Movie Beat – 07.18.14

07.18.14 - AftermathAftermath – The much feared and talked about Nuclear Holocaust has finally come and claimed the lives of all but nine survivors who hole up in a farmhouse basement. The world may be over for most, but for these nine, the worst is far from over. Edward Furlong, Monica Keena, Andre Royo, Jessie Rusu, C.J. Thomason and Christine Kelly star in a script by Christian McDonald and directed by Peter Engert. In limited release from RLJ/Image Entertainment.


07.18.14 - Alive InsideAlive Inside – Michael Rossato-Bennett has been following Dan Cohen, a social worker and the founder of Music & Memory, as he tries to combat Alzheimer’s by giving patients music to listen to. The results are stunning as memories come flooding back to these people who forgot that they even forgot these moments. A moving journey of how art can touch the human soul. In limited release from BOND/360 Films.


07.18.14 - Double Play James Benning and Richard LinklaterDouble Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater – James Benning is an experimental filmmaker who has spent his whole life obsessed with baseball. Richard Linklater wanted to play ball until a heart defect refused him and he turned to a lifelong obsession with filmmaking. Two artists and friends discussing their art and their friendship. What more could one ask for? Directed by Gabe Klinger and in limited release from FilmBuff.


07.18.14 - I OriginsI Origins – It has often been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. It has also been said that they eyes of God are always watching. Considering that cinema is a visual medium, it makes sense to explore such a theory, but writer/director Mike Cahill turns it up a notch and throws in elements of suspense and paranoia. Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Steven Yeun, Archie Panjabi and Astrid Bergés-Frisbey star in Cahill’s follow up to equally paranoid Another Earth. In limited release from Fox Searchlight Pictures.


07.18.14 - Mood IndigoMood Indigo – Colin (Romain Duris) is a quirky guy who is working on a piano that makes cocktails. Enter Chloe (Audrey Tautou), the adorable girl of Colin’s affection and together they plunge headfirst into the cosmic dance of love. Chloe has a very unusual illness, and to keep the demons at bay, Colin must surround Chloe constantly with fresh flowers. A quirky and magical tale told by one of the quirkiest director’s around, Michel Gondry. Based on the novel by Boris Vian and adapted by Gondry and Luc Bossi, Drafthouse Films brings this one across the pond and in limited release.


07.18.14 - Planes Fire & RescuePlanes: Fire and Rescue – Dusty is back and this time he has found residency and work in a National Park where he is training to be a fire-fighting plane. The National Park is also home to the Fuse-Lodge where all forms of planes and automobiles come to vacation. Vocal work from Dane Cook, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Curtis Armstrong, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook and many, many more. Directed by Roberts Gannaway and in wide release from Walt Disney Pictures.


07.18.14 - The Purge AnarchyThe Purge: Anarchy – The Purge is an American Tradition, a way to solve all our crime problems and murderous instincts. Once a year, all crime is legal for 12 hours. I’m not sure how this expels all the demons without creating more, but there it is. This Purge, Frank Grillo has decided to take to the streets and help those caught with their Purge pants down, so to speak—which is odd, considered it only happens once a year, you’d think these people would be better prepared. Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Kiele Sanchez, Zach Gilford and Zoe Soul all get their Purge on in the sequel written and directed by James DeMonaco. In wide release from Universal Pictures.


07.18.14 - Sex TapeSex Tape – Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) have been married for ten years and they still love each other and are attracted to one another. They would love to have lots of hot and steamy sex, but with two kids raising hell, who has the time? They decide to spice it up by making an adult video, but while they sleep, their video is conveniently backed-up to the cloud overnight, and they become superstars. Oh, what will they say at the Parent Teacher Meetings? Co-starring Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe and Nat Faxon. Written by Kate Angelo, Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller with Jake Kasdan directing. In wide release from Sony Pictures.


07.18.14 - Video Game The MovieVideo Game: The Movie – The first truly commercial video game was Pong in 1972 and look how far we have come in a mere 42 years. The future of video games is full interaction with video game competition quickly sneaking up on physical sports. Where is all of this heading? Executive producer Zach Braff and writer/director Jeremy Snead rounding up some of the heavyweights in the industry to get a good idea. Sean Astin narrates and Variance Films gives this a limited release.


07.18.14 - Wish I Was HereWish I Was Here – The Bloom Family is going through some tough times. The patriarch, Gabe (Mandy Patinkin) isn’t feeling so hot and his sons, Aidan (Zach Braff) and Noah (Josh Gad) have to pick up the slack and rally the troops. Those troops being, Sarah (Kate Hudson), Tucker (Pierce Gagnon) and Grace (Joey King). Strife often brings out the strengths in all of us and it looks like The Bloom Family is going to blossom. Written by Zach Braff and Adam J. Braff with Zach Braff once again stepping behind the camera. Out in limited release from Focus Features.