3 Geezers – If these geezers were in their twenties, they would audition for Jackass, if they were teenagers, they would be labeled ‘troubled youths’, and if they were in preschool, they would fit right in. J Kimball (J.K. Simmons) is researching a role for an upcoming movie and spends some time with these degenerates in a retirement home. When it becomes clear that he is in too deep, he calls on his Hollywood friends to put these old farts in their place. Makes perfect sense to me. Basil Hoffman, Lou Beatty Jr., Tim Allen, Scott Cann, Breckin Meyer, and Kevin Pollock all co-star, Randle Schumacher, Eric Radzan, and Tony Cummings write with Michelle Schumacher as director. Out in limited release from Gravitas Adventuras.
Before Midnight – Eighteen years ago, Celine and Jesse met on a train in Vienna. Jesse asked her to get off, Celine agreed, and so began one of the greatest of all modern romances. They parted in Before Sunrise and nine years later, they hooked up and re-kindled their love in Before Sunset. Nine more years have passed and Celine and Jesse have kids and they have issues. They talk, they talk a lot, and even though what they talk about is not your average fluff, they make it seem like the normal musings and thoughts of the average couple. “I think that you breathe helium and I breathe oxygen,” Celine says in a tone too serious to be false. “Why do you say that?” Jesse responds in a high-pitched voice, undercutting the situation in one fell swoop. Celine claims that Jesse is a teenager and it annoys her, but he also makes her laugh. Julie Delphy, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater are all back. Out in limited release from Sony Pictures Classics.
Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC – There are over 700 basketball courts in New York City, and every one of them has been the setting for shining moments, crushing defeat, and skirmish after skirmish. If you are fed up with the officiating in the NBA or how gingerly the college kids play, then watch these warriors defend their courts. They drive to the basket, they hit hard, and nobody gets to the charity stripe. A couple of legends make an appearance, notably Dr. J and Kenny Smith, but it is the unknown ballers that this doc is about. Directed by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau and out in a limited release.
Epic – As we go about our day-to-day lives, another world beneath us fights a battle on a cosmic scale. A young girl from this world is transported to their world and an epic adventure is underway. If you’ve read The Borrowers or seen last years The Secret World Of Arrietty, or even A Bug’s Life, then this is familiar territory, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a visit once more. The usual Hollywood stunt casting provide the voices, including Beyonce Knowles, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried, Aziz Ansari, Jason Sudeikis, Pitbull, Steven Tyler, and Judah Friedlander. Directed by Chris Wedge and out in wide release from 20th Century Fox.
Fast & Furious 6 – Looks like Letty isn’t as dead as we thought! Hobbs is in over his head, and he needs some assistance, so who does he call on? Dom and Brian of course! Criminals team up with the cops to battle a new threat, a terrorist who is making life terrible for Europe. Who cares about plot when the only things that matter are the return of all principal characters? Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker, Ludacris, and Jordana Brewster all return, joined by Gina Carano and Luke Evans. Oh yeah, and there are lots and lots of car chases. Written by Chris Morgan and directed by Justin Lin, out in wide release from Universal Pictures.
Fill the Void – Shira (Hada Yaron) is eighteen-years-old and about to be married, but her life is put on hold when her older sister dies while giving birth. Due to a technicality, there is a chance that the widowed husband, Yochay (Yiftach Klein) could leave the family with the newborn. Mom and Dad try to run interference and match Shira and Yochay, and Shira has to choose between the one she was promised, and the promise that she might be able to fulfill. Being eighteen isn’t easy, especially in Tel-Aviv’s Orthodox Community. Written and directed by Rama Burshtein and out in limited release from Sony Pictures Classics.
The Hangover Part III – The Wolf Pack is back! And this time, it’s the last time. Unless the movie makes $400 million and then they’ll find a way to get these guys back together. There is a kidnapping plot, there is an intervention, there are lots of plot threads that all try to do the same thing, get these guys back in Las Vegas so that they can do some damage. Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, and Ed Helms are joined once again by Ken Jeong, Heather Graham and now they bring in the ubiquitous Melissa McCarthy and John Goodman. Written by Todd Phillips and Craig Mazin and directed by Phillips. Out in wide release from Warner Brothers Pictures.
Penguins 3D – Everyone seems to love these flightless birds and they are easily one of the most adorable animals out there, so why not another documentary about them? Very much a re-tread of March of the Penguins, but in 3D and narrated by Richard Attenborough. The documentary takes place in the sub-antarctic Penguin City, home to over six million penguins, and focuses on a young male King Penguin and his return to Penguin City where he will have to find a mate and endure unfathomable conditions to procreate and carry on the species. Anthony Geffen directs and Nwave Pictures releases the movie into IMAX theaters with a 3D experience.
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself – Who is George Plimpton? Well, he was the quarterback for the Detroit Lions, he was a circus clown, he played the triangle for the New York Philharmonic, he was a baseball pitcher, he was an awful lot of things. Plimpton founded a unique brand of journalism called, “participatory journalism” which gave a very unique insight into what Plimpton was writing about. In his life, Plimpton founded and published The Paris Review, a magazine that specialized in writings from some of the best minds of the 20th Century. He hung around with models, presidents, celebrities, and occasionally, he was the center of attention. Naturally a man of such charisma makes an excellent subject for a documentary. Directed by Tom Bean and Luke Poling, and out in limited release from Laemmle/Zeller Films.
We Sell Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks – We live in a world with many different currencies. There is money, but there is also land, goods, services, materials, etc. Information is also one of our most coveted currencies, and one of the most dangerous. Not just basic information, but our deepest darkest secrets, our thoughts, our musings, etc. How did this happen? Well, we now live in a world, where the interpretation of our thoughts, out ideas, our secrets is as concrete as the actual commitment to the idea. Alex Gibeny, noted documentarian, turns his lens to Julian Asange and the Wikileaks phenomenon. What is propaganda? What is designed to lead us astray? What is fact? How does all of this factor in our Brave New World. Out in limited release from Focus World.