Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Movie Releases

Release Date: December 29, 2010 (NY, LA; limited: Jan. 28) 
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Screenwriter: Alejandro González IñárrituArmando BoNicolás Giacobone
Starring: Javier BardemMaricel ÁlvarezHanaa BouchaibGuillermo EstrellaEduard FernándezCheikh NdiayeDiaryatou DaffTaisheng ChengJin Luo 2
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for disturbing images, language, some sexual content, nudity and drug use)
Plot Summary: "Biutiful" is a love story between a father and his children. This is the journey of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. His livelihood is earned out of bounds, his sacrifices for his children know no bounds. Like life itself, this is a circular tale that ends where it begins. As fate encircles him and thresholds are crossed, a dim, redemptive road brightens, illuminating the inheritances bestowed from father to child, and the paternal guiding hand that navigates life's corridors, whether bright, bad - or biutiful. 

Blue Valentine
Release Date: December 29, 2010 (NY, LA; expands: Jan. 7) 
Studio: The Weinstein Company 
Director: Derek Cianfrance 
Screenwriter: Derek CianfranceCami DelavigneJoey Curtis 
Starring: Ryan GoslingMichelle WilliamsMike VogelJohn DomanMaryann Plunkett 
Genre: Drama, Romance 
MPAA Rating: R (for strong graphic sexual content, language, and a beating)
Plot Summary: "Blue Valentine" is the story of love found and love lost told in past and present moments in time. Flooded with romantic memories of their courtship, Dean and Cindy use one night to try and save their failing marriage. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in this honest portrait of a relationship on the rocks.

Another Year
Release Date: December 29, 2010 (limited) 
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics 
Director: Mike Leigh 
Screenwriter: Mike Leigh 
Starring: Jim BroadbentLesley ManvilleRuth SheenPeter WightOliver MaltmanDavid BradleyKarina FernandezMartin SavageMichele AustinPhil DavisStuart McQuarrieImelda Staunton 
Genre: Drama 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some language) 

Plot Summary: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. Family and friendship. Love and warmth. Joy and sadness. Hope and despair. Companionship. Loneliness. A birth. A death. Time passes... A happily married, middle-aged couple is visited by a number of friends who use them as confidants

The Strange Case Of Angelica
Release Date: December 29, 2010 (NY) 
Studio: IFC Films 
Director: Manoel de Oliveira 
Screenwriter: Manoel de Oliveira 
Starring: Pilar López de Ayala 
Genre: Drama 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 

Plot Summary: A comic, touching and transcendent meditation on love and life by 101 year-old master Manoel de Oliveira (Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl, Belle Toujours, I'm Going Home, The Convent). Adapted from a screenplay he first wrote over a half-century ago, Oliveira's new film is a magical tale of an impossible love. Late one night, a young photographer named Isaac (Ricardo Trêpa, the director's grandson and frequent collaborator), is summoned by a wealthy family to take the last portrait of their daughter, Angelica (Pilar López de Ayala/In the City of Sylvia), a beautiful new bride who has mysteriously passed away. Arriving at their estate, Isaac is struck by Angelica's beauty, but when he looks through his lens, the young woman appears to come to life. From that moment, Isaac will be haunted by Angelica day and night.


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