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An Invisible Sign

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Marilyn Agrelo
Screenwriter: Michael Ellis, Pamela Falk
Starring: Jessica Alba, Chris Messina
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Jessica Alba stars as Mona Gray, a 20-year-old loner who, as a child, escaped a terrible situation with her ill father by turning to the wonders of mathematics. As an adult, still shy and withdrawn, Mona finds a new lease on life when she starts to teach Math, and finds it can her students through their own crises.

The Beaver

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (limited; expands: May 20)
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Director: Jodie Foster
Screenwriter: Kyle Killen
Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Cherry Jones
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material, some disturbing content, sexuality and language including a drug reference)
Plot Summary: Two-time Academy Award® winner Jodie Foster directs and co-stars with two-time Academy Award® winner Mel Gibson in "The Beaver" – an emotional story about a man on a journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life.
Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can't seem to get himself back on track... until a beaver hand puppet enters his life.

Caterpillar

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Lorber Films
Director: Koji Wakamatsu
Screenwriter: Hisako Kurosawa, Masao Adachi
Starring: Shinobu Terajima, Keigo Kasuya
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: "Caterpillar" tells the story of a village woman who is given the grueling task of looking after (and fulfilling the sexual needs of) her quadruple-amputee husband, a decorated soldier tortured by memories of his war crimes. 

Daydream Nation

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (NY, LA)
Studio: Anchor Bay Films
Director: Michael Goldbach
Screenwriter: Michael Goldbach
Starring: Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Andie Macdowell, Josh Lucas
Genre: Drama, Romance
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Seventeen-year-old Caroline Wexler (Kat Dennings) is facing a teenager's nightmare: her widowed father has moved them from the big city to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. When Caroline realizes she has nothing in common with the burnout losers in her new school she pursues the one person with who excites her interest – her handsome young teacher, Mr. Anderson (Josh Lucas). A bizarre love triangle ensues between Caroline, Mr. Anderson, and a sweet, but troubled classmate (Reece Thompson). Featuring a hit indie soundtrack in this mash-up of the bizarre and the beautiful, "Daydream Nation" is a coming-of-age story for the 21st century. 

Forks Over Knives

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Monica Beach Media
Director: Lee Fulkerson
Screenwriter: Lee Fulkerson
Starring: Joey Aucoin, Neal Barnard, Gene Baur
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: "Forks Over Knives" examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The film features leading experts on health and tackles the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking for years.
What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure.
Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country's three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to "battle" these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.
Could it be there's a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive but so utterly straightforward, that it's mind-boggling that more of us haven't taken it seriously? 

Harvest

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Monterey Media
Director: Marc Meyers
Screenwriter: Marc Meyers
Starring: Robert Loggia, Tony Winner, Victoria Clark, Arye Gross, Jack Carpenter, Barbara Barrie
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Gathered one summer in a beautiful shoreline town, three generations are drawn together by their patriarch, played by Oscar Nominee Robert Loggia. With endearing moments of humor and uplifting spirit, HARVEST is a portrait of a family awkwardly yet delicately hanging on to what was, what now is, and to one another. A superb ensemble cast including Tony Winner Victoria Clark, Arye Gross, newcomer Jack Carpenter and also featuring Oscar Nominee Barbara Barrie tugs on heartstrings and reminds us of a love that can weather all storms in this poignant yet amusing story. "Harvest" brings to mind how we all come of age, in our own stumbling yet loving ways, often again and again. 

Haunted 3D

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Reliance Big Pictures
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Screenwriter: Amin Hajee
Starring: Mahakshay Chakraborty, Tia Bajpai, Achint Kaur, Arif Zakaria, Sanjay Sharma
Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating:
Plot Summary: Set in the misty mountains of Koti, "Haunted 3D" revolves around the sprawling Glen Manor, a mansion with a secret past and a haunted present. The protagonist, Rehan, visits Glen Manor to complete its sale, which his father had initiated. But he realizes that certain mysterious occurrences in the manor may jeopardize the sale. However when he investigates these inexplicable happenings he discovers a secret---and falls in love with it! What he does not bargain for is that the secret brings him face to face with the biggest challenge of his life... How can he save her when she is already dead? 

Hobo with a Shotgun

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Magnet Releasing (Magnolia Pictures)
Director: Jason Eisener
Screenwriter: Jason Eisener, John Davies
Starring: Rutger Hauer
Genre: Action
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: A train pulls into its final station and a Hobo hops from a freight car. He has dreams of a fresh life in a new city, but finds himself trapped in an urban hell instead. A city where criminals rule the streets, landlords evict single mothers in the middle of the night, and where the city's crime boss, The Drake, reigns supreme with his sadistic, homeless-killing sons, Slick & Ivan. Through the chaos, the Hobo comes across a shop window displaying a second hand lawn mower and a shotgun, and decides it's time to cut the grass, make the city beautiful and start a new way of life. But after witnessing the brutality that encompasses this city, he realizes the only way to make a difference in this place is with a gun in his hand and two shells in its chamber.

