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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening September 2, 2011
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Apollo 18 (Unrated) Found-footage horror flick, set in 1974, shedding light on a government cover-up of a NASA space mission on which the crew of astronauts were attacked by parasitic life forms they discovered on the moon.
The Debt (R for violence and profanity) International espionage thriller, set in 1997, about three former Mossad Agents (Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and Ciaran Hinds) who come out of retirement to track down a Nazi war criminal (Jesper Christensen) back on the loose after already being apprehended by them 35 years earlier. With Jessica Chastain, Martin Csokas and Sam Worthington.
Seven Days in Utopia (G) Unlikely-buddies drama about a promising young golfer (Lucas Black) who’s befriended by an eccentric rancher (Robert Duvall) in a tiny Texas town after making a disastrous debut on the pro tour. With Robert Bear, Madison Burge and Brady Coleman.
Shark Night 3-D (PG-13 for terror, violence, disturbing images, profanity, mature themes, sexual references and partial nudity) High body-count screamfest about a Louisiana Gulf getaway which turns into a nightmare for vacationers sharing a beachfront home surrounded by shark-infested waters. Cast includes Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan and Donal Logue.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Bodyguard (Unrated) Bollywood remake of Malayalam action flick of the same name revolving around a muscle-bound chaperone (Salman Khan) who falls in love with young heiress (Kareena Kapoor) he was hired to protect while she’s away in college. With Mahesh Manjrekar, Shatrughan Sinha and Reema Debnath. (In Hindi with subtitles)
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (Unrated) Holocaust survivor bio-pic chronicling the ordeal of singer/songwriter/actor/director Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino), a Jew who came of age during the Nazi occupation of Paris before going on to blossom into a multi-talented Renaissance Man after the end of World War II. With Lucy Gordon, Claude Chabrol and Laetitia Casta as Brigitte Bardot. (In French, English and Russian with subtitles)
A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy (R for profanity, pervasive sexuality and graphic nudity) Jason Sudeikis stars in this raunchy comedy about a party animal who decides to host a wild sex party over the Labor Day weekend after learning that his father (Don Johnson) has decided to put the family’s summer home in the Hamptons on the market. Ensemble cast includes Will Forte, Rhys Coiro, David Koechner, Michelle Borth, Lake Bell, Lindsay Sloane, Lucy Punch and Leslie Bibb.
I’m Glad My Mother Is Still Alive (Unrated) Dysfunctional family drama about a troubled teenager’s (Vincent Rottiers) obsession with finding his birth mother (Sophie Cattani) who had given him up for adoption at the age of four. With Christine Citti, Yves Verhoeven and Maxime Renard. (In French with subtitles)
Rebirth (Unrated) Post 9/11 documentary updates the progress made over the last decade of five, emotionally-scarred people trying to recover from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center: a woman who lost her fiancé; a teenager who lost his mom; a firefighter who lost the rest of his company; a construction worker saddled with survivor’s guilt over his deceased brother; and a badly-burned victim who has undergone 40 surgical procedures and counting.
Resurrect Dead (Unrated) “Kilroy was here!” documentary endeavoring to decipher the meaning of the hundreds of cryptic messages found in tiles embedded by a mysterious graffiti artist into city streets all across the United States and South America.
Saving Private Perez (PG-13 for violence and brief profanity) Parody of Saving Private Ryan featuring the daring exploits of a Mexican mobster boss (Miguel Rodarte) pressured by his ailing mother (Isela Vega) to assemble a team of commandos for a suicidal mission to save his brother (Juan Carlos Flores) who’s a POW in Iraq. Cast includes Joaquin Cosio, Jaime Camil and Claudia Salinas.
That Girl in Yellow Boots (Unrated) Mumbai thriller about a desperate woman (Kalki Koechlin) who takes a job at a seedy massage parlor in order to find the father she’s never known only to end up trapped inside the city’s seamy underworld. With Divya Jagdal, Naseeruddin Shah and Gulshan Devaiya. (In Hindi with subtitles)
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
OPENING THIS WEEK