This week in theaters we have the highly anticipated eighth installment in the "Fast & Furious" franchise smugly titled "The Fate of the Furious", the relatively unknown animated feature "Spark: A Space Tail", and the Amazon (both the river and the studio) adventure film "The Lost City of Z". In limited release it may be worth checking out the period drama "A Quiet Passion" starring Cynthia Nixon.
Synopses, details, critical reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS
The latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise welcomes two Oscar-winning actresses: Charlize Theron plays Cipher, the latest villain to torment Dominic Toretto and his crew, while Helen Mirren joins the cast after publicly lobbying for a role to sate her real-life love of racing. Fast 8 also stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jason Statham, and Scott Eastwood. Directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton).
- Director: F. Gary Gray
- Starring: Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Scott Eastwood, Luke Evans, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell
- Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
- Running Time: 136 min.
- Rating: PG-13 for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language
- Rottentomatoes: 64% (112 fresh, 63 rotten, score: 6.0/10)
- Metacritic: 56 out of 100 (19 positive, 21 mixed, 4 negative).
SPARK: A SPACE TAIL
Thirteen years ago the power-mad General Zhong seized control of Planet Bana, tearing it to pieces in the process. Enter Spark and his friends, Chunk and Vix, who learn of Zhong's plan to take over the universe. If Zhong is able to harness the power of an ancient beast known as the Kraken, he'll have history's deadliest weapon at his fingertips. And it's up to Spark and his friends to stop him. An action-packed space-odyssey filled with humor and heart, SPARK is the story of a boy who embarks on an epic adventure, and in the process discovers his rightful place in the universe.
- Director: Aaron Woodley
- Starring: Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Hilary Swank,
- Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
- Running Time: 90 min.
- Rating: PG for some action and rude humor
- Rottentomatoes: N/A
- Metacritic: N/A
THE LOST CITY OF Z
Based on author David Grann's nonfiction bestseller, "The Lost City of Z" tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp (Robert Pattinson) - returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in writer/director James Gray's classic filmmaking style, "The Lost City of Z" is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession.
- Director: James Gray
- Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Edward Ashley, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Ian McDiarmid
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography
- Running Time: 141 min.
- Rating: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some nudity
- Rottentomatoes: 88% (80 fresh, 11 rotten, score: 7.5/10)
- Metacritic: 80 out of 100 (26 positive, 3 mixed, 1 negative).
A QUIET PASSION
Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) exquisitely evokes Dickinson's deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.
- Director: Terence Davies
- Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff, Keith Carradine
- Genre: Biography, Drama
- Running Time: 125 min.
- Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images and brief suggestive material
- Rottentomatoes: 92% (69 fresh, 6 rotten, score: 7.7/10)
- Metacritic: 77 out of 100 (14 positive, 6 mixed, 0 negative).