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Friday, January 18, 2013

Film Clips: Broken City

OPENING TODAY

Broken City

BROKEN CITY: (R) Mark Whalberg plays Billy, a broken down and let-go police officer turned into private detective. The high profile, Mayor of New York City (Russell Crowe) hires Billy to uncover who is sleeping with his straying wife. Thinking the task was simple enough, Billy willingly accepts, not knowing about the can of worms he is about to open up. As he uncovers something bigger than he ever expected, Billy realizes he has been set up, and the only way to get out is by taking down the most important man in New York City.

THE LAST STAND: (R) Arnold Schwarzenegger is a small town sheriff on the border of the States and Mexico, tasked with the job of keeping a highly-dangerous drug cartel lord from reaching the border and gaining immunity from prosecution. For some reason, Schwarzenegger's police force consists of the 'original Jackass' Johnny Knoxville and the anything-but-menacing Luis Guzmán, yet Schwarzenegger somehow believes they have a chance of stopping the Cartel lord. This action movie probably won't get Schwarzenegger another run at governor, but he proves to be a pretty good sheriff.

MAMA: (PG-13) When two girls parents are brutally murdered, everyone suspects they are also dead. It's not until years later, the two sisters are found living in the primitive cabin deep in the woods. The girls are attempted to be re assimilated into normal life, but when unexplainable things start happening after the sisters arrival, their caretakers soon realize they were not alone out in the woods.

DULY NOTED:

JAWS: (PG) The movie that made America afraid of the ocean is back to take a bite of the big screen this weekend at Midtown Art Cinema. When a shark of epic proportions is terrorizing a small New England beach town during the height of the summer tourism season, a group of three men set out to make their shore safe again. The battle with 'Jaws,' a gigantic great white shark, is a standout favorite among many great Steven Spielberg films. Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive at midnight tonight

NO SOLICITING: (NR) This made-in-Atlanta indie film is about the comedic downfall of an average guy named Dan. Dan catches his long-time girlfriend cheating on him, then he loses his job, then he has to move in with his mom, and just when Dan's life is about as bleak as it can get; he finds a new job. Sadly, his new job is selling stuff no one needs as a door to door salesman. Watch Dan try to put his life back together this weekend at the Plaza. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave

WHITE ZOMBIE: (NR) Horror movie icon, Bela Lugosi plays a witch doctor in this early (1930's) horror film. The witch doctor is approached by Charles, a young man madly in love with Madeline who is to be married. Charles begs the witch doctor to help him cast a spell on the woman he loves to send her into his arms. The witch doctor casts a spell on the young lady who dies, and turns her into a pale, lifeless zombie. Her husband, Neil, tracks her down after discovering her grave dug up. Upon discovering the witch doctor's lair, Neil knows to break the spell on Madeline, he must kill the witch doctor. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave, 8 p.m.

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AFRICA'S ELEPHANT KINGDOM: (NR) This documentary playing at Fernbank Museum offers an in depth look at the life of Africa's most mysterious and majestic animals, the elephant. Funded by the Discovery Channel, this documentary is centered around a single elephant family making its way in Kenya. Fernbank IMAX, 767 Clifton Road

CLOUD ATLAS (R) 3 stars: This film adaptation of British author David Mitchell's 2004 novel with the same name is built on the question of how the past interacts with the present and the future. Told over six different time spans, this film unfolds six stories of characters interacting with varying representations or forms of themselves throughout time. As the character's struggle to make sense of the situations they find themselves in, they can't help but feel they've faced these struggles before. With the Wachowski directors (The Matrix series) behind this film, it's sure to light up cinema screens.

THE COLLECTION: (R) Elena thinks she is going to a secret party at an undisclosed location with her friends, but things go sour for Elena when she is kidnapped by the collector. Elena wakes up to find herself in a twisted "Saw"-esque hotel that is a maze of torture and horror. This 'Collector' is a sadistic psychopath, and when Elena's father hears of her capture he sends a group of mercenaries to retrieve her. The mercenaries turn to the help of Arkin, the only person to ever escape the clutches of the collector, to help save Elena. Facing the most horrific experience of his life again, Arkin's fate becomes tied to Elena's as it becomes clear he might not escape alive again.

A DARK TRUTH: (R) When former CIA operative Jack Begosian (Andy Garcia) retires from the CIA, he opts for a simpler life as a radio talk show host, citing the lies and corruption drove him away from his former career. After a huge corporation big wig is nearly assassinated getting into her limousine outside of a protest, she reaches out to Begosian for help uncovering exactly why this man wanted her dead. As Begosian begins to dig into what the corporation has done, he uncovers a brutal massacre that occurred in a small village in Ecuador. As the stakes get higher, the billion dollar corporation will do anything to keep this skeleton in the closet, even if it means killing Begosian. Garcia delivers a chilling performance as a stone-cold killer who will do anything to find the truth.

DJANGO UNCHAINED: (R) Quentin Tarantino's newest film takes place during the time leading up to the Civil War, Django (Jamie Fox) is a slave seeking revenge on his former owners. After being freed by bounty hunter Dr. King Schlutz (Christoph Waltz), the two form an unlikely pair and track down the master (Leonardo DiCaprio) who still owns Django's wife. Django's happiness is hinged on him helping Schlutz catch the master.

