Archipelago – Another week, another movie from writer/director Joanna Hogg. This time out Hogg takes us to a remote English location to explore the quiet desperation in the lives of others. An archipelago is a collection of small islands in a vast sea, a perfect descriptor for this family who is waiting for Father to arrive. Smacks of Beckett and Antonioni, but in the best possible way. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Amy Lloyd, Christopher Baker, Kate Fahy and Lydia Leonard. In limited release from Kino Lorber.
Begin Again – Dan (Mark Ruffalo) is an ex-record executive who is drowning his problems in hops, barley and water. Gretta (Keira Knightley) is a singer/songwriter who just got dumped by her rock star boyfriend, Dave (Adam Levine). Gretta happens to be playing the very club that Dan is drinking himself to death in, and the song sparks some of that old flame in him. He wants to produce her album, but neither has any money, so they will record each song on the fly in the City of New York. Catherine Keener, James Corden, Ceelo Greene and Hailee Steinfeld co-star in the new musical from writer/director John Carney. In limited release from The Weinstein Company.
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz – Aaron Swartz got an early jump on the competition. He started by working on developing RSS feeds and then co-founded Reddit, before turning to social justice and political organization. Then, at the age of twenty-six, he took his own life. Swartz grew up alongside the internet and it shaped him as a person while he shaped it as pulpit. Documentarian Brian Knappenberger cobbles together footage from Swartz’s life and interviews from friends and family to try to understand someone who left us so quickly. In limited release from Film Buff.
Jackpot – Set during Christmas in Norway, comes the classic tale of greed and revenge, acted upon with grave violence and enacted by idiots. Oscar (Kyrre Hellum) woke up bloody and scared in a strip club with a shotgun gripped in his hands. How he got here, what he did and why he did it is a mystery, but it will slowly come back to him. Especially when Police Detective Solør (Henrik Mestad) starts to expedite the process. Based on a novel by pulp writer Jo Nesbo and adapted for the screen and directed by Magnus Martens, Music Box Films gives this a limited US theatrical run.
La Bare – Joe Manganiello played Big Dick Richie in 2012’s Magic Mike and now he hops in the director’s chair to take a look at the real life Magic Mike and Richie. La Bare is a male strip club, populated by some of the best dancers in the business. Women keep coming night after night for more and more and the men keep shaking it for them. In wide release from Main Street Films.
Siddharth – Mahendra (Rajesh Tailang) has lost his son. He put Siddharth (Irfan Khan) to work at the age of twelve, and now he has gone missing, kidnapped surely. Mahendra’s search for his son will take him all over New Dehli with a heart-wrenching discovery. Co-starring Anurag Arora, Geeta Agrawal Sharma, Naseeruddin Shah, Shobha Sharma Jassi and Tannishtha Chatterjee. Written by Maureen Dorey and directed by Richie Mehta. Out in a limited theatrical release from Zeitgeist Films.
Snowpiercer – In the future, the Ark that will save humanity from the apocalypse will not be a boat, but a train called “Snowpiercer”. Powered by an engine that will run forever, the Earthly survivors have brought all of their prejudice, sexism and racism with them aboard the train. Led by Curtis (Chris Evans), the tail will revolt and rise up against Mason (Tilda Swinton) and the ruling class located in the head. Co-starring Song Kang-ho, Jamie Bell, John Hurt and Octavia Spencer, Bong Joon-ho’s internationally acclaimed sci-fi tale lands on US shores after a long battle with The Weinsteins. Out in wide release from RADiUS-TWC.
They Came Together – He’s your typical handsome mid-level executive trying to land the big account when his sexpot girlfriend leaves him after he proposes. She is a manic-pixie-dream-girl-single mom with a vaguely hostile-lesbian sister who owns a Not For Profit candy store. Then he came to a Halloween party dressed as Benjamin Franklin, and then she came to a Halloween party dressed as Benjamin Franklin, and then they both came to a Halloween party dressed as Benjamin Franklin! Seriously guys, their story is like on of those romantic comedies, you know, the ones where the city of New York is like a third character. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler give two of their best performances and are supported by Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders and Max Greenfield. Written by Michael Showalter and David Wain with Wain directing. Out in limited release from Lionsgate Films.
Transformers Age of Extinction – It’s the fourth go around for the Transformer franchise, and once again, the world is in jeopardy from giant alien robots that hide among us as automobiles. Mankind has been hunting Autobots, but now another form of Transformer has appeared and blah blah blah, fight fight fight, smash smash smash-Dragon? Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Stanley Tucci collect a paycheck, Ehren Kruger writes and Michael Bay directs. In wide release from Paramount Pictures.
Yves Saint Laurent – YSL (Pierre Niney) was in his twenties when Christian Dior passed away, leaving him the keys to the kingdom. Laurent quickly turned heads with his shocking and still modern designs and lines and quickly rose to the level of haute couture. Along the way, he ran into Pierre (Guillaume Gallienne) who would become the love of Laurent’s life. Charlotte Le Bon, Laura Smet, Marie de Villepin and Nikolai Kinski co-star in this sexy and stylish biopic from writers Jacques Fieschi and Jeremie Guez and director Jalil Lespert. Out in limited release from The Weinstein Company.