This week’s movie releases

This week’s movie releases

FILM: FURY
CAST: BRAD PITT, SHIA LaBEOUF, LOGAN LERMAN, MICHAEL PEÑA, JON BERNTHAL, JASON ISAACS, SCOTT EASTWOOD
DIRECTOR: DAVID AYER

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

“I was a David Ayer fan from his previous work, especially ‘End of Watch’,” says Brad Pitt. “Knowing the depths he goes to for realism and authenticity, and his unique structure, I find him to be one of the standouts. He’s also a vet, and from that firsthand experience, he has a wealth of knowledge on the subject that drew us all in,” adds the actor. “Fury is not your grandfather’s war movie,” says producer Bill Block, who packaged the film for QED before Columbia Pictures picked up the distribution rights. “I don’t think we’ve seen the physical horror that the armoured division went through. Outmanned and outgunned, they only won through true, raw fighting.”

‘Fury’ takes place in late-war Germany. “The war’s almost over and this dying elephant – the Nazi empire – is on its last legs,” Ayer explains. “It’s a different world from your usual war movie, where we celebrate victorious campaigns like the invasion of the European continent, or D-Day, or the Battle of the Bulge, these famous battles that American troops have taken part in.
One of the forgotten time periods is this last gasp of the Nazi empire, with an American army that has been fighting for years and is on its last reserves of manpower. The men are exhausted. In World War II, you fought until you either won or died, or were grievously injured and got sent home. The fanatical regime is collapsing, it’s a confusing environment where anyone can be the enemy – it’s incredibly taxing on the fighting man’s soul.”

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Quvenzhane-Wallis-and-JamieFILM: ANNIE
CAST: QUVENZHANE WALLIS, JAMIE FOXX, CAMERON DIAZ, ROSE BYRNE, BOBBY CANNAVALE
DIRECTOR: WILL GLUCK

Tenacious, self-assured, and persistently positive, Annie – the iconic character whose relentlessly optimistic search for a family has inspired generations – comes to the big screen with a contemporary vision in the comedy, ‘Annie’. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck combines a love of music, enduring characters, and a modern New York setting, teaming with producers James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, and Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith to capture the magic of a character who has moved audiences from comics to the stage to television to film.

Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard-knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.