PLEASE STAND BY

For Wendy (Dakota Fanning), the world is as big as it is confusing. Autistic and living in a San Francisco group home under the tutelage of Scottie (Toni Collette), Wendy has learned what to do and how to do — from which color sweater to wear on Tuesdays to saying the right thing to customers while handing out samples at Cinnabon — it’s just the why that trips her up. And while her day job at Cinnabon and her living space bring comfort and routine, Wendy’s life lacks purpose and adventure. She finds it in a Star Trek spec script … Continue reading PLEASE STAND BY

NIGHT MOVES

Night Moves, from director and co-writer Kelly Reichardt, is about three activists coming together to pull off a stunt of eco-terrorism. Set in Ashland, OR and the surrounding areas, Night Moves follows Josh (Jesse Eisenberg), an employee of an organic farm, as he enlists the aid of Dena (Dakota Fanning) and Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard) in the destruction of a nearby dam. All three are amateur and none of them are prepared to deal with the consequences of their actions. Their plan is fairly simple, pack a motorboat — named Night Moves — full of homemade explosives, float it out to … Continue reading NIGHT MOVES

Movie Beat – 05.30.14

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhass – Michael Kohlhass (Mads Mikkelsen) was just another family man, a horse trader and a loyal citizen. Then they stole his horses and murdered his wife, now he has nothing to live for. Nothing, except for his revenge. A classic tale of retribution painted across the wide-open landscape of 16th Century France. Mélusine Mayance, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross, Bruno Ganz and Denis Lavant co-star in a script written by Christelle Berthevas and Arnaud des Pallières with des Pallières directing as well. In limited release from Music Box Films.   Filth – Bruce … Continue reading Movie Beat – 05.30.14

Movie Beat – 11.08.13

The Armstrong Lie – “Sure I cheated. BUT, I didn’t cheat that one time, and I want credit for it.” Seems like a silly argument to take, but Lance Armstrong was a cheater, what else would you expect? In 2009, director Alex Gibney and producer Frank Marshall set out to make a documentary about Lance Armstrong, the man who overcame testicular cancer and became the poster boy of cycling. Over the course of the lionization of Armstrong, the truth came out, and boy did the subject change course. Documentary out in limited release from Sony Pictures Classics.   At Berkeley … Continue reading Movie Beat – 11.08.13

Movie Beat – 11.16.12

Lincoln goes wide, Twilight finally comes to a close, and we’ve got ten new releases this weekend. Look out, here we go! 16 Acres – No trailer for this one, and only seeing a very limited release in one cinema this week in New York City, but still worth your attention once it comes to your city or to Netflix. It’s been over ten years since the attack on The World Trade Center, and the rebuilding of those 16 acres at Ground Zero have proven to be extremely complicated as political, financial, and emotional interests converge. The New York Time best summed … Continue reading Movie Beat – 11.16.12