The highly anticipated art film Tetro is the inspiration of genius filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (Godfather I, II, and III). Produced entirely on Coppola’s dime, Tetro tells the tale of Argentine -Italian brothers who are seeking resolution amid conflict and secrecy within their complicated family. Coppola has yet to find a major distributor largely because of it is in black and white; not a favorite with major distributors. Nonetheless, critics are yelling its praises, saying Tetro is Coppola’s most emotionally creative picture to date. The film is rated R and stars independent god, Vincent Gallo as Tetro. For a sneak peak of the trailer, click here.
Unbeatable Harold is the comedic brainchild of writer-producer, Gordon Michaels; who also plays the lead. This farce is sure to be a sleeper hit this summer season. The film tells of an eccentric, benevolent, would-be Elvis restaurant manager who sets his sights and heart on a glitzy, bleached blonde waitress named Wanda; played by newcomer Nicole DeHuff. An almost unrecognizable, Dylan McDermott is captivating as Jake Salamander, the wicked, long-haired, guitar totting ex-boyfriend who appears with the hopes of rekindling his romance with the forthright Wanda. The cast includes such familiar faces as Gladys Knight, Henry Winkler, Phyllis Diller, Taryn Manning, and Tim Russ. It’s rated R, due to its adult language and content. Unbeatable Harold is set for a limited nationwide release. To see a listing of theater showing near you, click here .
The flick, Hurt Locker enters the trenches of war with an elite squad whose main task is to disarm bombs in the battlefield. Hurt Locker stars Ralph Fienees, Guy Pearce, David Morse, Brian Geraghty, Jeremy Renner, and Anthony Mackie. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, this film is rated R. Click here to view the trailer.
Street Dreams is a scripted-reality film produced and co-written by MTV’s reality star Rob Dyrdek of Rob and Big. Billed as narrative feature, the film follows the high and lows of a street skateboarder and his dream of landing an endorsement deal. Directed by Chris Zamoscianyk, this film is rated R due to adult language, and violent content.
What is the summer season without a sexually charged, coming-of-age flick in the mix? The small independently produced Art of Being Straight is another filmmaker’s social commentary against homosexual intolerance. Writer-producer, Josen Rosen plays the lead role (surprised…most likely not) Jon whose visit with schoolmate forces him to address his duplicitous sexual identity. The cast consists of primarily newcomers. This film has an R rating. To view the trailer, click here or go to movie’s website, www.artofbeingstraight.com.
The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 is a typical testosterone driven Hollywood action remake starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. Although the plot is formula, there’s nothing mundane about the performances. Good guy New York City subway dispatcher (Washington) gets thrown into a web of chaos created by a psychopathic criminal named Ryder; played by John Travolta. The cast include John Turturro, Luis Guzman, Michael Rispoli, and James Gandolfini and was helmed by Tony Scott. This film is rated R. To see a sneak peek, click here.
Once again, producer Nia Vadarlos (Big Fat Greek Wedding), brings to the screen her annoyingly over-the-top depictions of Greek people and culture in the film, My Life in Ruins. Billed as the Greek How Stella Got Her Groove Back meets Under the Tuscan Sky, Vadarlos (can you guessed it..) plays the lead character, Georgia. Gerogia travels to the Mediterranean for some R & R. My Life in Ruins has a star-studded cast comprised of Richard Dreyfuss, Alexis Georgoulis, Rachel Dratch, Harland Williams and British star Alistair McGowan. Click here to see the trailer
The long expected Land of the Lost starring Will Ferrell is a remake of the classic 1970’s Saturday morning television series originally created by Sid & Marty Kroft. In this silver screen version, the nutty scientist Dr. Rick Marshall’s (Ferrell) invention warps him and his colleagues through a space-time vortex, where they must discover ways to survive in an odd and primitive environment. Outside the basic concept of space travel and the scenes of the characters sprinting from huge prehistoric dinosaurs, the two versions differ in tone and characterization. The Porter Tree House was scrapped for a cave. Timmy and Annie are replaced with a sexy, nerdy aide (Anna Friel) and survivalist guide, Will played by Danny McBride. Stink a.k.a. Chaka, the monkey man remains in the tale for comedic relief. The Land of the Lost is projected to have a celebrated premiere weekend and is slated for a nationwide release. This film is rated PG-13. To see the trailer, click here.
