Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Movie Releases




Rapt

Release Date: July 6, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Lorber Films
Director: Lucas Belvaux
Screenwriter: Lucas Belvaux
Starring: Yvan Attal, Anne Consigny, Alex Descas, André Marcon, Françoise Fabian
Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Yvan Attal stars as a wildly attractive businessman and political mover and shaker who hops effortlessly from one chauffeured Mercedes to another, as he trades boardrooms for bedrooms. But following a brutal kidnapping, he is handcuffed, terrified, unshaven, hungry and in desperate need of 50 million euros. News of his massive gambling losses and multiple mistresses leaves his picture-perfect Parisian wife, two svelte teenage daughters and elegant grand-dame maman to consider just how much his life and liberté are worth to them.

Septien

Release Date: July 6, 2011 (NY)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Michael Tully
Screenwriter: Michael Tully
Starring: Michael Tully, Rachel Korine, Brian Kotzur, Robert Longstreet, John Maringouin, Onur Tukel
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Eighteen years after disappearing without a trace, Cornelius Rawlings returns to his family's farm. While his parents are long deceased, Cornelius's brothers continue to live in isolation on this forgotten piece of land. Ezra is a freak for two things: cleanliness and Jesus. Amos is a self-taught artist who fetishizes sports and Satan. Although back home, Cornelius is still distant. In between challenging strangers to one-on-one games, he huffs and drinks the days away. The family's high-school sports demons show up one day in the guise of a plumber and a pretty girl. Only a mysterious drifter can redeem their souls on 4th and goal.
Triple-threat actor/writer/director (and disturbingly gifted athlete) Michael Tully creates a backwoods world that's only a few trees away from our own, complete with characters on the edge of sanity that we can actually relate to. A hero tale gone wrong, "Septien" is funny when it's inappropriate to laugh, and realistic when it should be psychotic. Goooaaaaaaaaal!

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

Release Date: July 8, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Michael Rapaport
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White, Common, Pharrell Williams II, Mike D, Adam Horowitz, Ludacris, Angie Martinez
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: R (for language)
Plot Summary: "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" documents the inner workings and behind-the-scenes drama that follow the band, A Tribe Called Quest, even today and explores what's next for a group many claim are the pioneers of alternative rap. Having helped to pave the way for innovative hip hop artists, A Tribe Called Quest has kept a generation hungry for more of its groundbreaking music since the group's much-publicized breakup in 1998. A Tribe Called Quest has three platinum albums - "Midnight Marauders," "The Low End Theory" and "Beats, Rhymes & Life," multiple Grammy nominations and headlined the 2008 "Rock the Bells" concert series alongside Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan.

The Chameleon

Release Date: July 8, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Cinema Epoch
Director: Jean-Paul Salomé
Screenwriter: Jean-Paul Salomé, Natalie Carter
Starring: Ellen Barkin, Famke Janssen, Emilie de Ravin, Brian Geraghty, Nick Stahl, Marc-André Grondin
Genre: Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: This psychological drama features Barkin as a mother of a fractured family who welcomes home their son who had been missing for years. When the details of his sudden reappearance don't quite add up, the suspicions of a determined FBI agent (Janssen) are raised. As pieces of a mysterious puzzle fall together, an unveiled past reveals deep and dark secrets. This bizarre true story is based off the best-selling novel by Christophe D' Antonio.

Fading of the Cries

Release Date: July 8, 2011 (NY, LA)
Studio: Eammon Films
Director: Brian Metcalf
Screenwriter: Brian Metcalf
Starring: Brad Dourif, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mackenzie Rosman, Hallee Hirsch, Julia Whelan, Jessica Morris, Lateef Crowder, Elaine Hendrix, Jordan Matthews
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: In a small farming community, Sarah (Hallee Hirsh), a rebellious teenage girl, struggles living with her mother, Maggie (Elaine Hendrix) and younger sister Jill (Mackenzie Rosman).
One evening, she puts on an ancient necklace, unaware of the consequences, that belonged to her deceased uncle, Michael (Thomas Ian Nicholas) and sets out to meet with her friend Emily(Julia Whelan) over at the old Echling Manor, the place where her uncle Michael used to reside.
Soon Emily is unexpectedly attacked by hideous zombie-like creatures while Sarah watches helplessly in sheer terror as her friend is ripped to shreds. As they turn their attention towards her, she is abruptly rescued by Jacob (Jordan Matthews), a young man armed with a deadly sword.
Jacob sets out to get Sarah home safely, as they run through streets, fields, churches and underground tunnels, while being pursued by hordes of demonic creatures. They learn that Mathias (Brad Dourif), a malevolent evil in search of the ancient necklace worn by Sarah, is responsible for all the chaos as he desperately tries to retrieve it. Sarah soon realizes that Michael was responsible for the raising of Mathias as they discover that once the necklace is in Mathias's hands, he will be virtually unstoppable.
Michael's own story comes into play through flashbacks when we learn how he unintentionally raised Mathias from the depths of hell and his ultimate fall from grace and into madness as we discover how all the characters are connected.
Along the way home, both Sarah and Jacob come to terms with the demons inside themselves – Sarah begins to understand her hatred towards Maggie and Jill may be unjustified while Jacob discovers the secrets of his past, realizing the only way to truly defeat them is to return to the Echling Manor, the very place his family was murdered.

