Elysium – The year is 2154, and the rift between the haves and the have-nots has gotten a little out of control. The haves live on a space station orbiting Earth, Elysium. No disease, no crime, no poverty, nothing to disturb your pleasant valley Sunday. The rest of us, live/survive on Earth. A desolate and ruined planet that has not yet been cleaned up by Wall-E. Max (Matt Damon) lives on Earth, but needs to get to Elysium, and there are a few people who can help him. Co-starring Jodi Foster, Sharlto Copley, and William Fichtner. From writer/director Neill Blomkamp comes another sci-fi film that speaks volumes about our current social state. Out in wide release from Tri-Star Pictures.
I Give It a Year – From the writer of Borat (Dan Mazer) comes a randy comedy about thirty-something married couples in London. Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) have virtually nothing in common, but there is an undeniable attraction that they surrender to. No one, not their parents, their friends, their minister think they are going to make it, and they might not. It’s almost their first anniversary, as husband and wife, but neither one wants to be the one responsible for throwing in the towel. Supporting performances from Anna Faris, Minnie Driver, and Simon Baker. Directed by Mazer and out in limited release from Magnolia Pictures.
In a World… – Movies about the movie industry, I have a soft spot for them, especially ones that pull back the curtain on the roles and positions that we all take for granted. Carol (Lake Bell) wants to be a female vocal actor, she can do all different sorts of voices and accents, but the problem is that she is a woman, and let’s face it, women still don’t get the jobs they deserve. Especially if they have to compete with a father like Carol has. Sam (Fred Melamed) loves his daughter, but he just doesn’t think the world is ready to take the female voice seriously. Plus, he pretty much has the market cornered on the kinds of jobs Carol wants, and would prefer to not have any competition. Written and directed by Lake Bell and out in limited release from Roadside Attractions.
Kid-Thing – Annie (Sydney Aguirre) is a rambunctious little hellion. Most of us were when we were ten-years-old, but she has a particular taste for destruction. She lives on the outskirts of town with her Father (Nathan Zellner) who works a little and sleeps a lot. This gives Annie not only a lot of free time to fill, but even more leeway to get away with everything. Then one day, Annie comes across a well in the woods that a woman has fallen into. Now, she has to determine a course of action, and Annie is not exactly emotionally equipped for these sorts of situations. Written and directed by David Zellner and out in limited theatrical release, and everywhere via VOD from Factory Twenty Five.
Lovelace – Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried) was just another girl willing to do anything to get some attention and a whole lot of love. She hooked up with Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard) and demonstrated a very special talent. That landed her a role in the movie Deep Throat, the first pornographic film that quickly became the most popular movie in town. Lovelace became a spokeswoman for hedonism and sexual liberation until a few years later, when she hit the town with a whole new message and a story far sinister than anyone could believe. Supporting performances from Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Juno Temple, Chris Noth, James Franco, Hank Azaria along with many, many others. Written by Andy Bellin and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Out in limited release from RADiUS-TWC.
The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear – Filmed in the country of Georgia in 2011, writer/director Tinatin Gurchiani traveled from town to town, putting out a casting call to be in a movie, and interviewing kids (ages 15-23) about their lives. What they wanted, what they hated, what stood in their way. The subjects that showed up were as vastly different as the answers. What does a person want in this life, and what does standing in front of a camera do to bring that desire true? The camera is a magical machine that we cannot fully comprehend. For some, it can make dreams come true and connect long-lost family members. For others, it can be a curse, revealing only what they do not wish to show. It can also depict and educate us about a part of this world not often explored in the cinemas. Out in limited release from Icarus Films.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – The world of Greek, Roman, Norse mythology still exists, but it lies behind the real world, protected and hidden by demigods. Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is one of these demigods, the half-blood son of Poseidon. He has a couple of friends who are also in the same position that he is, Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) and Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), and this time they have one heck of an adventure before them. They will have to travel to the Sea of Monsters—know to us as The Bermuda Triangle-and recover the Golden Fleece. Hermes (Nathan Fillion) will lend a hand, but Percy is going to have to prove himself worthy of his lineage. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski wrote the script, Thor Fruedenthal directed it, and 20th Century Fox releases it into theaters everywhere.
Planes – High above the world of Cars is the airspace of anthropomorphic planes. Dusty is just a lowly crop-duster who dreams of being an air-racer. The only thing standing in his way is his lack of experience, much faster planes, and all the planes that constantly remind him that he’s a lonely crop-duster. Not to worry, Dusty finds a few friendly planes that will help him achieve his dream. It wouldn’t be a Disney movie if they didn’t. Vocal work from Dane Cook, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stacy Keach, and John Cleese. Directed by Klay Hall and out in wide release from Walt Disney Pictures.
Prince Avalanche – It looks like David Gordon Green is returning to his independent roots with a remake of the Icelandic film Either Way. Taking place on a rural mountain highway, Alvin (Paul Rudd) and Lance (Emile Hirsch) are in charge of painting lane lines on the road ruined by wildfires. Alvin is a man of nature who likes to be alone and away from everyone, and Lance needs a few lessons in how to take care of himself away from civilization. The two form a deep bond as they commiserate over life, love, and loneliness. Written and directed by Green and released by Magnolia Pictures, both in limited theaters and everywhere via VOD.
We’re The Millers – Dave (Jason Sudeikis) is a small time drug dealer who gets roped into smuggling a significant amount of marijuana across the border. If he goes alone, he will be stopped for sure, so he hatches a plan to piece together a fake family, drive an RV across the border, and hope that no one thinks twice. His family: the stripper next door (Jennifer Aniston), the dork that lives in his building (Will Poulter) and a street punk (Emma Roberts). Of course, nothing goes right. Written by Steve Faber and Dan Fybel, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and out in wide release from Universal Pictures.