quinta-feira, 31 de maio de 2012
Based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles, 'Trishna' tells the story of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. Set in contemporary Rajasthan, Trishna (Freida Pinto) meets a wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed) who has come to India to work in his father's hotel business. After an accident destroys her father's Jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love. But despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialisation, urbanisation and, above all, education. Trishna's tragedy is that she is torn between the traditions of her family life and the dreams and ambitions that her education has given her.
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Writer: Thomas Hardy (novel) (Tess of the d'Urbervilles)
Stars: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed and Anurag Kashyap
A group of college kids travel to a small, mountain town called Madison County to interview the author of a tell-all book on the accounts of several grisly murders that happened there. But when the kids get to Madison County, the author is no where to be found and the towns people act like they haven't seen him in years. They also say that the killer never existed and the murders never happened. However, when the kids start digging around to get their own answers, they find out that the stories may be more real than the townspeople are letting on!
Director: Eric England
Writer: Eric England
Stars: Katie Stegeman, Natalie Scheetz and Joanna Sotomura
A comedy/drama about 35-year-old Morris Bliss, who is clamped in the jaws of New York City inertia: he wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; he still shares an apartment with his widowed father; and perhaps worst of all the premature death of his mother still lingers and has left him emotionally walled up. When he finds himself wrapped up in an awkward relationship with the sexually precocious, 18-year-old daughter of a former classmate, Morris quickly discovers his static life unraveling and opening up in ways that are long overdue.
Director: Michael Knowles
Writers: Michael Knowles (screenplay), Douglas Light (novel)
Stars: Michael C. Hall, Peter Fonda and Lucy Liu
Some Guy Who Kills People is about Ken Boyd, a lonely man fresh out of the loony bin, who sets out to kill those he deems responsible for his miserable life.
Director: Jack Perez
Writer: Ryan A. Levin
Stars: Kevin Corrigan, Barry Bostwick and Karen Black
London, modern day: Joe, a mild mannered young man is bored by his life. When his beloved brother is murdered Joe finds solace in Piggy, one of his brother's old friends. Piggy helps Joe to cope with grief, intent on saving him and helping him get justice for his brother's killing. As their friendship grows Joe finds himself in an increasing dangerous and murky world of violence and revenge. As Joe life collapses around him he starts to question who Piggy really is, and how honest he's really been with him. When Joe confronts Piggy a series of events are put in place that lead to a disastrous climax.
Director: Kieron Hawkes
Writer: Kieron Hawkes
Stars: Paul Anderson, Martin Compston and Josh Herdman
Recording a 24-hour period throughout every country in the world, we explore a greater diversity of perspectives than ever seen before on screen. We follow characters and events that evolve throughout the day, interspersed with expansive global montages that explore the progression of life from birth, to death, to birth again. In the end, despite unprecedented challenges and tragedies throughout the world, we are reminded that every day we are alive there is hope and a choice to see a better future together. Founded in 2008, it set out to explore our planet's identity and challenges in an attempt to answer the question: Who are we?
Director: Kyle Ruddick
Writer: Kyle Ruddick (creator)
A dramedy centered on a thirtysomething woman who becomes involved with a group of geeky fiftyish men who have found a way to work the sportsbook system in Las Vegas to their advantage.
Director: Stephen Frears
Writers: Beth Raymer (memoir), D.V. DeVincentis (screenplay)
Stars: Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn
Spanning over two decades, "For the Love of Money" follows the true account of an Israeli immigrant who searches for his piece of the American dream. The story begins in Tel Aviv in 1973, where a young Izek is raised in a seedy, gangster filled illegal casino that operates behind his family's bar. The casino is a haven for unsavory characters who seek to corrupt him to their way of life. When the violence and crime finds its way to him and his family, Izek (Yuda Levi) and his family relocate to Los Angeles. Hoping to start anew, he pursues his ambitions to become a young entrepreneur by developing small businesses, purchasing real estate, and running an auto repair shop. Success seems to find him at every turn and after falling in love with the beautiful Aline (Delphine Chaneac), luck seems to be on his side. However, it isn't long before the world of crime that Izek tried to escape so long ago continues to doggedly follow him every step of the way.
Director: Ellie Kanner
Writers: Jenna Mattison (screenplay), Michael Micco (story)
Stars: Edward Furlong, James Caan and Jonathan Lipnicki
When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. In his village, Bil'in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers start to resist this decision. For more than five years, Emad films the struggle, which is lead by two of his best friends, alongside filming how Gibreel grows. Very soon it affects his family and his own life. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; his friends, brothers and him as well are either shot or arrested. One Camera after another is shot at or smashed, each camera tells a part of his story.
Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Writer: Guy Davidi
A young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos; a soldier struggles to foster a greater good while absent from her family; and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror.
Director: Alrick Brown
Writers: Charles Plath (storyline consultant), Alrick Brown (screenplay)
Stars: Cleophas Kabasita, Hadidja Zaninka and Marc Gwamaka
Shakey is a family film about a 35-year-old widower named J.T. O'Neil, his precocious 10-year-old daughter and their devoted mutt Shakey. After moving from a small town to Chicago and missing the fine print in their rental contract, J.T. is forced to try and get rid of his lovable pooch. Shakey and Chandler won't have it and hatch a plan to keep Shakey and teach J.T. a valuable lesson about loyalty and the importance of keeping family together.
Director: Kevin Cooper
Writers: Kevin Cooper (screenplay), Eric Stolze (screenplay)
Stars: Beverly D'Angelo, Steve Guttenberg and Steve Lemme
In central China, a Master coach recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions. Through hard work and discipline, these boys and girls come of age, trained in the art of boxing and the game of life. They are filled with Olympic dreams, hoping to become China's next amateur heroes. But the pull of professionalism also weighs upon their shoulders. Their coach hopes to show them the way. The top student boxers face dramatic choices as they graduate - should they fight for the collective good as amateurs or for themselves and their own personal gain as professionals? It's a metaphor for the choices that everyone faces now, in the New China.
Director: Yung Chang
Writer: Yung Chang
Stars: Zongli He, Yunfei Miao and Moxiang Qi
After a lifetime of hiding, Chely Wright becomes the first commercial country music singer to come out as gay, shattering cultural stereotypes within Nashville, per conservative heartland family and, most importantly, within herself. With unprecedented access over a two-year period, including her private video diaries, the film layers Chely's rise to fame while hiding in the late 90's with the execution of her coming out plan, culminating in the exciting moment when she steps into the media glare to reveal she is gay. The film shows both the devastation of internalized homophobia and the transformational power of living an authentic life. The film also documents the conflicting responses from Nashville, the heartland and the LGBT community as Chely Wright prepares for an unknown future.
Directors: Bobbie Birleffi, Beverly Kopf
Stars: Chely Wright, Jennifer Archer and Howard Bragman
quarta-feira, 30 de maio de 2012
Dave Brown is a Los Angeles police officer who works out of the Rampart Division. Dave is misogynistic, racist, brutally violent, egotistical and a womanizer, although he defends himself against many of these accusations as he says that his hate is equal opportunity. However unlawful, he uses intimidation and brutal force to defend his ideals. The most notorious of his actions is purportedly murdering a suspected serial date rapist, which is why he has been given the nickname "Date Rape Dave". He lives with two of his ex-wives - sisters Barbara and Catherine - in an effort to keep family together, namely his two daughters, Helen and Margaret, who each have a different sister as their mother. Dave still maintains a sexual relationship with both sisters - whenever the mood suits any of them - while he openly has other sexual relationships. His life is put under a microscope after he is caught on video brutally beating a person with who he got into an automobile crash...
