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Movies opening this weekend – June 27
Article published on Monday, June 23, 2014
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Grimlock, left, and Optimus Prime appear in “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” from Paramount Pictures.
Michael Bay serves up ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction,’ fourth film in franchise. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following film opening in wide release:

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Genre: Action, adventure and science fiction
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, T.J. Miller, Han Geng, Titus Welliver, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, John DiMaggio, Mark Ryan, Robert Foxworth and Reno Wilson
Director: Michael Bay
Rated: PG-13

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the fourth film in director Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise.

The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history … while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet.

In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.

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

Yves Saint Laurent

Genre: Biography and drama
Cast: Jacques Fieschi, Jérémie Guez, Marie-Pierre Huster and Jalil Lespert
Director: Jalil Lespert
Rated: R

In January 1958, Yves Saint Laurent (Pierre Niney) – aged merely 21 – was unexpectedly called upon to oversee the legendary Paris fashion house established by recently deceased Christian Dior.

All eyes turned to this very young assistant as he presented his first collection for Dior and instantly ascended to the heights of haute couture’s elite class. During Saint Laurent’s breathtaking and groundbreaking show, he met with another fate in being introduced to Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne), patron of the arts, future love of his life and lifelong business partner. Three years later, the two founded the Yves Saint Laurent Company, which would rapidly become one of the biggest luxury powerhouses on the planet. Directed by Jalil Lespert with a screenplay by Lespert and Marie-Pierre Huster, “Yves Saint Laurent” is at once a captivating story about the making of an icon and a testament to the power of enduring love.

Jackpot

Genre: Comedy, crime and drama
Cast: Kyrre Hellum, Mads Ousdal, Arthur Berning, Andreas Cappelen, Henrik Mestad, Lena Kristin Ellingsen and Fridtjov Saheim
Director: Magnus Martens
Not rated

Based on a story by Norway’s leading crime novelist Jo Nesbo, “Jackpot” is a Coen Brothers-inspired take on homicidal greed and betrayal, Scandinavian-style.

When Christmas tree factory supervisor Oscar Svendsen wakes up terrified and bloody in a strip joint, with a shotgun in his hand and eight corpses surrounding him, he’s clearly going to have a lot of explaining to do. Under the intense interrogation of hard-boiled detective Solor, Oscar begins piecing together the unbelievable story of how he won the top prize in a soccer pool with his three dangerous ex-con colleagues.

With a pile of cash at stake, the trio enters into a vicious battle over how to divide the money, dragging unwitting Oscar along for the violent ride. This rollicking gory romp racks up an impressive body count – and will keep you guessing until the very end.

They Came Together

Genre: Comedy and romance
Cast: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Max Greenfield, Ed Helms, Noureen DeWulf, Cobie Smulders, Bill Hader and Melanie Lynskie
Director: David Wain
Rated: R

When Joel (Paul Rudd) and Molly (Amy Poehler) meet, it’s hate at first sight: his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie candy shop.

Plus, Joel is hung up on his sexy ex (Cobie Smulders). But amazingly, they fall in love, until they break up about two thirds of the way through, and Molly starts dating her accountant (Ed Helms). But then right at the end … well you’ll just have to see.

Whitey: The United States of America v. James J. Bulger

Genre: Documentary
Director: Joe Berlinger
Rated: R

From Academy Award-nominated director Joe Berlinger, “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger” is a sweeping and revelatory documentary film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and legal systems.
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