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By: Mass

The Four Times (Le quattro volte)
Release Date: March 30, 2011 (NY) 
Studio: Lorber Films 
Director: Michelangelo Frammartino 
Screenwriter: Michelangelo Frammartino 
Starring: Giuseppe Fuda, Bruno Timpano, Nazareno Timpano 
Genre: Drama 
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: An idyllic village in Italy's mountainous region of Calabria is the setting for "Le quattro volte," an exquisitely filmed take on the cycles of life. Structured in four parts, per its title ("four times"), it opens with a shepherd tending his herd of goats, then shifts focus to one goat in particular, the tree under which he seeks shelter, and the industrialized fate of that plant. 

Cat Run
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (limited)
Studio: LLeju Productions
Director: John Stockwell
Screenwriter: Nick Ball, John Niven
Starring: Paz Vega, Janet McTeer, Christopher McDonald, Tony Curran, Scott Mechlowicz, DL Hughley
Genre: Action, Comedy
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Anthony always dreamed of being a famous chef. Julian only thought about women. With neither really working out, the childhood best friends decide to start a detective agency. Unfortunately for them, on their first case they must help protect a sexy, high class escort who holds the key evidence to a scandalous cover up. The two bumbling detectives soon find themselves running from the mob, a corrupt US Senator, and a ruthless Mary Poppins-like assassin - all of whom would stop at nothing to hide the truth. It's just an average day for two bumbling losers.

Release Date: April 1, 2011 (NY; LA release: Apr. 8)
Studio: First Run Features
Director: Aaron Schock
Screenwriter: Aaron Schock, Mark Becker
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Gorgeously filmed along the back roads of rural Mexico, "Circo" follows the Ponce family's hardscrabble circus as it struggles to stay together despite mounting debt, dwindling audiences, and a simmering family conflict. Tino, the ringmaster, is driven by his dream to lead his parents' circus to success and corrals the energy of his whole family, including his four young children, towards this singular goal. But his wife Ivonne is determined to make a change. Feeling exploited by her in-laws, she longs to return to her kids a childhood lost to laboring in the circus. Through this intricately woven story of a marriage in trouble and of a century-old family tradition that hangs in the balance, "Circo" opens the viewer to the luminous world of a traveling circus while examining the universal themes of family bonds, filial responsibility, and the weight of cultural inheritance.

Release Date: April 1, 2011
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Tim Hill
Screenwriter: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch
Starring: James Marsden, Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, Hank Azaria, Gary Cole, Elizabeth Perkins, David Hasselhoff, Chelsea Handler, Hugh Laurie
Genre: Live Action/CG-Animated Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG (for some mild rude humor)
Plot Summary: Blending state of the art animation with live action, "Hop" is a comedy about E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand), the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. On the eve of taking over the family business, E.B. leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer. He encounters Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals, who accidentally hits E.B. with his car. Feigning injury, E.B. manipulates Fred into providing him shelter, and Fred finds himself with the world's worst houseguest.

In a Better World
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Susanne Bier
Screenwriter: Susanne Bier, Anders Thomas Jensen
Starring: Markus Rygaard William Johnk Nielsen, Mikael Persbrandt, Wil Johnson, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for violent and disturbing content some involving preteens, and for language)
Plot Summary: Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian's mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. 

Release Date: April 1, 2011
Studio: FilmDistrict
Director: James Wan
Screenwriter: Leigh Whannell
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey
Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material, violence, terror and frightening images, and brief strong language)
Plot Summary: The writer-director team behind "Saw" and the filmmakers of "Paranormal Activity" redefine the haunted house genre in "Insidious." This horror film is the terrifying story of a family who shortly after moving discover that dark spirits have possessed their home and that their son has inexplicably fallen into a coma. Trying to escape the haunting and save their son, they move again only to discover that it was not their house that was haunted. 

The Last Godfather
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Director: Hyung Rae Shim
Screenwriter: Hyung Rae Shim
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Hyung Rae Shim, Michael Rispoli, Jason Mewes, Jocelin Donahue, Jon Polito
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: In 1951, Don Carini (Harvey Keitel), the mafia's most powerful godfather, gathers his followers to announce the heir to the family. Each expects to be crowned the next Don, but they hear a shocking story from Don Carini. During his travels in Asia, he fell in love with an Asian woman who bore him a son. His now adult son Young-gu (Shim Hyung-rae) is anointed the next boss. Bonfante (Michael Rispoli), the betrayer in the outfit, wants Young-gu and the aging Don out, and with his minions, relentlessly tries to sabotage Young-gu's training and take out the boss. Will Young-gu overcome each obstacle and rise to become the next godfather and lead his new "family?" 