Director: Oren Moverman
Writers: James Ellroy, Oren Moverman
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster and Sigourney Weaver
Focuses on the cyclical journey taken by all living creatures, from birth to having youngsters of their own.
Directors: Michael Gunton, Martha Holmes
Writers: Michael Gunton, Martha Holmes
Stars: Daniel Craig
Madrid, in the seventeenth century. Abandoned at the doorstep of a monastery, Ambrosio has been brought up by the Capucin Friars. After becoming a friar himself, he becomes an unrivaled preacher whose sermons draw crowds and earn him the admiration of all. Admired for his extreme rigor and absolute virtue, Ambrosio is certain he is safe from any temptation. But Satan has not said his final word.
Director: Dominik Moll
Writers: Matthew Lewis (novel), Dominik Moll (screenplay) (adaptation) (dialogue)
Stars: Vincent Cassel, Déborah François and Joséphine Japy
Set in 2041, Alex Garel is a well-known robot programmer who after 10 years returns to his home town to work in his old university when his friend Julia brings him a project to create a new line of robot child. There Alex meets his brother David, Lana (Alex's former lover and David's current wife), and Eva, Alex's 10-years-old niece. Looking for inspiration, Alex asks help Eva to be the muse of the new robot, watching her attitude and behavior during the time they spend together, making emotional tests to configure its personality. The relationship with his niece gives Alex doubts about finishing the project and awakens old feelings for Lana, at the same time he starts suspecting that perhaps the lovely and imaginative Eva is hiding an important secret about Lana and herself.
Director: Kike Maíllo
Writers: Sergi Belbel (screenplay), Aintza Serra (screenplay)
Stars: Daniel Brühl, Marta Etura and Alberto Ammann
1889. German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche witnessed the whipping of a horse while traveling in Turin, Italy. He tossed his arms around the horse's neck to protect it then collapsed to the ground. In less than one month, Nietzsche would be diagnosed with a serious mental illness that would make him bed-ridden and speechless for the next eleven years until his death. But whatever did happen to the horse? This film, which is Tarr's last, follows up this question in a fictionalized story of what occurred. The man who whipped the horse is a rural farmer who makes his living taking on carting jobs into the city with his horse-drawn cart. The horse is old and in very poor health, but does its best to obey its master's commands. The farmer and his daughter must come to the understanding that it will be unable to go on sustaining their livelihoods. The dying of the horse is the foundation of this tragic tale.
Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
Writers: László Krasznahorkai (screenplay), Béla Tarr (screenplay)
Stars: János Derzsi, Erika Bók and Mihály Kormos
Marion (Delpy) has broken up with Jack (Two Days in Paris) and now lives in New York with their child. But when her family decides to come visit her, she's unaware that the different cultural background held by her new American boyfriend Mingus (Rock), her eccentric father, and her sister Rose who decided to bring her ex-boyfriend along for the trip, added to her upcoming photo exhibition, will make up for an explosive mix.
Director: Julie Delpy
Writers: Julie Delpy (screenplay), Alexia Landeau (screenplay)
Stars: Chris Rock, Julie Delpy and Albert Delpy
A criminal ring kidnaps women and sells them to wealthy clients. When they kidnap the wife of an ARMY Ranger, their plans change dramatically, when he finds the abandoned Prison where they are held. a deadly cat and mouse game begins as he hunts them while trying to save the women from being sold and shipped away.
Director: Tino Struckmann
Writer: Tino Struckmann
Stars: Tiffany Anne Hughes, John Greer and Claudia Crawford
Prisoner 24601, Jean Valjean, is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert. Set in early 19th-century France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the July Revolution of 1832.
Director: Tom Hooper
Writers: Claude-Michel Schönberg (book), Alain Boublil (book)
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Amanda Seyfried,
Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Director: Michael Haneke
Writer: Michael Haneke (screenplay)
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert
segunda-feira, 28 de maio de 2012
A VIP private party in a tropical island surrounded by rainforest. The invitation, a small video camera (flipcam) that you have to wear around your neck at all times. The cameras record randomly and you never know when they are on. Sounds like the best and sexiest party ever? It is until a group of friends disappears in the forest. After weeks their cameras are found, on them we discover what has happened, and why the authorities did not want these images to be revealed.
Director: David Schurmann
Writers: David Schurmann, Rafael Blecher
Stars: Charlene Chagas, Natalia Vidal and Pedro Urizzi
Mickey Tussler, an autistic pitcher, joins a minor-league baseball team and has a profound effect on the team and manager Arthur "Murph" Murphy over the course of a season.
Director: William Dear
Writers: Jason Koornick (screenplay), Frank Nappi (story)
Stars: Luke Schroder, Dean Cain and George Canyon
As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother's death, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home.
Director: Nicholas McCarthy
Writer: Nicholas McCarthy
Stars: Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien and Agnes Bruckner
Layered romantic drama The Words follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch - he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words.
Directors: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
Writers: Brian Klugman (screenplay), Lee Sternthal (screenplay)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons
As Abraham Lincoln labors over the Gettysburg address, the importance of which he is fully aware, he learns that a menace from his past has returned, threatening to tear the already fractured nation to pieces. He must journey behind enemy lines to face an foe far more fearsome than the Confederate army: the walking dead.
Director: Richard Schenkman
Writers: Karl T. Hirsch (story), J. Lauren Proctor (story)
Stars: David Alexander, Raed Ali and Bernie Ask
sábado, 26 de maio de 2012
Two determined mothers, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.
Director: Daniel Barnz
Writers: Brin Hill (screenwriter), Daniel Barnz (screenplay)
Stars: Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Holly Hunter
A small town cinema in rural Ireland becomes the setting for a dramatic struggle between faith and passion, Rome and Hollywood and a man and his conscience.
Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Writers: Antoine O. Flatharta, Michael Doorley (novel)
Stars: Martin Sheen, Alan Curran, Gail Fitzpatrick and Trystan Gravelle
Follows the dramatic journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.
Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky
Stars: Jonathan Blow, Phil Fish and Edmund McMillen
An investigative and powerfully emotional documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military, the institutions that perpetuate and cover up its existence, and its profound personal and social consequences.
Director: Kirby Dick
sexta-feira, 25 de maio de 2012
Mary Shelley's classic tale, adapted for the stage by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle, will be broadcast live in HD from the National Theatre to cinemas around the world. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein's bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller will alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature.
Director: Danny Boyle
Writers: Nick Dear (play), Mary Shelley (novel)
Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Benedict Cumberbatch and Andreea Paduraru
A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.
Director: Ole Bornedal
Writers: Juliet Snowden, Stiles White
Stars: Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick
Dino is a cat that leads a double life. By day, he lives with Zoe, a little girl whose mother, Jeanne, is a police officer. By night, he works with Nico, a burglar with a big heart. Zoe has plunged herself into silence following her father's murder at the hands of gangster Costa. One day, Dino the cat brings Zoe a very valuable bracelet. Lucas, Jeanne's second-in-command, notices this bracelet is part of a jewelery collection that has been stolen. One night, Zoe decides to follow Dino. On the way, she overhears some gangsters and discovers that her nanny is part of the gangsters' team.
