The Best Offer – It takes more than the ability to hold a brush to be an artist, it takes a mystery inside. Virgil (Geoffrey Rush) is a man searching for a mystery in his own life. He is a well-mannered, cultured, and fastidious man, an art lover, and on his sixty-third birthday he receives a phone call from a mysterious woman needing his assistance. He takes the job, but curiosity gets the best of the cat, and Virgil is in over his head. Sylvia Hoeks plays the mysterious woman, Jim Sturgess plays Virgil’s best friend, and Donald Sutherland is the wise old man. Written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and in limited release from IFC Films.
Beyond Outrage – When it comes to violent Yakuza movies, few can do it as well as Takeshi Kitano. He’s back with a sequel to Outrage and his character of Otomo is back kicking ass and taking names. Otomo is still presumed dead, giving the Hanabishi an edge against Sanno, but plot and characters aren’t the reasons to see Beyond Outrage. Kitano and his inventive approach to violence is the reason to see Beyond Outrage. Co-starring Ryo Kase, Toshiyuki Nishida, Shun Sugata, Machiko Ono, and Ken Mitsuishi. It’s been On Demand since November, but Magnet Releasing is giving this a limited theatrical run starting Friday.
Interior. Leather Bar. – Cruising, directed by William Friedkin in 1980, reportedly had 40 minutes of footage discarded and destroyed. The footage featured gay sex, and this decision was made by the studio to get the movie down to an ‘R’ rating. Now James Franco and Travis Mathews look to recreate the lost footage with Val Lauren as the star. Two movies having a conversation across as span of twenty-four years. Seems apropos considering that Scorsese had to excises fourteen minutes of current release, The Wolf of Wall Street, for similar reasons. Written by Mathews, directed by Mathews and Franco, and in limited release from Strand Releasing.
Open Grave – Sharlto Copley wakes up in a mass grave without memory or identity, but with a gun in his hands. He climbs out of the pit and finds a house with several others who all survived the grave. However, no one knows how he or she got there, why they are together, or what is going on. Of course, they are all connected in some weird way, and I have a feeling that it is a really weird way. Co-starring Josie Ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Joseph Morgan, Erin Richards, and Max Wrottesley. Written by Chris Borey and Eddie Borey, directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego and in limited release from Tribeca Films.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones – I am actually surprised that this Paranormal Activity installment isn’t called Santeria. You know the score, the devil haunts some hapless saps that may or may not deserve it based on past transgressions. Spirits make everyday life spooky. No one can hold a camera steady. And on and on. They keep making ‘em, because we keep going. Starring Andrew Jacobs, Richard Cabral, Eddie J. Fernandez, Carlos Pratts, Kimberly Ables Jindra, and Jorge Diaz. Directed by Christopher Landon and out in wide release from Paramount Pictures.