OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening May 4, 2012
BIG BUDGET FILMS
The Avengers (PG-13 for intense violence and a drug reference) Marvel Comics screen adaptation finds peacekeeper Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) assembling a team of superheroes comprised of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to save humanity from a diabolical villain (Tom Hiddleston) bent on world domination. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Stellan Skarsgard and Paul Bettany.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13 for profanity and sexuality) Geriatric set comedy about British retirees who move to India to spend their Golden Years in luxurious accommodations only to discover that the place fails to measure up to its billing. A-list cast includes Oscar-winning Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, two-time nominee Tom Wilkinson, along with Bill Nighy and Dev Patel.
First Position (Unrated) Stars of tomorrow portraits of a half-dozen dancers in training for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world’s most prestigious, international ballet competitions.
Jesus Henry Christ (PG-13 for profanity, smoking and violent images) Baby-daddy comedy about a boy genius’ (Jason Spevack) search for his father (Michael Sheen) after learning from his mother (Toni Colette) that he was a test tube baby conceived in a Petri dish. Support cast includes Samantha Weinstein, Cameron Kennedy and Dewshane Williams.
Last Call at the Oasis (PG-13 for disturbing content and brief profanity) Climate change documentary examining evaporating evidence of the world’s burgeoning water crisis. Featuring commentary by Erin Brockovich, Peter H. Gleick and Tyrone Hayes.
A Little Bit of Heaven (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and crude humor) Bittersweet romantic comedy about a stoic doctor (Gael Garcia Bernal) whose steely veneer starts to crumble when he finds himself falling in love with the carefree cancer patient (Kate Hudson) he’s given a terminal diagnosis. Ensemble cast includes Academy Award-winners Whoopi Goldberg and Kathy Bates, Rosemarie DeWitt, Romany Malco, Treat Williams and Peter Dinklage.
LOL (PG-13 for profanity and mature themes) Miley Cyrus stars in this remake of the French romantic romp of the same name about a recently-jilted teenager who develops feelings for her best friend (Douglas Booth) after having her heart broken by her high school sweetheart (George Finn). With Demi Moore, Thomas Jane and Ashley Greene.
Meeting Evil (R for profanity and violence) Cajun country crime thriller about a depressed family man (Luke Wilson) who is kidnapped and taken on a killing spree by a demonic serial killer (Samuel L. Jackson). With Leslie Bibb, Peyton List and Tracie Thoms.
Mother’s Day (R for sexuality, torture, brutal violence and pervasive profanity) Grisly remake of the 1980 horror flick revolving around three sadistic siblings (Patrick John Flueger, Warren Kole and Matt O’Leary) who terrorize the new owners (Jaime King and Frank Grillo) of their childhood home in the wake of a bank robbery gone bad. With Rebecca De Mornay, Tony Nappo and Kandyse McClure.
The Perfect Family (PG-13 for mature themes) Dysfunctional family dramedy about a devout candidate (Kathleen Turner) for Catholic Woman of the Year who does her best to hide her alcoholic husband (Michael McGrady), her lesbian daughter (Emily Deschanel) and her philandering, married son (Jason Ritter) from the judges. Support cast includes Richard Chamberlain, Elizabeth Pena and Sharon Lawrence.
ReGeneration (Unrated) Modern malaise documentary, narrated by Ryan Gosling, chronicling the cynicism running rampant among Americans recently coming-of-age. Featuring commentary by Noam Chomsky, Talib Kwali and the late Howard Zinn.
You Hurt My Feelings (Unrated) Baby maybe sitcom about a marriage-minded fellow (John Merriman) who takes a job as a nanny to convince his ex-girlfriend (Courtney Davis) that he’s ready to settle down and have children. With Macon Blair and Lillian and Violet Collins.