Movie Beat – 02.07.14

02.07.14 - After the DarkAfter The Dark – Armageddon is here and not everyone can be spared. There are twenty-two people, but only ten spaces in the bunker. Each person has a unique skill, a special trait, but which ones are expendable and which ones are necessary? This is the philosophical quandary that a teacher poses his class. It’s starts civil, but it quickly falls apart as the students are reduced to an animal mentality. James D’Arcy, Daryl Sabara, Rhys Wakefield, Bonnie Wright, Sophie Lowe and Freddie Stroma star in this morality question posed by writer/director John Huddles. In limited release from Phase 4 Films.

 

02.07.14 - A Field in England

A Field in England – 1684, a violent battle rages in England. A couple of deserters duck into a hedge to avoid death, and they emerge as prisoners of an alchemist and his companion. They are looking for a buried treasure, but instead they find a couple of mushrooms that turn the whole world goofy. They came looking for treasure, but they are going to get a whole lot more than they bargained for. Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley, Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando, Ryan Pope and Richard Glover star in a movie written and directed by Ben Wheatley. Out in limited release from Drafthouse Films.

 

02.07.14 - The Last of the Unjust

The Last of the Unjust – In 1985 Claude Lanzmann unleashed Shoah, an eight-hour documentary about the Holocaust recorded by the voices of those that were there and saw Hell first hand. While shooting those interviews, Lanzmann came in contact with a particular Jewish survivor, Benjamin Murmelstein. Murmelstein was working with Eichmann and Hitler in the concentration camp of Theresienstadt, the last stop before Auschwitz. Theresienstadt was a dupe, a model ghetto where Nazi’s gathered some of the best Jewish musicians and thinkers. Many survived, but were they survivors or collaborators? Lanzmann wrote and directed The Last of the Unjust and Cohen Media Group gives it a limited theatrical release.

 

02.07.14 - The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie – Poor Emmet, just another ordinary Yellow Lego Guy living a complacent life within his construct. How he got mistaken for the one who will save the world from Lord Business, we may never know. Emmet might never find out either, but that’s no matter, he doesn’t have any time to sit and think about the particulars anyway. We got Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Abraham Lincoln, Han Solo, Shaq and Shakespeare! In Lego form of course… Vocal talents from Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman and many, many more. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and in wide release from Warner Brothers Pictures.

 

02.07.14 - Love & Air Sex

Love & Air Sex – Stan (Michael Stahl-David) just broke up with his girlfriend and has come up with the brilliant idea of flying to Austin, TX and just “bumping into” her. Who he ends up bumping into are Kara (Sara Paxton) and Jeff (Zach Cregger), and they happen to be going through their own difficult and messy breakup. On top of that, the Air Sex World Championships are in town, and a bunch of horny twenty-somethings are grinding on nothing for a laugh. Ashley Bell, Addison Timlin, Justin Arnold, Marshall Allman and Brian McGuire co-star in this coming of age adventure in Austin. Bryan Poyser directs and Tribeca Films gives it a limited release.

 

02.07.14 - The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men – WWII: men were dying, cities were being destroyed, and Hitler was busy collecting the greatest pieces of European art history. Enter Frank Stokes (George Clooney), a man tasked by FDR to recover the art stolen from Hitler and protect it from being destroyed. What good is winning a war if there is nothing left to win? Enter The Monuments Men: Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Hugh Bonneville. They’ll get a little help from Cate Blanchett along the way in a script written and directed by Clooney. Out in wide release from Sony Pictures.

 

02.07.14 - Nurse 3-D

Nurse 3-D – Abby (Paz de la Huerta) is a nurse who takes her job very seriously. Very seriously. When Danni (Katrina Bowden) graduates nursing school and joins the hospital, Abby takes an immediate liking to her. Too bad Danni doesn’t return the favor and instead suspects that Abby is up to no good. Corbin Bleu, Niecy Nash, Judd Nelson and Boris Kodjoe all co-star in this sexy and seductive take on the nurse fantasy. Written by David Loughery and directed by Doug Aarniokoski. In limited release from Lionsgate.

 

02.07.14 - The Pretty One

The Pretty One – Laurel and Audrey (Zoe Kazan) are identical twin sisters, but they are nothing alike. They decide to go and get a make over to look just like each other again, but tragedy strikes on the way home and Audrey is killed in a car crash. The family thinks Laurel was the one who died in the accident and Laurel decides to go along with it and take the life of Audrey. That includes a handsome and chivalrous neighbor (Jake Johnson) and a vicious ex-boyfriend (Ron Livingston). Written and directed by Jenée LaMarque and in limited release from DADA Films.

 

02.07.14 - Someone Marry Barry

Someone Marry Barry – Barry (Tyler Labine) is that lovable friend that you would gladly trade in if only someone gave you the opportunity. His heart’s in the right place, but it’s always a rude, disgusting, offensive and borderline racist place. His friends, Desmond (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Rafe (Hayes MacArthur), come up with a plan, if only someone would marry Barry, then they would be free of him. Unfortunately, Barry found Melanie (Lucy Punch) his equal in every way, and if one Barry was bad enough, two is downright miserable. Directed by Rob Pearlstein and in limited release from Film Buff.

 

02.07.14 - Vic+Flo Saw a Bear

Vic+Flo Saw A Bear – Victoria (Pierrette Robitaille) and Florence (Romane Bohringer) are two lesbian lovers that have decided to settle in the Quebec countryside once Vic is released from prison. Vic’s parole officer gets involved and things get very, very strange. Co-starring Marc-Andre Grondin, Marie Brassard, Olivier Aubin and Georges Molnar. Crafted by Denis Côté, Canada’s rigorous auteur and out in limited release from Kimstim Films.

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