Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm: Shot in 2010, two years before his death, this doc honors The Band’s most valuable player by showing him warts and all.
Before Midnight: Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Deply reunite for another look at Jesse and Celine, nine years further down the road. Eric Rohmer would be proud.
The East: Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij follow Sound of My Voice with another moody thriller about rituals and underground communities — but this one eschews the SF trappings, and winds up feeling fairly conventional.
Free the Mind: Can we harness the power of the human mind without going all new-agey about it? John has reservations about Phie Ambo’s documentary, but finds it makes some intriguing points.
The Internship: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson would like to remind you that Wedding Crashers made a lot of money in 2005. Also, fuck this movie. (Review will be up later this afternoon.)
The Kings of Summer: Lyrical coming-of-age drama meets absurdist comedy in Jordan Vogt-Roberts charming debut, which plays like Moonrise Kingdom if Wes Anderson wasn’t so hung up on his childhood and hung out at Largo on weekends. Also: Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Megan Mullaly, Marc Evan Jackson, Craig Cackowski and Kumail Nanjiani.
One Mile Above: A young man from Taiwan sets out to complete his dead brother’s vision quest by cycling up a freakin’ mountain in Du Jiayi’s drama, which Phil thinks is okay.
Peaches Does Herself: The avant-garde rocker gets the stage show she’s always wanted — and the genitals, too, apparently. Go to town, Peaches fans.
The Purge: Hey, it’s Ethan Hawke again! Starring in a thriller set in a near-future America where laws are suspended for a twelve-hour period every year! Probably nothing bad will happen, right?
There, that should position you nicely for the weekend. Now to watch more movies, because that’s all I know.