Directors: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol
Writers: Alain Gagnol (dialogue), Alain Gagnol (screenplay)
Stars: Dominique Blanc, Bruno Salomone and Jean Benguigui
quinta-feira, 24 de maio de 2012
Anxious to explore the mysterious hidden world under metropolitan Berlin, an international group of four urban explorers hires a local guide, Kris, who leads them into the maze of escape tunnels and subterranean fortifications under the city. When their guide has a bad fall, two of the girls in the group frantically set off to seek help while Denis, the young American, stays behind. Armin, a former East German border guard suddenly appears from nowhere. Out of sheer desperation, Denis allows Armin to lead them and their unconscious guide to safety and it is at this moment that Denis realizes he has just made the biggest mistake of his life!
Director: Andy Fetscher
Writer: Martin Thau
Stars: Nathalie Kelley, Nick Eversman and Klaus Stiglmeier
Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and what does it actually achieve? Pink Ribbons, Inc. is a feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a "dream cause," becomes obfuscated by a shiny, pink story of success.
Director: Léa Pool
Writers: Patricia Kearns, Léa Pool
A documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples and unveil his greatest teaching of all.
Director: Vikram Gandhi
Stars: Purva Bedi, Kristen Calgaro and Vikram Gandhi
A man crossing into Mexico with a satchel of $2,000,000, and a bloody past, finds himself under sudden attack in the sleepy town of El Fronteras.
Director: Eduardo Rodriguez
Writer: Jonathan W. Stokes (screenplay)
Stars: Scott Adkins, Yvette Yates and Christian Slater
In Santa Cruz for the summer, a young woman discovers the sport of surfing -- and a family secret as well.
Director: David Mueller
Writers: Lynn Salt, David Mueller
Stars: Aimee Teegarden, Lance Henriksen and Helen Slater
quarta-feira, 23 de maio de 2012
The action/spy movie "Switch" tells an intriguing story involving two men and two women. Special agent Xiao Jinhan (Andy Lau) and insurance company employee Lin Yuyan (Zhang Jingchu) are on a mission to protect the world-famous drawing "Fu Chun Shan Ju Tu", which is the target of a Japanese gangster (Tong Dawei). Taiwan sweetheart Lin Chi-ling portrays a mysterious women in the film.
Cast: Andy Lau, Lin Chi-ling, Zhang Jingchu, Jay Sun, Tong Dawei
After an unsuccessful and bloody raid in Istanbul, two Turkish anti-terrorist agents are sent to New York City on a mission to capture a notorious terrorist known only as ''Dejjal'' (Arabic for Anti-Christ). Working with the FBI and NYPD, the agents orchestrate the arrest of a suspect who may or not be the notorious Dejjal, but when events escalate, the foreign agents must take things in their own hands to avert disaster.
Cast: Gina Gershon, Danny Glover, Robert Patrick
In a misguided attempt to protect his family and pay back gambling debts to the local Mobster, Jimbo robs a fish market, which is coincidentally owned by the same Mobster. On the run, Jimbo is cornered in a local curio shop, where he takes hostage an assortment of colorful characters, including Maguire, who may be his illegitimate father. Surrounded by the Police, the SAS, and the Mobster's crew, the young man must find a way out of his precarious predicament with the help of his oddball captives.
Director: Terry George
Writers: Terry George (screenplay), Thomas Gallagher (screenplay)
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Colm Meaney and David O'Hara
A coming of age story involving young love and a mysterious music, coming from a crystal radio left as a memento by an absent father, that leads a young heroine deep into a hidden world.
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Writer: Makoto Shinkai (story)
Stars: Hisako Kanemoto, Kazuhiko Inoue and Miyu Irino
A young family struggling to make it on a the western frontier decides to allow the wife to work at a seamstress shop. As things get better financially, the wife gets sick and passes away. With help from his parents the young father learns to deal with the tragic loss and threat of losing everything they worked so hard for.
Director: Bradford May
Writer: Kevin Bocarde
Stars: Wes Brown, Cheryl Ladd and Bruce Boxleitner
The story is about Amber, a mean popular girl who gets electrocuted and dies and is not allowed to enter into heaven unless she helps the least popular girl in school become Prom Queen within a week, but things do not go as planned.
Director: Gil Junger
Writers: David Kendall, Bob Young
Stars: Lindsey Shaw, Chris Zylka and Cassie Scerbo
A Birmingham-based band are ordered by their unhappy record company to an old warehouse; the goal being to re-start their ailing careers with a kick-ass new promo video. Unfortunately the band and their entourage find themselves targets of a mysterious knife-wielding maniac, haunted by the voice of Satan, and out for revenge.
Director: Tony Jopia
Writer: Stephen Bishop
Stars: Laurence Saunders, Carl Coleman and Elisabeth Shahlavi
A Spanish orchestra conductor deals with the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend.
Director: Andrés Baiz
Writers: Stewart St. John (english adaptation), Andrés Baiz (screenplay)
Stars: Martina García, Quim Gutiérrez and Clara Lago
When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force...
Director: Todd Lincoln
Writer: Todd Lincoln
Stars: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan and Tom Felton
Following a tough divorce, 40-year-old Lucas has a new girlfriend, a new job and is in the process of reestablishing his relationship with his teenage son, Marcus. But things go awry. Not a lot. Just a passing remark. A random lie. And as the snow falls and the Christmas lights are lit, the lie spreads like an invisible virus. The shock and mistrust get out of hand, and the small community suddenly finds itself in a state of collective hysteria, while Lucas fights for his life and dignity .
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writers: Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm
Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen and Annika Wedderkopp
Martha has run away from an abusive hippie-like cult where she was living as Marcy May for two years. She turns to her sister and brother-in-law who take her in and want to help her. The problem is Martha is having a hard time separating dreams from reality and when haunting memories of her past keep resurfacing, she may need more help than anyone is able to give her.
Director: Sean Durkin
Writer: Sean Durkin
Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson and John Hawkes
This high tension, action driven story pits loving father, Leo Ibiza, against sinister child-killer Walter Karl. Some 9 years ago, Walter Karl is convicted for the brutal murder of 11-year-old Annie Gordon and sentenced to 17 years in prison. Now, out early for good behavior, his release sends shockwaves through the city. Horrorstricken citizens fear that he will again prey on their innocent children. But Walter Karl's transition back to ordinary life is a short one. An unexpected meeting with Leo Ibiza sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic events. Leo's lovely young daughter Jacqueline goes missing and Walter Karl becomes the prime suspect. Leo finds himself in a situation no parent should ever have to face! The richly drawn characters, fast pace, escalating anxiety and disturbing themes, all in their own way, remind us of the frailty of our children's lives. The result is a marvelous moral contemplation of society's standards...
Director: Fatmir Doga
Writer: Fatmir Doga
The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.
Director: Roger Michell
Writer: Richard Nelson
Stars: Bill Murray, Laura Linney and Olivia Williams
An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await.
