Movie Beat – 07.26.13

07.26.13 - Blue JasmineBlue Jasmine – It’s Woody Allen’s latest. Those words are enough. There are few filmmakers who have earned that right, but way up at the top of the heap is the great and prolific Mr. Allen. Set in San Francisco, a housewife struggles with her life after her scamming husband destroyed it all. Lots of insight, lots of jokes, and lots of acidic observations about people with First World Problems. Starring Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alden Ehrenreich, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, among others great acting talent. In limited release from Sony Pictures Classics.


07.26.13 - Breaking the Girls

Breaking The Girls – Two girls meet, they have chemistry, they have sex, but what they have most in common is a person in their life that they would like to do away with. One of them comes up with an excellent plan, if they do each other’s murder, then no motive can be established. They’ll swap murders! Criss cross! I wonder if they have been watching their Hitchcock lately… Naturally, one is more attached/crazy/unstable than the other, and that is where it all comes undone. Starring Agnes Bruckner, Madeline Zima, Shawn Ashmore, Kate Levering, Shanna Collins, and Sam Anderson. Directed by Jamie Babbit and out in limited release from IFC Films.


07.26.13 - Drug War

Drug War – Drugs are bad. Especially in China, where manufacturing methamphetamines will net you the death penalty. When one meth cook is caught, he plea-bargains his way out of it, only to find out that dying is easier. Cop and criminal have to team up to bring down a larger cartel, but they quickly realize that things aren’t what they seem. It may sound like a lot of clichés, and that is because it is a lot of clichés. However, director Johnnie To is better than the sum of his parts, and this will leave a gritty taste in your mouth. Starring Louis Koo, Yi Huang, and Honglei Sun. Out in limited release from Wel Go USA.


07.26.13 - Frankenstein's Army

Frankenstein’s Army – If the Nazi Party wasn’t bad enough, we need people to go and imagine this. The year is 1945 and a Soviet crew is deep in enemy territory. While they are trying to get out, they come across a bunker where Nazi doctors are running some strange test, including sewing parts of people together with weapons. Why? Because they are Nazis, and they are so synonymous with evil, why wouldn’t they do something like this? Starring Karel Roden, Robert Gwilym, Luke Newberry, and Joshua Sasse. Written by Chris W. Mitchell and Richard Raaphorst with Raaphorst directing. Out in limited release from MPI Media Group and a DVD release scheduled for September 10th.


07.26.13 - The Time Being

The Time Being – A painter (Wes Bentley) struggles and struggles and struggles, but then one day, it all pays off. A buyer (Frank Langella) purchases a few paintings, and invites the young artist over. He offers him a job, but not as a painter, but as a photographer. The job is a paying one, so the painter would be stupid if he said no, and he does what is asked of him. The question is, how much can be asked? A mystery unravels and the truth will out. It always does. Co-starring Sarah Paulson, Corey Stoll, Ahna O’Reilly, and Gina Gallego. Written by Richard N. Gladstein and Nenad Cicin-Sain with Cicin-Sain directing. Out in limited release from Tribeca Films.


07.26.13 - The To Do List

The To Do List – Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza) is such a goody two shoes. Valedictorian, virgin, don’t drink, don’t smoke, what do she do? Well, hardcore sexual activities are the plan! Yep. Afraid that she might be out of her element come freshman year of college, she makes a list of sexual to dos to accomplish in one summer. Of course, what ends up on the list, some porn stars might turn their noses up at. A coming of age tale set in the middle 90s with just about every name in comedy you can think of: Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Scott Porter, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton and Clark Gregg. Whew! Written and directed by Maggie Carey and out in limited release from CBS Films.


07.26.13 - Wasteland

Wasteland – Harvey (Luke Treadaway) just got out of jail. He was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, and now it’s high time he committed a crime to at least find the balance. The crime? A heist, perfectly researched, timed, and executed. The mark? A drug lord. Once the mark gets wind of the heist, things start to take twist after twist after twist, until we all end up right where we started with Harvey spinning one big yarn. Co-starring Timothy Spall, Matthew Lewis, Iwan Rheon, Neil Maskell, and Gerard Kearns. Written and directed by Rowan Athale and out in limited release from Oscilloscope Pictures.


07.24.13 - The Wolverine

The Wolverine – If you are a normal human being, you will get hurt, you will get old, and you will die. Not so much if you are a mutant whose power is the ability to heal at a rapid rate. Even more so when your bones are encased in adamantium, making you invincible. The Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travels to Japan where an old friend has the ability to un-mutate the mutant genes that keep him alive. This not only allows him to be injured, but to die, which isn’t so bad. Everyone gets tired of seen the same old crap day in, day out, but when you are a warrior, immortality is a companion. Maybe he should have thought this one out. Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Will Yun Lee, and Rila Fukushima co-star, Christopher McQuarrie writes, James Mangold directs, and 20th Century Fox gives this one a wide release.