Blood Brother – Documentary about Rocky Braat, a young and successful American searching for meaning and purpose in his life. He finds it in India, with a bunch of HIV infected kids who are doing their best not just to survive, but to enjoy life on the way out. Braat comes face to face with the beauty and horror that exists simultaneously, and tells his story, hoping to inspire others. Directed by Steve Hoover and out in very limited release. Check here for when it will be playing in a theater near you.
Blue Is The Warmest Color – The winner of this year’s Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival is adapted from the French Graphic Novel from Julie Maroh. Adele (Adèle Exarchopoulos) is looking for love in all the wrong places when she accepts the invitation of the hunky classmate. What she really desires is the older and wiser tantalizing, Emma (Léa Seydoux), who she fantasizes about. It’s French, it’s over three hours, it contains graphic lesbian sex, the actresses hated it, and the director doesn’t want you to see it. What doesn’t this movie have going for it! Co-starring Salim Kechiouche, Mona Walravens, Jeremie Laheurte, and Alma Jodorowsky. Adapted and directed by Abdel Kechiche and out in limited release from IFC Films.
Capital – Money is not a tool, it is not a means to an end, it is not a reward. Money is the master. Almost sounds as good as, “Greed, for the lack of a better word, is good.” Marc (Gad Elmaleh) is a French banker, who holds more in common with Machiavelli than he does your suit and tie loan guy. Marc gets in bed with some sketchy individuals (surprise, surprise) and has the tables turned on him. Now he has to turn the tables on them, and hope that he can get out with his skin. Co-starring Gabriel Byrne, Liya Kebede, Celine Sallette, and Jordana DePaula. Written by Stéphane Osmont, Costa-Gavras, Jean-Claude Grumberg, Karim Boukercha and directed by the legendary Costa-Gavras. Out in limited release from Cohen Media Group.
The Counselor – A lawyer (Michael Fassbender) is a pretty decent guy, except this one time where he did something shady with some shady people, and well, here we are. Esteemed writer Cormac McCarthy takes his first job as a screenwriter, and Ridley Scott steps behind the camera to film it. Starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris, and the great Bruno Ganz. Out in wide release from 20th Century Fox.
I Am Divine – Divine (Harris Glenn Milstead) was not the first drag queen, but he was probably the first one most of us heard of. He was rude, crude, notorious, monstrous, and did little to hide the fact that he was a loud, fat guy. He became one of the first midnight movie stars, and enchanted a young John Waters. This documentary looks at the character and legacy of Divine, and the large ripples Milstead casted in the entertainment industry. Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz and out in limited release from Wolfe Releasing.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) was a staple Jackass character. Old and cranky, Irving somehow always finds himself in trouble, especially with young Billy (Jackson Nicoll) in tow. There is the semblance of a plot as Irving and Billy crisscross their way across America, but it really is just one sketch set up after the other. Looking to have a little fun with a bunch of unsuspecting people, Bad Grandpa takes the Jackass gang and reduces it to two and hopes that the charm carries over. Written by Preston Lacy and Jeff Tremaine with Tremaine once again helming the Jackass directorial chair. Out in wide release from Paramount Pictures.
Losers Take All – What teenager doesn’t want to start a band? Especially if that teenager was a punk rocker in 1987, when the world was populated with synth rock, pop hits, and mall tours. The name of the band is The Fingers and they have a couple of moderately good songs, which might blossom into something decent if only they had the correct representation and guidance. Too bad that neither of those needs are anywhere near their circle of friends. The band bounces back and forth between odd gigs, odd girls, and odder promises. You’ve seen this story before, but maybe not with such a low-budget. Starring Kyle Gallner, Peter Brensinger, Aaron Himelstein, Billy Kay, Adam Herschman, and Tania Raymonde. Directed by Alex Steyermark and Phase 4 Films gives this one a limited release.
Spinning Plates – Food, it’s not just a prop for your Instagram pictures, it’s something that gives life, gives pleasure, brings people together, entertains, and provides. This documentary looks at three completely different restaurants, with three different menus, run by three different types of people, with three different purposes to find the commonalities that connect them: Alinea in Chicago, Breitbach’s in Balltown, Iowa and La Cocina de Gabby in Tucson. Make sure that you eat before the movie. Directed by Joseph Levy and out in limited release from the Film Arcade.
The Square – In 2011, the Western World watched the news and read in the papers of the Egyptian Youth rising up, connecting with Facebook and Twitter to organize and overthrow an oppressive regime. Good for them, they thought, now back to business. Two and a half years have transpired, two presidents, and not much has changed or resolved. Is it a revolution or a war? Director Jehane Noujaim takes his camera on the ground to capture the true story of the revolution, and it is a far cry from what makes it to the nightly news. Out in limited release from Participant Media.
Toad Road – James (James Davidson) isn’t doing a whole lot with his life, just a lot of drugs, a lot of drinking, a lot of random sex, and a lot of bad ideas. He wants to cut the narcotics, but Sara (Sara Anne Jones) wants to go deeper down the rabbit hole. She doesn’t just want to alter her mind, she wants to go over to Toad Road, a mythical place where the entrance to Hell might be. Never a good idea. Written and directed by Jason Banker and out in limited release from Artsploitation Films.