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald (novel), Baz Luhrmann (screenplay)
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton
St. Jude Square is a neighborhood living in fear and despair. The dueling gangs of local kingpins Dash and Antuan terrorize the streets and the citizens live without a shred of hope... until mysterious stranger Ryan Hong (Cung Le) arrives in town. He begins to play one gang against the other using his unparalleled martial arts skills, and by calling on the teachings of his brilliant mentor Tiano (Jean-Claude Van Damme) to find the strength to battle back. However, just as he begins to bring the community under control, Hong is confronted by Mr. V, the town's ruthless and corrupt police chief. At first Mr. V is impressed by Hong's skill, but soon sees Hong as a threat to his regime, and the two warriors are locked in a head-to-head battle, pitting the fear and corruption of Mr. V's regime versus the new beginning Hong represents for the people of St. Jude Square.
Director: John Hyams
Writer: Tim Tori (screenplay)
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Peter Weller and Cung Le
Memorial Day, 1993. When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, Bud, everyone tells Kyle to put it back. Luckily, he ignores them. Although Bud has never talked about the war, he finds himself striking a deal with his grandson: Kyle can pick any three souvenirs, and Bud will tell him the stories behind each one. Memorial Day not only takes us on a journey into Bud's complicated wartime past, but also into Kyle's wartime future. As the two men share parallel experiences in combat, they come to realize how that magical day on the porch shaped both of their lives.
Director: Samuel Fischer
Writer: Marc Conklin
Stars: Jonathan Bennett, James Cromwell and John Cromwell
There is something going on in the small town of Backberga. The towns proud telecom company Unicom is just about to launch a new modern profile when they discover that there is something lurking in the outskirts of Backberga. An accident triggers a power failure, which leads to a chain of events,mishaps and love stories. Flicker is a warm comic story about people trying to find their place within the modern society.
Director: Patrik Eklund
Writer: Patrik Eklund
Stars: Kerstin Andersson, Sissela Benn and Mats Bergman
Cinnamon, a spoiled Maltese puppy, loves to have her mommy, Madeline, ALL to herself. But there's trouble when Madeline meets the man of her dreams, Kevin. And now Cinnamon has to share her mommy with Kevin and his 13-year-old son, Jordan. They are all in for a dog-gone Hollywood adventure when the crafty little canine goes into overdrive to break this relationship up. With the help of her doggy friends, Cinnamon knows that she will get her way. What she doesn't realize is that having a family might actually be what she is truly looking for!
Director: Michael Feifer
Writer: Michael Feifer
Stars: Cynthia Gibb, Greg Evigan and Kendall Ryan Sanders
Follows prodigy vulcanologist Antoinette Vitrini and her sister Emily as they attempt to blow the whistle on an illegal oil drilling scheme before it sets off the eruption of a super-volcano directly beneath Miami.
Director: Todor Chapkanov
Writer: Declan O'Brien
Stars: Rachel Hunter, Melissa Ordway and Cleavant Derricks
A coming of age story involving young love and a mysterious music, coming from a crystal radio left as a memento by an absent father, that leads a young heroine deep into a hidden world.
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Writer: Makoto Shinkai (story)
Stars: Hisako Kanemoto, Kazuhiko Inoue and Miyu Irino
terça-feira, 22 de maio de 2012
Everyone knows what to do if one morning the sky would be absolutely full of UFOs: run as fast as you can. However, what would happen if the invasion started while you are in the flat of the girl of your dreams, the one you have just met?
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Writer: Nacho Vigalondo
Stars: Michelle Jenner, Carlos Areces and Julián Villagrán
The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating results on both of their lives.
Director: Paddy Considine
Writer: Paddy Considine
Stars: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman and Eddie Marsan
After losing contact with Earth, Astronaut Lee Miller becomes stranded in orbit alone aboard the International Space Station. As time passes and life support systems dwindle, Lee battles to maintain his sanity - and simply stay alive. His world is a claustrophobic and lonely existence, until he makes a strange discovery aboard the ship.
Director: William Eubank
Writer: William Eubank
Stars: Gunner Wright, Corey Richardson and Bradley Horne
Roméo and Juliette are two young actors. They fall in love at first sight, move in together and make a baby. A love story and the founding of a home like millions of others. Except that their little boy, Adam, behaves abnormally. The young parents try hard to persuade themselves that everything is okay but, with the passing of time, they cannot delude themselves anymore : their son has problem. Their fears are unfortunately confirmed : Adam suffers from a malignant brain tumor. From now on, war is declared. A war against illness. A war against Death. A war against despair.
Director: Valérie Donzelli
Writers: Jérémie Elkaïm, Valérie Donzelli
Stars: Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm and César Desseix
A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master" whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams
The continuing on-set adventures of San Diego's top rated newsman.
Director: Adam McKay
Writers: Will Ferrell (characters), Will Ferrell (screenplay)
Stars: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd
Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Director: Sam Mendes
Writers: Ian Fleming (characters), John Logan (screenplay)
Stars: Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory and Javier Bardem
A man searches the world for a set of mystic artifacts - 12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac.
Director: Jackie Chan
Writer: Jackie Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan, Oliver Platt and Caitlin Dechelle
sábado, 19 de maio de 2012
When Eva opens her eyes a young girl finds herself chained terrified for being abused. Her fears become reality in a way no one could ever imagine.
Director: Bobby Boermans
Writer: Robert Arthur Jansen
Stars: Dragan Bakema, Alison Carroll and Jappe Claes
Three strangers arrive one by one to a mysterious cabin in the middle of nowhere after enduring separate life-altering predicaments. Searching for a way out of the woods, frustrated, hungry and battling to stay warm they discover their mysterious connection and realize what they have to do in order to get out of the woods alive.
Director: Jack Heller
Writers: Shawn Christensen, Jason Dolan
Stars: Sara Paxton, Scott Eastwood and Shaun Sipos
Janis witnessed her twin brother kill their parents. Twenty years later, she waits for him to come to kill her for her testimony that put him away. Trained in martial arts, she's ready. All Janis wants is closure.
Director: Andrzej Mrotek
Writers: Alan Cameron Roberts (story), Alan Cameron Roberts
Stars: Lisa Varga, Audrey Landers and Diane Ford
Failed filmmaker Zachary Wells is convinced by his best friend and hotshot director Topher into replacing him as a judge in their film school's annual festival. Zach's one-night stand with a student backfires when that student walks into an interview the next morning calling himself Danny Reyes, the name Zach went by when he attended the school. And Danny's film, "Judas Kiss," is a finalist in the competition Zach is judging. Zach's film, also "Judas Kiss," won the festival years before. As Zach scrambles for answers, a mysterious, chain-smoking campus tour guide, counsels him: "Change the kid's past, change your future." But how? Zach comes to believe he can mend his life by disqualifying Danny from competition, putting him on a different path than Zach followed. But will Zach's plan work?
Director: J.T. Tepnapa
Writers: J.T. Tepnapa, Carlos Pedraza
Stars: Richard Harmon, Sean Paul Lockhart and Charlie David
This past May, Neil Young brought his solo tour to Toronto's Massey Hall, an iconic venue in the city of his birth. Jonathan Demme was on hand to capture the two nights, which highlighted new songs from the album Le Noise, produced by Daniel Lanois, mixed with classics like "Ohio" and "I Believe in You." At sixty-five, Young retains a youthful vitality and musical curiosity that balances his wisdom and experience. It's no wonder he's been an inspiration to the likes of Pearl Jam and Sonic Youth. In Neil Young Journeys, Demme intersperses the Massey Hall concert footage with brief scenes from a road trip through Ontario. Driving a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria, Young visits the rural town of Omemee, where he spent a key part of his formative years, and reminisces about his former neighbors and their daughters. As he drives past bulldozers transforming the landscape, he remarks, 'It's all gone... it's still in my head.'
Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Neil Young
quarta-feira, 16 de maio de 2012
Dr. Martin Blake, who has spent his life looking for respect, meets an 18-year-old patient named Diane, suffering from a kidney infection, and gets a much-needed boost of self-esteem. However, when her health starts improving, Martin fears losing her, so he begins tampering with her treatment, keeping Diane sick and in the hospital right next to him.
Director: Lance Daly
Writer: John Enbom
Stars: Orlando Bloom, Riley Keough and Taraji P. Henson
Centre of France, 1922. Suzanne, a young novelist lacking inspiration decides to isolate herself in the countryside to write her new book. As Suzanne discovers a sealed-up room in the basement of her house, she starts writing oddly easily. Visions and nightmares soon strike her while the villagers grow worried as several little girls mysteriously disappear...
Directors: Julien Lacombe, Pascal Sid
Writers: Julien Lacombe, Pascal Sid
Stars: Laetitia Casta, Thierry Neuvic and Jacques Bonnaffé
A group of friends visit a lake where horror author Stephen King lives, and start getting killed off one at a time.
Directors: Ronnie Khalil, Monroe Mann
Writers: Monroe Mann, Ronnie Khalil
Stars: Monroe Mann, Ronnie Khalil and Crystal Arnette
From Jay and Mark Duplass, the writer/directors of the Sundance hits "The Puffy Chair," "Cyrus" and the upcoming "Jeff Who Lives at Home" comes "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon," the story of two grown brothers who secretly compete in a homemade Olympics during a family reunion. When their fierce and disruptive competition is uncovered, the brothers must choose between their passion for beating the hell out of each other and the greater good of the family.
Directors: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Writers: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Stars: Mark Kelly, Steve Zissis and Jennifer Lafleur
In this fresh, subversive take on the found-footage horror genre from the makers of SPLICE and CUBE, a faceless voyeur's twisted manipulation of a young couple escalates into a deadly cat-and-mouse game, as seen from the perspective of hidden cameras he's concealed throughout their house.
Director: Randall Cole
Writer: Randall Cole
Stars: Nick Stahl, Mia Kirshner and Devon Sawa
With too much money and time on his hands, Zach (Lukas Haas) looks like he's living the dream. There's a steady stream of beautiful women and the party never ends. He meets a girl he calls "Crazy Eyes" (Madeline Zima), and she's unlike anyone he's ever met before. She's the one woman Zach can't have, so naturally he wants her. While Zach's hard-partying lifestyle threatens to go off the rails, family concerns begin to play a major role in Zach's life. Will the quest for love and the responsibilities of family life help this poor little rich boy become a man?
Director: Adam Sherman
Writers: Adam Sherman, Dave Reeves
Stars: Lukas Haas, Madeline Zima and Jake Busey
A freak tsunami traps shoppers at a coastal Australian supermarket inside the building ... along with a pack of tiger sharks.
Director: Kimble Rendall
Writers: Duncan Kennedy (additional writing by), Justin Monjo (additional writing by)
Stars: Phoebe Tonkin, Alex Russell and Julian McMahon
The amazing Australia-based Robot VFX has posted a trailer for their short film FUGU & TAKO, which follows the story of two Japanese salary men who's lives radically change when one of them eats a live puffer fish in a sushi bar. Check out their excellent work on their website!!
Disheartened when his story about Canadian snipers possibly mutilating corpses in Afghanistan is buried, Luke (Nick Stahl) quits his job but is even more determined to return to Afghanistan to get the real story. With his offbeat buddy, Tom (Nicolas Wright), tagging along, Luke returns to Afghanistan and intends to gather enough evidence to get his old story into print. But he soon finds that the country is an even more dangerous place than when he left. To make matters worse, his old friend and fixer, Mateen (Stephen Lobo) has been hired away by Luke's journalistic nemesis, Imran Sahar (Vik Sahay). Soon the trip for Luke and Tom in Afghanistan turns into a surreal and perilous adventure, a journey into an alternate reality, filtered through a haze of gun smoke.
Director: Mike Clattenburg
Writers: Patrick Graham (screen story), Douglas Bell (screen story)
Stars: Nick Stahl, Nicolas Wright and Stephen Lobo
terça-feira, 15 de maio de 2012
Colin is an absurdly wealthy young man who is so taken by love and its power that after wedding his beloved Chloe, he gives his friends Chick and Alise a sizeable chunk of his fortune so that they too can marry and be happy! Sadly, Chick instead uses the money to enhance his collection of writings by philosopher Jean-Sol Partre, which sends Alise into a bizarre bit of revenge. In the mean time, Colin and Chloe's fairytale romance is thwarted when she is diagnosed with a curious disease that causes a water lily to grow in her lung. The only treatment (not cure) is to eternally surround her in flowers, which becomes financially crippling to Colin.
Director: Michel Gondry
Writers: Michel Gondry (screenplay), Paul Proch
Stars: Joe Mele, Meghan Murphy and Alex Barrios
Former getaway driver Charlie Bronson jeopardizes his Witness Protection Plan identity in order to help his girlfriend get to Los Angeles. The feds and Charlie's former gang chase them on the road.
Directors: David Palmer, Dax Shepard
Writer: Dax Shepard (screenplay)
Stars: Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper
A woman searches for many years to exact revenge on a kidnapper. A psychological thriller that examines how far a person would go if pushed to the extreme.
Director: Michael Adante
Writer: Michael Adante
Stars: Amanda Armstrong, Bec Louise Asha and Carolyn Bock
On a one-day business trip to New York, a young German business executive falls in love with a singer-songwriter who exposes him to her Brooklyn world and emotions he's never experienced before.
Director: Stefan C. Schaefer
Writers: Stefan C. Schaefer, Christoph Silber
Stars: Ken Duken, Nicole Beharie and Reg E. Cathey
Ten years after the Black Death ravaged the country, a poor family is on a journey to find better living conditions. On a deserted mountain pass, they are attacked by a gang of ruthless outlaws. They only spare the life of the nineteen year old Signe. She is taken captive and the gang takes her back to their camp. Here she learns that she is intended a fate worse than death. Signe understands that the only solution is to escape.
Director: Roar Uthaug
Writer: Thomas Moldestad
Stars: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Tobias Santelmann and Bjørn Moan
The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, journeying by train and carriage from England to Count Dracula's crumbling, remote castle situated in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania. The purpose of his mission is to catalogue the big library of Dracula. At first enticed by Dracula's gracious manner, Harker soon discovers that he has become a prisoner in the castle. He also begins to see disquieting facets of Dracula's nocturnal life. One night while searching for a way out of the castle, and against Dracula's strict admonition not to venture outside his room at night, Harker falls under the spell of three wanton female vampires, the Brides of Dracula.
Director: Dario Argento
Writers: Dario Argento (screenplay), Enrique Cerezo (screenplay)
Stars: Rutger Hauer, Asia Argento and Thomas Kretschmann
sábado, 12 de maio de 2012
Kazakhstan, 1729: The Dzungars, a ferocious Mongol tribe, has swept across the steppes. Kazakh sultans have left their people to fend for themselves. Driven by revenge and his love for Zere, young Sartai assembles a detachment of teenage Kazakh warriors called 'myn bala', 'a thousand boys' in Kazakh. Even as he fights the emotional turmoil experienced by every teenager in the world, he leads his troops into a historical battle against the Dzungars, freeing his country after decades of terror.
