Movie Beat – 06.28.13

06.28.13 - A Band Called DeathA Band Called Death – In 1973, the world was still a few years away from the Ramones, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, and all the other purveyors of punk music. In Detroit, there was three brothers banging away at their instruments, playing loud, playing fast, playing punk music. They couldn’t get a record deal, so to obscurity they faded. Now, the music has been rediscovered, they are playing again, and Death lives on! Come see what Bobby, Dannis, and David Hackney were all up to in that spare bedroom. Directed by Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett and out in limited theaters from Drafthouse Films and everywhere via On Demand.

06.28.13 - ByzantiumByzantium – Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) has a secret, she is a vampire and she has been sixteen for two hundred years now. Her mother, Clara (Gemma Arterton), and her have been taken in by a nice guy who gives them a place to stay, Byzantium, but their past is beginning to catch up with them. Their secret is getting out, and there is not a whole lot they can do to stop it. Co-starring are the talents of Jonny Lee Miller, Sam Riley, and Caleb Landry Jones. Written by Moira Buffini and directed by Neil Jordan, who has been down this vampire road before. Out in limited release from IFC Films.

06.28.13 - The Heat

The Heat – FBI Special Agent Sarah (Sandra Bullock) is an uptight, by the book kind of agent and could really use a little time out on the town. Boston cop Shannon (Melissa McCarthy) is rude, crude, out of control, and could stand to treat people with a little decency. Boy, do these two not know how to get along! Naturally they are going to have to team up to take down a crime lord. Makes perfect sense that law enforcement would place everyone in danger just so that these two can learn to get along. The plot is an excuse to team these two up and see what kind of shenanigans they can get themselves into. Written by Katie Dippold and directed by Paul Feig and in wide release from 20th Century Fox.

06.28.13 - How To Make Money Selling DrugsHow To Make Money Selling Drugs – We have as much of a chance of bringing the war on drugs to a close as we do the war on terror. This documentary takes a very candid look into that war, the costs, the benefits, the attractions, the corruption, the consequences, all the things you need to know if you decided that you are tired of flipping burgers and pushing pencils and want to start slinging trees. There is a lot of money to be made for very little work, might even be worth it. Written by Matthew Cooke and Grant Jolly with Cooke directing. Out in a limited theatrical release and On Demand from Tribeca Films.

06.28.13 - I'm So Excited!I’m So Excited! – There are a whole lot of movies based on comic book characters because there are a whole lot of comic book lovers. There are a whole lot of action movies, because there are a whole lot of action movie lovers. There is only one Almodóvar for his many fans, and his latest installment of garishly colored sexual romps is sure to please his fans. The plane is having technical difficulties and the crew is trying to keep everything together, but personal problems don’t just evaporate. Starring Antonio de la Torre, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Carlos Areces, Hugo Silva, Javier Cámara, and Raúl Arévalo. Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar and out in limited release from Sony Pictures Classics.

06.28.13 - Laurence AnywaysLaurence Anyways – When asked about her transgender child, Cher very smartly said that she woke up everyday and was grateful to be a woman. How awful it must feel to never feel comfortable in your own skin. Cher managed to cut to the heart of the problem with the simple realization that the transsexual cannot shake that feeling that something has gone horribly wrong and must be corrected. Here we meet Laurence (Melvil Poupaud) who comes out to his fiancée on his 35th birthday, asking for her help. Frédérique (Suzanne Clément) gives it the best she can through their on again, off again relationship, but rocky roads are ahead of them. Written and directed by Xavier Dolan and out in limited release from Breaking Glass Pictures.

06.28.13 - Museum Hours

Museum Hours – Johann (Bobby Sommer) used to work in the music business and had his fill of loud, now he works as a security guard at a museum to get his fill of quiet. If looking at all those beautiful paintings wasn’t enough, he also gets to do a fair share of people watching. Anne (Mary Margaret O’Hara) is completely adrift in Vienna and spends her time at Vienna’s grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Anne strikes up a conversation with Johann, first talking about the paintings that she is looking at and then how they relate to her personal life. An unlikely friendship begins to blossom. Written and directed by Jem Cohen and out in limited release from Cinema Guild.

06.28.13 - Redemption

Redemption – Joey (Jason Statham) is ex-Special Forces and he finds himself on the losing end of a brawl when he returns to London. He sneaks into a man’s flat, takes his time to heal and start fresh again. His past outs him, and he takes a job as the muscle for an underground crime ring. At first it works just fine, it always does, but crime begets crime and it costs him too much. Now Joey has to do what he can to right the situation as best as possible, which won’t be very easy considering that violence truly does beget violence. Co-starring Vicky McClure, Agata Buzek, and Benedict Wong. Written and directed by Steven Knight and out in limited release and On Demand via Roadside Attractions.

06.26.13 - Some Girl(s)Some Girl(s) – An unnamed man (Adam Brody) is about to get married. Wonderful. He is a writer. Uh oh. Writers just cannot be content, they must always analyze and dig up the past, re-examining it for some mysterious truth. That’s certainly where our protagonists is headed because he decides to crisscross the country visiting old girlfriends, affairs, and lovers to check in with them, to show them how he is doing, and to admit to them just how much he was in love with them. Mia Maestro, Emily Watson, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Morrison, and Zoe Kazan portray the women. Neil LaBute bases his script off his play and Daisy von Scherler Mayer directs this one, which will see a limited theatrical release and an exclusive Vimeo roll out. From Leeden Media.

06.28.13 - White House Down

White House Down – If there just wasn’t enough destruction and carnage for you in Man of Steel, never fear, Roland Emmerich is here! The man who modernized exploding buildings is back with another take on terrorists in the White House. Channing Tatum plays Cale, a wanna-be Secret Service agent who is all muscle, no brains. If it was any other day, he would have been shown the door, but on the day of his interview, terrorist attack the White House and try to take the President (Jamie Foxx) hostage. Cale has to not only protect the Commander-in-Chief, but he has to rescue his daughter (Joey King) trapped inside. A lot of things blow-up, a lot of people get shot, and a lot of people go “Rah Rah Rah, America.” Also starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, and Richard Jenkins. Written by James Vanderbilt and directed by Emmerich. Out in wide release from Sony Pictures.