Part One

September 2010

by Bill Gibron

29 August 2010

 

24 September


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Waiting for Superman

Director: Davis Guggenheim
Cast: The Black Family, Geoffrey Canada, The Esparza Family, The Hill Family, Michelle Rhee, Bill Strickland
24 September
Waiting for Superman

An Audience Award winner at the recent Sundance Film Festival takes on our education system with shocking results. The work of solid documentarian Davis Guggenheim (It Might Get Loud, An Inconvenient Truth), we follow four families as their children vie, via a lottery, for spots in an exclusive magnet school program. Naturally, the outlandish odds dictate that many of the well meaning kids we see here will be disappointed, destined to be part of a shocking statistic come high school graduation (if they even make it that far). With its overload of bureaucratic bullshit and attention to government-inspired inanity, this is guaranteed to be more frightening than an environmental apocalypse.

 

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Cast: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, Zoe Kravitz, Aasif Mandvi, Lauren Graham, Jim Gaffigan
24 September
It’s a Kind of a Funny Story

In the never ending effort to overexpose and therefore, undermine the comic genius of Zach Galifianakis, the stand-up’s agents have him following up his hit turn in The Hangover (and his other appearances in G-Force, Youth in Revolt, Up in the Air, and Dinner for Schmucks) with this oddball turn as a mental patient. Of course, the story of a 16-year-old who checks himself into the hospital for depression just seems chock full of big belly laughs, right? The trailer really says it all: earnestness mixed with moments of halting humor, all meant to signify that insanity can be witty as well. Oh joy.

 

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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto, Naomi Watts, Gemma Jones, Christian McKay
24 September
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

Is there really room for Woody Allen in today’s half-assed RomCom world? Are his ideas about angst ridden relationships between complicated smug intellectuals really relevant in a social setting of ChatRoulette, speed dating, and endless Internet hook-ups. Apparently, someone still thinks so, though early consensus has this aiming higher than his previous “triumph” Vicky Christina Barcelona—and landing far, far short. As usual, his cast is above reproach. But at 74, he’s become the Godard of the genre: highly influential, but currently and more importantly, commercially relevant. Guaranteed to get critics in a froth. Mainstream moviegoers? Not so much.

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