Director: Akan Satayev
Writer: Timur Zhaksylykov
Stars: Aliya Telebarisova, Assylkhan Tolepov and Ayan Utepbergenov
Robert Longfellow (Martin Donovan, THE OPPOSITE OF SEX, "Boss", Weeds") is a famous playwright who can't seem to catch a break. His recent Broadway play was met with horrible reviews and an early cancellation, and his marriage is being tested as an old flame (Olivia Williams, THE GHOST WRITER, RUSHMORE) has reentered his life during a particular moment of weakness. Retreating back to his childhood home to visit his mother (Katherine Helmond, BRAZIL), Robert crosses paths with his childhood neighbor, Gus (David Morse, THE GREEN MILE, DANCER IN THE DARK, "Treme"). A right-wing, ex-con who still lives at home with his mother, Gus is Robert's polar opposite in every possible way. When Gus holds Robert hostage at gunpoint during a drunken reunion gone terribly wrong, the drama unfolds as social status, celebrity and the imminent threat of violence converge, building up to a climax that will leave both men forever changed.
Director: Martin Donovan
Writer: Martin Donovan
Stars: Martin Donovan, David Morse and Olivia Williams
In early Republican China, rumors were going around about the treasure in Wudang Mountain. An American conspirator took his well-trained kung fu daughter to Wudang by sponsoring a Taoist martial arts competition, to steal the treasure. Out of expectation, a disciple represented Wudang to compete with other martial arts masters for the championship. During the competition, resentment incurred against different parties, the relationship became complicated, a Korean female Tai Chi descendant fell in love with the American conspirator and the secret of the treasure had been revealed. The treasure is the key of the magnetic field of Wudang, if it's stolen, Wudang would be devastated. To protect Wudang, a group of young heroes rallied around to defeat grant masters. It's the time the long-lost Wudang martial arts returned...
Gangs of Wasseypur is a gangster revenge drama spanning six decades and three generations set in Wasseypur, a small, cinema-obsessed section of Dhanbad in Jharkhand.
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Writers: Anurag Kashyap, Sachin K. Ladia
Stars: Jaideep Ahlawat, Manoj Bajpai and Richa Chadda
sexta-feira, 11 de maio de 2012
A young American boy is trying to break into the acting business, and goes to Cuba during a film festival.
Directors: Laurent Cantet, Benicio Del Toro
Writer: Leonardo Padura
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Daniel Brühl and Emir Kusturica
Trashed - No Place For Waste looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste. The film reveals surprising truths about very immediate and potent dangers to our health. It is a global conversation from Iceland to Indonesia between the film star Jeremy Irons and scientists, politicians and ordinary individuals whose health and livelihoods have been fundamentally affected by waste pollution. Visually and emotionally the film is both horrific and beautiful: an interplay of human interest and political wake-up call. But it ends on a message of hope: showing how the risks to our survival can easily be averted through sustainable approaches that provide far more employment than the current 'waste industry.'
Desperate filmmaker Osric Taylor dreams of making his civil war Hamlet but when production funding dries up, he agrees to take southern matron Hester Beauchamps offer to fund the film if he throws some zombies in it to make their money back. But when Hester dies in mid shoot, Osric dresses up as Hester to cash the last check and awakens the suspicions of both the local police and ambitious local news reporter Shine Reynolds. Inspired by an actual incident.
Director: John Murlowski
Writer: John McKinney (screenwriter)
Stars: John Amos, A.J. Buckley and K.C. Clyde
New York City, in the heart of summer: a heat wave transforms the city into a tropical zone. Ten characters are drawn, one after the other, into a ring of love and desire, each one caught beyond his or her control in a chain reaction of seduction, impulses and self-discovery.
Director: Alexis Lloyd
Writer: Alexis Lloyd
Stars: Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Jason Day, Vahina Giocante, Jennifer Tilly
Two rival North Carolina politicians with presidential aspirations tangle with one another.
Director: Jay Roach
Writers: Chris Henchy (screenplay), Shawn Harwell (screenplay)
Stars: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis
San Francisco-based musician Goh Nakamura (playing himself) is at the height of his career. With a national tour on the horizon and his song being featured in a national TV commercial, Goh has the life he always wanted. When his long-distance girlfriend Erika (AYAKO FUJITANI) breaks up with him over Skype, Goh feels lost, as though no one could ever heal his broken heart. One night in San Francisco, he meets a fellow indie musician, Yea-Ming (playing herself). Unexpectedly, Goh experiences a special connection with Yea-Ming and finds himself on a road trip with his cousin Mike (MICHAEL AKI) to see her in Las Vegas.
Director: Dave Boyle
Writers: Dave Boyle, Goh Nakamura
Stars: Goh Nakamura, Yea-Ming Chen and Michael Aki
JW, the promising business student who became an organized coke smuggler, is serving hard time in prison and is struggling to get back to an honest life. But a man from his past - the former hitman Mrado Slovovic - changes everything. Jorge returns to Sweden to pull off a giant coke deal. But the deal fails terribly and now he has to flee the country with both the police and the Serbian mafia on his tail. Mahmud owes the Serbian boss, Radovan a large sum of money. When he can´t pay off his debt he is left with only one choice - to find and kill Jorge.
Director: Babak Najafi
Writers: Peter Birro (screenplay), Maria Karlsson (screenplay)
Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Fares Fares and Matias Varela
Martin Kemp is werewolf Mickey, accidentally killed in a strip joint by one of the dancers. Despite the club owner's efforts to hide the body, news of the death reaches evil pack leader Jack Ferris, played by former EastEnder Billy Murray. The girls have until the next full moon before the baying wolf pack return to seek a bloody revenge.
Director: Jonathan Glendening
Writers: Pat Higgins (screenplay), Phillip Barron (screenplay)
Stars: Robert Englund, Steven Berkoff and Billy Murray
Ek Tha Tiger is a romantic thriller which tells the story of a Trinity College scientist suspected of selling missile technology secrets to Pakistan. The Indian government sends a secret agent, codenamed Tiger (Salman Khan), to find out about the professor's activities. Tiger falls in love with the professor's caretaker Zoya (Katrina Kaif) who is studying at a fictional dance academy located at TCD, and together they embark on a roller-coaster journey that takes them from Dublin to Istanbul then to Kazakhstan and Chile.
Director: Kabir Khan
Writers: Kabir Khan (dialogue), Kabir Khan (screenplay)
Stars: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Rochelle Okoye
Young-jak , who is a private secretary of madam PAIK, the center power of Korean conglomerate, witnesses immoral private issues of her wealthy family. Meanwhile, he finds out that madam PAIK's husband, Mr. YOON is having affair with their Filipino housemaid, Eva. He reports what he witnessed to madam PAIK, and now despaired madam PAIK is greedily seducing Young-jak in order to keep him on her side . Young-jak is deeper into madam PAIK's family issues when he finds out the brutally killed Eva. Lost between his morality and shortcut to successful life, he has to make the biggest decision he's ever made, to choose whom he will hang on to, in order to survive in this harsh world, where he wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
Director: Sang-soo Im
Stars: Yun-shik Baek, Hyo-jin Kim and Kang-woo Kim
ENTRANCE is about the limits of our perception, how the things lurking on the periphery of our lives can lead to horrific conclusions; about how she fell out of love with the city, but it wouldn't let her go.