FLIGHT: (R) Whip Whittaker is a veteran airline pilot, who makes a life-saving, mind-boggling maneuver to crash-land a plane full of passengers safely after a huge catastrophe in the sky. Hailed as a hero, Whittaker (Denzel Washington) holds back a dark secret about the day of the crash, until further investigation reveals that he was intoxicated the day of the crash. As the media swarms, questions of ethics weigh against the miracle Whittaker initiated.

GANGSTER SQUAD: (R) In 1950's Los Angeles, the city is run by Brooklyn-born mobster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), Cohen is as crooked as a hillbilly's teeth; paying off politicians and police to run his gambling and prostitution ring uninterrupted. The town seems lost to authority until a small group of LAPD officers ban together to take the city back. Leaving behind their badges and rules, these police officers form a kill squad bent on taking Cohen down. Staring Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte and Emma Stone, this action film hopes to distract from the lackluster script with a power cast, lots of explosions and ample gun play.

THE GUILT TRIP (PG-13): Seth Rogen plays Andy, who is about to embark on a road trip to sell a new product he has created. Making a quick stop at his mother's (Barbara Streisand) house before he embarks on his trip, Andy feels guilty about his mother being all alone and invites her along. Despite her overbearing nature, Andy begins to realize that some motherly advice and love might be just what he needed.

A HAUNTED HOUSE: (R) Marlon Wayans feels familiar in this horror-movie spoof film (in the same vein as the Scary Movie franchise) where he plays Malcolm who has just moved into a dream house with his girlfriend Kisha. Something seems to be wrong with the house, but Malcolm isn't ready to give up on it yet. Soon after, Kisha becomes possessed by a ghost, and Malcolm is willing to do anything from hiring the ghost busters to psychics to priests to save Kisha. The spoof film combines aspects of the Paranormal Activity franchise, along with a mix of The Devil Inside and other "found-footage" horror films; cheap laughs and potty humor at its finest.

HITCHCOCK: (PG-13) This biographical film follows the life of the most famous horror movie-maker of all time, Alfred Hitchcock. Focusing in on the later part of his career, people in Hollywood are starting to doubt if Hitchcock has any good films left in him. When Hitchcock finds the inspiration to do one of his most famous films, PSYCHO, even his wife doubts if he can pull it off. Funding the film on his own, Hitchcock puts everything (including his marriage) on the line to pull it off. UA TARA, 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG-13), 3 stars: In director Peter Jackson's fourth adaptation of the classic JRR Tolkien novel series, he explores the prequel to his Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings series. This tale about a timid hobbit who rises to the occasion to help a group of dwarfs reclaim their home from a dragon. Doubted by the band of hardened dwarfs, only the wise, old wizard Gandalf sees the power little Bilbo possesses. While it may not live up to the expectations set by the first three films Jackson made, there's still some magic in The Hobbit.

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON: (R) With England on the brink of war with Germany, the royal family is desperate to garner support for their nation from America. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family host England's King and Queen for a weekend, in British Royalty's first visit ever to America. Balancing the differences of cultures, Roosevelt and the King have trouble connecting at first. Once common ground is found however, the film unveils a beautiful relationship of understanding between the two. UA TARA Theater, 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road

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.

JACK REACHER (R): Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher, a deadly ex-military police officer, in this adaptation of Lee Child's novel One Shot . When a former military sharp shooter allegedly kills five people, after his arrest he only has three simple words: 'Get Jack Reacher.' Enlisted as a private investigator by the shooter's attorney, Reacher is asked to uncover what really happened the day those five lives were lost. Regarded as dangerous, like a time bomb waiting to go off, Jack Reacher ignores laws and rules when searching for the truth.

KILLING THEM SOFTLY: (R) When the mob needs help, they don't turn to the police for help, they call Cogan. Played by Brad Pitt, Cogan is a smooth-talking, killer that cleans up messes when the mob can't. After a group of men try to rob a mob-protected card game, they send the entire local crime economy spinning out of control. The mob calls on Cogan for help, and its up to him and his gun to set things right in this thrilling flick.

LES MISERABLES: (PG-13) This motion picture adaptation of the stage-performed phenomenon is set in France, following the story of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean. Jean is being hunted down by a policeman named Javert after jumping parole. Jean comes across a young girl named Cosette, he pities her and the way her family treats her and whisks her away from the terrible place. As they attempt to make a new life for themselves Jean realizes that nothing is going to be easy or given to them in this world.

LIFE OF PI: (PG) 4 stars. This novel by Yann Martel has been adapted by director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) for the big screen. The story of Pi follows a young boy in India whose parents own a zoo. Pi grows fond of the animals in his parent's zoo because his school peers bully and pick on him. When his parents decide to move to Canada to avoid political turmoil in their country, they and all of their animals must travel by boat to their new home. When a storm hits their boat, Pi is cast overboard with some of their animals, he ends up stranded on a lifeboat with nothing but a dangerous Bengal tiger to be his companion. Fending for survival, in the middle of the ocean on a boat with a tiger that wants to eat him, Pi's faith is tested as he struggles to find his way home.

