Movie Beat – 11.01.13

11.01.13 - About TimeAbout Time – Men of the Lake family have a very particular gift, once he turns a certain age, he has the ability to travel back in time. That age is twenty-one, and that is probably the worst age to give someone the power to shape their life. Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) meets Mary (Rachel McAdams) and falls desperately in love. Unbeknownst to Mary, Tim is recreating his own little Groundhog’s Day by redoing the moments of their relationship until he gets things just right. Works for a while, and then it doesn’t. Time travel is complicated. Co-starring Bill Nighy, Tom Hughes, Tom Hollander, and Lindsay Duncan. Directed by Richard Curtis and out in wide release from Universal Pictures.


11.01.13 - Casting By

Casting By – “Who the devil made it?” Most point immediately to the director and their auteurist touch. Yet, even they will tell you, that a good movie is made first with a great script. But, movies are images, light captured by the cinematographer. Yet it is editing, the true cinematic tool, that violates time and space to shape emotion. But, when was the last time someone bought a ticket because it was edited by so-and-so, or shot by that one guy? Let’s be honest, they go for the stars. Who picks the stars? Marion Dougherty does, and boy can she pick ‘em! Documentary by Tom Donahue explores the importance of the casting director. Out in limited release from HBO Films.


11.01.13 - Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club – Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) has been diagnosed HIV Positive and the doctors give him thirty days to live. Not being one who simply lies down and takes it, Ron looks to where he can obtain the drugs that he needs to keep going. He finds it, in Mexico. It works, and he quickly realizes the possibilities for a racket. He teams up with a Queen (Jared Leto) to help out the gay community of Dallas, a bunch of buyers in need of Ron’s product. Jennifer Garner, Steve Zahn, and Griffin Dunne co-star. Jean-Marc Vallée directs and Focus Features gives this a limited release.


11.01.13 - Diana

Diana – The Princess of Wales, one of the most recognizable women of the 20th Century, led one heck of a life. At times prim and proper with lots to give, other times, selfish, conniving, and reckless. This movie looks to recreate the torrid love affair that she had with a heart surgeon, and I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t know how this one ends. Naomi Watts is the princess, Naveen Andrews is the good doctor, Stephen Jeffreys is the writer, and Oliver Hirschbiegel is the director. Out in limited release from Eone Films.


11.01.13 - Ender's Game

Ender’s Game – Earth was attacked by an alien race and almost wiped out. A few Earthlings remain, and they have to prepare for the next invasion. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is a Third, thus expendable. He is taken with a group of children aboard a space station where he is trained in combat to take on the alien race. Ender excels, but he is not one to be pushed around. Harrison Ford, Ben Kinglsey, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin co-star, Gavin Hood directs the long-anticipated movie adaptation to Orson Scott Card’s seminal sci-fi novel, and Summit Entertainment gives this a wide release.


11.01.13 - Free Birds

Free Birds – Two turkeys travel back in time to the very first Thanksgiving to stop the turkey from being the cornerstone item on the dinner menu. Time travel is complicated, but I willing to bet this is less Butterfly Effect and more wackety-smackety. With the vocal talents of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, George Takei, Dan Fogler, and Colm Meaney. Directed by Jimmy Hayward and out in wide release from Relativity Media.


11.01.13 - Last Vegas

Last Vegas – Four old friends are getting the gang back together and heading off to Las Vegas for one last Bachelor Party. I do mean old, and I do mean last. They can’t stay up late, smoke, drink, have sex, or eat too much salt. It’s sure to be a blast. Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline should all know better. Directed by Jon Turteltaub and out in wide release from CBS Films.


11.01.13 - Man of Tai Chi

Man of Tai Chi – Tiger (Tiger Chen) is a pure of heart Tai Chi practitioner. When he is forced against his will to fight, he wipes the floor with the competition. The man pulling the strings is played by Keanu Reeves who demands that Tiger unleashes everything he has. And if he doesn’t? Then you owe me a life. Written by Michael G. Cooney and directed by Reeves, RADiUS-TWC gives this a limited release and You Owe Me a Life!


11.01.13 - Mr. Nobody

Mr. Nobody – Nemo (Jared Leto) was presented with a very difficult decision. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? At the last second, he decided to not make a choice, thus allowing both options to exist simultaneously. His lives diverged and Nemo lived separate lives and loved separate women. But which life was the real life? Don’t ask, even Schrödinger’s Cat will tell you that the results are messy. Co-starring Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, and Linh-Dan Pham. Directed by Jaco Van Dormael and out in limited release from Magnolia Pictures.


11.01.13 - These Birds Walk

These Birds Walk – There isn’t a way around it, life in Pakistan is tough. It’s even tougher when you are an abandoned child. Luckily, these street children have a guardian angel watching over them, Abdul Sattar Edhi. Follow these kids and Abdul as they try to find grace in a world that has seemingly turned its back on them. Directed by Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq, Oscilloscope Laboratories is giving this one a limited release. Do yourself a favor and keep an eye out for this one.