What Movies Are Out This Weekend: Morgan, XOXO, Kicks

Patrick Stinson hosts Made in Hollywood
Patrick Stinson hosts Made in Hollywood

What Movies Are Out This Weekend – Made in Hollywood Preview

Movie audiences will feel some growing pains in new films exploring coming-of-age and family themes from dramatically different perspectives, and Made in Hollywood has all the behind-the-screen details on this weekend’s show.

In the sci-fi thriller “Morgan,” opening Friday, a corporate experiment with artificial DNA produces a human-like being who matures with startling speed and deadly repercussions.

“In a nutshell, it’s about growing up,” director Luke Scott tells Made in Hollywood reporter Patrick Stinson. “It’s about finding one’s identity against the backdrop of a crazy family.”

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as the creature Morgan who ages years in months before troubleshooter Kate Mara decides it’s time to stop her, permanently.

“She’s so young and she’s learning so many things,” Taylor-Joy says of her character. “She didn’t ask to be made. She’s just trying to discovery whatever it is to be human. And she’s trying to do the right thing.”

Conception of another sort also leads to dangerous complications in “When the Bough Breaks,” opening Sept. 9, about wanna-be parents Regina Hill and Morris Chestnut whose surrogate mother Jaz Sinclair develops a fatal attraction for Chestnut.

“What the script was was amazing,” Hall tells reporter Julie Harkness Arnold. “Our director (Jon Cassar) was also tremendous and he took the script and elevated it even more.”

Adds Chestnut: “He definitely takes it far beyond what’s written on the page.”

In “XOXO,” streaming now on Netflix, Sarah Hyland and Graham Phillips star in a love story set against the EDM scene.

“We shot at four different music festivals,” Hyland tells Made in Hollywood. “So I think that’s what’s really authentic about this film is that it has that energy, the presence of a real EDM music festival.”

Phillips, who plays a DJ who gets a make-a-break moment, says, “It didn’t take a lot for me to get pumped up and feel a lot of adrenaline when I was actually in front of all those people.”

In “Kicks,” opening Friday, three friends from Oakland hit the mean streets in search of a beloved new pair of Air Jordan sneakers stolen by a local thug in the indie comedy-drama shot on location in the Bay Area city.

“We got to know a lot of the locals and become friends with them,” says one of the stars, Christopher Meyer, “and I feel like a lot of homework for us was actually hanging out with those people.”