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Contagion

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet

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9 September

Contagion


As his self-imposed retirement winds down (apparently, we are at five more films and counting), Stephen Soderbergh has decided to go commercial again, this time taking on the end of the world from a pandemic standpoint. With an amazing cast and a concept that has yet to be fully explored, he’s on to something spectacular. Of course, when the trailer was released a few weeks back, the Internet was agog with what they saw (“they revealed the death of a big name star!?!?!?”). Leave it to Soderbergh to stir up controversy before the movie is released, kind of like announcing the planned end of your career.


 

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Warrior

Director: Gavin O’Connor
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo, Nick Nolte
9 September
Warrior


Lionsgate LOVES this movie. In this critic’s market alone they have screened it seven times, and are adding yet another the week of release. Clearly, they want early word of mouth and lots of it. Some have even come to call it the MMA Rocky of 2011, referencing Sylvester Stallone’s unlikely Oscar winner of 1976 (beating out All the President’s Men, Taxi Driver, and Network—wow!). Whatever the case, the formulaic story about two brothers fighting for the same prize may seem old school, but the new sport setting and contemporary casting (British actor Tom Hardy looks like a beast!) could easily win over film fans as well as sports nuts.


 

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Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star

Director: Tom Brady
Cast: Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci, Don Johnson, Stephen Dorff
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Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star


Sigh. It’s a Happy Madison production you know, Adam Sandler’s shingle. Not only has it been responsible for most of the comedian’s low brow efforts as of late, but it’s also thrust the unfunny Kevin Smith down our throats for one too many films. Now, the nominal Nick Swardson is getting vehicle, an R rated raunch out which has the stand-up playing the offspring of two ‘famous’ ‘70s porn stars. So naturally, he has to step in and follow in the family flesh peddling footsteps. Groan. Oh, and it’s directed by the guy who did the god-awful college football film The Comebacks. Need we say more?


 

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The Black Power Mix Tape 1967 - 1975

Director: Göran Olsson
Cast: Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Erykah Badu, Danny Glover
9 September
The Black Power Mix Tape 1967 - 1975


So here’s a novel idea for a documentary. Take footage shot in the 1970s by documentarians hoping to capture the full force and funk fury of the Black Power Movement, and then give it to a Swedish filmmaker to slice, dice, recast and remix into whatever he wants. What makes the approach doubly unique is that the original material came from other Scandinavian journalists and reporters, all of whom were fascinated by the urban rebellion of the Me Decade. Critics love to laud foreigners, sighting their ability to do a better job of capturing our zeitgeist than American moviemakers. This seems to be the case here.


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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