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Movies opening this weekend - May 30
Article published on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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Angelina Jolie stars in the titular role of Walt Disney Studios' "Maleficent."
MacFarlane helms western comedy; Disney resurrects classic villain in Maleficent. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

Maleficent
Genre: Action and adventure
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville
Director: Robert Stromberg
Rated: PG

"Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone.

Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

A Million Ways to Die in the West
Genre: Comedy and western
Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Rated: R

Seth MacFarlane once again stretches the boundaries of comedy and propriety as writer, producer, director of and actor in "A Million Ways to Die in the West."

He tells the tale and plays the lead in the story of Albert Stark, a soft man in hard times who is trying to figure out how to escape this godforsaken frontier that seems to be trying to kill him - and everyone else in it - at every turn. A sheep farmer whose fickle girlfriend, Louise (Amanda Seyfried), leaves him when he backs out of a gunfight, Albert feels like a chump.

Adding to Albert's distress and feelings of inadequacy, Louise takes up with the town's most successful businessman, arrogant moustachery owner Foy (Neil Patrick Harris). And what Albert can't dream of offering in terms of financial stability and facial hirsuteness, Foy has in spades.

But when a mysterious and beautiful gunslinger named Anna (Charlize Theron) rides into town, she helps Albert begin to find his courage and they start to fall in unexpected love.

The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.

Under the Electric Sky
Genre: Documentary
Director: Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz
Rated: PG-13

Sadie, a small-town Texas college student, suffers from chronic anxiety and was tormented by bullies in her youth. A girl who never quite fit in and has barely experienced life beyond her hometown, Sadie is about to enter the neon, Technicolor world of the Electric Daisy Carnival.

A group of Massachusetts guy friends who call themselves "the original wolfpack" board an RV carrying on in memory of a fallen friend

Long-distance lovers and young professionals, Jim from Tokyo and Jenna from New York City are two days, 15 hours, 3 minutes and 11 seconds from seeing each other for the first time in six months

Six friends in an open, unconventional relationship - a rave family - hit the road to "eat, sleep, rave, repeat."

Jose may be physically disabled and bound to a wheelchair, but his heart soars and mind dances entering the festival grounds.

And then there's Alli and Matt, who fell in love at the Electric Daisy Carnival 15 years ago. Two kids and thousands of kandi bracelets later, they will finally marry.

These are six stories out of 345,000 that will unfold throughout the three-day EDC, the largest music festival in America - where the fans are the headliners in a show that adheres to the mantra peace, love, unity, and respect.

With riveting performances and pulsating beats created by acclaimed DJs including Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack, Fatboy Slim, Avicii, Above & Beyond, Tiesto, and Calvin Harris, and an inspiring score by Kaskade, filmmakers Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz drop their 3D lens in the middle of the desert to capture the most electrifying show on earth where 345,000 hearts beat in unison.

The Big Ask
Genre: Comedy and drama
Cast: Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Knighton, David Krumholtz, Melanie Lynskey, Ahna O'Reilly, Jason Ritter, Ned Beatty, Dale Dickey and French Stewart
Director: Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman
Not rated

Three couples head to the desert to help their friend (David Krumholtz) heal after the death of his mother.

But when they learn that his idea of healing is asking to sleep with his best friends' girlfriends - at the same time - his ludicrous request creates a fallout amidst the entire group. "The Big Ask" is a hilariously dark comedy about the things we do for friends in need, also staring Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Knighton, Melanie Lynskey, Ahna O'Reilly, and Jason Ritter.

Filth
Genre: Dark comedy
Cast: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Jim Broadbent, Imogen Poots, Joanne Froggatt, Gary Lewis, Martin Compston, Kate Dickie and Shirley Henderson
Director: Jon S. Baird
Rated: R

Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson wants a promotion. He is clearly the best man for the job - the rest of his colleagues are just idiots.

Annoyingly, there's been a murder and Bruce's boss wants results. No problem for Bruce. He's in control and when he solves the case and wins the promotion, his wife will return to him. No problem.

But is life that simple? Is Bruce the man he really thinks he is? The tragic, hilarious and memorable answers unfold in "Filth."

Lucky Them
Genre: Romance
Cast: Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt, Ryan Eggold, Ahna O'Reilly and Nina Arianda
Director: Megan Griffiths
Rated: R

More interested in partying and flirting with young musicians than work, veteran rock journalist Ellie Klug (Toni Collette) has one last chance to prove her value to her magazine's editor: a no-stone-unturned search to discover what really happened to long lost rock god Matthew Smith, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend.

Teaming up with an eccentric amateur documentary filmmaker (Thomas Haden Church in a delightful performance), Ellie hits the road in search of answers.

We Are the Best!
Genre: Drama
Cast: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne
Director: Lukas Moodysson
Not rated

From Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson, "We are the Best!" revolves around three girls in 1980s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band - despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.

Based on a graphic novel, "We are the Best!" is a paean to DIY culture and the power of rebellion.
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