The summer blockbuster onslaught is already underway with Furious 7, the seventh and latest installment in street racing franchise Fast and Furious opening in 4,000 cinemas this weekend.
The tag line “One Last Ride” hints that the action franchise, going back to 2001, will reach its conclusion with Furious 7. Still, industry pundits expect a Furious 8 announcement soon after its weekend tally.
The one sad, sure thing is Furious 7 features co-lead Paul Walker’s last role after he died in a car accident in November 2013.
Woman in Gold opens in select art houses this weekend. Helen Mirren stars as Maria Altmann, a Jewish survivor of World War II who sues the Austrian government for the return of six Gustav Klimt paintings confiscated by the Nazis from her family.
Ryan Reynolds co-stars in the real-life drama as E. Randol Schoenberg, an attorney and family friend who leads Altmann’s legal battles against the Austrian government. Katie Holmes and Tatiana Maslany co-star with Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) behind the camera.
Still, the true star of the movie is the Klimt painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, better known as the Woman in Gold, which currently hangs in the Neue Galerie in New York.
How about a movie and a gallery visit? Now, that sounds like a great double bill.
In Lambert & Stamp, which begins its platform release this weekend from Sony Classics, documentary director James D. Cooper captures the unlikely Rock history behind The Who. Cooper pulls back the curtain on aspiring filmmakers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, who discovered, mentored and managed the British band to superstardom.
IFC Films opens in select cinemas the art house romance 5 to 7, starring Anton Yelchin as a New York City writer who begins a romance with a married French woman (Bérénice Marlohe). His challenge, as the title suggests, is that they can only meet in hotel rooms between the hours of 5 and 7. Victor Levin writes and directs with Olivia Thirlby, Frank Langella and Glenn Close rounding out the cast. 5 to 7 makes its VOD debut next week.
The shorts and features of Polish painter, sculptor and filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk enjoy the limelight thanks to Obscure Pleasures: The Films of Walerian Borowczyk, a retrospective co-curated by Daniel Bird and running at the Film Society of Lincoln Center through April 9.
Imagine immersing oneself in the movies of Walerian Borowczyk over an entire week. Now, that’s a blockbuster experience.