Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Movie Releases This Week

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Atrocious

Release Date: August 17, 2011 (limited)
Studio: NABU Films
Director: Fernando Barreda Luna
Screenwriter: Fernando Barreda Luna
Starring: Cristian Valencia, Clara Moraleda, Maria Jesus Pereiro
Genre: Horror, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for grisly images and language throughout)
Plot Summary: In April 4th of 2010, Spanish police reported the discovery of 37 hours of recorded evidence that shed some new light on a gruesome murder investigation. The found footage documents a family of five spending their holidays at their summerhouse where brother and sister Cristian and July Quintanilla pass the time investigating a terrifying local urban legend. As their investigation intensifies, strange occurrences in and around the house escalate rapidly, before culminating in unspeakable atrocities.

5 Days of War

Release Date: August 19, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Anchor Bay Films
Director: Renny Harlin
Screenwriter: Mikko Alanne, David Battle
Starring: Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Richard Coyle, Andy Garcia, Val Kilmer
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for strong bloody war violence and atrocities, and for pervasive language)
Plot Summary: "5 Days of War" is an action-packed international thriller from acclaimed director, Renny Harlin. Based on true events, this intense film is a vivid account of a renegade American journalist, his cameraman and a local woman caught behind enemy lines, and determined to not only survive, but tell the world what was happening, during the swift but devastating 5-day war between Russian and the Georgian Republic in 2008. 

A Horrible Way to Die

Release Date: August 19, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director: Adam Wingard
Screenwriter: Simon Barrett
Starring: AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg
Genre: Horror, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
Plot Summary: An emotionally chilling descent into a quiet world where ugly things happen behind closed doors and down desolate country roads.
Garrick (A.J. Bowen, "The House of the Devil") is on the run after escaping from prison. His ordinary looks and casual demeanor mask his menacing true nature, that of an unassuming serial killer who can't control his compulsion. Disguising his appearance and driving along interstates under the cover of night, he leaves a trail of corpses as he makes his way across the country.
Meanwhile, Sarah (Amy Seimetz, "Bitter Feast") spends her days working as a dental hygienist and her evenings in AA meetings. She slowly opens up to the support group and makes a tentative romantic connection with fellow member Kevin (Joe Swanberg, "Blackmail Boys"). Awkward in their newfound sobriety, they bump and fumble in their courtship until Sarah gradually gains the confidence to reveal a dark secret from her wounded past that, unbeknownst to her, is about to resurface.

Amigo

Release Date: August 19, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Variance Films
Director: John Sayles
Screenwriter: John Sayles
Starring: Joel Torre, Chris Cooper, Garret Dillahunt, DJ Qualls, Yul Vázquez, Rio Locsin, Ronnie Lazaro, Dane DeHaan
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: "Amigo," the 17th feature film from Academy Award-nominated writer-director John Sayles, stars legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre as Rafael, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War. When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer (Chris Cooper) to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla fighters. But Rafael's brother (Ronnie Lazaro) is the head of the local guerillas, and considers anyone who cooperates with the Americans to be a traitor. Rafael quickly finds himself forced to make the impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by ordinary civilians in an occupied country. A powerful drama of friendship, betrayal, romance and heartbreaking violence, "Amigo" is a page torn from the untold history of the Philippines, and a mirror of today's unresolvable conflicts.

Conan the Barbarian

Release Date: August 19, 2011 (3D/2D theaters)
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Marcus Nispel
Screenwriter: Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, Sean Hood
Starring: Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ron Perlman, Leo Howard, Steve O'Donnell, Raad Rawi Fassir, Nonso Anozie, Bob Sapp, Milton Welsh
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity)
Plot Summary: "I live. I love. I slay... I am content."
- Conan The Barbarian
The most legendary Barbarian of all time is back this Summer. Having thrived and evolved for eight consecutive decades in the public imagination - in prose and graphics, on the big screen and small, in games and properties of all kinds- Conan's exploits in the Hyborian Age now come alive like never before in a colossal 3D action-adventure film.
A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.
Deftly adapted from the original works of Robert E. Howard and faithful to the mythology and psychology of his iconic character, "Conan the Barbarian" stars Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Said Taghmaoui and Ron Perlman. The film is directed by Marcus Nispel, and written by Thomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood.

Flypaper

Release Date: August 19, 2011 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Rob Minkoff
Screenwriter: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Tambor, Tim Blake Nelson, Mekhi Phifer, Matt Ryan, Greg Germann, Octavia Spencer, Pruitt Taylor Vince, John Ventimiglia, Adrian Martinez, Rob Huebel, Curtis Armstrong
Genre: Comedy, Crime
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Tripp Kennedy (Dempsey) ambles into a bank near closing time, just as two different gangs unwittingly converge to rob it. A shoot-out erupts, and Tripp tackles the smart, pretty teller, Kaitlin (Judd), to protect her. The gangs—one clearly made up of pros and the other a couple of buffoons named Peanut Butter (Nelson) and Jelly (Pruitt Taylor Vince) —have deadlocked themselves in a Mexican standoff. The bank's security system starts the end-of-day lockdown and seals everyone into the building. As the night evolves, a hilarious game of cat and mouse ensues as Tripp and Kaitlin try to save the day, escape being killed, and avoid falling in love... almost.

