Weekend Entertainment – August 12, 2016
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS | Set in 1940s New York, “Florence Foster Jenkins” is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite (Meryl Streep) who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her “husband” and manager, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge. (2:00) PG-13.
PETE’S DRAGON | Pete, following the death of his parents in a car crash when he was 4, escaped to the forest and became best friends with a dragon, who raised him — but Pete and the dragon now face unprecedented threats to the way of life they’ve come to know and love. Remake of the 1977 film. (1:50) PG.
SAUSAGE PARTY | This animated tale for adults tells the story of a sausage’s journey to discover the truth of his existence after falling out of a shopping cart. He and his friends must get back to their own aisles before the Fourth of July. Starring the voice talents of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Salma Hayek, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Edward Norton, David Krumholtz and Danny McBride. (1:40) R.
SUICIDE SQUAD | It feels good to be bad. … Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying or decide it’s every man for himself? (2:15) PG-13.
JASON BOURNE | It’s been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilizes terror and technology to maintain unchecked power. (2:15) PG-13.
BAD MOMS | Like most modern mothers, Amy takes care of everyone but herself. She bakes for the school bake sale and chairs every committee — all while holding down a career. And, she makes it all look easy. But just under the surface, Amy is at her breaking point — too overworked, overcommitted and overexhausted to take one more demand from anyone. Fed up, Amy joins forces with two other overstressed moms, leading them on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities. (1:50) R.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS | For one bustling Manhattan apartment building, the real day starts after the folks on two legs leave for work and school. That’s when the pets of every stripe, fur and feather begin their own 9-to-5 routine: hanging out with one another, trading humiliating stories about their owners or auditioning adorable looks to get better snacks. The building’s top dog, Max (voiced by Louis C.K.) finds his pampered life rocked when she brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a sloppy, massive mess of a mongrel with zero interpersonal skills. When this reluctant canine duo finds themselves out on the mean streets of New York, they have to set aside their differences and unite against a fluffy-yet-cunning bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart). (1:40) PG.