3 items from 2011
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Directed by Alejandro Amenabar
Released by Widowmaker Films
"Alice in Murderland" (2011)
Directed by Dennis Devine
Released by Brain Damage Films
A year after Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" scared the bejeezus out of kids in multiplexes everywhere, this horror take on Lewis Carroll's classic fairy tale aims to do so intentionally on DVD players around the country.
"America, America" (1963)
Directed by Elia Kazan
Released by Fox Home Entertainment
Elia Kazan's most personal film based on the story of his uncle's immigration to the United States from Turkey, where as a Greek his family is persecuted, was already released as part of last year's Kazan boxed set, but now will be »
- Stephen Saito
Directed by: James M. Hausler
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Release Date: January 25, 2011 (One-night only in Chicago)
Plot: A recently heartbroken young man (Stahl) returns home to find out that his shifty friend Stan (Jackson) is not at all who he used to be.
Who’S It For? A younger, college-aged audience would probably enjoy this movie best, as those more experienced with heartbreak and life itself might find the film to be particularly juvenile.
Kalamity is a little movie with a couple surprises, until its tone makes an ultimate shift for the worst. Originally feeling like a dark comedy, it eventually morphs into a angry film with no sense of humor at all. Though it features an Apatow-like friend embarking on what murder is like, (asking about what the Columbine kids thought before their act, »
- Nick Allen
Chicago – There was a day not that long ago when it felt like Nick Stahl was the next rising star. He delivered nuanced performances in films and on HBO’s “Carnivale” that led one to believe there was potential for stardom. “The Thin Red Line,” “In the Bedroom,” “Bully” — he was going somewhere in the early ’00s, but he was derailed into basically nothing but straight-to-video junk like “Mirrors 2” since 2005’s “Sin City.” Does “Kalamity,” playing a one-night engagement at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago tonight, January 25th, 2011, represent a comeback or continued decline?
I won’t tease you any more by delaying the answer — it is definitely the latter. A muddled mess from the very beginning, “Kalamity” is a near-disaster, a work that offers glimpses yet again at the talent Stahl appears to have squandered but never once comes together into an entertaining piece of its own. »
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3 items from 2011
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