The draw: Steve Carell playing paranoid millionaire John du Pont
The draw: It’s a crime drama that pits the bad guys against the even worse guys in a decidedly American setting.
The draw: The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart takes on his first directorial role.
The draw: It’s friggin’ Bill Murray.
The gist: A washed-up, freewheeling and broke retiree played by Bill Murray befriends his neighbour’s young boy, taking the 12-year-old under his wing—as well as to strip clubs, race tracks and liquor stores. The comedy also stars Melissa McCarthy, and Naomi Watts as a Russian prostitute. Didn’t see that last one coming, did you?
The draw: If you lived through the 80s, you’ll love this reboot. Oh, and Denzel Washington.
The draw: The hot-button topic it touches on—the use of drones, bureaucracy, post-traumatic stress disorder—challenge how we think about modern warfare.
The gist: Ethan Hawk plays Major Thomas Egan, a drone specialist who kills people halfway across the world using remote-controlled aircraft. The film follows his moral tailspin after new orders starts coming down to kill targets based on patterns, not evidence.
Escobar: Paradise Lost
The draw: What would you do if you found out your girlfriend’s uncle was Pablo Escobar?
The gist: A Canadian surfer, played by Josh Hutcherson, and his brother are catching waves near Medellin when he falls for a woman who turns out to be the niece of Columbia’s most infamous drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar. The kid soon gets sucked into the criminal underworld as the stakes get higher and higher.
The draw: It’s hard to tell whether the central conspiracy of this film is true, the product of a guy who’s had too much to drink, or both.
The gist: A writer meets a fast-living playboy who spins him a hard-to-believe conspiracy story that the wealthiest corporate heads of Europe have been moulding the continent to meet their own needs. This pulpy film keeps you in a perpetual state of disbelief as his theories get crazier and crazier, which gives the film its unique flavour.
The draw: Watch Jake Gyllenhaal go crazy.
The draw: After a summer of disappointing comedies (Sex Tape, Neighbours, et al) we’re looking forward to something actually worth laughing at.
The gist: Pat Mills plays David Gold, a slacker and a drunk, cons his way into becoming a high school guidance counselor after being canned from his job. Despite being met with suspicion by his new co-workers, he ends up bonding with the kids he’s in charge of through booze, dope, sex and more. Needless to say, he becomes a hit with the students, and hilarity ensues.