Movie Beat – 05.03.13

05.03.13 - Caroline and JackieCaroline and Jackie – Everybody has problems, but some people have problems. For her birthday celebration, Caroline (Marguerite Moreau) visits her sister, Jackie (Bitsie Tulloch) for a good time. Too bad it doesn’t take long for things to go south. Caroline and Jackie’s friends rally around her and try to support her in her illness, but as the sister’s dark past starts to come to light, it becomes unclear as to who is actual sick, and who might need a little help. Also starring David Giuntoli, Jason Gray-Stanford, Valerie Azlynn, and David Fruit. Written and directed by Adam Christian Clark. Available in limited theaters and everywhere via VOD from Phase 4 Films.

 

05.03.13 - Dead Man's BurdenDead Man’s Burden – Set in the aftermath of the Civil War, Martha (Clare Bowen) and Heck (David Call) are doing their best to establish a homestead in New Mexico. A party becomes interested in the land and makes an offer. Marth and Heck see a way to a better life, but Martha’s brother, Wade (Barlow Jacobs), shows up and throws a kink in everything. With a nation torn apart, people have nowhere left to turn but back to blood. Joseph Lyle Taylor, Jerry Clarke, and Richard Riehle also star. Written and directed by first-timer Jared Moshe and out in limited release from Cinedigm.

 

05.03.13 - Greetings From Tim Buckley

Greetings From Tim Buckley – They were putting together a tribute show for 60s folk singer, Tim Buckley, when his son, Jeff Buckley (Penn Badgley) turned up. Unknown to virtually everyone, Tim included, Jeff quickly wowed everyone with his singing talent. Jeff shacks with Allie (Imogen Poots) and his life begins to mirror the life of his father. The concert was a smashing success, and Jeff Buckley went on to even more fame and recognition than his father saw. Dan Algrant directs a script by Emma Sheanshang, Dan Algrant, and David Brendel and Tribeca is releasing this into limited screens on Friday and as a download or rental online.

 

05.03.13 - The Iceman

The Iceman – We are all good at something, it’s just that some people are good at things that might not be particularly savory. Based on the true story of a ruthless hit man, Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon), and the time he spent as a hit man for the mob. Kuklinski was so good at leading a double life that when he was finally caught, his wife and kids had absolutely no idea of what he was actually doing with his day.  Supporting the excellent Shannon is the ever sleazy Ray Liotta, Chris Evans, Winona Ryder, and James Franco. Ariel Vromen directs and co-wrote the script with Morgan Land. Out in limited release from Millennium Entertainment.

 

05.03.13 - Iron Man 3Iron Man 3 – Third time’s a charm! Or, hopefully it is. The first installment was wonderful, the second, forgettable, maybe the third will bring it all back again. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is doing his best to protect his loved ones and his country, but The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) is hell-bent on making that impossible. Iron Man has some back-up though, and I’m sure it’s gonna be one hell of a digital showdown! Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow reprise their roles and Guy Pearce gets in on the action as well. Shane Black co-wrote the script with Drew Pearce and Black directs. In wide release in both IMAX and 3D from Marvel studios.

 

05.03.13 - Kiss of the Damned

Kiss Of The Damned – Boy meets girl, girl turns out to be a vampire. Girl bites boy, boy is brought into a whole new world, a world that is yearning to break free and tear ours apart. Why don’t the vampires just take over? Maybe the question will be answered, but don’t hold your breath. Leading a cast of impossibly good-looking actors is Milo Ventimiglia, Josephine de la Baume, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, and Riley Keough. Written and directed by Xan Cassavetes, who is the daughter of John and Gena Rowlands. Independent royalty slumming it with CW kids and vampires. In limited release from Magnolia Pictures and via VOD.

 

05.03.13 - Love is all You NeedLove Is All You Need – Philip (Pierce Broson) is a cranky middle-aged father who just had a parking lot accident with Ida (Trine Dyrholm). Ida is a bit of a wreck because she just found out that her husband is leaving her for a younger woman, but she can’t deal with that right now, she has to get to Italy for her daughter’s wedding. Philip has to get to Italy for his son’s wedding… What a coincidence. Naturally, things don’t get any better when everyone shows up in Italy they just get crazier. Script by Anders Thomas Jensen and Susanne Bier with Bier directing. Out in limited release from Sony Pictures Classics.

 

05.03.13 - Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf'sScatter My Ashes at Bergdorf – Bergdorf Goodmans is located on 5th Avenue in New York City and that should tell you enough. The retail store to end all retail stores, and it is the dream of any designer to have their clothing line featured in such a place. Writer/director Matthew Miele explores the history and fascination of Bergdorf Goodman, a place that might serve as a window into the desire of the American dream. 500,000 eyes walk past Bergdorf Goodmans everyday and gaze into those surreal and hypnotizing windows, what do they think when they peer inside? What does the sales staff think when they look out those doors and watch people march by? In limited release Eone Films.

 

05.03.13 - Something in the AirSomething In The Air – The year is 1971 and Gilles (Clement Metayer) wants to join the student revolution. At first, he is a willing participant, but he has another passion, he wants to be a painter. To be a revolutionary, he must be with the people, out there constantly fighting for the masses. To be a painter, he must lock himself away and pain, paint, paint!. No one can serve two masters and Gilles must choose. Writer/director Olivier Assayas’s draws on his personal life and co-starring Lola Creton, Dolores Chaplin, Victoria Ley, and India Menuez. Out in limited release from IFC Films.

 

05.03.13 - What Maisie KnewWhat Maisie Knew – Based on the novel by Henry James, and tackling the issue of divorce, love, possession, and identity. Maisie (Onata Aprile) is six-years-old and her parents (Steve Coogan and Julianne Moore) are in the middle of a messy divorce. What that must be like for a child… Relationships are further complicated when the father takes a new flame (Joanna Vanderham) to help out and take on the role of the mother. The same happens on the other side when a stepfather (Alexander Skarsgård) steps into the picture and tries to give Maisie the attention she requires. All of this from the point-of-view of the most vulnerable, the child. How will these parents reflect on their lives? Written by Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne and directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel. Out in limited release from Millennium Entertainment.

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