Movie Beat – 06.06.14

06.06.14 - BorgmanBorgman – It starts with a bang: Borgman (Jan Bijvoet) is on the run because a group of heavily armed priests are hunting him down. They locate his lair, force him out and he escapes just barely. He then comes to a suburban family’s house and asks them for a bath. They turn him away. He returns as a gardener and they accept him into their home and lives. Big mistake. Taking place in modern-day Netherland, this morality tale is played out with some very high stakes. Co-starring Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Eva van de Wijdeven and Annet Malherbe. Written and directed by Alex van Warmerdam and in limited release from Drafthouse Films.


06.06.14 - Burt's BuzzBurt’s Buzz– Some are born showmen, others find themselves in that position against their better judgment. Burt Shavitz is the face and co-founder of Burt’s Bees (an extremely popular natural skin care line) and he never meant to be the face of anything, but there he is, plastered across lotion and lip balm from coast to coast. The greater public has suddenly been stricken with a love for natural and organic brands, and Burt was at the forefront. He loves the success, but what about the fame? Documentarian Jody Shapiro wisely picks Shavitz as his subject and follows him around as he both embraces success and defies fame. In limited release from FilmBuff.


06.06.14 - Citizen KochCitizen Koch – The Koch Brothers are more than just rich, they are filthy, stinking, rich. They have the capital to buy their way in and back out of any problem they come across. That might not sit well with the American Public, so they put up a front, Citizens For Prosperity in America Today. Seems like a good idea, but it is nothing more than a front. The rich keep getting rich, and they are using the poor to do it. Worse, they are convincing the poor that they need to keep getting wealthier. Documentarians Carl Deal and Tia Lessin look to blow the lid off the Koch Brothers with an alarmist documentary. But, will anyone listen? Out in limited release from Variance Films.


06.06.14 - Edge of TomorrowEdge of TomorrowLive, die, repeat. Live, die, repeat. Live, die, repeat… Life is a constant cycle of deaths and births, but rarely does one get to experience it over and over again, let alone, remember it. That is the existence that Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is stuck in. Is he cursed to a Sisyphean existence, or is he destined for something much greater? Only time will tell, he just has to find a way to break the cycle. Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way and Kick Gurry star alongside Cruise. Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth wrote the script and Doug Liman directed it. Out in wide release from Warner Brothers.


06.06.14 - The Fault In Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars – Recovery and support groups are pretty common places for people to meet and fall in love. Hazel (Shailene Woodley) is the classic beautiful girl who doesn’t know she is and Gus (Ansel Elgort) is the funny and understanding gentleman who will make her realize that. Gus is getting better, but Hazel isn’t, and not even the bonds of love is going to save her. Prepare your heartstrings, they are about to be yanked. Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern and Mike Birbiglia co-star in this cinematic adaptation of the young adult novel by John Green. Script by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter, directed by Josh Boone and in wide release from 20th Century Fox.


06.06.14 - Obvious ChildObvious Child– Donna (Jenny Slate) is a twenty-something comedian who successfully mines her real life into a stand-up routine. No subject is off-limits: the men in her life, the sexual hang-ups she faces and the grosser part of her life is where Donna likes to swing. When her boyfriend leaves her pregnant and single, Donna’s life takes a drastic perspective shift and she has a lot of growing up to do. Co-starring David Cross, Richard Kind, Jake Lacy, Gabe Liedman and Gaby Hoffmann. Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre and in limited release from A24 Films.


06.06.14 - Ping Pong SummerPing Pong Summer – Radford Miracle (Marcello Conte) is thirteen-years old and is spending his summer in Ocean City, Maryland. The year is 1985 and hip-hop has taken over Rad’s life, hip-hop and Ping-Pong. With a little help from an old Ping-Pong pro (Susan Sarandon) he’ll master that game, but his dance skills will need some help. Co-starring Lea Thompson, John Hannah, Amy Sedaris and Emmi Shockley. Written and directed by Michael Tully, this nostalgic tale is in limited release from Gravitas Ventures.


06.06.14 - The SacramentThe Sacrament – Eden Parish is a self-sufficient community run by “Father” (Gene Jones) and maintained by a legion of loyal followers. One of the followers might be there against her wishes, and two journalists go looking for her and a good story. Looks like they found it, the only problem is, they are the story. Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kate Lyn Sheil and Kentucker Audley co-star in this found-footage horror movie from Ti West. In limited release from Magnet Releasing.


06.06.14 - Supermensch The Legend of Shep GordonSupermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon – Shep Gordon ended up in LA during the 60s and quickly found his footing as a musical manager. Not just one-act, but several, and Gordon became a crossroad for many, many rock n’ rollers. Everything was going fine and dandy, but you can only spend so long in the clutches of Hollywood and the Los Angeles system before things start to go south. Gordon re-invented himself as a Buddhist and began giving back and paying it forward. Mike Meyers documents the life and philosophy of his friend and many of Gordon’s admirers and clients come out to sing his praises. In limited release from RADiUS-TWC.


06.06.14 - Willow CreekWillow Creek – Bigfoot is a mythical creature that lives somewhere in Humboldt County, CA and exists primarily in the mind’s of the gullible. Two amateur detectives, Jim (Bryce Johnson) and Kelly (Alexie Gilmore), track the over-sized creature in this horror found-footage movie from writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait. As usually, everything starts off fine and dandy as the two enjoy talking to the townsfolk of Willow Creek and enjoying the majestic splendor of nature. Then something appears and everything goes horribly, horribly wrong.  In limited release from MPI Media Group.