The Proposal is the long-awaited return of Hollywood darling, Sandra bullock who plays Margret Tate, a hard-nose executive who revels in humiliating her assistant, Andrew (Ryan Reynolds). But when she is told of her possible deportation back to Canada, she forces Ryan to marry her. Directed by Anne Fletcher, The Proposal brings nothing that hasn’t been seen on the silver screen before, but for those who enjoy mindless slapstick comedy this is the film for you. It also stars Mary Steenburgen, and Craig T. Nelson and is rated PG-13.
Directly from the workshop of Oscar-Award winning director Sam Mendes, comes Away We Go. The charming comedy stars the witty John Krasinski of The Office and Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live), the daughter of the late songstress, Minnie Riperton. This Focus Feature film tells of a grundge couple who’s expecting in a few months. They decide to take a road trip in the hopes of discovering a place to settle down permenantly. It also stars Jeff Daniels, Carmen Ejogo, Jim Gaffigan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton, Allison Janney, Melanie Lynskey, Chris Messina, Catherine O’Hara, and Paul Schneider. To get a sneak peek look at the trailer, click here.
Pop star, Mariah Carey teamed up with indie filmmaker Aaron Woodley for his fourth directorial attempt, Tennessee. The small film with its large drama also stars newcomers,Adam Rothenberg and Ethan Peck who play brother in search of their estranged father. Vivendi Entertainment is the film’s distributors and is rated R.
The Transformer 2: Revenge of the Fallen hits both traditional and IMAX theaters this month with great anticipation. Hollywood heartthrob, Shia LaBouef reprises the role of Sam Witwicky who is once again caught in the middle of the war between the Autobots and Decepticons. Released by DreamWorks Picture, Transformer 2 is a sure blockbusting hit this summer. The film is rated PG-13. For a sneak peek of the trailer, click here.
Call of the wild 3D is a modern take on the Jack London’s classic short Novel. It stars Christopher Llyod (Back to the Future), Timothy Bottoms, Veronica Cartright, Joyce DeWitt, Ariel Gade, and Christopher Dempsey. This typical family PG flick has the potential to become a favorite in many households. The winter mountains in Montana as the backdrop to a story of courage, love and honor is a refreshing break in comparison to the heavy adult content in the line-up. Click Here to see the trailer
Eddie Murphy performs his slapstick niche once again in the family comedy Imagine That. This time Murphy is an overworked financial executive who has a string of great luck when he discovers his talents of his indigo-child daughter played by Bobb’e J. Thompson. This film was directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and is rated PG-13.
In the Last International Playboy, urbanite womanizer Jack Frost, played by Jason Behr (Roswell), has a moment of reflection, after hearing of the upcoming nuptials of his childhood love. The news culminated by the recent mother’s suicide pushed him into a downward spell of drugs, booze, and women. Luckily, the wisdom of an eleven year-old-girl (India Ennenga) brings him back from the brink of destruction. The Last International Playboy is rated R. To see a sneak peek of the trailer, click here.
Creator, Duncan Jones, brings us an intriguingly odd tale in the shadows of 2001 Space Odyssey. In the film Moon, astronaut, Sam Bell is at the end of his tour on the Moon, when he soon begins to question the validity of the assignment, and disturbingly enough his own existence. The lead is played by Sam Rockwell and it also stars Kevin Spacey. To see the trailer, click here.
Curve Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David stars in the Sony Classic release of Whatever Works. David plays an eccentric New Yorker who chucks-up urban life to live as a bohemian with a southern darling played by Patricia Clarkson. The film also stars Michael McKean, Evan Rachel Wood, and Ed Begley Jr. This comedy is rated PG-13. For more, click here.
Year One stars comedian Jack Black and Michael Cera. Set in the Paleolithic Era, Year One tells the story of two hunter-gathers who decides to embark on a journey after being ostracized by their tribe. Year One is directed by Harold Ramis, creator of the 80’s hit Ghostbusters and is rated PG-13. To view the trailer click here.