Directors: Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath
Writers: Dallas Richard Hallam (co-writer), Patrick Horvath (co-writer)
Stars: Karen Baird, Suziey Block and Farley Burge
Down a seedy city street in her neighborhood, young Enola Penny is obsessed with what appears to be a long abandoned theatre. One night, she sees that the front door is slightly ajar and impulsively decides to sneak inside. But there in the dark, decrepit auditorium, a show unlike any other unfolds before her eyes. Its host is an eerie human puppet named Peg Poett who will introduce Penny to six tales of the bizarre: A couple traveling in a remote part of the French Pyrenees cross paths with a lustful witch; A paranoid lover faces the wrath of a partner who has been pushed to her limit; The Freudian dreams of an unfaithful husband blur the lines between fantasy and reality; The horrors of the real world are interpreted through the mind of a child; A woman addicted to other people's memories gets her fix through the vitreous fluid of her victims' eyeballs; And a perverse obsession with sweets turns sour for a couple in too deep.
Directors: Douglas Buck, Buddy Giovinazzo
Writers: Zach Chassler (screenplay), Richard Stanley (screenplay) (segment "The Mother Of Toads")
Stars: Udo Kier, Virginia Newcomb and Amanda Marquardt
During the Japanese rule of Taiwan, the Seediq were forced to lose their own culture and give up their faith. Men were subject to harsh labor and kept from traditional hunting; whereas women had to serve the Japanese policemen and their families by doing the household work and giving up their traditional weaving work. Above all, they were forbidden to tattoo their faces. And these tattoos were seen as the Seediq's traditional belief to transform themselves into Seediq Bale ("true humans"). Mona Rudao, the protagonist, witnessed the repression by the Japanese over a period of 30 years. Sometime between autumn and winter 1930, when the slave labor is at its harshest, a young Seediq couple are married and a joyful party is thrown. At the same time, a newly appointed Japanese policeman goes on his inspection tour to this tribe. Mona Rudao's first son, Tado Mona, offers wine to the policeman with gusto.
Director: Te-Sheng Wei
Writer: Te-Sheng Wei (screenplay)
Stars: Masanobu Andô, Jun'ichi Haruta and Sabu Kawahara
quinta-feira, 10 de maio de 2012
Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector and a woman who is the dark horse of her family.
Director: Todd Solondz
Writer: Todd Solondz (screenplay)
Stars: Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Christopher Walken, Justin Bartha
When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.
Director: William Friedkin
Writers: Tracy Letts (screenplay), Tracy Letts (play)
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch and Juno Temple
As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Director: Ben Affleck
Writers: Chris Terrio (screenplay), Joshuah Bearman (article)
Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman
The daily grind for the cops of the Police Department's Juvenile Protection Unit - taking in child molesters, busting underage pickpockets and chewing over relationship issues at lunch; interrogating abusive parents, taking statements from children, confronting the excesses of teen sexuality, enjoying solidarity with colleagues and laughing uncontrollably at the most unthinkable moments. Knowing the worst exists and living with it. How do these cops balance their private lives and the reality they confront every working day? Fred, the group's hypersensitive wild card, is going to have a hard time facing the scrutiny of Melissa, a photographer on a Ministry of the Interior assignment to document the unit.
Writers: Maïwenn (screenplay), Emmanuelle Bercot (screenplay)
Stars: Karin Viard, Joey Starr and Marina Foïs
A woman wakes up in a river. Wounded and without memory, then races to elude mysterious followers and recover from amnesia.
Director: Christian E. Christiansen
Writer: Tine Krull Petersen (screenplay)
Stars: Tuva Novotny, Flemming Enevold and Carsten Bjørnlund
A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother.
Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Writer: Richard Bates Jr.
Stars: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords and Ariel Winter
A chronicle of the LAPD's fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s.
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writers: Will Beall (adaptation), Paul Lieberman (book)
Stars: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick
Face to Face is adapted from David Williamson's play of the same name which is in turn based on the transcripts from real conflict resolution sessions. The story is about a young scaffold construction worker who is charged with assaulting his boss. By the end of the film, all our assumptions about guilt and blame are turned on their heads. As 10 people sit in a room discussing the turn of events that brought our protagonist to breaking point, twists and surprises reveal that all is not quite as simple as it seems. Michael Rymer directs his screen adaptation of 'Face to Face' (written by Australian playwright David Williamson), as an ensemble piece about 10 very dissimilar Australians bound together by a complex pattern of relationships and shared histories. Hysterically funny and deeply moving, each character's role in the drama peels back another layer as the story digs down to the roots of who these people really are.
Director: Michael Rymer
Writers: Michael Rymer (screenplay), David Williamson (play)
Stars: Vince Colosimo, Luke Ford and Matthew Newton
segunda-feira, 7 de maio de 2012
A small town cinema in rural Ireland becomes the setting for a dramatic struggle between faith and passion, Rome and Hollywood and a man and his conscience.
Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Writers: Antoine O. Flatharta, Michael Doorley (novel)
Stars: Martin Sheen, Stephen Rea, Amy Huberman
Three young adults meet a charismatic stranger at closing time of the bar where they work. They accept an invitation to join a late night gathering he is attending with some friends in a secluded desert house. At first charmed by their interesting hosts, a violent encounter changes the tone of their evening, and the group begins to realize that all may not be as it seems with their new acquaintances. Faced now with a decision to either wait out the morning or plot an escape, they contend not only with the ambiguous true nature of their hosts, but also strange, unknown humanoid creatures roaming the desert who may pose a threat to all involved.
Director: Daniel Alexander
Writer: Brian Bentel
Stars: Kristin Leigh, Aaron Ginn-Forsberg and Josh Bingenheimer
With the fate of the frontier hanging in the balance, a former cavalry officer is called back into action to rescue a beautiful maiden from the clutches a band of renegade Black Claw Indians led by a frightening medicine man.
Directors: Aaron Burk, Tyler Burk
Writers: Tyler Burk, Aaron Burk
Stars: Alvin Cowan, Steve Guilmette and Katy Maloney
As single mom Grace juggles work, bills, and her affair with a married doctor, her daughter, Ansiedad, plots a shortcut to adulthood after finding inspiration in the coming-of-age stories she's reading for school.
Director: Patricia Riggen
Writer: Hiram Martinez (screenplay)
Stars: Eva Mendes, Cierra Ramirez and Patricia Arquette
Consuming Spirits 16mm to HD, is an Independent feature animation, chronicling the lives of three characters who live in a rust belt town called Magguson, and work at its local newspaper The Daily Suggester. They are: Gentian Violet 42: Victor Blue 38: and Earl gray 64: first appear to be acquaintances. But as the film unfolds, we find they have a long diabolical history, revolving around social service intervention, and foster care, romance and hatred. Each character has family secrets to hide, and family secrets to discover. An auto accident one dark and inebriated night, causes a crack in the memory vault of these intimate strangers. By films end all parties walk from the woods, both healed and wounded.
