Movies in Theaters This Friday, April 5, 2013: Evil Dead, Trance, Upstream Color, and More
Usually, three or four movies fight over wide release. This isn’t an automatic, but when was the last time we only had one new release? I guess technically there are two wide releases, but one of them is Jurassic Park 3D (hold onto your butts!), which is a re-release.
Up against our favorite dinosaurs is not quite a re-release, but a remake: Evil Dead. Those who know me know that I am against remakes (for the most part). With the exception of a few (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo being one), remakes are a cash grab. However, I tend to feel a little better about them if the original crew is involved. In the case of Evil Dead, Sam Raimi – the director of the Evil Dead franchise – is producing the picture that is directed by first-time feature director Fede Alvarez. Initial screenings at SXSW were buzzing over the gore with reactions being mostly positive. Before you go, make sure to check out my review of the franchise as a whole.
In the limited releases department, there are plenty of choices. Most notably, Danny Boyle’s (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) thriller Trance (starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel) will release. To me, I can’t understand why this isn’t automatically available nationwide since Boyle is one of today’s bests.
Another interesting pick is Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color. Carruth is known for his crazy mind bending time travel movie Primer which was made on a tiny budget. Seriously, if you want to be utterly confused, pick this movie up. Upstream Color is his follow-up and even though it’s got a romantic edge to it, it looks just as trippy.
Finally, Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep (also starring Shia LaBeouf) looks like it could be a hit.
The rest of the limited crop includes 6 Souls, The Brass Teapot, Down the Shore, Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (what a name!), Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, Lotus Eaters, No Place on Earth, Simon Killer, The Story of Luke, and Tomorrow You’re Gone. There is more information below about these releases.
Whether you’re brave enough to see Evil Dead or smart enough to understand Upstream Color, have a great weekend!
In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.
After the death of her husband, Dr. Cara Harding’s faith in God has been shaken, but not her belief in science. In an attempt to get her more open to accepting unexplainable psychiatric theories, her father introduces her to Adam, a patient with multiple personalities who also takes on some of the physical characteristics of his other personalities. But Cara quickly discovers that his other personalities were murder victims and the more she finds out about Adam and his past, the closer she and her loved ones are to becoming murder victims themselves
John and Alice live in small town America – 20s, married, very much in love, and broke. Once voted “most likely to succeed,” Alice struggles to make ends meet while her friends enjoy the good life. Her husband John, neurotic and riddled with phobias, just wants to get the bills paid. But an accident leads them to a roadside antique shop where Alice is spontaneously drawn to a mysterious brass teapot. It isn’t long before they realize that this is no ordinary teapot and that perhaps they have found the answer to all of their financial woes…THE BRASS TEAPOT is a magical dark comedy that reminds us to be careful what we wish for.
Jim Grant (Robert Redford) is a public interest lawyer and single father raising his daughter in the tranquil suburbs of Albany, New York. Grant’s world is turned upside down,when a brash young reporter named Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) exposes his true identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder. After living for more than 30 years underground, Grant must now go on the run. With the FBI in hot pursuit, he sets off on a cross-country journey to track down the one person that can clear his name.
Shepard knows the significance of the national news story he has exposed and, for a journalist, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Hell-bent on making a name for himself, he is willing to stop at nothing to capitalize on it. He digs deep into Grant’s past. Despite warnings from his editor and threats from the FBI, Shepard relentlessly tracks Grant across the country.
As Grant reopens old wounds and reconnects with former members of his antiwar group, the Weather Underground, Shepard realizes something about this man is just not adding up. With the FBI closing in, Shepard uncovers the shocking secrets Grant has been keeping for the past three decades. As Grant and Shepard come face to face in the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, they each must come to terms with who they really are.
The proud owner of an aging Jersey Shore amusement park (James Gandolfini) finds his life thrown into disarray when a French stranger appears on his doorstep claiming to be his late sister’s widowed husband, staking his claim on half of his house and dragging long-buried family secrets to the surface as he searches for work. Famke Janssen and Edoardo Costa co-star
Lars Olafssen (Thure Lindhardt), once a young celebrity in the art world is slipping away fast into the land of has-beens. His long-time art dealer, Ronny (Stephen McHattie), is now an ungracefully aging hipster who desperately wants his meal ticket back. But Lars refuses to paint. His creativity comes at too high a cost – his inspiration is carnage – blood, guts and limbs. Not surprisingly, this lead to a dreadful breakdown in the past. Nevertheless, an eager Ronny arranges a teaching job for Lars with his old friend Harry (Al Goulem) at an art school in Koda Lake, a small Canadian town in the middle of nowhere. It’s a “therapeutic” measure for Lars – a means to conquer his need to paint in the “safety” of a country retreat… and perhaps lead to romance, with his fellow teacher, Leslie (Georgina Reilly). That is, until Eddie (Dylan Smith) comes into his life.
