Movie Beat – 04.25.14

04.25.14 - Blue RuinBlue RuinDwight (Macon Blair) appears to be just another drifter who has shown up unwelcome in a random town, but that is not the case at all. He is back to settle a score, but it will cost him and put his family in danger. Dwight is not exactly assassin material, and things quickly spiral out of control. Bonnie Johnson, Eve Plumb, Amy Hargreaves, David W. Thompson and Devin Ratray co-star in this movie that was awarded the International Critics Pick at the Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier and in limited release from RADiUS-TWC.


04.25.14 - Brick MansionsBrick Mansions – Decades ago, John Carpenter predicted that New York City would become a walled-off maximum-security prison. Rudy Giuliani made sure that would never happen, cleaned up Times Square, and here we are. But there is another American city that has fallen so hard, it might as well be walled off and left to rot. That city is Detroit, and it harbors some tough cookies and a few cats that know Parkour. Damien Collier (the late Paul Walker) has to re-team with his ex-partner, Lino (David Belle), to free the love of his life (Catalina Denis) from a drug kingpin (RZA) while trying to escape the walled city. Luc Besson wrote the script, Camille Delamarre directed and Relativity Media gives it a limited theatrical run.


04.25.14 - For No Good ReasonFor No Good ReasonRalph Steadman was more than just Hunter S. Thompson’s illustrator, but Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas brought him fame and fortune and no one is going to sneer at that. His paintings and drawings are violent, filthy, lurid and explosive. His personality is kind, quiet and good-humored. It’s always fun to meet the man behind the madness, especially when the man is this talented. A bevy of heavy hitters show up to play with Steadman, including Tim Robbins, Bill Murray, Terry Gilliam, Bruce Robinson, Richard E. Grant, Patrick Godfrey and Thompson incarnate, Johnny Depp. Directed by Charlie Paul and in limited release from Sony Pictures Classics.


04.25.14 - The German DoctorThe German Doctor – Some people take their job quite seriously. Josef Mengele (Alex Brendemühl) was such a person. To those interned at the Nazi Concentration Camps, he was known as the “Angel of Death”, but to an unwitting family in Patagonia, Argentina, he is known simply as the good doctor. Amazing what kind of secrets a person can harbor. As always, the truth will out, Israel is searching for Dr. Mengele, and they will find him. Diego Peretti, Alan Daicz, Florencia Bado, Natalia Oreiro and Elena Roger co-star, Lucía Puenzo writes and directs and Samuel Goldwyn Films gives this a limited American release.


04.25.14 - Last PassengerLast Passenger – A group is aboard a London commuter train that has been hijacked and running horribly out of control. Everyone has something at stake, and that is precisely what is going to compel them all to escape from such a predicament. Or die trying. Dougray Scott, David Schofield, Lindsay Duncan, Kara Tointon and Iddo Goldberg star in this tense and claustrophobic thriller. Directed by Omid Nooshin and in limited release from Cohan Media Group.


04.25.14 - LockeLocke – Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) has done his best to craft and create the life that he wanted, but that life is as fragile as glass and comes shattering down around him in one swift moment. Set entirely in a life-alerting car ride home, Locke shows just how quickly it can all end. Thankfully, Hardy is the man anchoring this performance and project. Ben Daniels, Andrew Scott, Olivia Colman, Bill Milner and Ruth Wilson are the various voices on the phone, Steven Knight wrote and directed the movie and A24 gives this a limited release.


04.25.14 - The MachineThe Machine – Vincent (Toby Stephens) has helped create the first self-aware machine. That was his first problem. His second problem was that he so fell in love with it that he made it to reflect the beauty he desired. Hence, Ava (Caity Lotz) is one pretty good-looking robot. Third problem, Ava has been taken by the British government and turned into a weapon. Will people never learn? Denis Lawson, Sam Hazeldine, Pooneh Hajimohammadi and John-Paul Macleod co-star in this sci-fi tale of lovers lost. Caradog W. James wrote and directed and Xlrator Media gives it a limited theatrical release with a full VOD backing.


04.25.14 - The Other WomanThe Other WomanMark (Nikolaj Waldau) is not exactly a Prince Charming. He seems like a good thing, but when his girlfriend, Carly (Cameron Diaz), finds out that she is the Other Woman, the finish quickly wears off. The scorned wife, Kate (Leslie Mann), isn’t happy to meet the girlfriend, but she doesn’t have much in the self-esteem department and turns to the bottle and her new-found friend. Then the two of them discover that Marky-Boy has been cheating on them both with Amber (Kate Upton) and the s*** really hits the fan. Nicky Minaj and Taylor Kinney also star in a script written by Melissa Stack and directed by Nick Cassavetes. In wide release from 20th Century Fox.


04.25.14 - The Quiet OnesThe Quiet Ones – Professor Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris) has recruited his students to help him work with a severely disturbed and diseased woman, Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke). She is sick with something much worse than a normal bug, she might be possessed by something demonic. Or she might be a demon in disguise trying to lure the unsuspecting in. Erin Richards, Sam Claflin, Rory Fleck-Byrne and Laurie Calvert co-star in a script written by Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman and John Pogue that was based on a script by Tom de Ville which was in turn based on true events. Pogue directs and Lionsgate gives this a wide release.


04.25.14 - Who Is Dayani CristalWho Is Dayani Cristal? – What is it that motivates and drives thousands and thousands of Mexicans north, across the deserts, through the rivers and over the walls, past the coyotes, past the Border Patrol and into America where manual labor and low-paying work awaits them? Director Marc Silver, writer Mark Monroe and star Gael García Bernal trace the path of one such Mexican who died in the process, Dayani Cristal. A nobody in Mexico and a nobody in death, Silver, Monrow and Bernal are trying to give him an identity in hopes of understanding some much bigger. In limited release from Kino Lorber films.