28 Apr 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
BIG BUDGET FILMS
“Dylan Dog: Dead of Night” (PG-13 for violence, profanity, sexual references and drug use) Louisiana horror flick based on the comic book series of the same name about a supernatural sleuth (Brandon Routh) who, with the help of his faithful zombie assistant (Sam Huntington), tracks down the mysterious monsters of the bayou. With Taye Diggs, Peter Stormare and Anita Briem.
“Fast Five” (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and intense violence) Fifth installment in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise finds ringleaders ex-cop (Paul Walker) and ex-con (Vin Diesel) reuniting their gang in Rio to plot the proverbial “last big heist” while on the run from the authorities. Cast includes Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.
“Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil” (PG for action, rude humor and mild swear words) 3-D animated sequel has Red Riding Hood (Hayden Panettiere) teaming with the Wolf (Patrick Warburton) to solve the sudden disappearance of Hansel (Bill Hader) and Gretel (Amy Poehler). Voice cast includes Brad Garrett, Glenn Close, Joan Cusack and Cheech and Chong.
“Prom” (PG for fighting and coarse language) Coming-of-age comedy chronicling the teen angst of a number of high school students preparing for the senior prom. Ensemble cast includes Aimee Teegarden, Yin Chang, Thomas McDonell, DeVaughn Nixon, Danielle Campbell, Raini Rodriguez and Joe Adler.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
“13 Assassins” (R for graphic violence, disturbing images and brief nudity) Remake of the 1963, black & white classic of the same name, set in feudal Japan, about a band of samurai warriors who conspire to ambush a sadistic mobster (Goro Inagaki) with political aspirations. Cast includes Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada and Yusuke Iseya. (In Japanese with subtitles)
“The Arbor” (Unrated) Brit bio-pic highlighting the legacy of the late playwright Andrea Dunbar who died of a brain hemorrhage during a drinking binge in the Beacon Pub in Bradford at the tender age of 28. Featuring file footage and reflections by her friends and extended family.
“Cave of Forgotten Dreams” (Unrated) Stone Age documentary, shot in 3-D by Oscar-nominee Werner Herzog, examining cave paintings from the Paleolithic Era discovered in 1994 by spelunkers exploring in Southern France. With appearances by archaeologists Dominique Baffier, Jean Clottes and Carole Fritz. (In English and German with subtitles)
“Earthwork” (PG for mature themes, smoking and mild epithets) Carbon footprint drama based on actual events which transpired in 1994 when a crop-artist from Kansas (John Hawkes) was hired by Donald Trump to create an eco-friendly sculpture made of dirt, rocks and plants out of several acres of land located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. With Bruce MacVittie, Chris Bachand and Everett Dexter.
“Exporting Raymond” (PG for smoking and brief profanity) “Lost in Translation” documentary chronicling “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal’s efforts to mount a Russian version of his hit sitcom in Moscow. (In English and Russian with subtitles)
“Lebanon, PA” (PG-13 for sexuality and mature themes) Dysfunctional family drama revolving around a Philly advertising exec (Josh Hopkins) who returns to his hometown for his father’s funeral only to embark on an extramarital affair with his pregnant, 17-year-old cousin’s (Rachel Kitson) teacher (Samantha Mathis). With Mary Beth Hurt, Brea Bee and Roxie Cotton.
“The Robber” (Unrated) Crime blotter bio-pic recounts the real-life exploits of Johann Rettenberger (Andreas Lust), a marathon runner who took up bank robbery as a hobby. With Peter Vilnai, Franziska Weisz and Florian Wotruba. (In German with subtitles)
“Sympathy for Delicious” (Unrated) Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo (for “The Kids Are All Right”) makes his directorial debut with this con artist comedy about a desperate paraplegic DJ (Christopher Thornton) who gets the surprise of his life when he turns to faith healing. Co-starring Ruffalo, Laura Linney Orlando Bloom and Juliette Lewis.
“We Go Way Back” (Unrated) Surrealistic adventure about a 23-year-old, aspiring actress (Amber Hubert) who finally lands her first lead role only to end up haunted by voices and visions of her disappointed, decade-younger self (Maggie Brown). With Kate Bayley, Sullivan Brown and Basil Harris.