Friday, July 13, 2012

Film Clips: To Rome with Love

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Woody Allens To Rome with Love

ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT (PG) Everyone's favorite group of prehistoric mammals are back, but this time their whole world is changing and shifting, literally. As the continents drift apart Manny, Sid, and Diego's world becomes a life at sea, using an iceberg as a makeshift ship. When the gang runs into a band of pirates led by an angry baboon, Manny's journey to reunite with his love takes a detour. Come see Pangaea split apart.

TO ROME WITH LOVE (R) Woody Allen's latest film follows the interwoven love stories of eight people, staring Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Woody Allen, Roberto Benigni, Judy Davis, and Greta Gerwig. A hilarious take on the romantic cliches in Rome.


MUSIC FROM THE BIG HOUSE (NR) Director Bruce McDonald follows Rita Chiarelli's pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Angola Prison in Louisiana. This documentary offers rare performance footage of Chiarelli performing soulful blues classics with inmates convicted of everything from armed robbery, to murder and rape. Plaza Theatre 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. 7:30 p.m. tonight

NATURAL SELECTION (R) Linda is a devoted Christian wife, but when she discovers her dying husband has a 23-year-old illegitimate son, her world is turned upside down. Her husbands dying wish is that Linda connects with his son, Raymond. Linda's strange journey to find Raymond and bring him home teaches her more about herself than she ever knew before. Midtown Art Cienma 931 Monroe Drive

TAKE THIS WALTZ (R) Margot is happily married to Lou, a cookbook writer, and her life seems great. But one day, when she meets a man named Daniel, their chemistry is immediate and intense. She soon discovers that Daniel is actually one of their neighbors, and begins stealing away moments with him, forcing Margot to reexamine how relationships can change perspectives of love, sex, and herself. Midtown Art Cienma 931 Monroe Drive


THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (PG-13) Move over Tobey Maguire, there's a new Spider-Man in town. NYC's favorite web-slinger is back on the big screen, this story follows a new thread in the Spider-Man chronicle. Peter Parker is an outcast at high-school, struggling with girls, bullies, and newly-found spider powers? As Parker works to uncover the mystery of his parents' death he is led to the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former lab partner. But as Parker grows closer to Dr. Connors, he starts to realize Connors might not have been the kind lab partner Parker's father thought he was.

AMERICAN REUNION (R) The fourth installment (excluding the spin-off, straight to home video films) in the American Pie franchise, features all the original characters from this teen, coming-of-age comedy series. While (most of) the characters are acting like grown ups with real jobs and families now, their high school reunion brings back the same old hi-jinks, bodily humor, and awkward moments the first three films created.

THE ARTIST 5 stars (PG) In this pitch-perfect recreation of Hollywood's black-and-white silent films, the effortlessly charming Jean Dujardin plays a swashbuckling matinee idol who stubbornly refuses to change his ways when the film industry switches to sound. Even in the film's most downbeat moments, director Michel Hazanavicius uses clever visual gags to convey The Artist's emotional core, while the story's metaphor for professions transformed by new technology proves enormously relevant in the Internet age. - Holman

BATTLESHIP (PG-13) When a fleet of US battleships discover an unidentifiable object in the open water of the ocean, a team of naval officers are sent to investigate. Upon arrival, they discover that the hunk of metal is actually an alien ship that they have just engaged. The movie, which is really nothing like the Hasbro board game it is supposedly based off of, is a blockbuster of explosions, hot babes, action sequences, and is a CGI masterpiece. To save earth, the battle must be won on the water. You sunk my battleship!

BERNIE (PG-13) This comedy is about assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), who was everybody's best friend. In his small town he taught Sunday school, sang in the church's choir, and he was always around to lend a helping hand. But when he befriended Majorie Nugent, his kindness was truly tested. Majorie, a rich and affluent widow, literally ran Bernie into the ground with her chores, manipulating, conspiring, and oppression. People were shocked to one day learn that Majorie was dead, with Bernie being he prime suspect for murder.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (R) A horror story that follows the trip of five friends to a remote cabin in the woods. As things start to get a little creepy, the audience thinks they are seeing the same old recycled horror story. But as the movie progresses and the twists get more and more absurd, this movie begins to turn the formulaic horror movie genre into something unique and different.

