Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Movie Releases This Week

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Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

Release Date: September 14, 2011 (NY)
Studio: International Film Circuit
Director: Pamela Yates
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Pamela Yates, Rigoberta Menchü, Fredy Peccerelli, Alejandra Garcia, Kate Doyle, Antonio Caba Caba, Almudena Bernabeu, Gustavo Meoño, Naomi Roht-Arriaza
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Sometimes a film makes history; it doesn't just document it. So it is with "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator," the astonishing new film by Pamela Yates. Part political thriller, part memoir, Yates transports us back in time through a riveting, haunting tale of genocide and returns to the present with a cast of characters joined by destiny and the quest to bring a malevolent dictator to justice.As if a watchful Maya god were weaving back together threads of a story unraveled by the passage of time, forgotten by most, our characters become integral to the overarching narrative of wrongs done and justice sought that they have pieced together, each adding their granito, their tiny grain of sand, to the epic tale.

The Mill & the Cross

Release Date: September 14, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Kino Lorber
Director: Lech Majewski
Screenwriter: Lech Majewski, Michael Francis Gibson
Starring: Ruger Hauer, Charlotte Rampling, Michael York
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: What would it be like to step inside a great work of art, have it come alive around you, and even observe the artist as he sketches the very reality you are experiencing? From Lech Majewski, one of Poland's most acclaimed filmmakers, "The Mill & the Cross" is a cinematic re-staging of Pieter Bruegel's masterpiece "Way to Calvary," presented alongside the story of its creation -- with Rutger Hauer as Bruegel, Michael York as his patron, and Charlotte Rampling as the inspiration for his Virgin Mary.

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Release Date: September 16, 2011 (NY, LA)
Studio: Strand Releasing
Director: Tom Tykwer
Screenwriter: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Sophie Rois, Sebastian Schipper, Devid Striesow
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: From the director of "Run, Lola, Run" and "The International" comes a sexy romantic drama with a nod to classic Hollywood's screwball comedies. Hanna and Simon, a couple in their early forties, live together in Berlin. With their 20th anniversary looming, they both become restless despite being truly and deeply in love. Unbeknownst to one another, they become acquainted with Adam, a younger man, and fall in love with him.

Drive

Release Date: September 16, 2011
Studio: FilmDistrict
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Screenwriter: Hossein Amini, Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks
Genre: Action, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for strong brutal bloody violence, language and some nudity)
Plot Summary: "Drive" is the story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day (Ryan Gosling), a loner by nature, who moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA's most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbor, Irene (Carey Mulligan). When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best—Drive!

Happy, Happy

Release Date: September 16, 2011 (NY, LA)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Anne Sewitsky
Screenwriter: Ragnhild Tronvoll
Starring: Agnes Kittelsen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Joachim Rafaelsen, Maibritt Saerens, Oskar Hernæs Brandsø, Ram Shihab Ebedy, Heine Totland
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: "Happy, Happy" is the feature directorial debut from award-winning Norwegian filmmaker Anne Sewitsky (whose subsequent film "Totally True Love" premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival 2011). Winner of the World Cinema Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and an official selection at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films, "Happy, Happy" is a warm yet thought-provoking comedy that establishes Sewitsky as a director to watch. "Happy, Happy" will open September 16 in New York and Los Angeles.
Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living with a man who would rather go hunting with the boys and isn't interested in having sex with her anymore because she "isn't particularly attractive." Whatever. That's life.
But when "the perfect couple" moves in next door, Kaja struggles to keep her emotions in check. Not only do these successful, beautiful, exciting people sing in a choir, they have also adopted a child – from Ethiopia! These new neighbors open a whole new world to Kaja, with consequences for everyone involved. And when Christmas comes around, it becomes evident that nothing will ever be like before – even if Kaja tries her very best.

