Movie Beat – 09.20.13

09.20.13 - After TillerAfter Tiller – Since the Supreme Court legalized abortions in 1973, eight abortion clinic workers have been murdered. Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, KS was the most recent, and one of the most controversial considering that he openly practiced third-trimester abortions. This is a heavily debated political issue, but this documentary is not interested in weighing this side versus that side, it wants to answer basic questions: Why does the mother decide that they cannot go through with the birth this late in the game? Why do these clinic workers, who are constantly in danger, continue to do the work they do? What did they see that made them think, yes, this is what I will devote my life to? Many, many questions surround this issue, and Lana Wilson, Martha Shane, and Greg O’Toole explore it with a documentary in limited release from Oscilloscope Pictures.


09.20.13 - C.O.G

C.O.G. – David needs a purpose, he needs to get a life, he needs an adventure! An apple farm in Oregon may not seem like Ulysses’ adventure, but it is pretty far from home as far is David is concerned. While he is there, he is going to meet an eclectic bunch of individuals and you better believe that he’ll come to understand his place in the world. Maybe even let the light of God into his heart. Who knows? Anything can happen in Oregon. Jonathan Groff, Corey Stoll, Casey Wilson, Denis O’Hare, Dean Stockwell, and Troian Bellisario star, David Sedaris wrote the script based on his own experiences, and Kyle Patrick Alvarez directed it. Out in limited release from Focus Features.


09.18.13 - Enough Said

Enough Said – Leave it to writer/director Nicole Holofcener to explore familiar territory with a new spin. Here comes a story of two adults who need a restart, preferably a flashback to their twenties. Both of them are middle-aged, single, with kids, and they start to fall for each other. The problem is, they both come with a lifetime of baggage. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the girl and the late James Gandolfini is the guy. Catherine Keener and Toni Collette are the friends, and Fox Searchlight is the distributor. Out in limited release this Wednesday.


09.20.13 - Haute Cuisine

Haute Cuisine – Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot) is an acclaimed chef who is summoned to be the personal chef of the President of the Republic (Jean d’Ormesson). Hortense comes in only to find that she faces a fair amount of opposition from the current staff, but she does what she can to sway them to her side. Her personality does some of the lifting, but let’s face it, it’s all about the food. Hippolyte Girardot, Arthur Dupont, Brice Fournier, and Jean-Marc Roulot co-star, Etienne Comar & Christian Vincent wrote it, Vincent directed it, and The Weinstein Company gives this a limited stateside release.


09.20.13 - Ip Man The Final Fight

Ip Man: The Final Fight – Ip Man is one of the most famous martial artists of all time, so I doubt this is the final anything, but everything needs a gimmick, so here: Ip is drawn back into the martial arts sparring world and quickly finds himself fighting for his life against the Triads. Story is secondary here, what we are looking for is some good old-fashioned kung-fu fun, and it looks like we came to the right place. Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Eric Tsang, Gillian Chung, Marvel Chow, Xin Xin Xiong, and Ip Chun star with Herman Yau directing. Well Go USA gives this one a states release in limited theaters and VOD.


09.20.13 - Men At Lunch

Men at Lunch – One of the most iconic photos of the 20th Century: eleven men, having lunch, on a skyscraper in New York City. Who are these men? They are not dead, because their image persists through time. Some are eating, some are talking, that one all the way to the right is staring right back at us, what are they thinking? The 1920s saw unprecedented growth in New York City, America building monument after monument to itself. These skyscrapers were built by the immigrants, Italian and Irish only a few years ago, but now suddenly, they were Americans. Niall Murphy and Seán Ó Cualáin use archive footage and recreation to explore on America’s most unique periods of construction.


09.20.13 - Prisoners

Prisoners – Ready for a tough sit? The multi-talented Hugh Jackman plays a father whose daughter is kidnapped along with her friend. Seconds turn into minutes, minutes turn into hours, hours turn into days, and all the while his stomach turns into one tighter knot than the next. The officer assigned to the case (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests a suspect (Paul Dano) and even though they have a good suspicion about him, there is not enough evidence to convict him. Matters are taken into vigilant hands, with very bad consequences. I have a feeling that this one does not end well. Co-starring Melissa Leo, Maria Belo, Viola Davis, and Terrence Howard. Written by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve. Out in wide release from Warner Brothers Pictures.


09.20.13 - A Single Shot

A Single Shot – John Moon (Sam Rockwell) is out in the woods hunting deer when he mistakenly shoots a young woman. Bad. He comes up on the woman only to watch her draw her final breaths while he contemplates what to do and what will happen to him. Worse. The woman dies right next to a box of money. Not good. Moon takes the money. Getting worse. Bad guys appear looking for the money. This can’t end well. Moon’s family is in jeopardy. Out of control. It all takes place in the backwoods of West Virginia. Get out now! Jeffrey Wright, William H. Macy, Kelly Reilly, Joe Anderson, and Jason Isaacs star, Matthew F. Jones writes, David M. Rosenthal directs, and Tribeca Film gives this a limited release with a full VOD rollout.


09.20.13 - Thanks For Sharing

Thanks For Sharing – Being a sex addict must be one of the most difficult things to conquer. All other addicts must come to the conclusion that this is bad for me, I will never do this again. A sex addict must conquer the addiction, control the desire, with an end goal of leading a healthy sex life once again. No meth head is trying to get back into the “healthy meth-using headspace”. Mark Ruffalo, Alecia ‘Pink’ Moore, and Josh Gad are the addicts trying to live life one day at a time, Gwyneth Paltrow is the girl who just wants to have a normal relationship with an addict, Matt Winston and Stuart Blumberg are the writers, and Blumberg is the director. Out in limited release from Roadside Attractions.


09.20.13 - The Wizard of OZ 3D 75th Anniversary

The Wizard of Oz: An IMAX 3D Experience – Not to be outdone by Disney’s lesser imitation earlier this year, Oz The Great and Powerful, Warner Brothers takes the feather out of it’s cap for another anniversary of the most beloved movie of all time. A mere seventy-five years ago, The Wizard of Oz stunned audiences with just about everything, the Wicked Witch of the West, Flying Monkeys, Judy singing “Over the Rainbow”, and that glorious, vibrant Technicolor. Now Warner gives this the IMAX 3D treatment, and for one week you can see this in specialty theaters. Cash grab? Of course, but movies like this are meant to be seen on the big screen, and the bigger the screen, the better the movie. At least the 3D conversions are getting better, so I’ll cross my fingers and click my heels one more time. There really is no movie like The Wizard of Oz.