Weekend Movie Guide

Weekend Movie Guide

We've rounded up the week's hottest movie releases you need to see including a bloated Daniel Radcliffe and a shark-attacked Blake Lively

We've rounded up the week's hottest movie releases you need to see including a bloated Daniel Radcliffe and a shark-attacked Blake Lively

Text: Grace Walker

The Neon Demon

With glittering energy, The Neon Demon is arguably the most successful movie to come out of Cannes 2016—so successful that it features as the cover story for our upcoming issue. Elle Fanning stars as an aspiring 16-year-old model who moves to Los Angeles, where she quickly finds success after she is discovered by a makeup artist (Jena Malone) and signed by an agent (Christina Hendricks). However, her beauty also draws the attention of lecherous men, and provokes the jealousy of other women in showbiz. Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, and Keanu Reeves co-star. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn,

Independence Day: Resurgence

Roland Emmerich returns as frontman to this long-awaited sequel to the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. Fearful of another attack, the nations of Earth have teamed up against their common enemy—the extraterrestrials who brought humanity to the brink of extinction. Using recovered alien technology to bolster their defenses, the alliance braces itself for another invasion. Jeff Coldblum and Bill Pullman reprise their roles from the original film, while Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, and Maika Monroe are among the new additions to the cast.

Finding Dory

The wait is finally over. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, who produced the original 2003 movie, Finding Dory is everything we've been hoping for. The highly-anticipated sequel follows Dory as she ventures in search of her parents. Panic is stirred when she is captured and taken to the California Public Aquarium—which in true Pixar-Disney fashion, ignites a rollercoaster of tension, adventure and fun. An instant classic.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

In this quirky comedy, Ricky, a rebellious teenage orphan played by Julian Dennison, is shipped off to live with a foster family in the New Zealand countryside. Unhappy with his new surroundings, he attempts to run away and hide in the unforgiving wilderness. His reluctant caretaker Hec (Sam Neill) eventually finds him, and the unlikely duo survive in the harsh terrain as a nationwide manhunt is launched to find them. Directed by Taika Waititi, who notably directed What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is an effortless easy-watch.

The Shallows

Come on, you know this one is gonna be good! Blake Lively stars as the vulnerable victim of a shark attack in a thriller that stirs up heated intensity from the off-set. After traveling to a secluded island in search of her mothers secret spot, Lively is met but everything but calming serenity. While paddling out into the waves, she is hunted by a great white shark and stranded on an embankment away from the shoreline. Alone and wounded, she attempts to survive the attack and get ashore in this thriller directed by Jaume Collet-Serra

Swiss Army Man

In this surreal drama, a stranded man on a deserted island makes a desperate final attempt at escape after an unusual dead body washes up on shore.  The talking corpse provides the castaway with a number of unexpected tools, which he’ll need if he wants to be reunited with his love. Swiss Army Man brings together some of the biggest stars of the moment, including Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead—and is the feature-film directories debut of music-video filmmakers Daniel Schooner and Daniel Kwan.

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