Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Movie Releases This Week

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You Don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo

Release Date: September 28, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Films Transit
Director: Luc Côté, Patricio Hénriquez
Screenwriter: Luc Côté, Patricio Hénriquez
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Canadian Omar Khadr was 15 years old, a child soldier, when he was sent by his militant father to work with the Taliban in Afghanistan, assembling mines in an Al Qaeda compound. In 2002, he was captured by U.S. forces during a raid in which he was severely wounded and an American soldier was killed by a hand grenade. Omar was sent to Guantánamo and given the choice of pleading guilty to this murder and accepting an 8-year sentence, or contesting the charge and facing the possibility of life imprisonment. "You Don't Like the Truth" was culled from seven hours of surveillance material, taken of Omar's questioning, recently declassified by the Canadians. It is the only interrogation footage from inside Gitmo that has ever been released. The legal, political, and psychological implications of this prisoner's ordeal are manifold. The film forces us to take responsibility for the strange form of justice that is being meted out in the name of homeland security.

50/50

Release Date: September 30, 2011
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Director: Jonathan Levine
Screenwriter: Will Reiser
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston, Philip Baker Hall
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for language throughout, sexual content and some drug use)
Plot Summary: Inspired by a true story, "50/50" is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis in this new comedy directed by Jonathan Levine from a script by Will Reiser. "50/50" is the story of a guy's transformative and, yes, sometimes funny journey to health - drawing its emotional core from Will Reiser's own experience with cancer and reminding us that friendship and love, no matter what bizarre turns they take, are the greatest healers.

American Teacher

Release Date: September 30, 2011 (limited)
Studio: First Run Features
Director: Vanessa Roth, Brian McGinn
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: As the debate over the state of America's public school system rages on, one thing everyone agrees on is the need for great teachers. Yet, while research proves that teachers are the most important school factor in a child's future success, America's teachers are so woefully underpaid that almost a third must divide their time between a second job in order to make a living. Chronicling the stories of four teachers in different areas of the country, American Teacher reveals the frustrating realities of today's educators, the difficulty of attracting talented new teachers, and why so many of our best teachers feel forced to leave the profession altogether. But this wake-up call to our system's failings also looks at possibilities for reform. Can we re-value teaching in the United States and turn it into a prestigious, financially attractive and competitive profession? With almost half of American teachers leaving the field in the next five years, now is the time to find out.

Bunraku

Release Date: September 30, 2011 (limited)
Studio: ARC Entertainment
Director: Guy Moshe
Screenwriter: Guy Moshe
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Ron Perlman, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Kevin McKidd, Jordi Mollà, Gackt Camui, Shun Sugata
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: A mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett) and an ardent young Japanese warrior Yoshi (Gackt) both arrive in a town that has been terrorized by outrageous and virulent criminals. Each is obsessed with his separate mission, and guided by the wisdom of The Bartender (Woody Harrelson) at the Horseless Horseman Saloon, the two eventually join forces to bring down the corrupt and contemptuous reign of Nicola (Ron Perlman), the awesomely evil "woodcutter" and his lady Alexandra (Demi Moore), a femme fatale with a secret past. This classic tale is re-vitalized and re-imagined in an entirely fresh visual context, set in a unique world that mixes skewed reality with shadow-play fantasy, a place where even the landscape can betray you. Heroes triumph here only because the force of their will transforms and transcends both space and time. The world of "Bunraku" is past and present, fantasy and reality, Samurai and Western all combined. Like "Sin City" and "300," it gives classic conflict a whole new graphically supercharged dynamic. Resonating through a wide range of cultures and showcasing a mind-blowing array of martial arts disciplines, "Bunraku" is a fresh arena for breathtaking fight action.

Courageous

Release Date: September 30, 2011 
Studio: TriStar Pictures (Sony) 
Director: Alex Kendrick 
Screenwriter: Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick 
Starring: Alex Kendrick, Kevin Downes, Ben Davies, Matt Hardwick, Ken Bevel 
Genre: Drama 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some violence and drug content) 
Plot Summary: Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, they face danger every day. Yet when tragedy strikes close to home, these fathers are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, and their faith. From this struggle will come a decision that changes all of their lives. With action, drama, and humor, the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures embraces God's promise to "turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers." Souls will be stirred, and hearts will be challenged to be ... courageous!

Dream House

Release Date: September 30, 2011
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Jim Sheridan
Screenwriter: David Loucka
Starring: Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Marton Csokas, Elias Koteas, Jane Alexander
Genre: Suspense Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for violence, terror, some sensuality and brief strong language)
Plot Summary: Some say that all houses have memories. For one man, his home is the place he would kill to forget. Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts star in "Dream House," a suspense thriller about a family that unknowingly moves into a home where several grisly murders were committed...only to find themselves the killer's next target.
Successful publisher Will Atenton (Craig) quit a job in New York City to relocate his wife, Libby (Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children. And the entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived.
When Will investigates the tragedy, his only lead comes from Ann Paterson (Watts), a neighbor who was close to the family that died. As Will and Ann piece together the disturbing puzzle, they discover that the story of the last man to leave Will's dream house will be just as horrifying to the one who came next.