Queen to Play
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Director: Caroline Bottaro
Screenwriter: Caroline Bottaro, Bertina Henrichs
Starring: Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline, Jennifer Beals, Dominic Gould
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not AvailablePlot Summary: Oscar winner Kevin Kline ("A Fish Called Wanda") and the luminous Sandrine Bonnaire ("Vagabond") square off in this stylish and sophisticated drama of newly discovered passions and midlife triumphs, set on the idyllic isle of Corsica. Alluring, repressed and quietly intelligent, French Riviera chambermaid Hélène (Bonnaire) discovers she has an uncanny talent for chess. This obsession — much to the resentment of her husband and teenaged daughter — draws her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a gruff and reclusive American doctor, played by Kline in a meticulously observed performance and in his first entirely French-speaking role. The unlikely liaison radically transforms both of their colorless lives. In her directorial debut, Caroline Bottaro presents an emotionally sublime film, adapted from Bertina Henrichs' novel "The Chess Player," reminding us that it is not how we start out but rather how we finish the game that is most important.

Release Date: April 1, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Magnet Releasing (Magnolia Pictures)
Director: Quentin Dupieux
Screenwriter: Quentin Dupieux
Starring: Stephen Spinella, Jack Plotnick, Wings Hauser, Roxane Mesquida, Ethan Cohn, Charley Koontz, Daniel Quinn
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for some violent images and language)
Plot Summary: "Rubber" is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert, and suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move. At first content to prey on small desert creatures and various discarded objects, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. Leaving a swath of destruction across the desert landscape, Robert becomes a chaotic force to be reckoned with, and truly a movie villain for the ages. Directed by legendary electro musician Quentin Dupieux ("Steak," "Nonfilm"), aka Mr. Oizo, "Rubber" is a smart, funny and wholly original tribute to the cinematic concept of no reason.

Source Code
Release Date: April 1, 2011
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Director: Duncan Jones
Screenwriter: Ben Ripley
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright
Genre: Action, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some violence including disturbing images, and for language)
Plot Summary: When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the "Source Code," a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack. Filled with mind-boggling twists and heart-pounding suspense, "Source Code" is a smart action-thriller directed by Duncan Jones ("Moon") also starring Michelle Monaghan ("Eagle Eye," "Due Date"), Vera Farmiga ("Up in the Air," "The Departed"), and Jeffrey Wright ("Quantum of Solace," "Syriana").

Release Date: April 1, 2011 (NY, LA)
Studio: IFC Midnight (IFC Films)
Director: James Gunn
Screenwriter: James Gunn
Starring: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon
Genre: Action, Comedy
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: In "Super," Frank's (Rainn Wilson) wife leaves him for a seductive, psychopathic drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), Frank is transformed and the Crimson Bolt is born. With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife (Liv Tyler). The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson Bolt!

Release Date: April 1, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Millennium Films
Director: David Schwimmer
Screenwriter: David Schwimmer, Andy Bellin
Starring: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Jason Clarke, Liana Liberato, Viola Davis
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for disturbing material involving the rape of a teen, language, sexual content and some violence)
Plot Summary: A suburban family is torn apart when 14-year-old Annie (Liana Liberato) meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) are shattered by their daughter's actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life. 

Two Gates of Sleep
Release Date: April 1, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Borderline Films
Director: Alistair Banks
Screenwriter: Alistair Banks
Starring: Brady Corbet, David Call
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: A luscious widescreen meditation on nature, death and Southern discomfort. Somewhere on the Mississippi-Louisiana border, brothers Jack (Brady Corbet, "Funny Games") and Louis (David Call, TV's "Gossip Girl") prepare for their mother's imminent death. Their communication limited to glances, they hunt a gorgeous animal, cook a special meal and share last moments of quiet intimacy with the woman who bore them. Once she succumbs, they ignore society's expectations and undertake an arduous journey to bury her along the riverbank. The film shuns narrative conventions through exactingly spare techniques that magnify the tension and melancholy in every frame. Ants swarm in the dirt, trees form a green cathedral, and the brothers step deeper into the muddy river. Evoking the elemental themes of Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying," "Two Gates of Sleep" is a film of rare beauty that calls attention to seldom seen customs of the rural South, and paints a shattering portrait of a family overcoming extraordinary circumstances to honor a final request. 


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