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Men in Black III

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Alice Eve, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson, Nicole Scherzinger

25 May
Men in Black III


It was only a matter of time before the principles behind this underwhelming franchise came back for thirds. After all, no one has been blown away by the career choices made by superstar Will Smith, Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones, and MIA director Barry Sonnenfeld… and this time, the desperation really shows. How else do you explain a narrative involving time travel and Josh Brolin as a 1969 version of Agent K.? Of course, the introduction of 3D is also a problem, even if Sonnenfeld believes in its power to place audience directly into the action (he praised the technology in a recent interview).


 

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Moonrise Kingdom

Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman

25 May
Moonrise Kingdom


Believe it or not, it’s been five years since Wes Anderson made a live action film. His last effort was the wonderful stop motion family flick The Fantastic Mr. Fox, while his most recent human endeavor was the excellent Darjeeling Limited, back in 2007. This time, he’s going back to the ‘60s to focus on a pair of underage romantics who steal away to the local woods, causing chaos in their small New England town. Soon, sheriff Bruce Willis and parents Bill Murray and Frances McDormand are on the case. If it all sounds very whimsical and quirky, well, that’s Anderson. He’s a true original.


 

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Chernobyl Diaries

Director: Bradley Parker
Cast: Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelly, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Philips, Ingrid Bolso Berdal

25 May
Chernobyl Diaries


How do you capitalize on the success of a film made for little money, hyped to the hilt, and simultaneously loved/hated by the always discerning members of the horror fanbase? Well, if you’re Paranormal Activity‘s Oren Peli, you use the historical nuclear meltdown as the famed Russian reactor and turn it into another found footage fright fest. This time, a group of tourists trek to the radioactive locale, only to discover that they are not alone. Lots of shaky-cam scares are promised… and when you consider the weak willed shivers of Peli’s (who merely produces here) previous effort,  we can only hope for the best. Or something better, at least.


 

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The Intouchables

Director: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
Cast: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet, Anne Le Ny

25 May
The Intouchables


It’s happened before. The documentary on ‘70s skateboarders, Dogtown and Z-Boys, was turned into the fiction film Lords of Dogtown. Currently, The King of Kong is being refashioned as dramedy as well. So it’s no surprise that the true life story of a rich paraplegic and the Senegalese man hired to care for him would be made into one of those feel-good disease of the week entertainments. What’s perhaps most shocking is that the end result, already released in France, has become a massive hit, garnering huge box office returns and earning the country’s “cultural event of the year” tag. Must be pretty good, then.


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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