I Don't Know How She Does It

Release Date: September 16, 2011
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: Douglas McGrath
Screenwriter: Aline Brosh McKenna
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn, Seth Meyers, Kelsey Grammer, Christina Hendricks, Jane Curtin
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Kate Reddy (Parker) devotes her days to her job with a Boston-based financial management firm. At night she goes home to her adoring, recently-downsized architect husband Richard (Kinnear) and their two young children. It's a non-stop balancing act, the same one that Kate's acerbic best friend and fellow working mother Allison (Christina Hendricks) performs on a daily basis, and that Kate's super-brainy, child-phobic young junior associate Momo (Olivia Munn) fully intends to avoid. When Kate gets handed a major new account that will require frequent trips to New York, Richard also wins the new job he's been hoping for—and both will be spreading themselves even thinner. Complicating matters is Kate's charming new business associate Jack Abelhammer (Brosnan), who begins to prove an unexpected source of temptation. Based on the critically acclaimed bestseller by Allison Pearson.

Jane's Journey

Release Date: September 16, 2011 (limited)
Studio: First Run Features
Director: Lorenz Knauer
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Jane Goodall, Mary Lewis, Angelina Jolie, Pierce Brosnan
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: It would be hard to name anyone who has had more of an impact in the realm of animal research and wildlife conservation than Jane Goodall, whose 45 year study of wild chimpanzees in Africa is legendary. In "Jane's Journey," we travel with her across several continents, from her childhood home in England, to the Gombe National Park in Tanzania where she began her groundbreaking research and where she still returns every year to enjoy the company of the chimpanzees that made her famous. Featuring a wide range of interviews and spectacular footage from her own private collection (including her years in Gombe), "Jane's Journey" is an inspiring portrait of the private person behind the world-famous icon.

The Lion King 3D

Release Date: September 16, 2011
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Screenwriter: Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Niketa Calame, Jim Cummings, James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jeremy Irons, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Moira Kelly, Whoopi Goldberg, Zoe Leader, Cheech Marin, Madge Sinclair, Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
MPAA Rating: G
Plot Summary: Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa are back and better than ever this fall when Disney's "The Lion King" roars into theaters and homes in breathtaking 3D. A special two-week theatrical extravaganza kicks off Sept. 16, 2011, showcasing the Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winning film on the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™ for the first time ever, and its highly anticipated home entertainment debut kicks off October 4, celebrating the Diamond Edition release of the epic movie "The Lion King" in high-definition Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D™.

My Afternoons with Margueritte

Release Date: September 16, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Cohen Media Group, LLC
Director: Jean Becker
Screenwriter: Jean Becker, Jean-Loup Dabadie
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Gisèle Casadesus, Maurane, Patrick Bouchitey, Jean-François Stévenin, François-Xavier Demaison, Claire Maurier, Sophie Guillemin, Mélanie Bernier, Matthieu Dahan, Jérôme Deschamps, Gilles Détroit Gilles Détroit, Régis Laspalès, Anne Le Guernec, Jean-Luc Porraz
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: "My Afternoons with Margueritte" is the story of life's random encounters. In a small French town, Germain, a nearly illiterate man in his 50's and considered to be the village idiot by his friends at the local bistro, takes a walk to the park one day and happens to sit beside Margueritte, a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. She's articulate, highly intelligent and frail. Between Germain and Margueritte, there are 40 years and 200 pounds difference. Germain is lured by Margueritte's passion for life and the magic of literature from which he has always felt excluded. As Margueritte broadens his mind via reading excerpts from her novel, Germain realizes that he is more of an intellectual than he has ever allowed himself to be. Afternoons spent reading aloud on their favorite bench transform their lives and start them both on a new journey – to literacy and respect for Germain, and to the deepest friendship for Margueritte.

Prince of Swine

Release Date: September 16, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Not Available
Director: Mark Toma
Screenwriter: Mark Toma
Starring: Nell Ruttledge, Mark Toma, John Klemantaski, Angel Marin, Julian Starks
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: A sexy farce that reignites the battle of the sexes. When jiggle king Jerry Farber gropes a dimwitted B-movie starlet then fires her from his latest T&A extravaganza, an idealistic young attorney vows to bring him down and make him pay for the cruelty of swine everywhere. To do so she must make a deal with the devil and get in bed with her new boss, another prince of swine who detests everything she stands for.

