Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Movie Releases This Week

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Pearl Jam Twenty

Release Date: September 20, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Vinyl Films / Monkeywrench Inc.
Director: Cameron Crowe
Screenwriter: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Eddie Vedder
Genre: Documentary, Musical
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: "Pearl Jam Twenty" chronicles the years leading up to the band's formation, the chaos that ensued soon-after their rise to megastardom, their step back from center stage, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them-giving way to a work culture that would sustain them. Told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound, the film is carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely-seen and never-before seen footage spanning the band's career. "Pearl Jam Twenty" is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam: part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists.

A Bird of the Air

Release Date: September 23, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Paladin
Director: Margaret Whitton
Screenwriter: Roger Towne
Starring: Rachel Nichols, Jackson Hurst, Linda Emond, Buck Henry, Judith Ivey, Erik Jensen, Matte Osian, Rocco Sisto, Phyllis Somerville, Louis Zorich
Genre: Drama, Romance
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: A sassy parrot and a free-spirited librarian upend the well-ordered life of a solitary man.
Lyman (Jackson Hurst) is a loner, working the graveyard shift for the Courtesy Patrol. When a green parrot flies in to his trailer he becomes obsessed with finding its owner, which leads him to Fiona (Rachel Nichols). She has been eyeing Lyman from a distance and decides to help with his parrot search, whether he wants her to or not. Along with her basset hound, they set out on a quest to find the bird’s previous owners and Fiona begins to unravel the mysteries of Lyman's past. But when Fiona joins Lyman on his nightly rounds, she witnesses a reality more intense than the romantic version she had envisioned.

Abduction

Release Date: September 23, 2011
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: John Singleton
Screenwriter: Shawn Christensen, Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Starring: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello, Denzel Whitaker, Michael Nyqvist, Sigourney Weaver
Genre: Action, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense violence and action, brief language, some sexual content and teen partying)
Plot Summary: Taylor Lautner stars as a young man unwittingly thrust into a deadly world of covert espionage in Lionsgate's action-thriller, "Abduction," directed by John Singleton.
For as long as he can remember, Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) has had the uneasy feeling that he's living someone else's life. When he stumbles upon an image of himself as a little boy on a missing persons website, all of Nathan's darkest fears come true: he realizes his parents are not his own and his life is a lie, carefully fabricated to hide something more mysterious and dangerous than he could have ever imagined.
Just as he begins to piece together his true identity, Nathan is targeted by a team of trained killers, forcing him on the run with the only person he can trust, his neighbor, Karen (Lily Collins). Every second counts as Nathan and Karen race to evade an army of assassins and federal operatives. But as his opponents close in, Nathan realizes that the only way he'll survive – and solve the mystery of his elusive biological father – is to stop running and take matters into his own hands.

Dolphin Tale 3D

Release Date: September 23, 2011 (3D/2D theaters)
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Screenwriter: Karen Janszen, Noam Dromi
Starring: Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell, Morgan Freeman
Genre: Adventure, Family
MPAA Rating: PG (for some mild thematic elements)
Plot Summary: "Dolphin Tale" is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Without a tail, Winter's prognosis is dire. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle—a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help scores of people around the world. The real Winter, who plays herself in "Dolphin Tale," today serves as a symbol of courage, perseverance and hope to millions of people—both able and disabled—who have been touched by her remarkable story of recovery and rehabilitation.

Killer Elite

Release Date: September 23, 2011
Studio: Open Road Films
Director: Gary McKendry
Screenwriter: Gary McKendry, Matt Sherring
Starring: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Yvonne Strahovski, Dominic Purcell, Aden Young, Ben Mendelsohn, Lachy Hulme, Firass Dirani, Grant Bowler, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Genre: Action, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity)
Plot Summary: Based on a true story, "Killer Elite" races across the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East in the action-packed account of an ex-special ops agent (Jason Statham) who is lured out of retirement to rescue his mentor (Robert De Niro). To make the rescue, he must complete a near-impossible mission of killing three tough-as-nails assassins with a cunning leader (Clive Owen).

Limelight

Release Date: September 23, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Billy Corben
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: As the owner of legendary hotspots like Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium, and Club USA, Peter Gatien was the undisputed king of the 1980s New York City club scene. The eye-patch-sporting Ontario native built and oversaw a Manhattan empire that counted tens of thousands of patrons per night in its peak years, acting as a conduit for a culture that, for many, defined the image of an era in New York. Then years of legal battles and police pressure spearheaded by Mayor Giuliani's determined crackdown on nightlife in the mid-'90s led to Gatien's eventual deportation to Canada, and the shuttering of his glitzy kingdom.
Featuring insider interviews with famous players in the club scene as well as key informants in Gatien's high-profile trial, Billy Corben's (Cocaine Cowboys) exuberant documentary aims to set the record straight about Gatien's life as it charts his rise and fall against the transformation of New York, offering a wild ride through a now-closed chapter in the history of the city's nightlife.