Finding Joe

Release Date: September 30, 2011 (LA)
Studio: Balcony Releasing
Director: Patrick Takaya Solomon
Screenwriter: Patrick Takaya Solomon
Starring: Deepak Chopra, Mick Fleetwood, Tony Hawk, Rashida Jones, Laird Hamilton, Robert Walter, Robin Sharma, Catherine Hardwicke, Sir Ken Robinson, Akiva Goldsman
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Rooted in deeply personal accounts and timeless stories, "Finding Joe" shows how author Joseph Campbell's work is relevant and essential in today's world and how it provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life; or, as Campbell would simply state, how to "follow your bliss".
The film features interviews with visionaries from a variety of fields including Deepak Chopra, Mick Fleetwood, Tony Hawk, Rashida Jones, Laird Hamilton, Robert Walter, Robin Sharma, Catherine Hardwicke, Sir Ken Robinson, Akiva Goldsman and many more.
While studying myths, and writing on the human experience, Joseph Campbell was a professor at Sarah Lawrence College for 38 years. His seminal work, "A Hero with a Thousand Faces" was published in 1949 and greatly influenced generations of artists and writers, including Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Jerry Garcia and others.

Margaret

Release Date: September 30, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Screenwriter: Kenneth Lonergan
Starring: Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, J. Smith-Cameron, Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for strong language, sexuality, some drug use and disturbing images)
Plot Summary: "Margaret" centers on a 17-year-old New York City high-school student who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that has claimed a woman's life. In her attempts to set things right she meets with opposition at every step. Torn apart with frustration, she begins emotionally brutalizing her family, her friends, her teachers, and most of all, herself. She has been confronted quite unexpectedly with a basic truth: that her youthful ideals are on a collision course against the realities and compromises of the adult world.

Munger Road

Release Date: September 30, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Freestyle Releasing
Director: Nicholas Smith
Screenwriter: Nicholas Smith
Starring: Bruce Davison, Randall Batinkoff, Trevor Morgan, Brooke Peoples, Hallock Beals, Lauren Storm
Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some violence and terror, brief language and teen smoking)
Plot Summary: On the eve of the annual Scarecrow Festival, two St. Charles police officers search for a return killer the same night four teenagers go missing on Munger Road.

My Joy

Release Date: September 30, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Kino Lorber Films
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Screenwriter: Sergei Loznitsa
Starring: Viktor Nemets, Vladimir Golovin, Aleksey Vertkov
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: The story about a few days in the life of truck driver Georgi seems to be a never-ending nightmare, a spiral of violence and abuses of power. A man goes to work and on his way he is sucked into the everyday madness of his country, losing his health and memory in the process and ends up as a murderer, who calmly lies down to sleep after committing the crime. A dark parable about the situation in deep Ukraine today. 

Sarah Palin - You Betcha!

Release Date: September 30, 2011 (NY, LA)
Studio: Freestyle Releasing
Director: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Sarah Palin
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Nick Broomfield's quest for the real Sarah Palin.
A journey across the icy snows of Alaska in mid winter, to meet the school friends, family, and Republican colleagues that in previous days gave their heart, and souls to the charismatic, charming, intoxicating ex hockey mum.
But it's not all plain sailing. People are frightened to talk, Wasilla makes Twin Peaks look like a walk in the park. It's a devout evangelical community - 76 churches with a population of only 6 thousand, and the Crystal meth capitol of Alaska.
Who are the flying monkeys, the enemies, the friends, and most importantly - are you with her or against her? Join the quest and for Christ's sake buy some thermals!

Take Shelter

Release Date: September 30, 2011 (NY, LA; wider release: October)
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Jeff Nichols
Screenwriter: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon, Kathy Baker
Genre: Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for some language)
Plot Summary: Curtis LaForche lives in a small town in Ohio with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Hannah, a six-year-old deaf girl. When Curtis begins to have terrifying dreams, he keeps the visions to himself, channeling his anxiety into obsessively building a storm shelter in his backyard. His seemingly inexplicable behavior concerns and confounds those closest to him, but the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within his community can't compare with Curtis's privately held fear of what his dreams may truly signify.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Release Date: September 30, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Magnet Releasing (Magnolia Pictures)
Director: Eli Craig
Screenwriter: Eli Craig, Morgan Jurgenson
Starring: Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, Katrina Bowen
Genre: Comedy, Horror
MPAA Rating: R (for bloody horror violence, language and brief nudity)
Plot Summary: "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil" is a hilariously gory, good-spirited horror comedy, doing for killer rednecks what Shaun of the Dead did for zombies. Tucker and Dale are two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count.

What's Your Number?

Release Date: September 30, 2011
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Mark Mylod
Screenwriter: Gabrielle Allan, Jennifer Crittenden
Starring: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Ari Graynor, Blythe Danner, Joel McHale, Dave Annabelle, Andy Samberg, Zachary Quinto, Tom Lennon, Aziz Ansari, Anthony Mackie, Martin Freeman, Mike Vogel
Genre: Comedy, Romance
MPAA Rating: R (for sexual content and language)
Plot Summary: Ally Darling embarks on a quest to find the best "ex" of her life, by any means necessary, when she reads a magazine article warning that people who have had 20 or more relationships have missed their chance at true love.

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