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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening April 1, 2011
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Hop (PG for mild rude humor) Mixed live-action/animated adventure about a teenager (Russell Brand) who runs away to Hollywood to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a drummer rather than replace his retiring father (Hugh Laurie) as the Easter Bunny. However, the rebellious rabbit comes to reassess his options while being nursed back to health by the slacker (James Marsden) who accidentally hit him with an automobile. Voice cast includes Chelsea Handler, Elizabeth Perkins and David Hasselhoff.
Insidious (PG-13 for violence, terror, mature themes, frightening images and brief profanity) Horror flick about a couple (Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson) desperate to prevent evil spirits from inhabiting the body of their son (Ty Simpkins) who can’t be roused from a coma after hitting his head. With Barbara Hershey, Angus Sampson and Andrew Astor.
Source Code (PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and profanity) Sci-fi thriller about a highly-decorated soldier (Jake Gyllenhaal) who discovers that he’s on a mission to find the terrorist bomber of a Chicago commuter train when he suddenly wakes up in someone else’s body. Cast includes Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright and Michelle Monaghan.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Cat Run (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity and graphic violence) Paz Vega stars in the title role of this action comedy as a call girl who enlists the assistance of a couple of bumbling private eyes (Alphonso McAuley and Scott Mechlowicz) while on the run from a ruthless assassin (Janet McTeer) after overhearing an incriminating secret about a crooked politician (Christopher McDonald). Cast includes D.L. Hughley, Bill Perkins and Karel Roden.
Circo (Unrated) Dysfunctional family documentary about the diminishing returns of a mom-and-pop, traveling circus which has been crisscrossing the Mexican countryside since the 19th Century. (In Spanish with subtitles)
The Elephant in the Room (Unrated) Suburbia meets the jungle expose’ examining the increasing popularity of raising exotic, deadly and dangerous animals as pets.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (Unrated) Biggest loser bio-pic about Joe Cross, a morbidly-obese Aussie who shed over a hundred pounds and cured himself of a host of health issues in the U.S. in just 60 days by adopting a fruit and vegetable juice regimen.
The Last Godfather (PG-13 for brief sexuality) Mafia comedy about a mob boss (Harvey Keitel) whose mentally-challenged heir apparent (Hyung-rae-Shim) unwittingly ignites a turf war with a rival gang. With Jason Mewes, Blake Clark and Jon Polito.
Queen to Play (Unrated) Corsican comedy about a middle-aged chambermaid (Sandrine Bonnaire) who prevails upon a reclusive American expatriate (Kevin Kline) to teach her how to play chess. Supporting cast includes Jennifer Beals, Alice Pol and Didier Ferrari. (In French and English with subtitles)
Rubber (R for violence and profanity) Horror comedy about a tire that comes to life and starts slaughtering people after discovering its telekinetic powers. With David Bowie, Wings Hauser and Ethan Cohn.
Super (Unrated) Action comedy about an Average Joe (Rainn Wilson) who transforms himself into a wrench-wielding, crime-fighting superhero after his wife (Liv Tyler) comes under the influence of a smooth-talking drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). With Ellen Page, Rob Zombie and Michael Rooker.
Trust (R for profanity, sexuality, violence, rape and disturbing images) Revenge thriller starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener as the parents of a 14 year-old girl (Liana Liberato) seduced over the internet by a middle-aged, sexual predator (Chris Henry Coffey) posing as a boy her own age. With Viola Davis, Noah Emmerich and Garrett Ryan.
Two Gates of Sleep (Unrated) Visually-captivating mood piece, set in Mississippi, about two brothers (Brady Corbet and David Call) who embark on an arduous journey upriver into the wilderness in order to honor their recently-deceased mother’s (Karen Young) last request.
Wretches and Jabberers (Unrated) Tolerance is the theme of this enlightening documentary chronicling two autistic friends’ (Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher) cross-country mission to change the prevailing public opinion about their affliction.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
OPENING THIS WEEK