Horrible Bosses

Release Date: July 8, 2011
Studio: New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.)
Director: Seth Gordon
Screenwriter: Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Julie Bowen, Jamie Foxx
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: R (for crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug material)
Plot Summary: For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston) into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con (Jamie Foxx), the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers...permanently. There's only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.

Ironclad

Release Date: July 8, 2011 (limited)
Studio: ARC Entertainment
Director: Jonathan English
Screenwriter: Jonathan English, Erick Kastel
Starring: James Purefoy, Brian Cox, Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti, Derek Jacobi, Jason Flemying, Aneurin Barnard
Genre: Action, Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for strong graphic brutal battle sequences, and brief nudity)
Plot Summary: "Ironclad" recounts one of the most violent, pivotal moments in English medieval history – when a few good men fought against insurmountable odds to defend their country from a megalomaniac, blood-drunk king. Torn from the pages of history, the devastating battle for the castle of Rochester is a true story of honour, action and excitement. There will be blood.
The year is 1215. King John (Paul Giamatti) has been forced to sign the Magna Carta, a document that will ensure the freedom of men and form the basis of common law in England. Furious at having been forced to sign it, King John raises a vicious mercenary army and begins a rampage across the country to regain total power. But as the King’s army is on the brink of reaching London and taking back control of the country, one last castle stands between him and inevitable victory: Rochester.
Gathered together by Baron Albany (Brian Cox), a small band of rebel warriors gather inside Rochester intent on holding off King John until reinforcements arrive: a Templar Knight (James Purefoy) whose soul is wracked with guilt over the atrocities he has committed during the crusades and his burgeoning feelings for Isabel (Kate Mara), the beautiful lady of the castle and lonely wife of the aging Reginald de Cornhill (Derek Jacobi); battle-hardened mercenaries such as Beckett (Jason Flemying), who fight not for God and country, but for money and bloodlust; and young soldiers like Guy (Aneurin Barnard), who'll taste blood and battle for the first time – and perhaps the last.

John Carpenter's The Ward

Release Date: July 8, 2011 (limited)
Studio: ARC Entertainment
Director: John Carpenter
Screenwriter: Michael Rasmussen, Shawn Rasmussen
Starring: Amber Heard, Danielle Panabaker, Mamie Gummer, Lyndsy Fonseca, Jared Harris
Genre: Psychological Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for violence and disturbing images)
Plot Summary: "John Carpenter's The Ward," a psychological thriller about a young woman locked in a mysterious mental institution in the 1960s, marks iconic horror master John Carpenter's first feature film in over ten years.
Kristen (Amber Heard), a beautiful but troubled young woman, finds herself bruised, cut, drugged, and held against her will in a remote ward of a psychiatric hospital. She is completely disoriented, with no idea why she was brought to this place and no memory of her life before being admitted. All she knows is that she isn't safe.

The Ledge

Release Date: July 8, 2011 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Matthew Chapman
Screenwriter: Matthew Chapman
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Terrence Howard, Christopher Gorham
Genre: Suspense Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for sexuality, language and some violent content)
Plot Summary: One step can change a life forever in "The Ledge," a sexy and suspenseful thriller, starring Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard. After embarking on a passionate affair with his evangelical neighbor's wife (Tyler), Gavin (Hunnam) soon finds himself in a battle of wills that will have life or death consequences. As a non-believing atheist, Gavin is lured by her lover's husband (Wilson) to the ledge of a high rise and told he has one hour to make a choice between his life or the one he loves. Without faith in an afterlife, will he be able to make a decision? It's up to police officer Hollis (Howard) to save both their lives but the clock is ticking in this edge-of-your-seat film that will leave you gasping until the final frame.