Few American lives encapsulate the tumult and triumph of the civil rights movement as much as that of author, educator and radical activist Angela Davis. Her wide range of admirers extends to include Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. A professor at UCLA, an open member of the Communist Party and an associate of the Black Panthers, Davis possessed an incendiary cocktail of attributes that made her the establishment’s worst nightmare: not only was she educated, fiercely intelligent and fearlessly outspoken, she was also a socialist, an African-American and a woman. It’s an understatement to say that not everyone in the U.S. was ready for Angela Davis — and some in fact did their utmost to put her behind bars forever. Free Angela & All Political Prisoners is the gripping story of how Davis became an international icon of social revolution and progressive politics.
Built around new interviews with Davis, the film recounts her Alabama upbringing, her studies in the U.S. and Europe, and the start of her academic career in the philosophy department at UCLA, where she quickly drew fire for her membership in the CP — which then-governor Ronald Reagan publicly labelled a “provocation.” (Reagan would later amend this, claiming that what really irked him was Davis’ “unprofessionalism.”) A campaign began to have Davis banned from teaching anywhere in the state. She began receiving death threats, which led her to purchase her first firearm.
But Davis’ problems had only just begun: in 1970, she was charged with conspiracy in kidnapping and murder following Jonathan Jackson’s dramatic daylight abduction of Judge Harold Haley from the Marin County courthouse, which ended with Jackson, Haley, and two others dead in a shootout with police. Chronicling Davis’ time in hiding, her eventual arrest and highly publicized trial via archival footage and her own words, this captivating documentary has all the fascination of a crime thriller and a courtroom
These bright young things of London lead an excessive lifestyle that allows them to luxuriate in their own self-destruction. At the centre is Alice, an ex-model unable to keep up with the opulent standards her peers feverishly chase. Alice may be in love with her on-and-off boyfriend Charlie, but the multiple pleasures of wealth and youth distract them from commitment.
Meanwhile, Felix is besotted with Alice, even as he indecisively takes up with his naïve, needy girlfriend – Suzi. Between wild summer nights in Glastonbury and the South of France, a love-torn Orna gets her rocks off weaving overlapping love triangles that wreak havoc on impressionable hearts.
Alexandra McGuinness’ elegant black-and-white directorial debut finds the pulse of something real in a hot mess of horses, pet monkeys, spiritual gurus, and vodka baths. Clad in designer outfits and perplexing headpieces, a luminescent ensemble led by Antonia Campbell-Hughes with Benn Northover, Amber Anderson, Cynthia Fortune Ryan, Liam Browne, Gina Bramhill, Jay Choi, Alex Wyndham, Daisy Lewis, and Katrena Rochell live out their lives to an evocative indie soundtrack featuring the anachronistic folk stylings of lead actor Johnny Flynn alongside performances from some of the London’s most interesting bands.
Our story didn’t involve bears or princesses. It involved the real-life adventures of our own grandfathers, great aunts, uncles and cousins, who’d hidden from the Nazis in an undiscovered cave. But to us as children, it was a magical castle where they had exciting adventures and did heroic things. As we got older, we learned the context of our fabled family bedtime story, and important lessons of history, our Jewish identity, the power of family.
Imagine the feeling of exploring that “castle” you’ve heard about since you were a child. In the fall of 2010, we traveled to Ukraine and crawled through the passages of Priest’s Grotto – the cave and castle of our childhoods.
There is the story of where they slept inside the cave, which as children we imagined looked like a covered wagon.
We laid down there.
There is the story of how one grandfather transported a 150 pound mill-stone for miles to the cave, then chiseled another to make their own bread.
We touched it.
There is the story of how they set up a kitchen and cooked inside with a ventilation system so they didn’t choke on the smoke.
We saw it.
We experienced our childhood bedtime story with all our senses, guided by our grandparents, some still alive and some who have since passed. We will return to the Priest’s Grotto in future years to share the reality of the story with our children and grandchildren. But this trip — it was a once in a lifetime opportunity — and to have it as part of an internationally released film makes us so happy to be able to share it with you.
Recently heartbroken, Simon travels to Paris to clear his head. After several days of wandering aimlessly, Simon finds himself drawn into a sex parlor and has a sexual encounter with an exotic prostitute, Victoria. The chemistry builds between the two until they find themselves in a serious relationship, one that leads to blackmail, betrayal and the ultimate revelation of Simon’s true nature.
Luke, 25, is autistic and lives a sheltered life with his grandparents. But his world is suddenly turned upside down when his grandmother dies and he is forced to live with his dysfunctional relatives who have no patience for him or his senile grandfather, who they quickly force into a nursing home. Luke is left with his grandfather’s final semi-coherent words: “Get a job. Find a girl. Live your own life. Be a man!” For the first time in his life, Luke has a mission. He is about to embark on a quest.
Charlie Rankin, recently released from prison, seeks vengeance for his jail-house mentor William “The Buddha” Pettigrew. Along the way, he meets the ethereal, yet streetwise, Florence Jane. They embark on a unlikely road trip, careening towards an unlikely redemption and uncertain resolution.
Academy Award® winning director Danny Boyle returns to the big screen with this psychological thriller about a fine art auctioneer, mixed up with a criminal gang, who join forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. TRANCE stars James McAvoy (Atonement, X-Men First Class), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Mesrine) and Rosario Dawson (Seven Pounds, Sin City).
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the lifecycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
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