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The Whistleblower

Director: Larysa Kondracki
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Strathairn, Monica Bellucci

5 August
The Whistleblower


Rachel Weisz does own an Oscar, you know. Many forget she is an award winning actress. Hopefully, something like this real life drama will bring that particular aspect of her performance personality back to the fore. Here, she plays a former peacekeeper in Bosnia who brought a horrific UN sex scandal to light. Of course, those who would prefer such problematic peccadilloes to be keep private made her life a living Hell.  It’s the typical thriller/cautionary tale/media outing, with some superb supporting players (Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn) along for the eye opening ride. Indeed, the casting is only part of this project’s inherent intrigue.


 

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Dirty Girl

Director: Abe Sylvia
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Mary Steenburgen, Juno Temple, William H. Macy, Nicholas D’Agosto, Jeremy Dozier

5 August
Dirty Girl


Call us old fashioned - or just old - but the title of this independent film automatically has us thinking about Elton John and his fabulous ‘70s masterwork, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (side three, song three). In truth, it’s the tale of a promiscuous teen in the ‘80s who befriends a gay classmate and, together, the steal away to Los Angeles. He hopes to escape the ridicule of his homophobic father. She wants to find her birth father. This is the first feature film for writer/director Abe Sylvia and he has an established cast (William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Milla Jovovich) to work with. Still, ignore us while we nostalgically hum away…


 

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30 Minutes or Less

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Fred Ward, Nick Swardson, Aziz Ansari, Michael Peña

12 August
30 Minutes or Less


As his follow-up to the sensational Zombieland (one of the first mainstream undead comedy horror hits ever), director Rueben Fleischer has decided to stay in humor mode, this time tracking the tale of a harried pizza boy (Jesse Eisenberg) kidnapped by criminals and forced to pull off a bank heist. Danny McBride and Nick Swardson are the inept felons he’s “working” for. As with many current laughers, this is a hard R effort which hopefully doesn’t substitute a plethora of F-bombs for a sense of style and wit. We have faith in Fleischer. As for the rest of the cast, the joker jury is still out.


 

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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