Summer Movie Preview

August 2011

by Bill Gibron

4 May 2011


Our Idiot Brother and more...

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Our Idiot Brother

Director: Jesse Peretz
Cast: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, T.J. Miller

26 August
Out Idiot Brother

We’ve got to admit it - Paul Rudd looks fantastic as the burned out brother returning to wreck havoc on the lives of his poor put upon, always more conservative sisters (Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, and Elizabeth Banks). While you know he’s going to continually screw up, he’s so loveable and likeable while doing it. Already earning some rave reviews (thanks to showings at Sundance), this slacker screwball comedy could be the Sleeper the Summer of 2011 is looking for. On the other hand, it could end up being an endearing if underappreciated anomaly of the entire popcorn motion picture party.


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A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

Director: Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck
Cast: Lake Bell, Leslie Bibb, Lindsay Sloane, Tyler Labine, Jason Sudeikis, Martin Starr, Lucy Punch, Will Forte, Don Johnson

26 August
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

How do a pair of writers - Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck - perhaps best known for working on Late Night with David Letterman and Mike Judge’s King of the Hill, end up helming this supposedly salacious comedy about a group of 30-somethings planning an end of the Summer sex soiree? And how do they finagle their way into the director’s chair as well. Whatever the reasoning, this looks like a lo-fi indie response to the bumbling bro jokefests from a few years back, Old School mixed with Shortbus, if you like. Of course, there won’t be any graphic intercourse of X-rated content. There may not be many chuckles, either.


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The Debt

Director: John Madden
Cast: Helen Mirren, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington

31 August
The Debt

Time to tick off the Awards Season mandates: (1) Important subject matter? CHECK, the narrative revolves around a group of Mossad agents famed for tracking down and killing an infamous Nazi war criminal. (2) Unusual plot twist and development? CHECK, some 30 years later, the supposed dead man reappears and wants to admit his crimes. (3) Famous actors playing the aging assassins forced to go back and finish the job? CHECK, Helen Mirren, Ciarán Hinds, and Tom Wilkinson play the aging individuals.  So, why is this being released now instead of in November or December? Miramax, studio manipulation, and money, is all that needs to be said. 

//Mixed media

Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

// Short Ends and Leader

"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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