CHERNOBYL DIARIES (R) When a group of tourists visiting Ukraine decide to go on a slightly sketchy tour of the nuclear disaster area at the abandoned Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, the tour starts off innocent. The group is unsure if they should really be in an infamous nuclear disaster area, but their local tour guide assures them that everything is fine since the nuclear radiation levels have receded. The problem is, once they are ready to leave, their van (of course) won't start. Before long, the group realizes something or someone is lurking in the shadows of Chernobyl, and that something or someone is after them. To survive, they navigate the deserted plant and hope to make it through the night.

CHIMPANZEE (G) This documentary from Mark Linfield and Disney follows the story of Oscar, a young chimpanzee who is separated from his family during a skirmish with another group of chimps. In an unlikely turn of events, Oscar is 'adopted' by a full grown male chimp who finds him alone in the forest. This documentary offers a rarely seen glimpse into the world of chimpanzees, following the heartwarming story of Oscar.

DARK SHADOWS (PG-13) Tim Burton's newest film is a horror/comedy flick following Barnabas (Johnny Depp) who has moved from England to America in 1752. Building a new life in Maine, Barnabas quickly becomes a wealthy and successful man, his life is perfect until he makes the mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard. Angelique, a witch, turns Barnabas into a vampire and buries him alive to teach him a lesson. Two centuries later, Barnabas' tomb is discovered and he is unleashed upon the modern world. As he meets his modern-day descendants, Barnabas is confronted with problems of the modern days and must face Angelique's wrath for breaking her heart once again.

THE DICTATOR (R) Sascha Baron-Cohen plays dictator Haffaz Alladen, of the oil-rich African nation of Waadeya. He is an egomaniac and executes practically anyone who disagrees with him. When summoned to NYC by the UN with concerns about his nuclear program, Alladen tries to adjust to the American way of life. While this film misses the unexpected hilarity of unscripted Borat, the political incorrectness is enough to make anyone laugh.

DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX (PG) In this adaptation of Dr. Seuss' beloved picture book, a young boy tries to woo a girl by bringing a tree to their treeless home, leading to a flashback of how the land lost all of its trees. This comedy's nod towards environmental conservation is balanced out by a hilarious performance from Danny DeVito as the Lorax.

THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT (R) From the producer of the marital comedy Bridesmaids, comes a new twist on the romantic comedy, a film spotlighting the time between the proposal and the marriage. When Tom and Violet get engaged, they have no idea what they are in for because it seems everything in the world is working against them getting married. The comedy ensues as this couple learns what it takes to make an engagement work.

FOR GREATER GLORY A group of men and women make the decision to risk everything for their freedom, when a small rebellion becomes an army with the help of one general whom everyone believes in. Chronicling the Cisteros War in the 1920's, this film tells the story of a group of people standing up against the atheistic Mexican Government.

THE HUNGER GAMES (PG-13) In a post apocolyptic world, the countries that once made up North America is now called Panem. The Capitol, a technological metropolis that controls everything, is surrounded by 12 districts. Every year, one boy and girl are selected from each of the twelve districts at random to compete in the Hunger Games, basically a Gladiator style fight to the death. When teenager Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister's place in the games, she is almost certainly sentencing herself to death. Based on the young adult novel by Suzanne Collins, Katniss must fight to the death in order to survive and return home to her sister.

HYSTERIA (R) In late 1800's London, a young doctor named Mortimer Granville is struggling to break into the field with his theories about the importance of sanitation and germs. His luck changes though, when he meets Dr. Dalrymple, who specializes in women's medicine. In short, they invent a device to handle a woman's certain...needs, which has the women of London going crazy and everyone questioning their legitimacy. The formal, uptight setting of 19th century England plays the perfect comedic backdrop to this film about how to please a woman. UA Tara Theatre, 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE

I WISH (NR) This Japanese film follows a young boy named Koichi who lives with his mother and grand parents after his parents divorced. He longs to be reunited with his father and little brother who live on another island in Japan. When he learns of a new train that will connect the two different parts of Japan, he begins making a master plan see his father and little brother once more. With the help of his friends and the people around him, Koichi makes an amazing journey to be with the ones he loves. Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive

IN DARKNESS (NR) One of this year's Best Foreign Language Oscar nominees, this Holocaust drama depicts a sewer worker in a Polish city who uses his knowledge of underground tunnels to shelter a group of Jewish fugitives. Director Agnieska Holland helmed another terrific Holocaust-themed movie, Europa Europa, in 1991.