Machine Gun Preacher

Release Date: September 23, 2011 (NY, LA)
Studio: Relativity Media
Director: Marc Forster
Screenwriter: Jason Keller
Starring: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker, Madeline Carroll, Michael Shannon, Souleymane Sy Savane
Genre: Action, Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: "Machine Gun Preacher" is the inspirational true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children. Gerard Butler ("300") delivers a searing performance as Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization in Golden Globe-nominated director Marc Forster's ("Monster's Ball," "Finding Neverland") moving story of violence and redemption.
When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region's vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it's most needed—in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens.
But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA's intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives—and eventually his own. The explosive, real-life tale of a man who has rescued over a thousand orphans from starvation, disease and enslavement, "Machine Gun Preacher" also stars Michelle Monaghan ("Due Date"), Kathy Baker ("Cold Mountain"), Madeline Carroll ("Mr. Popper's Penguins"), Academy Award® nominated Michael Shannon ("Revolutionary Road") and Souleymane Sy Savane ("Damages").

The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby

Release Date: September 23, 2011 (limited)
Studio: First Run Features
Director: Carl Colby
Screenwriter: Carl Colby
Starring: Brent Scowcroft, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Donald Rumsfeld, James Schlesinger, Bob Woodward, Seymour Hersh, Tim Weiner
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: NR
Plot Summary: A son's riveting look at a father whose life seemed straight out of a spy thriller, "The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby" uncovers the secret world of a legendary CIA spymaster. Told by William Colby's son Carl, the story is at once a probing history of the CIA, a personal memoir of a family living in clandestine shadows, and an inquiry into the hard costs of a nation's most cloaked actions. From the beginning of his career as an OSS officer parachuting into Nazi-occupied Europe, William Colby rose through the ranks of "The Company," and soon was involved in covert operations in hot spots around the globe. He swayed elections against the Communists in Italy, oversaw the coup against President Diem in Saigon, and ran the controversial Phoenix Program in Vietnam, which sparked today's legacy of counter-insurgency. But after decades of obediently taking on the White House's toughest and dirtiest assignments, and rising to become Director of CIA, Colby defied the President. Braving intense controversy, he opened up to Congress some of the agency's darkest, most tightly held secrets and extra-legal operations. Now, his son asks a series of powerful and relevant questions about the father who was a ghost-like presence in the family home - and the intelligence officer who became a major force in American history, paving the way for today's provocative questions about security and secrecy vs. liberty and morality. The film forges a fascinating mix of rare archival footage, never-before-seen photos, and interviews with the "who's who" of American intelligence, including former National Security Advisers Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense and Director of CIA James Schlesinger, as well Pulitzer Prize journalists Bob Woodward, Seymour Hersh and Tim Weiner. Through it all, Carl Colby searches for an authentic portrait of the man who remained masked even to those who loved him most.

Mardi Gras: Spring Break

Release Date: September 23, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Director: Phil Dornfeld
Screenwriter: Josh Heald
Starring: Carmen Electra, Nicholas D'Agosto, Josh Gad, Bret Harrison, Arielle Kebbel, Daneel Harris, Regina Hall
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: R (for crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, and language throughout)
Plot Summary: For three college guys, it's senior year and the co-ed experience has left them high and dry. Their solution: A road trip to Mardi Gras, where beautiful babes are happy to lift their shirts and open containers are always welcome. But after dressing in drag, breaking into Carmen Electra's hotel room, starring in a scandalous sex show and accidentally exploding a feces bomb in a swank hotel lobby, will the Mardi Gras magic kick in and their wildest fantasies come true?

Moneyball

Release Date: September 23, 2011
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Bennett Miller
Screenwriter: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Stephen Bishop, Kathyrn Morris, Chris Pratt
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some strong language)
Plot Summary: Based on a true story, "Moneyball" is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball's conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games. It's more than baseball, it's a revolution – one that challenges old school traditions and puts Beane in the crosshairs of those who say he's tearing out the heart and soul of the game.

