekend getaway intended to revitalize their flagging marriage instead has them confronting an unexpected dilemma. With Ted Danson, and Oscar-winners Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God) and Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard).