This week’s movie releases

Mad Man Jon Hamm prepares for life after Don Draper in sports drama ‘Million Dollar Arm’

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Jon Hamm in ‘Million Dollar Arm.’
Jon Hamm in ‘Million Dollar Arm.’

Before we see him sign off in the last episode of Mad Men next year, Jon Hamm looks to life after Don Draper in Disney’s Million Dollar Arm. He stars as real-life sports agent J. B. Bernstein, who, facing hard times back home, looked to cricket-mad India to find new baseball-pitching talent via a reality TV contest. Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Madhur Mittal play the two young men plucked from obscurity to travel to the US and train for the major leagues. Bill Paxton and Alan Arkin also star.

Robert Downey Jr takes off his Iron Man suit and gets serious as a Chicago lawyer summoned back to his Indiana hometown for his mother’s funeral in dramatic thriller The Judge. But when his crochety father, local judge Robert Duvall, is accused of murder, he’s forced to step in to defend him. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong and Billy Bob Thornton also star in Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin’s first foray outside of comedy.

Part of Universal’s bid to reboot all its classic monsters for the 2010s, Dracula Untold rips up Bram Stoker’s source novel and looks to the legend of Romanian tyrant Vlad the Impaler to explain how the famous Count came into being. Luke Evans plays the soldier-prince who joins the undead after a close encounter with Master Vampire Charles Dance in a cave. With Sarah Gadon and Dominic Cooper.

Comedy Let’s Be Cops stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr. as two L. A. thirtysomethings who dress up as police officers for a costume party, only to be taken for the real things. But the situation spins out of control when they take the ruse too far and get mixed up with some Albanian gangsters.

The Prince stars former Lost Boy Jason Patric as an ex-mobster forced to face old enemy Bruce Willis as he searches for his missing daughter in New Orleans. Brian A. Miller’s thriller also features John Cusack, 50 Cent and K-pop sensation Rain.

The latest from acclaimed Belgian realists the Dardennes brothers, Two Days, One Night features a – for them – uncharacteristic star turn from Marion Cotillard as a woman seeking to convince her colleagues to reject their bonus pay so she can keep her job. Taughter than many a thriller, its elegantly simple plot sees her visiting each one over the course of a weekend ahead of a decisive Monday vote. The film has been selected as Belgium’s entry for next year’s Oscars and you wouldn’t want to rule it out.

Trail blazer

James Ward Byrkit’s no-budget sci-fi thriller Coherence sees a group of friends sit down to dinner as a comet approaches Earth and open doors to parallel dimensions. Reportedly shot over just five nights in his own house, it scooped the best screenplay prize at this year’s Sitges Festival.

Paco de Lucía: la búsqueda is filmmaker Curro Sánchez’s documentary tribute to his flamenco genius father, who died in February. Based on interviews carried out between 2010 and 2014, the film chronicles the musician’s life from the moment he picked up his first guitar at the age of seven at home in Algeciras to the recording of his final album, Canción andaluza.

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