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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (August 5, 2016)

Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (August 5, 2016)
Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise), open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 5. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

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Bazodee

Director: Todd Kessler

Cast: Chris Smith, Kabir Bedi, Kriss Dosanjh, Machel Montano, Natalie Perera, Staz Nair

Synopsis: Anita Ponchouri (Natalie Perera), the dutiful Indian daughter of a deep-in-debt businessman (Kabir Bedi) is about to marry a wealthy Londoner (Staz Nair) when a chance encounter with local singer,
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‘Front Cover’ Exclusive Clip: An Openly Gay NYC Fashion Stylist Examines His Cultural Identity Through an Unlikely Friendship

‘Front Cover’ Exclusive Clip: An Openly Gay NYC Fashion Stylist Examines His Cultural Identity Through an Unlikely Friendship
What happens when a chance meeting leads you to look back at your own identity, and the cultural choices you’ve made along the way? That question is at the heart of “Front Cover,” a new film that follows openly gay New York City fashion stylist Ryan (Jake Choi) who has rejected his traditional Asian upbringing. Ryan has been assigned to style Ning (James Chen), a famous Chinese actor for an upcoming photo shoot. Though the two initially get off on the wrong foot, an unlikely friendship forms between them, which leads Ryan to reexamine his childhood, his culture, and his identity as he sets foot on an unknown path. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

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The film is directed by Ray Yeung, who previously directed “Cut Sleeve Boys,” about two middle-aged British Chinese gay men
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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016

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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016
Well, here we are in the closing weeks of summer movie season. It’s the last gasp for big-budget blockbusters before the coming fall festival season, but there are plenty of indie alternatives for whatever your tastes may be. Below, you’ll see every planned theatrical release for the month of August, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)

Each week, we’ll give you an update with screening locations for these various titles. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Happy watching!

Week of August 5 Wide

Suicide Squad

Director: David Ayer

Cast: Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood

Synopsis: A secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned
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Film Review: ‘Front Cover’

Film Review: ‘Front Cover’
Romance briefly bridges the cultural gap between an out Chinese-American fashionista and a visiting, ostensibly straight Chinese movie star in “Front Cover.” Ray Yeung’s first feature since his London-set debut “Cut Sleeve Boys” a decade ago is, like that film, a somewhat pedestrian gay romantic comedy distinguished by the way it mildly addresses ethnic/social differences and stereotypes. While there isn’t much subtlety or surprise in Yeung’s screenplay, his direction is restrained and graceful enough to make this a pleasant if unmemorable bittersweet love story, which Strand will launch in theaters on Aug. 5.

Once again denied an assignment masterminding a fashion-mag cover — for reasons he suspects are racially motivated — Manhattan stylist Ryan (Jake Choi) is not at all pleased by the bone his abrasive boss Francesca (Sonia Villani) tosses him as compensation. He’s been asked to oversee a photo shoot for handsome Ning (James Chen), a
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Edko to open 'Front Cover' in Hong Kong

Edko Films has acquired all Hong Kong and Macau rights to Ray Yeung’s gay comedy drama Front Cover, with a Hong Kong theatrical release scheduled for the first quarter of 2016.

The English-language feature follows the unlikely friendship between an American gay fashion stylist who detests his Asian heritage (played by Jake Choi) and a famous actor from China (James Chen). It recently opened the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Sept 19-Oct 10).

“Ray is our local hero in Lgbt cinema. He is one of the founders of the Hklgff and also very much a pioneer in Hong Kong Lgbt cinema,” said Edko Films general manager of sales and acquisitions Esther Yeung, who negotiated the deal with Fortissimo Films’ chairman Michael Werner.

As previously announced, Fortissimo has sold North American rights to Strand Releasing, which aims for a multi-market theatrical release starting in New York City from early 2016.

The film will next screen at the Chicago
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Smashbox Lets YouTube Beauty Gurus Shoot At Its Top-Quality Studios

A group of YouTube beauty experts are adding a professional touch to their videos. Collective Digital Studio has launched a program with Smashbox through which style influencers will shoot at the latter company's top-shelf studio space.

Smashbox is a cosmetics company known for its studio, which serves as a location for major fashion shoots. Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood Issue, for example, is photographed at Smashbox Studios. With the "Made at Smashbox" campaign, YouTube content creators will have the chance to utilize this space as well. Participants will gain access to Smashbox's facilities, which will provide a high-quality backdrop for fashion, beauty, makeup, and style videos.

Made at Smashbox has launched alongside some of the most popular and respected partners within the Collective DS network. James Chen, the creative director of the Wendy's Lookbook channel, will also be the creative director of this program. Beauty experts who will join him include Weylie Hoang,
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Afm: Fortissimo Opens up ‘Front Cover’

Afm: Fortissimo Opens up ‘Front Cover’
Fortissimo Films will begin pre-sales at Afm on Ray Yeung’s cross-cultural, gay-themed drama “Front Cover.”

The English-language picture features a gay Asian-American fashion stylist who rejects his Asian heritage and upbringing in New York’s Chinatown. It stars Jake Choi and James Chen.

