Think Like a Man Too
Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Terrence J, Jerry Ferrara, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco, Meagan Good
Think Like a Man Too
They should really have called this “We Can’t Believe It Made Money Either.” When you consider it’s relatively small budget ($12 million) vs. its eventual return (near $100 million), it makes sense to go back to Steve Harvey’s self-help guide for more battle of the sexes silliness. Besides, Kevin Hart has proven himself a viable box office draw, so why not strike while the iron is hot and tap that underserved demographic for all the greenbacks you can. Perhaps the weirdest thing about this release is that it’s the only major mainstream release for its weekend, outside of an obscure if popular musical.
John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lamenda, Vincent Piazza, Christopher Walken
Speaking of song and dance, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is told in this unique biopic which combines the group’s hits with a story straight out of Goodfellas. As a matter of fact, aside from the actors speaking directly to the camera, the trailer reminds us of all the beats Martin Scorsese uses in his crime epics. Apparently, before they were a pop chart phenomenon, Valli and the gang were part of a (il)legitimate mob scene and there are hints of payola and other graft as well. We love the music. Here’s hoping the movie does it - and its making - justice.
Venus in Fur
Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric
Venus in Furs
Roman Polanski is back, and before you get the wrong idea about this film, let’s just say that playwright David Ives has found a unique way to deal with an infamous book. Instead of adapting the classic of sadomasochism, he turned the subtext into a two person play about the theater and obsession. Polanski seems to be channeling Robert Altman as of late. His previous film was a take on God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza. This time around, the premise promises even more acting fireworks, and human hysterics. The two person cast, including Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric looks terrific.
James Ward Byrkit
Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon
2014’s obsession with cinematic doubles hits the indie scene with this festival favorite dealing with individuals at a dinner party who discover a passing comet’s effect on their dimension. Apparently, it’s a solid if slightly talking sci-fi thriller. Writer/director James Ward Byrkit may be an odd choice for this kind of material, considering his major credits include the story for Rango and art department work for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but his eye for detail, matched with a mostly unknown but capable cast, seems to get the job done. There are those who find the film boring and confusing. Others love it.
James Franco, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Liam Neeson, Kim Basinger
Paul Haggis is a name that most film fans HATE. After winning Oscars for his racism rant Crash, many wrote him off as a professional pontificator. His next directing effort, In the Valley of Elah, didn’t change many opinions. Now he’s back with a trio of interlocking stories all dealing with how a third party within interpersonal relations (marriage, custody battles, crisis) can add or subtract from the struggle. There’s a great cast and some intriguing storylines, but when it comes to Haggis himself, we are always suspicious. When he worked with Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Flag of Our Fathers) he was fine. Alone? Well…
A Summer’s Tale
Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Gwenaëlle Simon
A Summer’s Tale
Now this is odd. In attempting to look up information on this film, we could not find a recent entry. In fact, we could not find an entry before 2000. That’s because this is a rerelease of French auteur Eric Rohmer’s 1996 romance. Apparently, it never made it to our shores during its initial run and now is being poised as a kind of arthouse alternative to all the CG pyrotechnics taking over the Cineplex. What makes this even more unusual is that Rohmer passed away four years ago. It seems like releasing the movie then, in the midst of memorializing the man, would have been more apropos.
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