Davis: Smaller gems opening

Cruise getting 'fantastic reviews'; upcoming small movies show promise.

Even though Edge of Tomorrow is getting fantastic reviews, this new sci-fi outing with Tom Cruise is expected to do middling business.

Edge of Tomorrow

Described as Groundhog Day mixed with Starship Troopers, Cruise plays a military officer in a future in which an alien race has hit Earth with an unrelenting assault. He has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into a suicide mission and is killed almost immediately. However, he is inexplicably thrown into a time loop forcing him to relive the same brutal death over and over again. But each time, he becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill and starts learning how to defeat the aliens.

Also starring Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, it is directed by Doug Liman, who was behind the camera for movies like The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

The Fault in our Stars is based upon the successful young adult novel of the same name about a bittersweet relationship between two extraordinary teenagers who meet and fall in love at a cancer support group.

The movie will definitely get a strong response from the young adult crowd, especially since it stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, who previously starred together in Divergent (which is still playing at Landmark Cinemas Encore in West Kelowna).

Actor-director Jon Favreau was once an indie movie favourite with the likes of Swingers and Made, but made his career with hits like Elf and the first two Iron Man movies.  He steps back into independent film by writing, directing and starring in Chef, a comedy in which he plays a chef who quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after a disagreement with the controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman).

Moving to Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and friend (John Leguizamo) to open up a food truck.

Also starring Scarlett Johansson, Russell Peters, Oliver Platt and Robert Downey Jr., critics are hailing Chef’s charming cast and witty script.

Fans of costume dramas will want to check out Belle, inspired by the 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a British admiral who is brought to England to live with her great uncle, Lord Mansfield, who eventually became influential in helping end slavery in England.

Although not much is known about the life of Belle, this fictional story of her life is set during a pivotal time in British history.

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