Two new movies are opening nationwide this weekend:
Opening in most theaters is DreamWorks Animation’s Home directed by Tim Johnson and featuring the voices of Jim Parsons, Steve Martin, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez. Roc Nation Records has released a soundtrack album featuring the songs from the film by Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Coffee, Kiesza, Charli XCX and Jacob Plant. Check out our previous article for the full album details. The movie’s original score is composed by Lorne Balfe (Penguins of Madagascar, Megamind, The Bible). Relativity Music Group will release a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s music within the next month. Check back on this page for the full album details and visit YouTube to check out a track from Balfe’s score.
Also opening wide is the comedy Get Hard directed by Etan Cohen and starring Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie and Craig T. Nelson. Christophe Beck (Frozen, Edge of Tomorrow, The Hangover, The Muppets) has composed the film’s original music. No soundtrack album has been announced, but three tracks from the composer’s score can be checked out on Beck’s official website. Get Hard follows a rich, soft-handed investment bank manager who is sentenced to a maximum security prison and hires the streetwise guy to teach him how to survive his upcoming prison sentence. To learn more about the Warner Bros. Pictures release, visit the official movie website.
Opening in limited release is the comedy drama While We’re Young written and directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver. The film’s original music is composed by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy who previously collaborated with the director on 2010’s Greenberg. Milan Records has released a soundtrack album featuring Murphy’s music, as well as the songs from the film by artists including Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney & Wings, David Bowie, Survivor, The Psychodelic Furs and Haim. Check out our soundtrack announcement for the full album details and for more information about the A24 Films release.
Also opening in select cities is the romantic drama Serena directed by Susanne Bier and starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans. Johan Soderqvist (Let the Right One In, Kon-Tiki) who has previously collaborated with Bier on such films as In a Better World, After the Wedding and Brothers. No word on a soundtrack album. Serena is set in 1920s North Carolina and follows two newlyweds who battle the state government to stop it requisitioning their land as part of a national park. The drama is being released by Magnolia Pictures and is now also available on VOD. Click here to learn more about the film.
Opening in New York and Los Angeles before expanding to more cities within the next couple of weeks is the documentary The Salt of the Earth directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. The film’s original music is composed by Laurent Petitgand who previously collaborated with Wenders on 1993’s Faraway, So Close!. No soundtrack album has been announced. The Salt of the Earth examines the life and work of Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado, who travels the world to shoot natural phenomena, through the eyes of his son and Wenders. The documentary premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it received the Un Certain Regard’s Special Prize Award and is being released stateside by Sony Pictures Classics. For more information about the film, visit the official movie website.
Also opening in select theaters is the drama The Riot Club directed by Lone Scherfig and starring Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown Findlay and Holliday Grainger. Kasper Winding (The Salvation) has composed the film’s original music. Varese Sarabande has released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s music, as well as the song We’re Out There Somewhere performed by Graham Coxon of Blur last fall when the movie opened overseas. Check out our soundtrack announcement for the full album details and to listen to audio clips. The Riot Club is being released in the U.S. by IFC Films and is now also available on VOD. Visit the official movie website to learn more about the drama.
Another limited release this week is the indie drama Marfa Girl written and directed by Larry Clark and starring Adam Mediano, Drake Burnette, Jeremy St. James, Mary Farley, Mercedes Maxwell, Indigo Rael, Tina Therese, Jessie Tejada, Richard Covurrubias and Lindsay Jones. The film’s original music is composed by Bobby Johnston (Edmond, Mother’s Day, Wristcutters: A Love Story). No soundtrack album is available. Marfa Girl follows a directionless 16-year-old living in Marfa, and his relationships with his girlfriend, his neighbor, his teacher, a newly arrived local artist, and a local Border Patrol officer. The drama premiered at 2012’s Rome Film Festival, where it won the Best Film Award and is being distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures. For updates on the film, visit the official movie website.
Also opening in select cities is the indie drama A Girl Like Her written and directed by Amy S. Weber and starring Hunter King, Lexi Ainsworth, Jimmy Bennett, Christy Engle, Stephanie Cotton, Mark Boyd, Jon Martin and Michael Maurice. David Bateman has composed the film’s original music. A Girl Like Her chronicles the past year in the life of a 16-year-old girl who has been victimized mentally and physically by her former friend. For more information about the film, which is being released by Radish Creative Group, visit the official movie website.