Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me – It takes balls to call your band “Big Star” and even bigger balls to call your first album “#1 Record” but that was the way of Big Star. Quite possibly the most influential band you’ve never heard of, they released three albums in the 70s, received a lot of acclaim, but disappeared back into the ether. A decade and change later, they were rediscovered when alternative bands credited Big Star as a huge influence on them. If you like the music of The Replacements, R.E.M., and Oasis, then you will probably dig Big Star. Documentary about the band, their career, their legacy and all the ups and downs (including the death of guitarist Chris Bell as the age of 27) is directed by Drew DeNicola and Oliva Mori and out in limited release from Magnolia Pictures.
Despicable Me 2 – Super villain Gru and his beloved minions are back in action, and this time they are trying to save the world, not take it over. With a little help from the Anti-Villian League, Gru now has cool cars, gadgets, and weapons to help him in his battle with Dr. Nefario. Margo, Edith, and Agnes are all along for the ride and a few secret agents join in on the fun. If you missed the first installment in 2010, you missed out on one hell of a fun time. Don’t make that mistake twice. Vocal talents from Steve Carrell, Kristen Wig, Benjamin Bratt, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and Elsie Kate Fisher. Written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul and directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. Out in wide release from Universal Pictures.
A Girl & A Gun – Gun ownership and gun fascination has increased greatly in recent years, and surprisingly, a great deal of it comes from female buyers. Just like male owners, there are those that own guns to provide a sense of protection, there are those that believe they need to have weapons within arm’s length incase evil is a-foot, and there are those that are just plain kooky and like running around and blowing crap up. The gun is primarily a source of masculinity and machismo, but women are turning that notion right on it’s ear. This documentary looks at both the reality of gun ownership, and how it is depicted and portrayed in media. Cathryne Czubek directs and First Run Features gives it a limited release in theaters with a DVD release in October.
The Lone Ranger – Betrayed and left for dead, John Reid (Armie Hammer), was about to be buried by Tonto (Johnny Depp) when his trusty horse, Silver, realized that he wasn’t quite ready to die yet. Now Reid and Tonto must ride together to fight the very corruption that put Reid in the ground in the first place. They do have an advantage, everyone thinks Reid is dead, and they use that to their advantage by putting on the mask and becoming The Long Ranger. Helena Bonham Carter, William Fichtner, and Tom Wilkinson get in on the action and the creative and production team that brought the first Pirates movie try to grab lightning in a bottle once more: Gore Verbinski, Jerry Bruckheimer, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. Out in wide release from Walt Disney Pictures.