I'm Not Jesus Mommy

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (limited)
Studio: FilmDemic
Director: Vaughn Juares
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Rocko Hale, Charles Hubbell, Shar Stephanie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for R some disturbing violent content)
Plot Summary: Kimberly would stop at nothing to have a child of her own. After recovering from cancer her possibilities seemed slim. However, the world's first successful human cloning project brings an unthinkable solution and a son named David. Seven years after David's birth, wars, famine and natural disasters of every kinds have plagued the Earth. As Kimberly struggles to survive her biggest challenge is raising her son. Strange occurrences surrounding the young boy are only becoming worse and more mysterious. Roger, the head researcher of the cloning project returns to reveal that David was cloned from DNA taken from the Shroud of Turin...from blood of Christ. Has cloning made it possible to bring Christ back? Is David the Second Coming of Christ or something else?

Jumping the Broom

Release Date: May 6, 2011
Studio: TriStar Pictures (Sony)
Director: Salim Akil
Screenwriter: Arlene Gibbs, Elizabeth Hunter
Starring: Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Mike Epps, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good, Tasha Smith, DeRay Davis, Julie Bowen, Romeo Miller, Gary Dourdan, Pooch Hall, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Valarie Pettiford
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content)
Plot Summary: "Jumping the Broom" focuses on a weekend wedding in Martha's Vineyard where two families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds clash during their first meeting before the big event. 

Last Night

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Tribeca Films
Director: Massy Tadjedin
Screenwriter: Massy Tadjedin
Starring: Keira Knightley, Eva Mendes, Sam Worthington, Guillaume Canet
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for some language)
Plot Summary: The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love. 

Octubre (October)

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (limited)
Studio: New Yorker Films
Director: Daniel Vega Vidal, Diego Vega Vidal
Screenwriter: Daniel Vega Vidal, Diego Vega Vidal
Starring: Bruno Odar, Gabriela Velásquez, Carlos Gassols
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: October is the "purple month" in Lima, when the grey city's somber tones give way to processions celebrating the Lord of Miracles. Hope is reborn among the throngs of devotees who light candles and follow the processions, each in search of their own miracle.
Tucked away in one of the Lima's modest flats lives Clemente, a small time loan shark with a penchant for reckless hookers, grave solitude, money lending and nothing else. Stuckin a shallow routine, Clemente lacks any real emotional connection to anyone. People, in turn, refer to him not by name, but as "the pawnbroker's son." Whether it's a slippery counterfeiter, an amiable thief or a desperate neighbor, Clemente is sensitive only to what their business might bring him.
Returning home one day, Clemente quickly realizes that an intruder has visited his home-not to steal from him, but instead to leave him with a little gift. Tucked in a small basket sitting on his bed Clemente finds a newborn baby, the product of one of his frequent liaisons with prostitutes.
When Clemente finds himself ill-equipped for his new role, Sofia, one of his clients and an October worshipper, intervenes to help him take care of the baby while he goes in search of its mother. As the days stretch on, with Sofia and the baby sharing his home, Clemente discovers emotional attachments he never thought he had. And as seems fitting during the month of October, with its air of hope for better things, a once unpleasant, cold and lonely man named Clemente finds that his life is about to change. 

Passion Play

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Mitch Glazer
Screenwriter: Mitch Glazer
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Bill Murray, Megan Fox, Rhys Ifans, Kelly Lynch
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Nate Poole (Rourke, "The Wrestler," "Iron Man 2") is a washed-up jazz musician fleeing from trigger-happy gangster Happy Shannon (Murray, "Lost in Translation"). While on the run, Nate stumbles across a traveling carnival, and is instantly mesmerized by the carnival's prized attraction, Lily "The Bird Woman" (Fox, "Transformers"). But Lily is no carny fake: her wings are real. The fugitive musician falls in love with this angelic creature, and he convinces her to leave with him, to the anger of her ruthless employer (Ifans, "Notting Hill"). The two flee across the desert, but towards... what? Their destruction? Their salvation?
Combining realism and myth, "Passion Play" is a portrait of humanity at its best and worst. Gritty and hard-boiled, it is also an adult fairytale that promises hope in the most unlikely of places. 

The People vs. George Lucas

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (NY; LA release: May 13)
Studio: Wreckin Hill Entertainment
Director: Alexandre O. Philippe
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Gary Kurtz, Neil Gaiman, Anthony Waye, Dale Pollock, Dave Prowse
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Revered by some, feared and demonized by others, George Lucas is undoubtedly the most talked about and criticized filmmaker in movie history.
Why have so many Star Wars fans turned against him to decry the release of the Special Editions and the Prequel Trilogy? Why is George Lucas the constant target of bloggers, critics and self-proclaimed devotees? And why are millions of others staunchly prepared to defend him in the face of innumerable accusations?
The People vs. George Lucas aims to answer those questions, and to impartially deconstruct the cultural legacy of a man whose life, feelings and creative impulses remain largely shrouded in mystery.
Paying tribute to the YouTube culture in unprecedented fashion, this groundbreaking documentary film features professional HD footage and amateur homemade videos in equal amounts to craft one of the most original, entertaining, cinematic, and widely anticipated portraits in the history of the medium–the world’s first digitally democratic documentary. 

