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Godzilla (2014)

Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston
16 May
Godzilla (2014)

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Perhaps one of the most highly anticipated films of this or any summer, Gareth Edwards makeover of the Kaiju classic has been leaving audiences breathless ever since those amazing trailers (including the one below) hit the Internet. Just look at it—the destruction. The scope. The whole backstory which rewrites the character’s nuclear age history. While the Japanese complain that America has made their Toho terror too “fat”, cinephiles have stared agog at something washed in both spectacle and sympathetic human characters. Hopefully, the actual film is as good as these ads. Heck, if it is half as memorable, we’ll have a new classic on our hands.


 

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Million Dollar Arm

Director: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin
16 May
Million Dollar Arm


Taking time away from the final season of Mad Men, Jon Hamm heads up Disney’s feel good sports film about a struggling baseball scout who decides to travel to India in hopes of finding the next great phenom among the nation’s legion of talented cricket players. Using a reality like game show as a ruse, our hero comes across two prospects who have nothing to do with the ancient athletic pursuit and everything to do with raw talent and desire. Naturally, it’s a clash of cultures, as West meets East, and then visa versa (when the foreign players come to America). It’s based on a true story.


 

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Wolf Creek 2

Director: Greg McLean
Cast: John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn
16 May
Wolf Creek 2


Remember how much you loved the horror film Wolf Creek? What’s that you say? You don’t remember a movie named that, scary or otherwise? Well, don’t fret. The original came out in 2005 and has developed a minor cult following amongst fright fans. While it was supposed based on real events, later researched proved that suggestion specious at best. Still, distributors are always looking for product to push on clueless creepshow aficionados, so nine years later, we have this unnecessary sequel. At least original director Greg McLean is back, as is villain John Jarratt. Otherwise, this has straight to home video written all over it.


 

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The Immigrant

Director: James Gray
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Yelena Solovey
16 May
The Immigrant


James Gray and Cannes seem to go hand in hand. After his first film, Little Odessa, each of his subsequent projects—The Yards, We Own the Night, Two Lovers, and this one—were all nominated for the coveted Palme d’Or. None of them one, but still, that’s quite an accomplishment. American audiences have been less supportive of his efforts and it looks like this one will suffer the same fate. The story of a young woman who comes to Ellis Island only to be taken in by a theater owner and forced into prostitution, there is both melodrama and period flair in abundance. Typical Gray.


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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