Two new movies are opening nationwide this weekend:
Opening in most theaters is the comedy sequel Ted 2 directed by Seth MacFarlane and starring Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman, Jessica Barth and Giovanni Ribisi. The film’s original music is composed by Walter Murphy (American Dad, Family Guy) who also scored 2012’s original movie. Back Lot Music has released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score, as well as the original song Mean Ol’ Moon performed by Amanda Seyfriend and Norah Jones in two different version and tracks by Ray Charles, Bone Symphony and John Wilson, Maida Vale Singers & Curtis Stigers. To check out the full soundtrack album and to learn more about the comedy, visit our previous news article.
Also opening wide is the family adventure Max directed by Boaz Yakin and starring Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church, Robbie Amell, Luke Kleintank and Jay Hernandez. Trevor Rabin (Remember the Titans, Armageddon, Gone in 60 Seconds, National Treasure) has composed the film’s original music. Sony Classical has released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score earlier this week. Check out our soundtrack announcement for the full album details. Also visit Variety for an article about the composer’s work on the film.
Opening in limited release is the period comedy A Little Chaos directed by Alan Rickman who also stars in the film alongside Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory and Jennifer Ehle. The film’s original music is composed by cellist Peter Gregson who made his major film scoring debut on the project. Milan Records has released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score in the U.S. this past Tuesday. Check out our previous article for the full album details and to learn more about the Focus Features release.
Also opening in select theaters is the documentary Batkid Begins directed and produced by Dana Nachman. Dave Tweedie has composed the film’s original music. No soundtrack album has been announced. Batkid Begins chronicles the journey taken by the family of a young boy, Miles Scott, who captured the world’s attention when the Make-a-Wish Foundation granted his request to be his favorite superhero for a day. The documentary premiered at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival and is being released by Warner Bros. Pictures. To learn more about the film, visit the official movie website.
Also opening in select cities is the action thriller Big Game directed by Jalmari Helander and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Victor Garber, Mehmet Kurtulus, Ted Levine, Jorma Tommila, Risto Salmi, Felicity Huffman and Jim Broadbent. The film’s original music is composed by Juri Seppa and Miska Seppa. No word on a soundtrack album. Big Game follows a 13-year-old boy who discovers the escape pod from Air Force One, containing the battered and bruised president of the United States following a terrorist attack. The movie, which premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, marks the first release of EuropaCorp’s new U.S. distribution company. Visit the official Facebook movie page for more information.
Another limited release this weekend is the Australian comedy The Little Death written and directed by Josh Lawson who also stars in the film alongside Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany, Kate Box, Patrick Brammall, Alan Dukes, Lisa McCune, Erin James and TJ Power. Michael Yezerski (Mental, Drift) has composed the film’s original music. No soundtrack album has been released yet, but the score can be checked out on the composer’s official website. To learn more about the comedy, which centers on the secret lives of five suburban couples and is being released in the U.S. by Magnolia Pictures, visit the official movie website.
Also opening in limited release is the thriller Escobar: Paradise Lost written and directed by Andrea Di Sefano and starring Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Claudia Traisac, Brady Corbet, Carlos Bardem and Ana Girardot. Max Richter (The Leftovers, Waltz with Bashir, Disconnect) has composed the film’s original music. No soundtrack album has been announced. Escobar: Paradise Lost follows an American surfer who meets the girl of his dreams — but gets a brutal (sur)reality check when he meets her uncle, Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The film premiered at last year’s Telluride and Toronto Film Festival and is being released by the Weinstein Company’s Radius label.
Also opening in select theaters is the thriller Into the Grizzly Maze directed by David Hackl and starring James Marsden, Billy Bob Thornton, Thomas Jane, Piper Perabo, Michaela McManus, Adam Beach and Scott Glenn. The film’s original music is composed by Marcus Trumpp (Mesrine: Killer Instinct). No word yet on a soundtrack release. Into the Grizzly Maze follows two estranged brothers who reconcile on a camping trip in Alaska and are attacked and relentlessly stalked by a horrifying grizzly bear. The thriller is being released by Vertical Entertainment.
Also opening in select cities is the horror comedy L.A. Slasher directed by Martin Owen and starring Mischa Barton, Andy Dick, Dave Bautista, Eric Roberts, Danny Trejo, Abigail Wright, Frank Collison, Marissa Lauren, Drake Bell and Elizabeth Morris. Mac Quayle (American Horror Story, Mr. Robot, Scream Queens) has composed the film’s original music. L.A. Slasher follows a self-appointed cultural crusader, who – driven to rage over the tawdry excesses of reality television, kidnaps several very famous nobodies to make his point. To learn more about the horror comedy, which is being released by Archstone Distribution, visit the official movie website.