Director: Chris Sullivan
Writer: Chris Sullivan
Stars: Robert Levy
Two New York film editors balance their personal relationships while reworking a movie in crisis.
Director: Daniel Schechter
Writers: Tarik Lowe, Daniel Schechter
Stars: Alex Karpovsky, Tarik Lowe and Arielle Kebbel
Though no one can see him, Hollow Face lurks in the corners, desperately desiring love but only knowing how to spread fear and hate. He creeps into the life of John Farrow, after Farrow's beloved 13-year-old daughter Mia is assaulted in their home. The line between the real and the imaginary blurs as fissures start to open within the family unit. It seems that no security measure can keep Hollow Face out.
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Writers: Nicolás Casariego (screenplay), Jaime Marques (screenplay)
Stars: Clive Owen, Carice van Houten and Izán Corchero
A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
Director: Ian Fitzgibbon
Writers: Anthony McCarten (adaptation), Anthony McCarten (novel)
Stars: Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Michael McElhatton
Detachment is a chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long enough to form any semblance of sentient attachment. A perfect profession for one seeking to hide out in the open. One day Henry arrives at his next assignment. Upon his entry into this particular school, a secret world of emotion is awakened within him by three women. A girl named Meredith in his first period. A fellow teacher Ms. Madison, and a street hooker named Erica, whom Henry has personally granted brief shelter from the streets. Each one of these women, like Henry, are in a life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world.
Director: Tony Kaye
Writer: Carl Lund
Stars: Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks and Marcia Gay Harden
A group of cooks at an asylum for the criminally insane get locked in with the inmates during a massive thunderstorm.
Director: Alexandre Courtès
Writers: S. Craig Zahler, Jérôme Fansten (additional dialogue and material)
Stars: Anna Skellern, Rupert Evans and Dave Legeno
sexta-feira, 4 de maio de 2012
Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in "the Bathtub," a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink's tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he's no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack-temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink's health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Writers: Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry and Levy Easterly
The Clean Bin Project is about a regular couple and their quest to answer the question 'is it possible to live completely waste free?' Partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a comedic battle to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least amount of garbage in an entire year. Their light-hearted competition is set against a compelling examination of the sobering problem of waste in our 'throw-away' society. Featuring interviews with renowned artist and TED lecturer, Chris Jordan and marine pollution expert, Captain Charles Moore, The Clean Bin Project presents the serious topic of waste reduction with optimism, humor, and inspiration for individual action.
Director: Grant Baldwin
Stars: Grant Baldwin, Chris Jordan and Charles Moore
quinta-feira, 3 de maio de 2012
Dean and Sal are the portrait of the Beat Generation. Their search for "It" results in a fast paced, energetic roller coaster ride with highs and lows throughout the U.S.
Director: Walter Salles
Writers: Jack Kerouac (book), Jose Rivera (screenplay)
Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart
A visionary sheik believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative to turn the dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain's leading fisheries expert who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary latches on to it as a 'good will' story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.
Director: Lasse Hallström
Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Paul Torday (novel)
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Amr Waked
Set in the world of mega-churches in which a former Deadhead-turned-born again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.
Director: George Ratliff
Writers: Douglas Stone (screenplay), George Ratliff (screenplay)
Stars: Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan and Marisa Tomei
A comedy/drama set in a village and centered on a battle of the sexes, where women threaten to withhold sexual favors if their men refuse to fetch water from a remote well.
Director: Radu Mihaileanu
Writers: Alain-Michel Blanc (screenplay), Radu Mihaileanu (screenplay)
Stars: Leïla Bekhti, Hafsia Herzi and Biyouna
Às seis da manhã Rafa descobre que a mãe está detida pela Polícia. Na mota de um amigo, cruza a ponte e vai a uma esquadra no centro de Lisboa para visitá-la e esperar pela sua libertação. As horas passam. E Rafa não quer voltar para casa sozinho.
Director: João Salaviza
Writer: João Salaviza
Stars: Rodrigo Perdigão, Joana de Verona and Nuno Bernardo
Souder, a homicide detective in a small Texan town, and his partner, transplanted New York City cop Detective Heigh, track a sadistic serial killer dumping his victims' mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh locals call 'The Killing Fields'. Though the swampland crime scenes are outside their jurisdiction, Detective Heigh is unable to turn his back on solving the gruesome murders. Despite his partner's warnings, he sets out to investigate the crimes. Before long, the killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always remaining one step ahead. When familiar local girl Anne goes missing, the detectives find themselves racing against time to catch the killer and save the young girl's life.
Director: Ami Canaan Mann
Writer: Don Ferrarone
Stars: Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chloë Grace Moretz
In the rural area around the Anatolian town of Keskin, the local prosecutor, police commissar and Doctor Cemal are leading a search for a victim of a murder that a suspect named Kenan and his mentally challenged brother confessed to. However, that search is proving more difficult than expected as Kenan is fuzzy as to the body's exact location. As the group continues looking, they can't help but chat amongst themselves about both trivia and their deepest concerns in an investigation that is proving more trying than any of them expected.
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Writers: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan
Stars: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan and Taner Birsel
quarta-feira, 2 de maio de 2012
It's 1997 and New York City is in a state of intense flux when documentary filmmaker Erik Rothman (Thure Lindhardt) first meets Paul Lucy (Zachary Booth), a handsome but closeted lawyer in the publishing field. What begins as a highly charged first encounter soon becomes something much more, and a relationship quickly develops. As the two men start building a home and life together, each continues to privately battle their own compulsions and addictions. A film about sex, friendship, intimacy and most of all, love, Keep the Lights On takes an honest look at the nature of relationships in our times.
Director: Ira Sachs
Writers: Ira Sachs , Mauricio Zacharias
Stars: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth and Julianne Nicholson
In the age of manscaping, metrosexuals, and grooming products galore - what does it mean to be a man? Oscar nominee Morgan Spurlock and executive producers Ben Silverman, Will Arnett, and Jason Bateman present a delightfully entertaining doc featuring candid interviews from Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, and everyday people weighing in on everything from the obsession with facial hair to body dysmorphic disorder.
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Stars: Jason Bateman, Judd Apatow, Will Arnett, Adam Carolla, Shawn Daivari, Zach Galifianakis
A couple love their new house, bought for a steal out of a foreclosure. During their first visit they find illegal drugs stashed in the walls, and they realize this is not their dream house. As they are about to leave, suddenly their exit is blocked by a gun-wielding neighbor Spector and his accomplice. They come to realize the house is hiding more than drugs - it's the operation center for mass drug czar who is buried beneath the floorboards. On the run from the professional killers who want the drugs and evidence, the resourceful couple will need to turn the tables on their attackers to survive.
Director: Eduardo Rodriguez
Writer: Gary Spinelli
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Briana Evigan and Sean Faris
"Cowgirls N' Angels" tells the story of Ida, a feisty and rebellious young girl, who has fantasies of finding her father, a rodeo rider. While searching for her dad, she connects with the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, a team of young female rodeo riders run by former rodeo star Terence Parker. Recognizing Ida's innate talent for trick riding, Terence recruits her for their ranks. Accepted wholeheartedly by her new "family," Ida finds a new passion that redefines her life -- and she also may find the father she's been searching for.
Director: Timothy Armstrong
Writers: Stephan Blinn, Timothy Armstrong
Stars: Bailee Madison, Jackson Rathbone and Alicia Witt