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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening November 4, 2011
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Tower Heist (PG-13 for profanity and sexuality) Revenge comedy about a group of swindled investors who enlist the assistance of a trash-talking, petty thief (Eddie Murphy) to burglarize the condo of the Wall Street titan (Alan Alda) behind a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme which left them penniless. Ensemble includes Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Gabourey Siddibe, Tea Leoni, Judd Hirsch and Michael Pena.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (R for drug use, crude humor, pervasive profanity, graphic sexuality, frontal nudity and violence) Third installment of the stoner franchise finds the nerdy protagonists (Kal Penn and John Cho) approaching 30 yet still up to a “pot”-pourri of holiday season, marijuana hijinks. With Neil Patrick Harris, Danny Trejo, Thomas Lennon, David Krumholtz and Eddie Kaye Thomas.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Charlotte Rampling: The Look (Unrated) Reverential biopic explores the on and off-screen personas of the legendary actress via snippets of film footage as well as revealing conversations with her friends and colleagues like Peter Lindbergh, Paul Auster and Juergen Teller. (In French and English with subtitles)
Dragonslayer (Unrated) Slice-of-life documentary about Josh “Screech” Sandoval, a local, skateboarding legend in suburban Fullerton, California.
Five Star Day (Unrated) Constellation drama about a horoscope skeptic (Cam Gigandet) who decides to test his theory that astrology is nonsense by tracking down three people (Brooklyn Sudano, Jena Malone and Max Hartman) born at the same, time and place as himself in order to show how different their lives and fates are.
In the Family (Unrated) Courtroom drama, set in a tiny town in Tennessee, about a gay man (Patrick Wang) who loses custody of his precocious, 6 year-old son (Sebastian Banes) to the sister (Kelly McAndrew) of his recently-deceased life mate (Trevor St. John) in the wake of a tragic car accident.
Killing Bono (R for nudity, sexuality, drug use and pervasive profanity) Bittersweet biopic, based on aspiring rock star Neil McCormick’s (Ben Barnes) memoir of the same name recounting his futile, decade-long attempt to match the phenomenal success of his talented, high school classmate, Bono (Martin McCann), met with the group U2. With Robert Sheehan, Krysten Ritter and the late Pete Postlethwaite.
The Other F Word (Unrated) Mid-life crisis documentary chronicling Pennywise front man Jim Lindberg’s capitulation to the role of father after 20 years on the road as a rebellious, punk rocker. Featuring appearances by Flea, Tony Hawk and Tony Adolescent.
Pianomania (Unrated) Musical documentary about piano tuner Stefan Knupfer’s relentless quest for perfect pitch on behalf of classical music icons like Lang Lang in concert halls all over the world. (In German and English with subtitles)
The Son of No One (R for violence, pervasive profanity and disturbing sexual content) Skeltons-in-the-closet thriller about a NYC cop (Channing Tatum) forced to face a long-buried secret about a couple of unsolved murders after being assigned to work in the neighborhood where he grew up. Cast includes Al Pacino, Ray Liotta, Juliette Binoche, Tracy Morgan and Katie Holmes.
Stuck between Stations (Unrated) Romance drama about the serendipitous reunion of an Afghan War veteran (Sam Rosen) and the former classmate (Zoe Lister Jones) he had a crush on when they were teenagers a decade earlier. With Josh Hartnett, Michael Imperioli and Christiana Clark.
Young Goethe in Love (Unrated) Historical drama revisiting Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s (Alexander Fehling) early years when as a law student and aspiring poet he landed in a love triangle with a fetching ingénue (Miriam Stein) and a well-heeled competitor (Moritz Bleibtreu) for her affections. With Volker Bruch, Henry Hubchen and Burghart Klauszner. (In German with subtitles)
Friday, October 28, 2011
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