Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cinematic Excursions: Movie Releases For March 26

There are lots of thrillers and R rated films out there.  So for your parents who shelter your kids from everything, don't go to the movies.  But for you college kids, hop every theater!  However, I guess seeing as how "How To Train Your Dragon" is out today, families might be enjoying a night at the movies....

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics 
Director: Atom Egoyan 
Screenwriter: Erin Cressida Wilson 
Starring: Julianne MooreAmanda SeyfriedLiam NeesonMax Thieriot 
Genre: Drama, Thriller 
MPAA Rating: R (for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, nudity and language) 

Plot Summary: Atom Egoyan's remake of the French thriller "Nathalie..." The project centers on a married woman (Julianne Moore) who hires a prostitute (Amanda Seyfried) to find out whether her husband (Liam Neeson) is cheating on her. The prostitute, however, cons her about the nature of her husband's fidelity, a move that puts the family in jeopardy. 

Dancing Across Borders
Studio: First Run Features 
Director: Anne Bass 
Screenwriter: Not Available 
Starring: Sokvannara Sar 
Genre: Documentary 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 

Plot Summary: "Dancing Across Borders" chronicles the intimate and triumphant story of Sokvannara Sar, who was discovered by Anne Bass on a trip to Angkor Wat, Cambodia, in 2000 and brought to the ballet stage in America. A longtime patron of dance in the U.S., Bass arranged for Sy to visit New York and audition for the prestigious School of the American Ballet (SAB). What unfolds is a tentative negotiation between Sy and the world of American ballet and culture—from the serene countryside of Southeast Asia to the halls of SAB, to the stage of the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. The film follows Sy's unusual development as a dancer and offers a remarkable behind—the—scenes look into the world of American ballet. At its heart, "Dancing Across Borders" is an extraordinary story of growth, adaptation, and belonging as well as of the development of talent and the mastery of an art form. 

The Eclipse
Studio: Magnolia Pictures 
Director: Conor McPherson 
Screenwriter: Conor McPherson 
Starring: Ciaran HindsIben HjejleAidan QuinnJim NortonEanna Hardwicke,Hannah Lynch 
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller 
MPAA Rating: R (for language and some disturbing images) 

Plot Summary: Michael Farr (Ciarán Hinds) is a widower living in a misty Irish seaside town who is struggling to adjust to his new role as the sole caretaker of his two children. Still reeling from the death of his wife, he has been plagued by terrifying apparitions. When he volunteers at a local literary festival, he finds he finds himself drawn to Lena Morelle (Iben Hjejle), an empathetic author of supernatural fiction. While Lena tries to help Michael with the mystery of his nightmarish visions, she must contend with problems of her own—she’s being jealously pursued by a self-obsessed novelist (Aidan Quinn), her one-time lover. As the three adults’ lives converge, the turbulence of the phantom world will soon have nothing on that of the living. 

Studio: Not Available 
Director: Robert Saitzyk 
Screenwriter: Cory KnaufRobert Saitzyk 
Starring: Joseph McKelheerCory KnaufCourtney HalversonEd Lauter,Jessie WardHallock BealsLynn Adrianna FreedmanBen Loosli 
Genre: Drama, Thriller 
MPAA Rating: Not Available

Plot Summary: Winner of the Special Jury Award at the 2009 CineVegas Film Festival, "Godspeed" is an intense, dramatic thriller set in the lingering light of the Alaskan midnight sun.

Charlie Shepard (Joseph McKelheer) is a modern day faith healer whose young son and wife are brutally murdered by unknown assailants for seemingly no reason whatsoever. Six months later, Charlie has abandoned his former life, moving through the days' slow existence more like a ghost than a man. A young, mysterious girl named Sarah (Courtney Halverson) appears in town, and seeks out Charlie, pleading for help with her own grief-stricken father after her mother's death. It's here on Charlie's journey to Sarah's remote home, buried deep in the Alaskan wilderness, where he must eventually confront Sarah's troubled brother Luke (Cory Knauf) -- a dark journey that will ultimately reveal the truth of his family's killing and lead to tragic, violent consequences for all. 

Hot Tub Time Machine 
Studio: MGM 
Director: Steve Pink 
Screenwriter: Josh HealdSean AndersJohn Morris 
Starring: John CusackRob CorddryCraig RobinsonClark DukeCrispin GloverLizzy CaplanChevy Chase,Sebastian StanLyndsy FonsecaCollette WolfeCharlie McDermottKellee Stewart 
Genre: Comedy 
MPAA Rating: R (for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language) 

Plot Summary: "Hot Tub Time Machine" follows a group of best friends who've become bored with their adult lives: Adam (John Cusack) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou (Rob Corddry) is a party guy who can't find the party; Nick's (Craig Robinson) wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob (Clark Duke) won't leave his basement. After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads' pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures – one will find a new love life, one will learn to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo, and one will make sure he still exists!

How To Train You Dragon
Studio: DreamWorks Animation 
Director: Chris SandersDean DeBlois 
Screenwriter: Dean DeBloisChris Sanders 
Starring: Jay BaruchelGerard ButlerAmerica FerraraJonah Hill,Christopher Mintz-PlasseCraig FergusonKristen WiigT.J. Miller 
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy 
MPAA Rating: PG (for for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language) 

Plot Summary: From the studio that brought you "Shrek," "Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" comes "How to Train Your Dragon." Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe's longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup's world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges he and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view. 

Studio: Strand Releasing 
Director: Catherine Breillat 
Screenwriter: Catherine Breillat 
Starring: Dominique ThomasLola Créton 
Genre: Drama, Fantasy 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: Based on Charles Perrault's grisly fairytale, "Bluebeard" tells the story of young Marie-Catherine, child bride to an aristocratic ogre with a reputation for murdering his wives. A classic tale, a favorite of good little French girls since the 1950s. Princess Marie-Catherine must employ all her cunning to outwit her husband and escape the most unpleasant of fates. 

Waking Sleeping Beauty
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures 
Director: Don Hahn 
Screenwriter: Not Available 
Starring: Not Available 
Genre: Documentary 
MPAA Rating: PG (for some thematic elements and brief mild language) 

Plot Summary: "Waking Sleeping Beauty" is no fairytale. It is a story of clashing egos, out of control budgets, escalating tensions... and one of the most extraordinary creative periods in animation history. Director Don Hahn and producer Peter Schneider, key players at Walt Disney Studios Feature Animation department during the mid-1980s, offer a behind-the-magic glimpse of the turbulent times the Animation Studio was going through and the staggering output of hits that followed over the next ten years. Artists polarized between the hungry young innovators and the old guard who refused to relinquish control, mounting tensions due to a string of box office flops, and warring studio heads create the backdrop for this fascinating story told with a unique and candid perspective from those that were there. Through interviews, internal memos, home movies, and a cast of characters featuring Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Roy Disney, alongside an amazing array of talented artists that includes Don Bluth, John Lasseter, and Tim Burton, "Waking Sleeping Beauty" shines a light on Disney Animation's darkest hours, greatest joys and its improbable renaissance. 

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