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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening May 13, 2011
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Bridesmaids (R for pervasive profanity and graphic sexuality) Screwball comedy about the ruthless competition between a bride-to-be’s (Maya Rudolph) best friends (Kristen Wiig and Rose Byrne) desperate to serve as her maid of honor. Cast includes Terry Crews, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Kali Hawk and the late Jill Clayburgh.
Go for It (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, drug use and brief violence) Overcoming-the-odds drama about a teenager (Aimee Garcia) with good grades but a bad attitude who dreams of dancing her way out of the ‘hood in the underground clubs of Chicago. With Al Bandiero, Gina Rodriguez and Louie Alegria.
Priest (PG-13 for disturbing images and intense violence) Post-apocalyptic thriller about a rogue Catholic cleric (Paul Bettany) who breaks his vows when he embarks on a crusade against the undead after his niece (Lily Collins) is kidnapped by a bloodthirsty pack of vampires. Cast includes Christopher Plummer, Maggie Q, Cam Gigandet, Karl Urban and Brad Dourif.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (Unrated) Golden Age of Hollywood documentary chronicling the career of Academy Award-honoree Jack Cardiff, the cinematographer who shot such screen classics as The African Queen, War and Peace, The Barefoot Contessa and Death on the Nile. Featuring reflections by Martin Scorcese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall and Dustin Hoffman.
City of Life and Death (R for sexuality, violence and brief nudity) Historical epic recreating the Rape of Nanking in 1937. Cast includes Ye Lu, Yuanyuan Gao and Hideo Nakaizumi. (In Mandarin and English with subtitles)
Everything Must Go (R for profanity and sexuality) Will Ferrell stars in this marital crisis drama based on “Why Don’t You Dance,” Raymond Carver’s short story about an unemployed alcoholic befriended by a latchkey kid (Christopher Jordan Wallace) and a pregnant neighbor (Rebecca Hall) after his estranged wife changes the locks and tosses all of his belongings onto the front lawn. With Laura Dern, Stephen Root and Michael Pena.
The First Grader (PG-13 for disturbing violence and brief nudity) True tale, set in Kenya, about a former Mau Mau freedom fighter (Oliver Litondo) who at 84 decides to go to school for the first time in his life in order to learn how to read and write. With Naomie Harris, Sam Feuer, Tony Kgorge and Nick Reding.
Hesher (R for sexuality, profanity, drug use and disturbing violence) Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in this morose meditation on mortality about a tattooed loner living in his van who crashes on the couch of the dysfunctional family of a little boy (Devin Brochu) mourning the untimely death of his mother (Monica Staggs). Cast includes Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, and Piper Laurie.
Hey Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird (Unrated) Tolerance-themed documentary marking the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird examines the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel’s enduring appeal as well as reclusive author Harper Lee’s predilection for privacy. With commentary by Tom Brokaw, Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Young, Scott Turow and James McBride.
How to Live Forever (Unrated) Longevity documentary follows writer/director/narrator Mark Wexler on his worldwide search for the secret to the Fountain of Youth. Featuring interviews with Phyllis Diller, Ray Kurzweil, Ray Bradbury, Willard Scott, Suzanne Somers and Jack LaLanne.
Make Believe (Unrated) Rabbit-out-of-the-hat documentary revolving around the sleight of hand of a half-dozen aspiring magicians vying for the title of Teen Magic Champion in the City of Las Vegas.
L’Amour Fou (Unrated) Reverential retrospective revisiting legendary, fashion designer Yves St. Laurent’s (1936-2008) lavish lifestyle and four decade-long relationship with his longtime lover and business partner, patron of the arts Pierre Berge.
Skateland (PG-13 for violence, profanity, sexuality, and teen smoking and substance abuse) Romance drama, set in Texas in the early Eighties, about the rudderless, 19 year-old manager (Shiloh Fernandez) of a skating rink who reassesses his life priorities after bonding with the sister (Ashley Greene) of one (Heath Freeman) of his buddies.
The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (Unrated) Lighthearted profile of lesbians Jools and Linda Topp, a multi-talented country singing/comedy duo straight outta New Zealand.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
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