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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening April 15, 2011
BIG BUDGET FILMS
The Conspirator (PG-13 for violence) Robert Redford directs this courtroom drama about slave owner/Confederacy sympathizer Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), the only female arrested as an accessory to John Wilkes Booth’s (Toby Kebbell) plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Talented cast includes Academy Award-winner Kevin Kline, Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson, plus James McAvoy, Evan Rachel Wood, Stephen Root and Justin Long.
Rio (PG for mild, off-color humor) Animated family comedy about a domesticated macaw from Minnesota (Jesse Eisenberg) who embarks on an exciting adventure after conquering his fear of flying to make a daring escape from captivity with the bird of his dreams (Anne Hathaway). Voice cast includes Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Sergio Mendes and Tracy Morgan.
Scream 4 (R for profanity, underage drinking and graphic violence) Revival of Wes Craven slasher franchise finds protagonist Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) returning to her hometown for the first time in ten years only to find herself again stalked by the serial killer Ghostface (Roger L. Jackson). Ensemble cast includes Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Anthony Anderson, Rory Culkin, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts, Kristen Bell and Anna Paquin.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Armadillo (Unrated) Afghan War documentary shot by a journalist and cameraman embedded for half of 2009 with a unit of young Danish soldiers stationed in a dangerous region of Helmand province teeming with Taliban. (In Danish with subtitles)
Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 (PG-13 for sexuality) Initial installment of sci-fi trilogy based on Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel of the same name revolving around a railroad executive’s (Taylor Schilling) attempt to keep her business afloat amidst a crumbling American infrastructure. With Paul Johansson, Michael O’Keefe and Jon Polito.
The Double Hour (Unrated) Convoluted crime thriller, set in Turin, about a lonely, ex-cop (Filippo Timi) who falls head-over-heels for a Slovenian chambermaid (Ksenia Rapaport) he meets at a speed-dating bar only to have their whirlwind romance turn tragic when they venture to the country for a weekend getaway. (In Italian and Spanish with subtitles)
The First Beautiful Thing (Unrated) Prodigal Son flashback flick about a misanthropic college professor (Valerio Mastandrea) who returns to his hometown to care for his terminally-ill mother (Stefania Sandrelli). With Micaela Ramazzotti, Claudia Pandolfi and Marco Masseri. (In Italian with subtitles)
Fly Away (Unrated) Poignant coming-of-age drama about a single-mom (Beth Broderick) grappling with the challenge of how to handle her increasingly-independent autistic daughter (Ashley Rickards). With Greg Germann, J.R. Bourne and Elaine Hall.
Footprints (Unrated) Hollywood whodunit about a young woman (Sybil Temtchine) who awakens with amnesia one morning facedown on the famous sidewalk in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater where she proceeds to spend the rest of the day trying to piece together her identity. With H.M. Wynant, Pippa Scott and John Brickner.
The Imperialists Are Still Alive (Unrated) NYC romance drama about a French immigrant (Elodie Bouchez) who finds it hard to focus on her blossoming love affair with a Manhattan med student (Jose Maria de Tavira) when she learns of the CIA’s detention overseas of her childhood sweetheart as a suspected terrorist.
Phillip the Fossil (Unrated) Midlife crisis drama about an aging party animal’s (Brian Hasenfus) quest to find meaning in life beyond hedonistic self-indulgence. With Ann Pallica, Sarah Nicklin and Tom Sullivan.
The Princess of Montpensier (Unrated) 16th C. costume drama about a teenage heir to the French throne (Melanie Thierry) who would rather wed her handsome young cousin (Gaspard Ulliel) than the aging nobleman (Lambert Wilson) she’s been promised to. (In French with subtitles)
A Screaming Man (Unrated) Dysfunctional family drama, set in Chad against the backdrop of civil war, and revolving around a prideful swimming pool attendant (Youssouf Djaoro) who resents his young son (Dioucounda Koma) for taking his job when the upscale hotel where he works is purchased by new Chinese owners. (In French and English with subtitles)
Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja (R for underage illegal drug use) A seriocomic documentary depicting Miami’s Marijuana trade in the Seventies.
Friday, April 8, 2011
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