Project Nim

Release Date: July 8, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Director: James Marsh
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Nim, Professor Herbert Terrace, Laura-Ann Petitto, Stephanie LaFarge, Joyce Butler, Bob Ingersoll, Dr. James Mahoney, Bill Tynan
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some strong language, drug content, thematic elements and disturbing images)
Plot Summary: From the Oscar-winning team behind "Man on Wire" comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature - and indeed our own – is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.

Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish

Release Date: July 8, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Not Available
Director: Eve Annenberg
Screenwriter: Eve Annenberg
Starring: Eve Annenberg, Lazer Weiss, Melissa Weisz, Joel "Bubbles" Weiss, Mendy Zafir, Marc Pinter
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: The play Romeo and Juliet has been translated around the world. Now this gritty, funny new feature film retells William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" in Yiddish.
A middle-aged ER nurse, Ava, in graduate school—and bitterly lapsed observant Jew—undertakes a Yiddish translation of Shakespeare's great classic, "Romeo and Juliet." Meanwhile, her houseguest, also a Hasidic dropout, is "leaking" Kabbalistic magic, and enchants her studio apartment.
In what might be the first Yiddish "mumblecore" film, Annenberg creates a parallel universe (aka Williamsburg, Brooklyn), where Romeo and Juliet stem from divergent streams of ultra-orthodox Judaism and speak their lines in street-smart Yiddish. The Bard may have never dreamed of the Montagues as Satmar Jews, but Annenberg's fanciful direction makes the story of feuding Orthodox families both poignant and timeless.
As they start to 'modernize' and act in the archaic play, the young men fall under its rapturous spell. Annenberg’s utterly enchanting meditation on life and love in New York yields a rapprochement between Secular and ultra Orthodox Worlds.
Set to temp strains as diverse as Itzhak Perlman and Panic in the Disco, family is redefined, Shakespeare evaluated, Ava happier, the viewer not only understanding a little Yiddish, but thinking that boys in long black coats and peyes can actually be really sexy and cute. A meditation on love, family, Romeo and Juliet explores how anyone--including black hatted slackers--can perk up and find new direction under the spell of love and Shakespeare. If the issues are not yet solved, they linger in the air like a little Kabbalah magic.

The Sleeping Beauty

Release Date: July 8, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Strand Releasing
Director: Catherine Breillat
Screenwriter: Catherine Breillat, Charles Perrault
Starring: Carla Besnaïnou, Julia Artamonov, Kerian Mayan
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: French provocateur Catherine Breillat ("Fat Girl," "Bluebeard") continues her deconstruction of classic fairytales with her latest, "The Sleeping Beauty."
Cursed at birth by an evil fairy, Anastasia is destined to prick her finger and die at the age of sixteen. When three feckless fairy sisters discover this they hatch a plan to alter the curse: rather than die, Anastasia will sleep for 100 years. While in slumber, Anastasia comes of age through a series of vivid dreams, filled with charming princes, dwarves, gypsies and magical creatures. When she reawakens a fully-formed adolescent, she finds that in real life, happy endings are more elusive than in our fantasies.
Beautifully designed by Francois-Renaud Labarthe and photographed by the great Denis Lenoir ("Carlos"), this constantly surprising, thought-provoking investigation of the female psyche reaffirms Breillat as one of the most inventive and risk-taking of contemporary French auteurs.

Zookeeper

Release Date: July 8, 2011
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Frank Coraci
Screenwriter: Jay Sherick, David Ronn
Starring: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, Joe Rogen, Ken Jeong, Cher, Nick Nolte, Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Judd Apatow, Jon Favreau, Maya Rudolph, Faizon Love
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG (for some rude and suggestive humor, and language)
Plot Summary: In "Zookeeper," the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo love their kindhearted caretaker, Griffin Keyes (Kevin James). Finding himself more comfortable with a lion than a lady, Griffin decides the only way to get a girl in his life is to leave the zoo and find a more glamorous job. The animals, in a panic, decide to break their time-honored code of silence and reveal their biggest secret: they can talk! To keep Griffin from leaving, they decide to teach him the rules of courtship - animal style. The film also stars Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb and features the voices of Cher, Nick Nolte, Adam Sandler, and Sylvester Stallone.

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