Allegiance – It’s the last weekend for releases of the great 2012, too bad that it will go out with a whimper and not a bang. First up is a low-budget independent about a company of soldiers awaiting deployment to Iraq (methinks this movie is a few years behind the times). One soldier is being sent home, and one solider has a sick kid and wants to stay home, but they won’t let him. Too bad that he is also the most talented medic the company has seen and those are the guys they usually keep around. To whom do you hold allegiance? According to Full Metal Jacket, “Core, God, Country!” but this is not Full Metal Jacket. Written and directed by Michael Connors and starring Aidan Quinn, Seth Gable, and the rapper Bow Wow. Out in limited release, and I do mean limited, from Xlrator Media.
Promised Land – Steve Butler (Matt Damon) is a company man who travels to a rural town with Sue (Frances McDormand) to buy land rights from the citizens. The economy hit the town hard, and it shouldn’t be hard getting everyone to sell their drilling rights over to Butler, but a grassroots campaign to stop the company gets in their way. John Krasinski plays Dustin Noble (Noble? Come on…) the ringleader who challenges Butler and oh yeah, there is a girl involved (Rosemarie DeWitt). This is the movie version of Wall Street vs. Main Street and considering that Damon and Krasinski wrote it, with help from Dave Eggers, expect a lot of preachy speeches about life, love, and the pursuit of the American Dream. Gus Van Sant does direct, which might steer this ship away from the rocks. Out in limited release from Focus Features.
Quartet – I know Downton Abbey comes back soon, but if you can’t wait just another minute, then you can get your Maggie Smith fix here. Beecham House is a place in the English countryside where retired musicians can go to be with their peers. One slight problem, musicians are a very incestuous bunch, and through the years, there has been a lot of who slept with whom. Drama! But, Beecham House is losing money hand over fist, and they desperately need to make money. They have the best Opera singers at their disposal, and it’s high time to put aside their differences and put on one hell of a show. Eureka! Smith leads a stunning cast of Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, and the great Michael Gambon. Dustin Hoffman steps behind the camera for the first time in his career to direct a script by Ronald Harwood (based on his play). Out in limited release from The Weinstein Company.
Tabu – What an interesting looking film, even if it seems a bit amateurish. Miguel Gomes directs a script that he wrote with Mariana Ricardo about Aurora, a woman reflecting on her life, the people she has met, the impact she made, and the world she inhabited while she was here. Told mainly in flashback with voice over narration and Phil Spector music, this film is sure to transport you to a time and place that you have never been to before. Leading performances from Ana Moreira, Laura Soveral, and Teresa Madruga. Out in limited release from Adopt Films.