Movie Beat – 03.14.14

03.14.14 - The Anonymous PeopleThe Anonymous PeopleIt would be safe to say that everyone knows someone who either is or has been an addict. Two out of every three families deal with someone who has a destructive and crippling addiction, and as a nation we turn a blind eye to it. Far too often we assume that the addict could simply decide to take control and wake-up, or that they are make a conscious decision to continue the addiction. It’s a shameful cross these Anonymous People carry, but they are doing what they can to get the message out and spread the word, Get Help. Interviews from Kristen Johnston, Tara Conner, Chris Herren, Roxanne Kibben, William Cope Moyers and Johnny Allem. Directed by Greg D. Williams and in limited release from Kino Lorber.

 

03.14.14 - Bad WordsBad WordsGuy Trilby (Jason Bateman) never graduated the 8th Grade, which means that he is entitled to compete in The Golden Quill National Spelling Bee. Of course, parents, students, and officials alike don’t particularly like a 40 year-old competing against children, but there is not much they can do about it, and Guy’s attitude toward it all is, “Why don’t you all go fornicate yourself.” Jenny (Kathryn Hahn) is a reporter who is trying to figure out why Trilby is doing what he is doing and Chaitanya (Rohan Chand) is a young competitor that Trilby unwisely takes under his wing. Allison Janney, Ben Falcone and Rachael Harris co-star in this crude comedy written by Andrew Dodge and directed by Bateman. In limited release from Focus Features.

 

03.14.14 - EnemyEnemyAdam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a glum history professor who doesn’t seem too interested in anything, even his girlfriend, Mary (Mélanie Laurent). A recommendation from a colleague brings Adam to movie where one of the bit players looks surprisingly like him. Adam begins a journey to uncover whom this Anthony Clair (Gyllenhaal again) is. Gyllenhaal re-teams with his Prisoners director, Denis Villeneuve in this sepia tinted noir with performances from Isabella Rossellini, Sarah Gadon, Jane Moffat and Stephen R. Hart. Script by José Saramago and Javier Gullón and in limited release from that ever impressive label A24.

 

03.09.14 - The Great InvisibleThe Great Invisible – On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded. Eleven workers were killed and it caused the worst oil spill in American History. What followed were a news story and a hunt to find the guilty party that you simply could not get away from. Billions were lost, lives were destroyed, not to mention the irreparable damage to the eco-system, but who was to blame? No matter how advanced our technology, no matter how much money is spent, contracts are always rewarded to the lowest bidder. Margaret Brown interviews those closest to the events and tries to piece together as much evidence as possible. Out in limited release from Participant Media.

 

03.14.14 - Le Week-EndLe Week-End – Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan) visited Paris on their honeymoon and now they’re back. Years have past, their kids have grown up and they are older. What to make of this attempt at a second honeymoon? Life, love and marriage can sometimes carry on far too long, and this trip will see if they can either rekindle it, or kill it for good. Along the way, they run into a hoity-toity academic (Jeff Goldblum), several expensive dinners, a constantly changing Paris, and Godard-eternally Godard. Olly Alexander and Judith Davis also star in this delight from director Roger Michell. Out in limited release from Music Box Films.

 

03.14.14 - Need For SpeedNeed For Speed – Based on a popular arcade game from the ‘80s comes the classic story of betrayal, love, brotherhood and extreme car racing. Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is a mechanic trying to save his garage when he partners with an ex-NASCAR driver, Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), to produced outfitted muscle cars. Then there is an unsanctioned race where accidents happen and Dino frames Tobey for manslaughter. That’s the plot. Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek and Michael Keaton: that’s the cast. But we’re not here for either. We’re here for the cars. Written by George Gatins and directed by Scott Waugh, Dreamworks puts this in wide release because I have a need, a need fo—well, you know how that goes…

 

03.14.14 - On My WayOn My Way – Bettie (Catherine Deneuve) is in her sixties, broke and lost her way. She used to be a beauty queen with everything going for her, now she has pick of the pieces and start again. A one-time affair is a good place to start, connecting with her ruffian of a grandson is even better. Nemo Schiffman, Claude Gensac, Gérard Garouste, Paul Hamy and Camille all support the beautiful Belle du Jour herself. She has grown older, but no less enchanting in the latest from writer/director Emmanuelle Bercot. In limited release from Cohen Media Group.

 

03.14.14 - TeenageTeenage – There once was a time where a child went to school and as soon as he or she was physically capable of work or family, they quickly transitioned into adult. The 20th Century introduced something new into that equation, teenagers. Between the phase of child and adult existed the teenager, a creature that consumed culture, created chaos and caused change. Teenagers were the driving force of the 20th Century and director Matt Wolf constructs a documentary from archival footage and faux-archival footage to track the creation and evolution of the teenager from one decade to the next. Out in limited release from Oscilloscope Pictures.

 

03.14.14 - U Want Me 2 Kill Himuwantme2KILLhim? – Mark (Jamie Blackley) is your typical British sixteen-year-old. He meets Rachel (Jaime Winstone) on the internet and they fall in love. Rachel has a younger brother who is always getting picked on, so Mark decides to look out for John (Toby Regbo). He’s a stand-up guy. Rachel is trapped in an abusive relationship, so Mark decides to teach him a lesson. He is a knight in shining armor. Then Rachel turns up dead, so Mark and John plan to murder the boyfriend. He’s a… psychotic? Well, it get’s even weirder when Mark and John accidentally stumble into an ongoing investigation that ends with Mark being recruited as a hired killer. Even stranger is that this is all based on a true story. Mike Walden wrote the script, Andrew Douglas directed the movie and Tribeca Films gives it a limited release.

 

03.14.14 - Veronica MarsVeronica MarsIt’s the movie the people wanted so much, they paid for it. Super-sleuth Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) has left her high school and old ways behind and graduated from law school. Then her ex-boyfriend, Logan (Jason Dohring) is accused of murder and Mars is pulled back into her old world, her high-school reunion and her old investigating days. I guess you can go home again. Francis Capra, Enrico Colantoni, Tina Majorino, Percy Daggs III, Ryan Hansen, Chris Lowell and Max Greenfield co-star in the Kickstarter funded sequel from director Rob Thomas. Out in limited release from Warner Brothers.

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