THE IRON LADY 2 stars (PG-13) Meryl Streep gives a predictably rich and insightful lead performance in this thin, superficial biopic of Margaret Thatcher, England's first female prime minister. The Iron Lady seems primarily interested in the doddering, elderly Thatcher who speaks to her deceased husband Denis (an excellent Jim Broadbent), while the wishy-washy script refuses to form an opinion about Thatcher's controversial politics. - Holman

JOHN CARTER 2 stars (R ) In this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic sci-fi adventure, Civil War cavalryman turned Arizona prospector John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) finds himself transported to Mars, where he takes up the cause of Martian Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins, who's like a classy Megan Fox) against a vicious warlord (Dominic West). "Friday Night Lights'" Taylor Kitsch brings laid-back charisma to a role that the film can't seem to decide is a tortured hero or a charming rogue. John Carter proves too silly and rushed to work as a respectable fantasy epic, but too heavy and convoluted to achieve pure escapism. Pixar's Andrew Stanton delivers astounding visual effects, including the hero's ability to make incredible jumps in the Martian gravity, but John
has a harder time getting off the ground. - Holman

JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 3 stars (PG) In the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth, Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) and his mom's new beau (Dwayne Johnson) pick up a cryptic signal originating from the mysterious island from Jules Verne's books. Taking full advantage of the technologies at his disposal, director Brad Peyton places his cast upon a fantastic tropical paradise full of amazing creatures and fantastic landscapes. Full of baseline humor, teen angst, and family bonding moments there's an equal amount of intense chases and thrill rides on both ships and beasts to balance it out. Journey 2 is a definite improvement in the franchise and definitely worth seeing. - Edward Adams

JOYFUL NOISE (PG-13) Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton share the spotlight as members of a small-town members with ambitions to take the choir to a national championship.

KATY PERRY: PART OF ME (PG) Pop star Katy Perry's road to stardom was not an easy one, and coming from a religious family with her outlandish personality, Perry wasn't always understood in the beginning. This film follows her journey with exclusive on/off-stage footage, interviews, early performances, in this documentary of one of today's biggest stars.

LOCKOUT (PG-13) In the future prisoners are kept on a space station, which seemed like a good idea until an uprising allowed the prisoners take control of the station. The president, whose daughter was taken captive by the prisoners during the uprising, asks for the help of an ex-government agent (played by Guy Pearce) who is convicted of conspiracy. For the safe return of his daughter, the president promises Pearce's freedom. Action-packed, gun fights and battles ensue as just one man attempts to save the president's daughter from a vicious group of convicts.

THE LUCKY ONE (PG-13) US Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, safe and sound. He is convinced his safety in battle was from a photograph of a beautiful woman (Taylor Schilling) he found on the ground during battle, keeping the photo with him at all times. Upon his arrival in the states he travels to North Carolina, searching for the woman who kept him alive without even knowing it.

MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTED (PG) Alex the lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) and their furry and/or four-legged friends work to make it home to New York from Africa in the third entry in the animated franchise. Stranded in Monte Carlo, the foursome joins up with a traveling animal circus, taking a tour of Europe along the way. Friends are made with the former; fun is made of the latter. In 3D.

MAGIC MIKE (R) Mike is a dancer, to be more specific he's a stripper at Club Xquistie, which is an all-male strip club. Mike has everything he could ever want: women, money, partying, and fun, but he wants something more. When Mike is not headlining in the club, he is making custom modern furniture. One day, when Mike meets the sister of a new dancer he has taken under his wing, she changes his perspective on everything and Mike must face the realities of the life he lives. Starring Channing Tatum and Mathew McConaughey, chances are, women will really like this movie.

MAN ON A LEDGE 2 stars (PG-13) Disgraced cop turned convict Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthingon) threatens to leap from the ledge of a high-rise Manhattan hotel. Is he really suicidal, or is he part of a complicated heist to clear his good name? Like Worthington struggling with his American accent, Man on a Ledge tries to impersonate earlier, better New York caper flicks like Dog Day Afternoon and Inside Man. Danish director Asger Leth builds suspense in the heist scenes, but doesn't capture the Big Apple's colorful character, so everything feels overcooked and slightly phony. It ends on a satisfying note, but Man on a Ledge won't put on the edge of your seat. - Holman

MANSOME (NR) Executive producers Will Arnet, Jason Bateman, and Ben Silverman take a look at the man's identity in the modern world, interviewing actors, models, experts, and comedians to define what it means to be a man today. Masculinity is questioned and picked apart as this film hilariously investigates manhood. UA Tara, 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE

MARLEY (PG-13) Made with the support of Bob Marley's family, director Kevin McDonald takes an inside look at Marley's impact on music and his social and political impacts as well. With rare footage, performances, interviews with people close to Marley, this film offers a portrait of a cultural icon. Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive Atlanta GA

MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS (PG-13) In a culmination of the recent resurgence of comic book superhero movies, The Avengers are on the big screen, featuring an all-star cast including The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). As the story goes, the safety of Earth is threatened by Loki, a demigod from Thor's alternate universe, who brings with him an army of diabolic villains. The group of superheros must put their super-egos aside and work together to defeat Loki and his army. This summer blockbuster is a must-see for all superhero fans, if not for the great cast, then just for the sheer number of superheros featured in the film.

