Movie Beat – 08.08.14

08.08.14 - About AlexAbout Alex – They once were the closest of friends, but they lost touch. Then, Alex (Jason Ritter) tried to kill himself. Thankfully, he failed and to commemorate his failure, the gang is getting back together at a cabin for the weekend to hash it all out. Then sex got in the way. It always does. Starring Maggie Grace, Max Greenfield, Aubrey Plaza, Jane Levy and Max Minghella. Written and directed by Jesse Zwick. In limited release from Screen Media Ventures.


08.08.14 - Deepsea Challenge 3DDeepsea Challenge 3D – James Cameron is a filmmaker best known for his giant blockbuster smashes that own the box office. He is also a nut for the ocean and spends a vast majority of his time and fortune constructing rigs to explore the last Earthly frontier. His challenge is to build a rig to explore the Mariana Trench—seven miles straight down—and live to tell the tale. Directed by John Bruno and Ray Quint and in limited release from National Geographic.


08.08.14 - The DogThe Dog – Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. John Wojtowicz was the man who robbed a bank so that his lover could get a sex change. This unusual story was brought to the big screen by Sidney Lumet and led Al Pacino to one of his greatest performances. Dog Day Afternoon is over, the lights have come up, and John Wojtowicz is still here, still loony and still telling one hell of a good story. Directed by Allison Berg and François Keraudren and in limited release from Drafthouse Films.


08.08.14 - Fifi Howls From HappinessFifi Hollows from Happiness – Iranian painter, Bahman Mohassess had a great deal of his work destroyed and censored by the Iranian Government. He was forced into hiding, but he never stopped painting. Now, director, Mitra Farahani coaxes the “Persian Picasso” out of seclusion to get his stories and thoughts collected on camera to keep him from fading away. In limited release from Music Box Films.


08.08.14 - The Hundred-Foot JourneyThe Hundred-Foot Journey – Le Saule Pleureur is an elegant restaurant located in the South of France and run by master chef, Madame Mallroy (Helen Mirren). One-hundred feet across the street is an abandoned restaurant that Papa (Om Puri) purchases so his son, Hassan (Manish Dayal) can show of his culinary skills. At first, Mallroy and Papa are at odds with one another, but the delicacies of food will bridge the gap between cultures and traditions. Co-starring Charlotte Le Bon, Amit Shah and Farzana Dua Elahe. Written by Steven Knight and Richard C. Morais and directed by Lasse Hallstrom. In wide release from Walt Disney Pictures.


08.08.14 - Into the StormInto the Storm – Global warming continues to threaten all of our lives but those poor bastards in the Midwest are going to feel the brunt of it today. Silverton is the town under siege by tornadoes, hail, rain, fire—you name it. Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Matt Walsh, Nathan Kress and Jon Reep run from the digital destruction. Written by John Swetnam and directed by Steven Quale. In wide release from Warner Brothers Pictures.


08.08.14 - The Maid's RoomThe Maid’s Room – The Crawford Family lives a life of luxury and privilege in the Hamptons, and they will do anything to preserve it. Their new maid, Drina (Paula Garcés) is a beautiful Columbian who was just looking to establish a long-term employment relationship when the Crawford son uses her to hide a body, maybe even more. The family turns on Drina, and she turns on them. Co-starring Bill Camp, Philip Ettinger and Annabella Sciorra. Written and directed by Michael Walker and in limited release from Filmbuff.


08.08.14 - Step Up All InStep In: All In – They just gotta dance! Unfortunately, Los Angeles is just as good at dashing your dreams as it is making them come true. To make it, the crew is going to have to journey to Las Vegas and compete against some very impressive dancers for the coveted prize of a three-year contact at a casino. In the words of Kevin Bacon, “Let’s dance!” Starring Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Stephen Boss, Misha Gabriel, Izabella Miko and Alyson Stoner. Written by John Swetnam and directed by Trish Sie. In wide release from Lionsgate Films.


08.08.14 - Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – That ancient tale of four turtles who become mutated by ooze, taught martial arts by an overgrown rat and have to save the city from an army of foot soldiers led by Shredder. Vocal work from Alan Ritchson, Johnny Knoxville, Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher, Tony Shalhoub and Danny Woodburn. Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fichtner co-star in a script from Josh Applebaum, André Nemec and Evan Daugherty and directed by Jonathan Liebesman. In wide release from Paramount Pictures.


08.08.14 - What IfWhat If – Can a man and a woman be friends? Possibly, but not likely. Especially if the two are young, attractive and not sure about their current relationships. Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) can’t seem to find that special someone, until Chantry (Zoe Kazan) walked by. The problem: Chantry’s long-standing boyfriend, Ben (Rafe Spall). That’s okay; Wallace will give friendship a go, even if it bites him in the ass. Co-starring Megan Park, Adam Driver and Mackenzie Davis. Written by Elan Mastai and directed by Michael Dowse. In limited release from CBS Films.