Friday, April 9, 2010

Cinematic Excursions: Film Releases For April 9, 2010

After. Life
Studio: Anchor Bay Films 
Director: Agnieszka Vosloo 
Screenwriter: Agnieszka Vosloo 
Starring: Christina RicciLiam NeesonJustin LongJosh CharlesChandler Canterbury 
Genre: Psychological Thriller 
MPAA Rating: R (for nudity, disturbing images, language and brief sexuality) 
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Plot Summary: After a horrific car accident, Anna (Christina Ricci) wakes up to find the local funeral director Eliot Deacon (Liam Neeson) preparing her body for her funeral. Confused, terrified and feeling still very much alive, Anna doesn't believe she's dead, despite the funeral director's reassurances that she is merely in transition to the afterlife. Eliot convinces her he has the ability to communicate with the dead and is the only one who can help her. Trapped inside the funeral home, with nobody to turn to except Eliot, Anna is forced to face her deepest fears and accept her own death. But Anna's grief—stricken boyfriend Paul (Justin Long) still can't shake the nagging suspicion that Eliot isn't what he appears to be. As the funeral nears, Paul gets closer to unlocking the disturbing truth, but it could be too late; Anna may have already begun to cross over the other side. With an unrelenting edge of menace, "After.Life" is a stylish psychological thriller which provocatively questions the line between life and death. 

Date Night
Studio: 20th Century Fox 
Director: Shawn Levy 
Screenwriter: Josh Klausner 
Starring: Steve CarellTina FeyMark WahlbergJames FrancoLeighton MeesterCommonTaraji HensonKristen WiigRay LiottaMila KunisMark RuffaloWilliam FichtnerOlivia Munn 
Genre: Comedy 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference) 
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Plot Summary: Action-comedy maestro Shawn Levy, the director of the blockbuster "Night at the Museum" franchise, teams up with two of the comedy world's biggest talents, Steve Carell ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "The Office") and Tina Fey ("Baby Mama," "30 Rock," "SNL") for an adventure that turns a run-of-the-mill married couple's date upside down - way upside down, in "Date Night." 

Everyone Else
Studio: The Cinema Guild 
Director: Maren Ade 
Screenwriter: Maren Ade 
Starring: Lars EidingerBirgit Minichmayr 
Genre: Drama, Romance 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
Plot Summary: On the surface, Chris (Lars Eidinger) and Gitti (Birgit Minichmayr/"The White Ribbon," "Cherry Blossoms," "Downfall") are a young German couple enjoying the sun and relaxation of a Mediterranean holiday. But as they spend more time alone with each other, their playful teasing and silly habits begin to reveal some fundamental differences between them. And when they accidentally run into another, clearly happier and more successful couple, the tensions between them erupt.

"Everyone Else" is about a new relationship that hasn't yet endured much," notes writer-director Maren Ade. "The ground rules haven't been set and both partners are still afraid to completely expose themselves. I was intrigued by this newly created, intricate and unique entity that two people form when they become a couple-a chaotic meshwork of desires, secrets, demands, power structures and rituals." 

Letters To God
Studio: Screen Media Ventures 
Director: Peter Bratt 
Screenwriter: Peter Bratt 
Starring: Benjamin BrattErika AlexanderJeremy Ray ValdezJesse BorregoTalisa Soto Bratt 
Genre: Drama 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
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Plot Summary: "La Mission" is the story of Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt), a San Francisco bus driver respected in his Mission district barrio for building beautiful low rider cars, yet feared for his tough and machismo ways.

A reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic, Che's path to redemption is tested when he discovers that his pride and joy--his only child, Jesse (Jeremy Ray Valdez)--is gay. In a homophobic rage, Che violently beats his son, disowning him. Out of pride, Che loses his son – the "best friend he's got" – and once again loses himself. Emotionally broken and vulnerable, Che is left isolated and alone.

In a cathartic moment on the mean streets of the Mission, Che realizes that his patriarchal pride is meaningless to him, and that in order to maintain it, he has sacrificed the one thing that he cherishes most – love. 

When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors
Studio: Abramorama 
Director: Tom DiCillo 
Screenwriter: Tom DiCillo 
Starring: Not Available 
Genre: Documentary 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
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Plot Summary: "When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors" uncovers historic and previously unseen footage of the illustrious rock quartet and provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of its music and legacy. Directed by award-winning writer/director Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp, the film is a riveting account of the band's history and the first feature documentary about them.

The film reveals a intimate perspective on the creative chemistry between drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison -- four brilliant artists, who made The Doors one of America's most iconic and influential rock bands. Using footage shot between the band's 1965 formation and Morrison's 1971 death, "When You're Strange" follows the band from the corridors of UCLA's film school, where Manzarek and Morrison met, to the stages of sold-out arenas.

"When You're Strange" captures the zeitgeist and fraction of an era while providing insight into who The Doors were, what they became and what they meant to our culture. The Doors sold more than 80 million albums and continue to sell more than one million albums a year to this day. 

Women Without Men
Studio: IndiePix Films 
Director: Shirin NeshatShoja Azari 
Screenwriter: Shirin Neshat 
Starring: Navíd AkhavanMina AzarianBijan DaneshmandRahi Daneshmand,Pegah FerydoniArita ShahrzadTahmoures TehraniShabnam TolouiOrsolya TóthEssa Zahir 
Genre: Drama 
MPAA Rating: Not Available 
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Plot Summary: "Women Without Men," an adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur's magic realist novel, is Iranian artist Shirin Neshat's first feature length film. The story chronicles the intertwining lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953; a cataclysmic moment in Iranian history when an American led, British backed coup d'état brought down the democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh, and reinstalled the Shah to power. 

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