Fright Night

Release Date: August 19, 2011 (3D/2D theaters)
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Director: Craig Gillespie
Screenwriter: Marti Noxon
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette
Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: R (for bloody horror violence, and language including some sexual references)
Plot Summary: Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all going on: he's running with the popular crowd and dating the most coveted girl in his high school. In fact, he's so cool he’s even dissing his best friend. But trouble arrives when Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—but everyone, including Charlie's mom (Toni Collette), doesn't notice. After observing some very strange activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on the neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.

Griff the Invisible

Release Date: August 19, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Indomina Releasing
Director: Leon Ford
Screenwriter: Leon Ford
Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody
Genre: Comedy, Romance
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: The world can make us invisible. Courage can make us incredible. Love can make us invincible.
Ryan Kwanten of TV's "True Blood" stars in this charming, quirky and totally unpredictable romantic comedy about the superhero in all of us. Griff (Kwanten), a shy and awkward office worker by day, finds escape from his ordinary life by assuming the identity of a fantastic superhero each night. Griff's secret is jeopardized when he meets Melody (Maeve Dermody), a cute but unconventional daydreamer. She quickly becomes fascinated by his idiosyncrasies, which are equal only to her own. In the face of mounting pressure to live in the "real world," it's up to Melody to rescue "Griff the Invisible" for the sake of herself, Griff and their newfound love for each other.

The Hedgehog

Release Date: August 19, 2011 (LA)
Studio: NeoClassics Films
Director: Mona Achache
Screenwriter: Mona Achache
Starring: Josiane Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic, Togo Igawa
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Inspired by the New York Times best-seller The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, THE HEDGEHOG is the timely story of Paloma, a young girl bent on “ending it all” before she becomes an adult. Chronicling the hypocrisy she sees in her parents and others with her father’s High-8 camera, Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic) begins to learn about life from the grumpy building “concierge”, Renée Michel (FRENCH TWIST’s Josiane Balasko). When Paloma’s camera reveals an extensive secret library in Renée’s back room, and that the usually gruff matron reads Tolstoy to her cat, Paloma begins to understand that there are allies to be found beneath the prickliest of exteriors. As the unlikely friendship deepens, Paloma’s own coming of age becomes a much less pessimistic prospect.

The Last Circus

Release Date: August 19, 2011 (Limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Screenwriter: Álex de la Iglesia
Starring: Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Carolina Bang, Manuel Tallafé, Alejandro Tejerías, Manuel Tejada, Enrique Villén, Gracia Olayo, Sancho Gracia, Paco Sagarzazu, Santiago Segura, Padre-Payaso tonto Fernando Guillén Cuervo, Fofito, Sasha Di Bendetto, Juan Viadas
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
MPAA Rating: R (for brutal and bloody violence throughout, some strong sexual content, nudity and language)
Plot Summary: 1937, Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A "Happy" circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers, where he single handedly massacres an entire platoon. This absurd and disturbing scenario raises the curtain on a twisted tale of love, revenge, and psychopathic clowns that could only spring from the mind of filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia.
Fast forward to 1973, the tail end of the Franco regime. Javier, the son of the clown, dreams of following in his father's career footsteps, but has seen too much tragedy in his life - he's simply not funny and is only equipped to play the role of the Sad Clown. He finds work in a circus where he befriends an outlandish cast of characters, but as the Sad Clown he must take the abuse of the brutish Happy Clown Sergio, who humiliates Javier daily in the name of entertainment.
It is here that he meets Natalia, a gorgeous acrobat, and abused wife of Sergio. Javier falls deeply in love with Natalia and tries to rescue her from her cruel and violent husband, unleashing Sergio's jealousy. But Natalia is torn between her affection towards Javier and her lust for Sergio.
With neither man willing to back down, this twisted love triangle evolves into a ferocious battle between Sad Clown and Happy Clown, escalating to unbelievable heights in this absurd, shocking, irreverent and unforgettable film.