Production is through New York-based NewVoice Productions, with Kaer Vanice as producer and Chowee Leow as co-producer.

Yeung’s previous feature “Cut Sleeve Boys” premiered at the Rotterdam festival and was named best feature at the La-based Outfest the same year.

The film is currently in post-production and Fortissimo is representing all rights, including those in North America.

“’Front Cover’ is a story of two up and coming young Asian men in New York City who must first find themselves before they can find each other,” said Fortissimo chairman Michael J Werner.
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Fortissimo takes Front Cover

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Ray Yeung’s dramatic comedy is in advanced post-production.

Fortissimo Films has picked up worldwide rights to writer-director Ray Yeung’s dramatic comedy Front Cover.

Currently in advanced post-production, the English-language New York-based feature follows a gay Chinese American fashion stylist who detests his cultural heritage until an assignment to style an actor from Beijing leads him to examine his cultural identity.

Jake Choi and James Chen star.

Front Cover will mark the second film from Yeung, whose first foray Cut Sleeve Boys made its premiere at Rotterdam and won Best Feature at La’s Outfest Fusion Festival.

Producers are NewVoice Productions and producer Kaer Vanice with co-producer Chowee Leow.
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It Begins

It Begins
San Diego — The zombies, superheroes, space aliens, pirates and time travelers taking over the streets of downtown San Diego can only mean one thing: Comic-Con is here!

The 44th annual pop-culture extravaganza kicked off Wednesday with preview night, which grants early access to the show floor to attendees with four-day passes.

Lines snaked around both outside and inside the San Diego Convention Center with guests queuing up to collect freebies and have first crack at such limited-edition collectibles as a 2-foot-tall "Transformers" action figure and a Barbie doll depicting Julie Newmar as Catwoman.

"It's totally worth it," said 22-year-old fan James Chen, who sported a pink "Dragon Ball Z" headset that he picked up on the show floor. "I just bought this scouter, and I've had 10 people ask me where I got it. That doesn't happen anywhere else in the world."

Some fans began camping out on the grass near
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Watching TV with the Red Chinese

On the surface, the story of Watching TV with the Red Chinese is a simple one, documenting several months in the lives of literature teacher Dexter Mitchell (Ryan O’Nan), his on-again-off-again girlfriend Suzanne (Community’s Gillian Jacobs), and the three Chinese students (Leonardo Nam, James Chen, and Keong Sim) recently arrived to America who move into his building. But the film, based on the novel by Luke Whisnant, is a lot meatier at the core, serving as an examination of how we perceive ourselves and others through the veil of culture, both geographical and pop (with a side order of destiny...
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We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) Movie Trailer

We Need to Talk About Kevin Trailer. Lynne Ramsay‘s We Need to Talk About (2011) movie trailer stars John C. Reilly, Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller, Siobhan Fallon, and Ursula Parker. We Need to Talk About Kevin‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by Lionel Shriver, ”Eva puts her ambitions and career aside to give birth to Kevin. The relationship between mother and son is difficult from the very first years. When Kevin is 15 , he does something irrational and unforgiveable in the eyes of the entire community. Eva grapples with her own feelings of grief and responsibility. Did she ever love her son? And how much of what Kevin did was her fault?”

We previously posted the We Need to Talk About (2011) UK movie trailer.

We Need to Talk About Kevin also stars Ashley Gerasimovich, Lauren Fox, Jennifer Kim, James Chen, Anthony Del Negro, Jasper Newell, Kimberley Drummond, Joseph Melendez,
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We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) UK Movie Trailer

We Need to Talk About Kevin UK Trailer. Lynne Ramsay‘s We Need to Talk About (2011) UK movie trailer stars John C. Reilly, Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller, Siobhan Fallon, and Ursula Parker. We Need to Talk About Kevin‘s plot synopsis: “Eva puts her ambitions and career aside to give birth to Kevin. The relationship between mother and son is difficult from the very first years. When Kevin is 15 , he does something irrational and unforgiveable in the eyes of the entire community. Eva grapples with her own feelings of grief and responsibility. Did she ever love her son? And how much of what Kevin did was her fault?”

I have been waiting for a good representation of We Need to Talk About Kevin to post and this UK movie trailer is it. It doesn’t give everything away from the book yet hints at the three acts of the film very cleverly through the editing.
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2011 San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival: Official Lineup

After a woeful two-year hiatus — and actually it had been assumed as a death — the San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival is back from the dead with a vengeance! Once again headed up by the Bay Area’s midnight movie grande dame Peaches Christ, this year’s Sfusff begins at the unholy early hour of 7:30 p.m., so that means tons more fun and outrageousness for the fest this time.

Taking place at the Victoria Theater on April 15, there will be 21 short films, including the centerpiece of the fest: The World Premiere of director xuxE’s Devious, Inc., a musical adventure set in the world of kinky fetish competitions. The film is also not a short film. It’s a feature-length movie that will close the fest at 10:30 p.m. and will be preceded by one of Peaches Christ’s astounding live performances.

In fact, the entire night
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