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Piranha 3D

Director: Alexandre Aja
Cast: Elisabeth Shue, Steven R. McQueen, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss, Christopher Lloyd, Jerry O’Connell
07 May
Piranha 3D


It’s time for French fright master Alexandre Aja to stop with the remakes. His Haute Tension remains a stylish slasher homage, and the unfairly dismissed Mirrors has its moments of atmospheric dread. But after reinventing Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes for a No Nukes world, do we really need his CG heavy take on the Joe Dante Jaws rip-off? According to Messageboard Nation, the answer is a solid “Sure”. Hoping for a gore-drenched romp, the signs do point toward something reasonable fun. After all, seeing Richard Dreyfuss back in Matt Hooper mode is enough to get us psyched. Bring on the feeding frenzy.


 

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happythankyoumoreplease

Director: Josh Radnor
Cast: Malin Akerman, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, Michael Algieri, Tony Hale, Josh Radnor
Review [31.Mar.2011]
27 August
happythankyoumoreplease


Actor Josh Radnor, better known as Ted Mosby on the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, is making his writing and directing debut in this pretentiously titled slice of Manhattan life. The main narrative thread has his character taking a lost child back to his apartment, thus beginning the kind of personal growth spurt that only happens in the movies. With Watchmen‘s Malin Ackerman and The Visitor‘s Richard Jenkins, this promises to be one of those overly earnest efforts that few see and even less care about. Still, could make for some sincere end of the season counterprogramming.


 

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Going the Distance

Director: Nanette Burstein
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Ron Livingston, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Charlie Day, Kelli Garner
27 August
Going the Distance


The title refers to the Chicago to LA romance of Justin Long and his real life on-again, off-again gal pal Drew Barrymore. The screenplay was written by first timer Geoff LaTulippe. The film is directed by documentarian Nanette Burstein. More than that? We just don’t know. Rummaging around the Internet, we found pictures of the two stars frolicking like fifth graders, but everything else about this film is apparently hush-hush… or at the very least, not worth crowing over four months before its release. Once the Summer season starts up proper and the profit line pieces fall into place, we may get a better idea of what’s going on here.


 

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The Last Exorcism

Director: Daniel Stamm
Cast: Patrick Fabian, Iris Bahr, Louis Herthum, Ashley Bell, Jamie Alyson Caudle, Tony Bentley, Shanna Forrestall
27 August
The Last Exorcism


Though it’s not the most original idea out there (several low budget independent films have tried it—and failed), producer Eli Roth just might be the man to pull this off. Using a first person POV style, we are invited into the world of a smarmy televangelist who allows a documentary camera crew to follow him as he performs an exorcism. Director Daniel Stamm has some background in this approach. His film, A Necessary Death, proposed the following of one suicidal individual from planning to final act. As long as he takes the material seriously, and doesn’t diddle around like other “found footage” films, this could be a great send-off to a so-so season.

Since deciding to employ his underdeveloped muse muscles over five years ago, Bill has been a significant staff member and writer for three of the Web's most influential websites: DVD Talk, DVD Verdict and, of course, PopMatters. He also has expanded his own web presence with Bill Gibron.com a place where he further explores creative options. It is here where you can learn of his love of Swindon's own XTC, skim a few chapters of his terrifying tome in the making, The Big Book of Evil, and hear samples from the cassette albums he created in his college music studio, The Scream Room.


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