Puncture

Release Date: September 23, 2011 (NY, LA, Houston)
Studio: Millennium Entertainment
Director: Adam Kassen, Mark Kassen
Screenwriter: Chris Lopata
Starring: Chris Evans, Mark Kassen, Brett Cullen, Marshall Bell, Michael Biehn, Jesse L. Martin, Roxanna Hope, Tess Parker, Kate Burton, Vinessa Shaw
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for drug use, language, some nudity and a sexual reference)
Plot Summary: Mike Weiss (Chris Evans) is a talented young Houston lawyer and a functioning drug addict. Paul Danziger (co-director Mark Kassen), his longtime friend and partner, is the straight-laced and responsible yin to Mike's yang. Their mom-and-pop personal injury law firm is getting by, but things really get interesting when they decide to take on a case involving Vicky (Vinessa Shaw), a local ER nurse, who is pricked by a contaminated needle on the job. As Weiss and Danziger dig deeper into the case, a health care and pharmaceutical conspiracy teeters on exposure and heavyweight attorneys move in on the defense. Out of their league but invested in their own principles, the mounting pressure of the case pushes the two underdog lawyers and their business to the breaking point.

Red State

Release Date: September 23, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Smodcast Pictures
Director: Kevin Smith
Screenwriter: Kevin Smith
Starring: Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner, Stephen Root, Melissa Leo, Michael Parks, John Goodman, Ralph Garman, Nicholas Braun
Genre: Action, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for strong violence/disturbing content, some sexual content including brief nudity, and pervasive language)
Plot Summary: Three teenage boys are lured to the town of Cooper's Dell with the promise of a party. But instead of enjoying the night of their dreams, the teens are plunged into the nightmarish world of Pastor Abin Cooper and the Five Points Trinity, a fundamentalist group with a stockpile of weaponry and a deadly moral agenda. When word of the teens' disappearance reaches the authorities, a military task force is mobilized. With Cooper's Dell teetering between salvation and damnation, the ATF braces for furious gun battle with Cooper and his heavily armed followers in this fever-pitched action thriller from writer-director Kevin Smith.

Thunder Soul

Release Date: September 23, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Director: Mark Landsman
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Presented by Jamie Foxx, "Thunder Soul" follows the extraordinary alumni from Houston's storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old "Prof," their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school's struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s.

Toast

Release Date: September 23, 2011 (NY; LA release: Oct. 7)
Studio: W2 Media
Director: S.J. Clarkson
Screenwriter: Lee Hall
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Ken Stott, Victoria Hamilton, Freddie Highmore
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Based on the bittersweet story of food writer Nigel Slater's childhood, and set to the songs of Dusty Springfield, "Toast" is a delicious love letter to the tastes and smells that a young boy associates with his journey into adulthood.
Nigel's Mother was always a poor cook, and her addiction to all things canned isn't helping. Nigel, on the other hand, laps up cookbooks as if they were porn, and spends all his free time gazing longingly at the delights offered at Percy Salt's grocery shop. Nigel's Dad worries there is something "wrong" with his son and the two find it difficult to connect, so Nigel finds friendship and a father figure in Josh, the gardener. As his mother's illness worsens, so do Nigel's relations with his father --- the Bolognese he cooks is far too exotic, the uncooked Fray Bentos pie MUST be finished, and his father's rage as Nigel insists on picking every last bit of jelly off the canned ham at the annual picnic hits an all time high. Dad then fires Josh for reasons unknown to Nigel.
Just before Christmas Nigel's mother dies, leaving Nigel and his father heartbroken. Their touching efforts to look after each other, often through gestures with food, sadly seem to miss the target. His father begins to spend his evenings at the Masonic lodge until a new cleaner, Mrs Potter, arrives on the scene.
Mrs Potter's curves, charms and lemon meringue pies quickly bewitch Nigel's father and much to Nigel's horror, the three soon embark on a move to the country. The one silver lining in the cloud of a new school is Domestic Science class, where Nigel can finally shine. Cooking soon becomes the key weapon in the battle for Dad's affections. Ironically, the main casualty of these culinary skirmishes between Nigel and Mrs. Potter is Nigel's father, as his waistline grows and grows. Hoping to escape the madness, Nigel lands a job in the kitchen of his local pub. It is here that Nigel's eyes are opened to a world of culinary opportunity.
When his father dies, Nigel's mind is set as he escapes the confines of the countryside and packs a bag for London, arriving at the door of The Savoy Hotel.

Weekend

Release Date: September 23, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Sundance Selects
Director: Andrew Haigh
Screenwriter: Andrew Haigh
Starring: Tom Cullen, Chris New
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Plot Summary: Winner of Audience Awards at both SXSW and Outfest 2011 and the opening night selection of Brooklyn's acclaimed BAMcinemafest, "Weekend" is a startlingly authentic love story, featuring the talents of two incredible new actors and the unique work of a fresh new voice in filmmaking, Andrew Haigh.
After meeting one lonely Friday night at a bar, Russell (Tom Cullen) and Glen (Chris New) find themselves caught up in an lost weekend full of sex, drugs, and intimate conversation. Although they have conflicting ideas of what it is they want from life and certainly how to get it, they form a startling emotional connection that will resonate throughout their lives.

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