Movie Beat – 12.20.13

All The Light In The Sky – Marie (Jane Adams) is an actress living in Malibu and desperately needs a job. Not because she is broke or because she owes a bunch of money to the mob, but because she is middle-aged and fears that the best roles of her life are already behind her. Her niece (Sophia Takal) comes to spend the weekend, and that just brings up more problems and more insecurities. Life sure can be tough. Kent Osborne, David Siskind, Larry Fessenden, and Susan Traylor co-star, Adams co-wrote the script with director Joe Swanberg and Factory 25 … Continue reading Movie Beat – 12.20.13

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 – 01.25.13

There seems to be a theme among January releases: Gangster Squad, The Last Stand, The Baytown Outlaws, and now Hansel & Gretel all are chock-full of scenes of excessive gun violence and a fetishism for the weapons. Seems a tad out of touch of what has happened very recently in our nation. Then again, none of these movies could have predicted that. I suppose it’s just a case of wrong time, wrong place. There are a few other movies in release this week, but we kick things off with the aforementioned gun violence picture of the week. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – … Continue reading Movie Beat – 01.25.13