Movie Beat – 01.31.14

01.31.14 - 12 O'Clock Boys12 O’clock Boys – They call them 12 O’clock boys because they ride their bikes straight up in the air. They are a gang of kids, running wild on the streets of Baltimore, where the police are hamstrung by a policy that won’t allow them to pursue a risky chase. Pug is a young boy enchanted with the 12 O’clock Boys and wants to ride with them, even if his mother, Coco, wants him to be a veterinarian. The Westside of Baltimore is a gritty and dangerous place, and director Lotfy Nathan brings a camera to an unsung way of life. Out in limited release from Oscilloscope Laboratories.


01.31.14 - At Middleton

At Middleton – College is a special time where people go nuts, do wacky things, and discover themselves. Apparently you don’t have to be college age-appropriate to have a college experience. While taking their respective children on a campus tour of Middleton, George (Andy Garcia) and Edith (Vera Farmiga) play hokey and discuss life with children, without love, and full of mistakes and missteps. Co-starring Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco, Peter Riegert, and Tom Skerritt. Written by Glenn German and Adam Rodgers, directed by Rodgers, and in limited release from Anchor Bay.


01.31.14 - Best Night Ever

Best Night Ever – Two recent American movie genres finally collide, the Bachelor/ette party gone array and found footage. A bride to be and her three bachelorettes are headed to Vegas for one last night of freedom, and of course, they encounter every antic known to mankind. Thank God they had the foresight to record it all, and the wherewithal to keep the camera rolling. Desiree Hall, Samantha Colburn, Eddie Ritchard, and Crista Flanagan wreak havoc, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer write & direct, and Magnet Releasing gives this a limited theatrical rollout with a VOD backing.


01.31.14 - Jobriath A.D

Jobriath A.D. – When Glam Rock took over in the 70s the lines became very blurred. What was male, what was female, what was human, what was alien, what was straight and what was gay, was all open to interpretation, and bands like Queen and musicians like David Bowie walked this very fine line for a long time. Jobriath was the first outwardly gay glam rocker, and that was his undoing. Acting gay is one thing, being gay is completely another. Continuing a lovely trend where musicians who never quite got their due, comes another documentary that explores the pioneers of rock n’ roll. Narrated by Henry Rollins and directed by Kieran Turner, out in limited release from Factory 25.


01.31.14 - Labor Day

Labor Day – Mother and son were out shopping for school supplies when an escaped convict weasels his way into their lives. Over the course of the hot Labor Day weekend, that convict will teach the son about how to be a man and will fall in love with the mother. In reality, we call that Stockholm syndrome. In the movies, it’s just melodrama. Starring Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg, Brooke Smith, and Tobey Maguire. Written and directed by Jason Reitman and in wide release from Paramount Pictures.


01.31.14 - Love Is In The Air

Love Is In The Air – Antoine (Nicolas Bedos) is your typical Parisian playboy. Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) is his ex-girlfriend, and is now engaged to someone new. Fate (or a devilish screenwriter) has them seated next to each other on a six-hour flight, just enough time to go from hating each other, to remembrance of things past, to falling in love all over again. Jonathan Cohen, Arnaud Ducret, and Brigitte Catillon co-star in a script written by Vincent Angell, Nirina Ralanto, Brigitte Bémol, Julien Simonet, and Alexandre Castagnetti. Whew! Castagnetti also directs and Focus World gives this one a limited release.


01.31.14 - Somewhere Slow

Somewhere Slow – Anna (Jessalyn Gilsig) isn’t very happy with her life. She’s lost her job, her mother is pressuring her into having children, and her husband is a bit distant. I guess it would make perfect sense that she would decide to walkout on her life when a convenience store robbery goes wrong, and she could be misconstrued as the robber. Doesn’t seem likely, but hey, it’s a movie, just let it go. She restarts with Travis (Graham Patrick Martin) who is also on the lam for various reasons. Co-starring the great Robert Forster and Lindsay Crouse. Written and directed by Jeremy O’Keefe and in limited release from Screen Media Films.


01.31.14 - That Awkward Moment

That Awkward Moment – Miles Teller of The Spectacular Now, Michael B. Jordan from Fruitvale Station, and Zac Efron from At Any Price. That awkward moment when you realize that three of your favorite performances from the previous year are looking for a paycheck this year. Three guys living together, looking for girls, and looking to get out of this movie. Co-starring Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, and Jessica Lucas. Directed by Tom Gormican and in wide release from Focus Features.


01.31.014 - Tim's Vermeer

Tim’s Vermeer – How did Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer manage to paint pictures with such photo-realism? He painted well before the advent of photographic technology, so how did he manage to remember how the light affected a subject for that brief moment? Tim Jenison is a Texas-based inventor that took on this quest and taught himself to paint, and paint like Vermeer to crack this age-old question. Directed by Teller from Penn & Teller fame and in limited release from Sony Pictures Classics.


01.31.14 - The Wait

The Wait – Two sisters receive a phone call from a psychic. They are told that their deceased mother will soon return, and they await her arrival, even though one of them believes it, and the other doesn’t. Chloë Sevigny and Jena Malone are the sisters, M. Blash is the writer/director, and Monterey Media gives this a limited release with a DVD rollout soon to follow.