Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Movie Releases




Cold Weather
Release Date: February 4, 2011 (NY; LA release: February 11) 
Studio: IFC Films 
Director: Aaron Katz 
Screenwriter: Aaron Katz 
Starring: Chris LankenauRaúl CastilloTrieste Kelly DunnBarry Seltzer 
Genre: Comedy, Mystery 
MPAA Rating: Not Available

Plot Summary: After abandoning a promising academic career in forensic science, a self-styled Sherlock Holmes, Doug (Cris Lankenau), returns to Portland to live with his more responsible big sister Gail (Trieste Kelly Dunn). He lands a dead-end job working in an ice factory, but soon finds an opportunity to use his passion and skill in detective work when his ex-girlfriend, Rachel (Robyn Rikoon) goes missing. Enlisting a team of ramshackle slacker-sleuths, Doug leads his team down a complex trail of clues and increasingly close to the discovering the mysterious truth about Rachel.
"Cold Weather" is a charming mystery -- simultaneously a rich detective story and an affecting tale of siblings uniting after years apart. With it's own idiosyncratic spin on familiar genre conventions, the film features the lyrical style, lush camera work and naturalistic performances that have established director Aaron Katz ("Dance Party USA," "Quiet City") as a major talent to watch. 


Dressed
Release Date: February 4, 2011 (limited) 
Studio: OneRock Moving Pictures 
Director: David Swajeski 
Screenwriter: Not Available 
Starring: Nary ManivongMickey BoardmanSimon CollinsNanette LeporeFern MallisLynn YaegerAlly Hilfiger 
Genre: Documentary 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: "Dressed" is the inspiring story of self-taught clothing designer Nary Manivong. Homeless at 14, Nary pursues his dream of showing his collection at New York's Fashion Week. Nary's story shows the strength of the human spirit as he navigates through one of the toughest businesses to achieve his goal – the one joy that brings him hope in the face of hardship. The film features commentary from industry experts, celebrities and fashion press, who discuss what it's really like to make it in the world of fashion.Woven within his story are accounts and commentary from leading fashion industry experts, celebrities, and designers who relate their own perspective about what it takes to make it in this industry. Industry experts include Mickey Boardman, Paper Magazine; Simon Collins, Dean of Fashion at Parsons, The New School for Design; Simon Doonan, Author and Creative Director at Barney's; George Furlan, Fashion Industry Consultant; Mary Gehlhar, Author "The Fashion Designer's Survival Guide"; Margaret Hayes, President, the Fashion Group International, Nanette Lepore, Designer, Fern Mallis, Consultant and former Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion, Robert Verdi, Celebrity Fashion Stylist and Lynn Yeager, legendary fashion writer. 


The Other Woman
Release Date: February 4, 2011 (limited) 
Studio: IFC Films 
Director: Don Roos 
Screenwriter: Don Roos 
Starring: Natalie PortmanScott CohenCharlie TahanLisa Kudrow 
Genre: Drama 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: The radiant Natalie Portman ("Closer," "Black Swan") lights up the screen in this frank, funny, and heart-wrenching adaptation of bestselling author Ayelet Waldman's novel about life, loss, and family directed by Don Roos ("The Opposite of Sex," "Happy Endings").Emilia (Portman) is a Harvard law school graduate and a newlywed, having just married Jack (Scott Cohen, "The Understudy"), a high-powered New York lawyer, who was her boss – and married – when she began working at his law firm. Unfortunately, her life takes an unexpected turn when Jack and Emilia lose their newborn daughter. Emilia struggles through her grief to connect with her new stepson William (Charlie Tahan, "I Am Legend"), but is finding it hard to connect with this precocious child. Perhaps the most difficult obstacle of all for Emilia is trying to cope with the constant interferences of her husband's angry, jealous ex-wife, Carolyn (Lisa Kudrow). 


The Roommate
Release Date: February 4, 2011 
Studio: Screen Gems (Sony) 
Director: Christian E. Christiansen 
Screenwriter: Sonny Mallhi 
Starring: Leighton MeesterMinka KellyCam GigandetAly MichalkaDanneel HarrisFrances FisherBilly Zane 
Genre: Thriller 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for violence and menace, sexual content, some language and teen partying) 
Plot Summary: A psychological thriller about a deranged college freshman (Leighton Meester) who becomes obsessed with her new roommate (Minka Kelly). 


Sanctum
Release Date: February 4, 2011 (3D/2D and IMAX 3D theaters) 
Studio: Universal Pictures 
Director: Alister Grierson 
Screenwriter: Andrew WightJohn Garvin 
Starring: Richard RoxburghRhys WakefieldIoan GruffuddAlice ParkinsonDan Wyllie 
Genre: Action, Thriller 
MPAA Rating: R (for language, some violence and disturbing images) 
Plot Summary: The 3D action-thriller "Sanctum," from executive producer James Cameron, follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea.Master diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh) has explored the South Pacific's Esa-ala Caves for months. But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank's team--including 17-year-old son Josh (Rhys Wakefield) and financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd)--are forced to radically alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever?Shot on location off the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, "Sanctum" employs 3D photography techniques Cameron developed to lens "Avatar." Designed to operate in extreme environments, the technology used to shoot the action-thriller will bring audiences on a breathless journey across plunging cliffs and into the furthest reaches of our subterranean world. 


Waiting For Forever
Release Date: February 4, 2011 (limited) 
Studio: Freestyle Releasing 
Director: James Keach 
Screenwriter: Steve Adams 
Starring: Rachel BilsonTom SturridgeBlythe DannerRichard Jenkins 
Genre: Comedy, Romance 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: A unique love story about friendship and a view of the world from different perspectives, "Waiting for Forever" explores the connections people make in the face of life's changes. Best friends while they were growing up, Emma (Rachel Bilson) and Will (Tom Sturridge) lost touch a long time ago--as far as she knows. To Will, Emma never stopped being the most important person in his life. Believing them to be forever linked, he goes wherever she goes. Will doesn't have a home, a car, or a "real" job. He survives on his talent as a juggler and entertainer--talents honed through years of showing off for Emma. When her father gets sick, Emma returns to their hometown, trying to leave behind her complicated love life and failing career as a TV actress. As its characters face love, death and their own preconceptions, "Waiting for Forever" questions the realities of life. 


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