New Movies In Theaters This Friday, June 11, 2010
Wondering what movies are coming out to theaters this Friday, June 11, 2010? This week, I’m going to pick The A-Team, although I really recommend Winter’s Bone, which I saw at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. But that’s not all, I also heard really positive things about Gangster’s Paradis: Jerusalema, and if you’re feeling a little nostalgic you might want to give The Karate Kid remake a try. Whatever you pick, I hope the list below helps. And I wish you all a great weekend!
The A-Team Synopsis: THE A—TEAM follows the exciting and daring exploits of a colorful team of former Special Forces soldiers who were set up for a crime they did not commit. Going “rogue,” they utilize their unique talents to try and clear their names and find the true culprit.
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (Limited)
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky Synopsis: Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky begins in Paris in 1913. Though Coco is deeply infatuated with the rich and handsome polo player Arthur “Boy” Capel, she attends the landmark performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and is instantly fascinated. Hoots, whistles and walkouts mar the work’s premiere, but she is transfixed. Stravinsky’s ballet is a wild and primitive assault on bourgeois taste, a precursor to the chaos about to engulf Europe. Coco recognizes a fellow iconoclast, as her own ideas about women’s fashion are causing a similar sensation. Shortly after the war ends, the two meet again. Coco is now wealthy and successful, but shattered by Boy’s death in a car crash. Igor, who was made an outcast after the tumultuous revolution in his native Russia, is now a destitute refugee living in exile in Paris. Introduced to Igor by the famous Sergeï Diaghilev, impresario of the Ballets Russes, Coco invites the composer, his wife and their four children to stay at her new villa, Bel Respiro, in Garches.
What ensues is a beautifully judged story about the mutual attraction between two artists, finely balanced by the loyalty and love Stravinsky feels for his wife and family. Despite the charisma exuded by the two monumental personalities, who both redefined their fields, we feel immense sympathy for Stravinsky’s wife as she struggles to maintain her equilibrium amid the sparks that begin to fly around her. Kounen brilliantly places us in the worlds of both Coco, whose mansion serves as a visual expression of her design ideas, and Stravinsky, who doggedly wrestles his musical demons. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky embraces the brilliance of these two rebels, dissecting the intimacies of their personal lives with an empathy that leaves the viewer reaching for superlatives.
Gangster’s Paradis: Jerusalema (Limited) – Review
Gangster’s Paradis: Jerusalema Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema is an unflinching look into the crime, corruption and the transgressions of those looking to survive in the most crime-infested district of Johannesburg.
Starting off with simple smash and grabs, and petty crime, Lucky Kunene quickly graduates to more aggressive heists such as armed robbery and carjacking. Soon, Lucky realizes he needs a bigger score to fulfill his goals of making it big, and escaping from the slums, to a dream house by the sea. Kunene hatches an elaborate and violent plan to make his fortune – hijacking buildings from landlords of Johannesburg tenements by winning the favor of the tenants and then holding their rent hostage from the landowners. His high-profile real estate acquisitions attract the attention of the local police force who have no qualms about using unprovoked brutality to bring him down. His trouble with the law, coupled with an escalating war between a local drug lord, creates a tense standoff: both sides are closing in, and Kunene must stay one step ahead—or his empire, and his life, will come crashing down.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (Limited)
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work Synopsis: JOAN RIVERS – A PIECE OF WORK takes the audience on a year long ride with Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life; it peels away the mask of an iconic comedian, laying bare both the struggle and thrill of living life as a groundbreaking female performer. Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK, THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT) expose the private dramas of this irreverent, legendary comedian as she fights to keep her career thriving in a business driven by youth and beauty.
The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid Synopsis: In Columbia Pictures’ The Karate Kid, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying – and the feeling is mutual – but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts “the karate kid” on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.
Winter’s Bone (Limited) – Review
Winter’s Bone Synopsis: Deep in the Ozark Mountains, clans live by a code of conduct that no one dares defy—until an intrepid teenage girl has no other choice. When Ree Dolly’s crystal-meth-making father skips bail and goes missing, her family home is on the line. Unless she finds him, she and her young siblings and disabled mother face destitution. In a heroic quest, Ree traverses the county to confront her kin, break their silent collusion, and bring her father home.