MEN IN BLACK 3 (PG-13) Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back as the Men In Black, in the third installment in the MIB franchise. In this film, Agent J (Smith) wakes up one day to find his partner Agent K (Jones) has been dead for over 40 years. Apparently, K is at the center of some alternate reality where he doesn't exist in present day. Now, J must go back in time to 1969 when K is still alive in order to figure out how this alternate reality was created.

MIRROR MIRROR (PG) Julia Roberts stars as the evil queen in this remix of the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs tale. The evil queen banishes Snow White into the fore in order to swoop in and steal the prince who has fallen in love with Snow White. But Snow White has different plans and enlists the help of seven little dwarfs to try and save the prince from marriage to the evil queen who is only after his money.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL 4 stars (PG-13) Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team of superspies must go rogue to catch a nuclear terrorist obsessed with launching World War III. Pixar director Brad Bird makes a confident leap to live-action with this outlandishly exciting spy flick, unified by plausible gadgets and jaw-dropping set pieces, which include Cruise dangling from Dubai's Burj Khalifa tower, the world's tallest building, as a sandstorm approaches. Simon Pegg deserves top billing for his hilarious comic relief. - Curt Holman

MONSIEUR LAZHAR (PG-13) When an Algerian immigrant teacher applies for a job in a Montreal middle school, he is given the task of replacing a teacher who has committed suicide. The teacher Lazhar replaces, was loved by all of his class deeply. While Lazhar helps the class heal from the loss of their teacher, he himself begins to heal from the pains of remembering the terrorism that forced him to leave his homeland.Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive Atlanta GA

(PG-13) Wes Anderson's newest film, chronicles the love story between two twelve-year-old children while at a summer camp in New England during the 60's. The lovers make a pact via love letters to run away together, but when they come up missing, a mad search begins to find them. Capturing the dry hilarity and absurdity of his expertly created characters, Wes Anderson creates a classic comedy in the way only he can.

MY WAY (NR) This Spanish film about Marc, a man struggling to juggle his public life where he dabbles in real estate as a agent, and his private life where he earns the majority of his money as a drug dealer. While his wife Tes makes an honest living in advertising, Marc is constantly under the pressure to sell more drugs while still trying to be a good father. As balancing the life of a family man and being a drug-dealing gangster becomes harder and harder, Marc has to make difficult choices to do what he thinks is right. UA Tara Cinemas 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (R ) Based on two books by British director Colin Clark, My Week With Marilyn recalls the week in 1957 that young Clark spent as set assistant to The Prince and the Showgirl, where he became friends with Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams). When Monroe's new husband Arthur Miller leaves London, will Monroe focus more on work or play? Co-starring Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Oliver.

OCTOBER BABY (PG-13) When Hannah suddenly faints during a college play, during medical examination, she discovers that she was actually adopted. Even more shocking, she soon learns she was adopted after a failed abortion attempt by her birth mother. Faced with her own mortality and the fragility of life itself, Hannah sets out on a trip to find her birth mother and herself. In this coming of age story, the idea of family is challenged and redefined through Hannah's journey.

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISTFITS (PG) The same people who created Chicken Run and the Wallace and Gromit series, have created a new stop-motion film about a pirate captain who just isn't very good at being a pirate. Voiced by Hugh Grant, the Pirate Captain is a lovable dope with aspirations of winning the "Pirate of the Year" award and finally getting some credit for his exploits as a buccaneer. Given directors Jeff Newitt's and Peter Lord's track record together, this movie is sure to be a great one.

PEOPLE LIKE US (PG-13) Sam is a young salesman, as his biggest deal of the year collapses in on itself, Sam gets the news that his father has passed away. When Sam returns home to handle and organize his father's estate, he makes an incredible discovery that he has a sister named Frankie he never knew about. As Sam reconnects with his new found family, he begins to rethink the way his own life has played out.