Mozart's Sister

Release Date: August 19, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Music Box Films
Director: René Féret
Screenwriter: René Féret
Starring: Marie Féret, Marce Barbé, Delphine Chuillot, David Moreau, Clovis Fouin
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Written, directed and produced by René Féret, "Mozart's Sister" is a re-imagined account of the early life of Maria Anna "Nannerl" Mozart (played by Marie Féret, the director's daughter), five years older than Wolfgang (David Moreau) and a musical prodigy in her own right. Originally the featured performer, Nannerl has given way to Wolfgang as the main attraction, as their strict but loving father Leopold (Marc Barbe) tours his talented offspring in front of the royal courts of pre-French revolution Europe. Approaching marriageable age and now forbidden to play the violin or compose, Nannerl chafes at the limitations imposed on her gender. But a friendship with the son and daughter of Louis XV offers her ways to challenge the established sexual and social order.

One Day

Release Date: August 19, 2011
Studio: Focus Features
Director: Lone Scherfig
Screenwriter: David Nicholls
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Stott, Romola Garai, Rafe Spall
Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, partial nudity, language, some violence and substance abuse)
Plot Summary: Adapted from the internationally praised bestselling novel, "One Day" charts an extraordinary relationship. Emma (Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) meet on the night of their college graduation – July 15th, 1988. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition who dreams of making the world a better place. He is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground. For the next two decades, every July 15th reveals to us how "Em" and "Dex" are faring, as their friendship ebbs and flows with the passing of the years. Through love and loss, heartbreak and success, hopes fulfilled and dreams shattered, they experience the grandeur of life. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along.

Programming the Nation?

Release Date: August 19, 2011 (NY)
Studio: International Film Circuit Inc.
Director: Jeff Warrick
Screenwriter: Jeff Warrick
Starring: John B. Alexander, Richard Beggs, Nick Begich
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: A powerful and provocative look at the history of subliminal messaging in America and the ways in which we are being manipulated subconsciously by advertisers, pop-culture, corporations, our military, and politicians. Filmmaker Jeff Warrick leads this journey through the subconscious mind while examining the reported history, scientific research and potential effects of such techniques on society. With eye-opening footage, revealing interviews, humorous anecdotes, and an array of visual effects, the film categorically explores the alleged usage of subliminals in advertising, music, film, television, political propaganda, military psychological operations, and even advanced weapons development. As a result, Warrick makes it his personal mission to determine if these manipulative tactics have succeeded. Or, if subliminal programming belongs in the category of what many consider urban legend.

The Smell of Success

Release Date: August 19, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Not Available
Director: Larry Smith
Screenwriter: Michael Polish
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Tea Leoni, Mark Polish, Ed Helms, Kyle MacLachlan
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, language and a drug situation)
Plot Summary: A decidedly irreverent satire about the wages of greed and an enchanting comic adventure that riffs on an iconic theme – the American salesman – with a twist. For this tale of door-to-door marketers takes place in a world heretofore never seen on screen: that of 1960s manure salesmen, AKA “the Men of Manure.” Having brought to life an original assortment of American misfits and dreamers, with “The Smell of Success” now turns an unabashedly comic eye to the wonders of the American wasteland... literally.
It all begins when a tragic fan accident ends the life of Mr. Roses, the scientific genius behind Roses Manure Company, forcing his cosmetics salesgirl daughter Rosemary (TÉA LEONI) to take control of the company. Rosemary isn’t sure if she has a nose for the family business, but when she discovers the company is about to go under, she is determined to find a way to turn the foul into financial profits. To do so, she’s going to need the help of her father’s best salesmen -- led by the steely-eyed; silver tongued Patrick Fitzpatrick (BILLY BOB THORNTON) for whom “bull” is not just a product but an art form – even if they don’t exactly trust a lady in charge.
But the times, they are a changing and so is the business. When the suspiciously clean-cut Jimmy St. James (KYLE MACLACHAN) and his band of slick salesmen drop into town ready to take over with their newfangled “fertilizer” and fancy marketing techniques, it becomes clear that Rosemary’s quest is no longer simply about selling as much crap as she can. It’s all-out war.

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

Release Date: August 19, 2011 (3D/2D theaters)
Studio: Dimension Films (The Weinstein Company)
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Screenwriter: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Joel McHale, Rowan Blanchard, Mason Cook, Antonio Banderas, Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
MPAA Rating: PG (for mild action and rude humor)
Plot Summary: On the surface, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all...married to a famous spy hunting television reporter, a new baby and intelligent twin step kids. But in reality, trying to mother Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), who clearly don't want her around, is her toughest challenge yet. Also, her husband, Wilbur (Joel McHale), wouldn't know a spy if he lived with one which is exactly the case - Marissa’s a retired secret agent.
Marissa's world is turned upside down when the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet and she's called back into action by the head of OSS, home of the greatest spies and where the now-defunct Spy Kids division was created. With Armageddon quickly approaching, Rebecca and Cecil are thrust into action when they learn their boring stepmom was once a top agent and now the world's most competitive ten year olds are forced to put their bickering aside and rely on their wits. With a little help from a couple of very familiar Spy Kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), and some mind-blowing gadgets, they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they're at it.

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