Restless

Release Date: September 16, 2011 (NY, LA)
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Gus Van Sant
Screenwriter: Jason Lew
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Ryo Kase, Schuyler Fisk, Jane Adams
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements and brief sensuality)
Plot Summary: The screenplay was based upon Jason Lew's original stage play "Of Winter and Water Birds." In the film, two outsiders, both shaped by the circumstances that have brought them together, forge a deep and lasting love. Van Sant will present a take on friendship and young love as engaging and true as it is provocative and stirring.

Silent Souls

Release Date: September 16, 2011 (NY; LA, Sept. 30)
Studio: Shadow Distribution
Director: Aleksei Fedorchenko
Screenwriter: Denis Osokin
Starring: Yuliya Aug, Larisa Damaskina, Olga Dobrina
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: When Miron's beloved wife Tanya passes away, he asks his best friend Aist to help him say goodbye to her according to the rituals of the Merja culture, an ancient Finno-Ugric tribe from Lake Nero, a picturesque region in West-Central Russia. Although the Merja people assimilated into Russians in the 17th century, their myths and traditions live on in their descendants' modern life.
The two men set out on a road trip thousands of miles across the boundless land, with them, two small birds in a cage. Along the way, as is custom for the Merjans, Miron shares intimate memories of his conjugal life. But as they reach the banks of the sacred lake where they will forever part with the body, he realizes he wasn't the only one in love with Tanya...

Stay Cool

Release Date: September 16, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Initiate Productions
Director: Ted Smith
Screenwriter: Michael Polish, Mark Polish
Starring: Mark Polish, Winona Ryder, Sean Astin, Hilary Duff, Josh Holloway, Jon Cryer, Chevy Chase
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, language including some drug references, and for some underage drinking)
Plot Summary: "Stay Cool" is a raucous and romantic comedy about one man's return home for the commencement speech of a lifetime.
Henry McCarthy (Mark Polish), the 30-something author of the popular 80s-themed novel "How Lionel Got Me Laid," returns to his suburban hometown of Sacramento to deliver the commencement speech at his former high school. Despite his success as an author, Henry's return home has sparked all of the youthful dreams, desires and particularly disappointments he's never quite gotten over, specifically his unrequited affection for the girl who is now the local pharmacist: the elusive Scarlet Smith (Winona Ryder).
Between run-ins with the outcast friends he left behind Big Girl (Sean Astin) and Wino (Josh Holloway), the school principal (Chevy Chase) and a seductive senior, Shasta O'Neil (Hilary Duff) who clearly has the hots for him, Henry is sent spinning through a time warp that incites all the old emotions and challenges of the world he grew up in. Teetering between unsettling memories of his teenage past and his all too uncertain adult future, Henry can only hope to "Stay Cool" and make it, once again, to graduation day.

Straw Dogs

Release Date: September 16, 2011
Studio: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Rod Lurie
Screenwriter: Rod Lurie
Starring: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard, Dominic Purcell, Laz Alonso, Willa Holland, James Woods
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for strong brutal violence including a sexual attack, menace, some sexual content, and pervasive language)
Plot Summary: David and Amy Sumner (James Marsden and Kate Bosworth), a Hollywood screenwriter and his actress wife, return to her small hometown in the deep South to prepare the family home for sale after her father's death. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, including Amy's ex-boyfriend Charlie (Alexander Skarsgård), leading to a violent confrontation.

The Weird World of Blowfly

Release Date: September 16, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Variance Films
Director: Jonathan Furmanski
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Clarence Reid, Greg Bell, Jello Biafra, Chuck D, Ice-T
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Acclaimed Miami musician Clarence Reid could easily be your cranky grandfather... until he puts on the gold-spangled superhero costume of his alter ego, Blowfly, and starts singing some of the filthiest songs you've ever heard in your life. A major force in the Miami soul scene of the 60s and 70s, Reid wrote Top-10 songs for some of the greatest R&B acts of the era, while at the same time, his X-rated recordings and stage antics as Blowfly made him a star of the "party record" scene. Having changed the game in 1965 with what might be the world's first rap song, Blowfly has shocked and grooved audiences for over forty years since. Today, he is still on tour, struggling for success and recognition after 50 years of making music. An intimate and revealing portrait, "The Weird World of Blowfly" celebrates Reid's musical and cultural significance, and paints a picture of an unheralded, hilarious, and stunningly profane man that is as touching as it is obscene.

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