PROMETHEUS (R) It's 2089 and a team of scientists (including Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron) is aboard the titular, trillion-dollar spaceship, on their way to a distant, mysterious planet which - they hope - holds the secret to the origins of humanity. They're unfortunately wrong , although they do manage to uncover a host of nasty, drippy, dark things in the process in this, Ridley Scott's sorta faux-prequel to his '70s sci-fi horror film Alien.

SAFE (R) Jason Statham plays Luke Wright a washed-up cage fighter in an MMA-style fighting circuit, essentially being paid to get beat up in front of a crowd. But when Luke wins a rigged fight he was supposed to lose, hell breaks loose, the Russian Mafia murders his family to teach him a lesson after costing them a small fortune. Then when Luke witnesses the Russians going after a young girl named Mei, he snaps and goes into an all out war against the mafia. In an attempt to redeem himself and avenge his own family, Statham delivers his usual action packed performance.

SAVAGES (R) Ben and Chon have it all, money, a luxurious California beach house, exotic sports cars, the finest medical marijuana grow house in America, and a beautiful girl named Ophelia. That's right, the best-friend, business partners share a girl friend (I'm still trying to figure that one out). Regardless, when a Mexican drug cartel decides to move its drug business North, they demand that Ben and Chon partner up with their operation. When they refuse the cartel's offer, the leader, Elena, has Ophelia kidnapped. Now the Ben and Chon have to go guerrilla in order to get their girl back. From director Oliver Stone, this film is jammed with action and the star power to match.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (PG-13) An evil queen (played by Charlize Theron) wants to eat the heart of her dear, fair stepdaughter Snow White (Kristen Stewart) to cement her evil queendom. But the daughter escapes, chased by the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who was hired to kill her. Medieval swordplay and scowling ensues in this "dark revisionist" take on the Grimms' fairy tale. Plus: dwarves!

TED (R) Mark Whalberg plays John, who lives with his childhood teddy bear named Ted. When John was a little boy, he wished Ted would come to life and his wish came true! But now, with John and Ted all grown up, John is beginning to realize that Ted's boozing, drugging, and womanizing might not be the best influence on him. From the Seth McFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, this film is not for children!

THINK LIKE A MAN (PG-13) The story of a group men's love lives that are turned completely upside down when their respective ladies buy Steve Harvey's new book that teaches women to act like ladies but think like men. When the ladies start turning the tables on their respective men, they conspire to reverse the book's power and use it against the ladies. Featuring an all star cast of names like Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Kevin Hart, Jerry Ferrara and others, this comedy puts a new spin on how relationships work.

THE THREE STOOGES: THE MOVIE (PG) The three stooges are back at it after a sabbatical from the screens of movie theaters for over 40 years. The same slapstick comedy and dopey humor that made the original vaudeville act hilarious is back for this reincarnation of a classic piece of American comedy. In the new film, three infants are left on a nun's doorstep (the nun is played by Larry David) and are raised at the orphanage run by the nuns. When they are grown up and learn that the orphanage is facing foreclosure, they set out into the big world to save their home. Along the way, they become entangled with a murder plot and end up starring in a reality TV show with the cast of MTV's Jersey Shore .

TYLER PERRY'S GOOD DEEDS (PG-13) Tyler Perry plays the title role (sort of) as Wesley Deeds, a successful businessman who, despite his good fortune and great life, is unhappy. One night he discovers the janitor Lindsey (Thandie Newton) has been letting her daughter sleep in a supply closet at night while she works. Will Wesley's friendship with Lindsey teach him how to be happy for the first time in his life? Spoilers.

TYLER PERRY'S MADEA'S WITNESS PROTECTION (PG-13) When George, an investment banker, figures out that he has been picked as the fall-guy for a mob's ponzi-scheme, George knows he and his family are in danger. When he decides to go into witness protection, there's only one woman with the spunky attitude and size to match that can keep them safe, Madea! Tyler Perry's comedic alter-ego, the overbearing, say-anything Madea is back on the big screen.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING (PG-13) This comedy follows the lives of different couples going through the magical time of a pregnancy. While some mothers go on hormone-powered crazy streaks, the fathers are just trying to tell their kid apart from the others at school. Fueled by a great line up of actors and comedians, this film hits all the high points (and low points) of the hilarity involved with a pregnancy and parenthood.

WRATH OF THE TITANS (PG-13) Perseus, one of the earliest heroes of Greek mythology, must face the dangerous underworld to save his father Zeus. Zeus has been taken captive by his son Ares and his brother Hades. Epic battles ensue, pitting Perseus against the infamous Titans like Cyclops, Medusa and a cast of other mythological monstrosities.

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