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Dark Shadows

Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz

11 May
Dark Shadows


When it was announced that Johnny Depp (YEAH!) and Tim Burton (Umm…) would take on the seminal Dan Curtis soap opera from the ‘60s, fans where cautiously optimistic. Then the casting came along, and aside from certain givens (Helena Bonham Carter), the acting choices seem stellar. Now, with a pair of comedy-heady trailers making the rounds, purists are concerned that this version of Shadows will forgo the creepy for some stranger in a strange land comedy. There are reviews that suggest the humor is not the main focus of the film, but for a series many felt was unintentionally funny, the laughs are illegitimate.


 

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Where Do We Go Now?

Director: Nadine Labaki
Cast: Nadine Labaki, Leyla Fouad, Claude Msawbaa, Antoinette El-Noufaily

11 May
Where Do We Go Now?


Talk about your perfect Summer movie fare: a small village in Lebanon, home to both Christians and Muslims, tries to avoid the civil strife going on in the rest of the country. At first, they use unusual tactics (sabotaging local radio, destroying the village TV) to avoid conflict. Of course, the ruse doesn’t work and sides are quickly drawn up. As the violence increases, so does the senselessness of the new divides. It is up to the women to keep the peace, and their process becomes the basis for this movie’s ultimate message - war is a question of access, not pure adversarial need.


 

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God Bless America

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Cast: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Mackenzie Brooke Smith, Melinda Page Hamilton

11 May
God Bless America


No - God Bless Bobcat Goldthwait. Over the course of crazy directorial career which saw him use bestiality as the basis for a black comedy (Sleeping Dogs Lie), strip certain circus performers of their implied comic dignity (Shakes the Clown) and tackle teen suicide and the false sentiment typically attached to it (World’s Greatest Dad), he’s pushed buttons while crafting some very clever social commentary. His latest is no different: a man, dying of a brain tumor, decides to go on a multistate killing spree (eventually with a teen partner) in order to rid the world of unnecessary and bad people. His targets - reality show stars! Yeah!


 

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Nick

Director: Fow Pyng Hu
Cast: Merijn de Jong, Luna Mijovic, Elisa Beuger, Maarten Heijmans, Marcel Hensema

11 May
Nick


Like a bright red signal in an otherwise bleak night sky, director Fow Pyng Hu is back with another character study that seems completely unique and unusual. This time around, the title hero is a self-centered chef whose abrasive attitude leave everyone in his wake angry and agitated. After losing yet another high profile position to his personality, he decides to drop out and go truffle hunting. As usual, it’s a pursuit more for who he is than the elusive, expensive fungi. Well respected in the rest of the world, it will be interesting to see if Fow Pyng’s vision translates beyond the arthouse.

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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