What to watch this weekend: Adam Levine plays himself in Begin Again

Begin Again (opens today)

Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine (in his first big screen outing, playing himself more or less), the “musical romantic comedy-drama” revolves around songwriters in New York, finding fame and musical collaboration. 

Tammy (opens today)

Co-written by and starring funnywoman Melissa McCarthy, this is an updated take on the road-comedy flick which sees Tammy (McCarthy) getting fired from her job at a fast food joint and ending up on a road trip with her grandma (played by a prosthetic-cankle-wearing Susan Sarandon). While it has been panned by critics, it offers comic relief amidst a sea of action hero summer blockbusters.

Deliver Us From Evil (opens today)

Exorcisms, the occult and creepy basements. This “inspired by true events” horror film stars Eric Bana, Olivia Munn and Joel McHale (of Community fame), in a rare non-comedic turn as a sociopathic, knife-obsessed NYPD cop.

Survive Style 5+ (Jul 4, 7:45pm)

One of the highlights of this year’s Japanese Film Festival, this cult film by TV commercial director Sekiguchi Gen is pretty full-on in terms of absurdity. Don’t even bother with the plot; just watch it.

Nobi (Jul 5, 2pm)

Also part of JFF, this one is part of the free (with registration) Ichikawa Kon retrospective and shows the psychological trauma and body horror of stranded Japanese soldiers as they succumb to tuberculosis.

First Take (Jul 7, 8pm)

Strictly speaking the weekend is over by then, but The Substation’s free monthly Monday screening at Lasalle College of the Arts is always worth a shot if you’re interested in catching local shorts and meeting other film geeks.