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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (May 27-31, 2013)

Film Reviews: Opening This Week (May 27-31, 2013)
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.

After Earth

Distributor: Sony

The last time M. Night Shyamalan tried his hand at a big-budget “Man vs. Wild” episode, with 2008’s “The Happening,” the unseen villainess was none other than Mother Nature herself. In the decided non-happening that is Shyamalan’s latest, “After Earth,” the threats lurking on a post-apocalyptic blue planet include baboons, predatory birds and a giant alien beastie that looks like a rejected prototype from H.R. Giger’s workshop. (At least there are no Tom Cruise clones.) But it’s Shyamalan’s career, and that of producer-director Will Smith, that seem to be struggling for survival in this listless sci-fi wilderness adventure — a grim hodgepodge of “Avatar,” “The Hunger Games” and “Life of Pi” that won’t come anywhere near equaling those juggernauts with the ticketbuying public.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Netflix Nuggets: Russians Filming G.I. Joe Dolls Fighting Hercules for the Serpent’s Egg

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

This Week’s New Instant Releases…

Promised Lands (1974)

Streaming Available: 04/19/2011

Cast: Documentary

Director: Susan Sontag

Synopsis: Set in Israel during the final days of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, this powerful documentary — initially barred by Israel authorities — from writer-director Susan Sontag examines divergent perceptions of the enduring Arab-Israeli clash. Weighing in on matters related to socialism, anti-Semitism, nation sovereignty and American materialism are The Last Jew writer Yoram Kaniuk and military physicist Yuval Ne’eman.

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2009)

Streaming Available: 04/19/2011

Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung, Gerald Alexander Held, Lena Stolze, Sunnyi Melles

Synopsis: Directed by longtime star of independent German cinema Margarethe von Trotta, this reverent
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

The Second Strike of "Fubar," "Cannibal Holocaust" in HD, and More New on DVD

  • IFC
The Second Strike of
A look at what's new on DVD this week:

"Fubar: Balls to the Wall"

Directed by Michael Dowse

Released by Screen Media Films

Following up the 2002 cult comedy about lifelong metalhead pals Terry and Dean, this sequel, which recently premiered to much acclaim at SXSW, finds the duo down on their luck when they decide to head up north to work in the oil industry, but when their best laid plans go awry, Dean attempts to get on worker's comp, leading to the kind of exploits best enjoyed with a cold beer.

"Born to Raise Hell" (2011)

Directed by Darren Shahlavi

Released by Paramount

Steven Seagal not only stars as an Interpol agent named Samuel Axel in this Dtv thriller, but also wrote the script, so you know it has to be good. In it, Axel must bring down a gun trafficking ring in the Balkans where the stakes become personal
See full article at IFC »

Special Features: 'Birds Eye View Film Festival'

  • CineVue
Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Antonioni and Steven Spielberg; what do they have in common? Well, quite obviously they are all extremely well known directors. The other thing they have in common is that they are all male. How often when reading a newspaper, a magazine or watching a tv show do you get to hear about female directors?

The answer is: rarely. Men dominate film to the extent that women account for only 6% of the industry’s directors, and only 12% of its screenwriters.

The seventh Birds Eye View Film Festival intends to make a sizeable contribution in adjusting the balance. The festival opened this Monday, 7th March - the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day - and runs for two weeks. Its aim is simple: to increase the profile of women directors, actors and screenwriters by celebrating the abundance of work that comes from the female sector of the industry.
See full article at CineVue »

Margarethe von Trotta @ Birds Eye View

  • MUBI
"Political turmoil. Terrorism. Economic shifts. Suspicion between citizens and state — and, following in the footsteps of Fassbinder, the emergence of a new independent film culture. The themes of Margarethe von Trotta's work couldn't be more compelling for a contemporary viewer, nor indeed their handy suggestions for the Big Society — her third feature The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (1978) is based on the true story of a young mother who robbed a bank in order to raise funds to keep open a child-care center threatened with closure by the government. The Birds Eye View festival's Filmmaker Focus on von Trotta is well-timed."

In her overview for Sight & Sound — also currently featuring Daniel Trilling's interview with Agnès VardaSophie Mayer notes that the program showcases "biopics of two remarkable German women: Rosa Luxemburg (1986) and Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2009). Eight centuries apart, each woman — Marxist revolutionary and Benedictine
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HeyUGuys World Cinema Trailer Park – Week Ending Sunday 13th March

  • HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys brings you the latest in World Cinema film trailers in association with Film Dates UK.

Each week we’ll be showcasing some of most anticipated foreign releases as well as highlighting a few hidden gems which may have fallen off your radar. It’s no surprise that Hollywood has turned to World Cinema for inspiration in recent years with the number of remakes getting more and more popular.

Whilst it remains to be seen how many of these remakes go on to succeed or stay true to their original story counterparts, we decided it was high-time we turned the spotlight onto the next wave of foreign films to grace our screens.

This week we have 7 new trailers for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Au Revoir Taipei (Yi ye Taibei) UK Cinema Release Date: Sunday 13th March 2011

Synopsis: A love story takes place over the course of one evening in Taipei.
See full article at HeyUGuys »

Review: Vision: From The Life Of Hildegard Von Bingen

Vision: From The Life Of Hildegard Von Bingen is the biography of Hildegard von Bingen, the multi-talented 12th century German nun. Von Bingen was an author and playwright, composer of Gregorian chants, a visionary bibliophile, physician, botanist, and a practitioner of holistic medicine with advanced knowledge of herbal healing. Sounds exciting, huh? It’s not but German director Margarethe von Trotta’s film is an impressive accomplishment on many levels. Historically it must have been a real challenge to illustrate so vividly this life lived almost 900 years ago with such attention to facts and details and visually it’s a real stunner. Von Trotta, an actress turned director, gets great work from her mostly female cast but the film goes on too long and ultimately left this reviewer cold

Vision: From The Life Of Hildegard Von Bingen takes place in a time when men dominated, especially within the church, and
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

Arthouse Audit: 'N-Secure' Insecure But Leads, 'Boy' Goes 'Nowhere'...

While it was comparatively unheralded prior to release, N-Secure managed to easily top all limited releases in its debut weekend. Waiting for "Superman" had another solid showing, and John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy expanded its way up the chart. Tea Party documentary I Want Your Money was unable to grab much cash from audiences, while Clint Eastwood's Hereafter had a strong limited . N-Secure opened to $1.17 million at 486 locations, which was good for 14th place on the overall weekend chart. The drama had a poor $2,400 per-theater average. This was a recent pick-up for Freestyle Releasing, and it yielded the distributor's biggest opening since The Collector from last July. Waiting for "Superman" nearly doubled its theater count to 182 and was up 16 percent to $742,725. This was the documentary's largest weekend yet, though its per-theater average of $4,081 was a step down from past sessions. Through its fourth weekend, "Superman" has earned $2.52 million. Nowhere Boy
See full article at Box Office Mojo »

U.S. Rights Acquired in Cannes

U.S. Rights Sold During Cannes: Breakaway Media licensed Passenger Side for U.S. to Strand Releasing. Celluloid Dreams licensed Margarethe von Trotta’s Vision to Zeitgeist for U.S. Brendan and the Secret of the Kells went to Gkids for U.S. in pre-Cannes deals. Cinephil licensed Film Unfinished to Oscilloscope for U.S. in a pre-Cannes deal. Cinetic sold A&E Indie’s untitled Eliot Spitzer doc to Magnolia for U.S. Crimson Wolf Productions licensed No. American rights to Eyeborgs to Image in a pre-Cannes deal. D…
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