The Silent House - La Casa Muda

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (limited)
Studio: IFC Midnight
Director: Gustavo Hernández
Screenwriter: Oscar Estévez
Starring: Florencia Colucci, Abel Tripaldi, Gustavo Alonso, Maria Salazar
Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Based on a true events occuring in the late 40's in a small village in Uruguay, "The Silent House - La Casa Muda" is groundbreaking horror filmed in one single continuous shot of seventy eight minutes. The film centers on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house which hides an obscure secret, unharmed. Laura and her father Wilson settle down in a cottage they have to renew since its owner will soon put the house up for sale. They will spend the night there and repair the following morning. Everything seems to go smoothly until Laura hears a sound that comes from outside and gets louder and louder on the upper floor of the house. 

Something Borrowed

Release Date: May 6, 2011
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Luke Greenfield
Screenwriter: Jennie Urman, Jordan Roberts
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski, Steve Howey
Genre: Comedy, Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content including dialogue, and some drug material)
Plot Summary: Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a talented attorney at a top New York law firm, a generous and loyal friend and, unhappily, still single...as her engaged best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) is constantly reminding her. But after one drink too many at her 30th birthday party, perpetual good girl Rachel unexpectedly ends up in bed with the guy she's had a crush on since law school, Dex (Colin Egglesfield), who just happens to be Darcy's fiancé. When Rachel and Darcy's lifelong friendship collides with true love, it leads to unexpected complications and potentially explosive romantic revelations. Meanwhile, Ethan (John Krasinski), who has been Rachel's constant confidante and sometimes conscience, has been harboring a secret of his own, and Marcus (Steve Howey), an irrepressible womanizer, can't keep his mind out of the gutter or his hands off any girl within reach. 

There Be Dragons

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Director: Roland Joffe
Screenwriter: Roland Joffe
Starring: Wes Bentley, Derek Jacobi, Charlie Cox, Olga Kurylenko, Dougray Scott, Rodrigo Santoro
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some language and brief violence)
Plot Summary: "There Be Dragons" follows the story of controversial Opus Dei founder, St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, in a sympathetic portrayal of the Catholic organization, bravely contradicting the sentiment set by Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code." In this action-packed film, director Roland Joffe surrounds the priest with fictional characters and deals with universal themes of love, betrayal and redemption.
The film begins when a young journalist begins investigating his estranged fathers relationship with Escrivá during the tumultuous times of the Spanish Civil War and uncovers a compelling drama of the two men's complicated lives and the dark secrets of his family's past.
Faced with the hardships and injustices that are tearing Spain apart, these two friends paths diverge when one pursues a life of faith and the other is swept into the brutality and horror of the Spanish Civil War.
As personal and national battles rage, the characters lives collide and their deepest struggles are illuminated. Only then can they face the ultimate choices that will result in tragedy or triumph, and a chance for final redemption.
"There Be Dragons" reveals the importance and timeless power of forgiveness in a story of loss between a father and son, of revolutionaries fighting for freedom, of a woman's search for love and meaning and the struggles of a man whose life impacts them all. 

Thor

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (3D/2D and IMAX 3D theaters)
Studio: Paramount Pictures, Marvel Studios
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Screenwriter: Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg, Colm Feore, Samuel L. Jackson
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence)
Plot Summary: Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, "Thor," which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It's while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

The Vintner's Luck

Release Date: May 6, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Panorama Entertainment
Director: Niki Caro
Screenwriter: Niki Caro, Joan Scheckel
Starring: Jérémie Renier, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Vania Vilers, Eric Godon, Patrice Valota, François Beukelaers, Gaspard Ulliel, Stephane Garneau, Juliette Mariotte, Finn Van Mell, Charlotte Cheveau, Felicity-Amore Castle-Hughes, Julie Berthoux, Vera Farmiga, Jean-Louis Sbille
Genre: Drama, Romance
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider") and starring Vera Farmiga ("The Departed," "Up in the Air") and Keisha Castle-Hughes ("Whale Rider," "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith"), "The Vintner's Luck" tells the compelling tale of Sobran Jodeau, an ambitious young peasant winemaker and the three loves of his life; his beautiful and passionate wife Celeste, the proudly intellectual baroness Aurora de Valday and Xas, a fallen angel, who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Sobran which endures for many years. A fantastical creature with wings that smell of snow, Xas turns out to be an unconventional mentor. Under his guidance Sobran is forced to fathom the nature of love and belief and in the process grapples with the sensual, the sacred and the profane - in pursuit of the perfect vintage. Set in 19th century France, the film was shot on location in France and New Zealand. 

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