NOT FADE AWAY: (R) America in the 1960's was a strange time, a mix of conservative middle aged-parents and their young, free-thinking kids who listen to rock music, wear funky clothes, and badly need a haircut. When three best friends in the New Jersey suburbs decide to form a rock band, but when their parents just don't seem to understand the boys decide they have to move to the East Village in NYC where people will 'get' their music. A coming of age film from a nostalgic time that resonates well today, with some pretty good music to match. Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Dr.

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN: (PG) When parents Cindy and Jim Green have exhausted all outlets of trying to become pregnant, it seems they will never have a child of their own. When the frustrated parents have a moment of inspiration, they grab a pen and paper and write down all the wonderful traits and characteristics their hypothetical child would have. After a good laugh, they bury the box in their garden and forget about it for a little while. Then one stormy night, a muddy boy shows up in their home, seemingly as if he grew straight out of the garden. As they fall in love with their new son Timothy, he starts to rub off his own magic charm on the rest of their small town, as everyone discovers just how special Timothy is.

PARENTAL GUIDANCE: (PG) When mom and dad have to leave town for a week, its always up to grandma and grandpa to watch the kids. This film looks at what happens when the old school, hard-nosed grandparents take care of the kids raised by the new-age, constructive parents. In a clash of different eras, Artie and Diane realize compromise is what family is all about.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 (R) In the fourth installment in the Paranormal series, a family begins noticing strange happenings around the house after a new family moves into the neighborhood. First, it is easy to brush off the strange happenings like flickering lights or changing shadows, but as time goes on the family begins to wonder if they are safe in their home at all.

PROMISED LAND: (R) Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, a slick corporate employee of a large natural gas firm, who is tasked with the job of buying land from the members of a small town sitting on top of a enormous reserve of gas. Steve and his partner, Sue, are the best at what they do; buying the land right out from under people. At first the job appears it is going to be easy, but Steve faces the challenge of an ambitious environmentalist (Josh Krasinski) bent on keeping Steve from getting control of the land.

RED DAWN: (PG-13) A small town in Washington becomes the point of invasion for the North Korean army, when it becomes clear that the town is no longer in control of its citizens, something must be done. A group of citizens arm themselves under the direction of a Marine (Chris Hemsworth), and they band together like a guerrilla militia to take back their town. This action flick is visually appealing, but it's unclear if the storyline and plot are as good as the original film of the same name.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS: (PG) When an evil spirit named Pitch threatens to wreak havoc on the children of earth, the four 'guardians' of children everywhere (Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, The Sandman, and The Tooth Fairy) must stop Pitch from hurting children before it's too late. These guardians enlist the help of carefree Jack Frost (responsible for children's snow days and snowball fights everywhere), to help them defeat Pitch. Frost, who is unsure of the power and faith they have placed in him, must overcome his self-doubts to save the children.

SKY FALL: (PG-13), 4 Stars. Agent James Bond aka 007 is back on the big screen with Daniel Craig making his third appearance as the slick-talking, guns-blazing, women-slaying super spy. In the latest installment, the identinites of undercover agents implanted in terrorist cells across the nation is threatened when a murdered MI6 agent's laptop goes missing. In the course of trying to recover it, Bond is shot by his own people, falls off a speeding train, and presumed dead. Then, MI6 is bombed, killing multiple agents and crippling the organization, James Bond returns from the grave to seek vengeance. The film's villain, played by Javier Bardem (the bad guy in 'No Country for Old Men'), is chillingly perfect. The film is everything a 'Bond' film should be, action, babes, explosions, and more action.

TEXAS CHAINSAW: (R) Perhaps one of the greatest horror movie franchises of all time, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has been rehashed yet again for more flesh-ripping, bone-breaking and blood-squirting than ever in this new 3D presentation. The story remains fairly the same, a group of young adults are traveling to some middle of no where small town to collect Heather's inheritance from a recently deceased grandmother she didn't know existed. When they arrive, the home is empty but opulent. And it doesn't take long til they start hearing that familiar, skin-crawling sound of a chainsaw revving up. The usual gore, but for an added twist, all the horrific scenes of pure sadism will be in 3D! Definitely not one you want to take the kids to see.

THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS: (R) Wu-Tang Clan's RZA makes his directorial debut with this hard-hitting Kung-Fu tale. The story follows a town blacksmith in China who is driven to make deadly weapons for feuding factions in the town. One day, the blacksmith realizes the only way to stop the bloodshed is to enter the battle himself. With production from Quentin Tarintino and a handful of all-star actors like Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu, RZA's 'Iron Fists' is going to be a knockout.

THIS IS 40 2 stars, (R): Judd Apatow expands on the characters Debbie and Pete from Knocked Up in a brand new film about making marriage work. Now at the ripe age of 40, Debbie decides that if her and Pete don't try to actively work at their relationship, they might never solve their problems. Starring the usual cast of suspects in an Apatow film, this rom-com takes some jabs at the difficulties and struggles of marriage.

WRECK-IT RALPH: (PG) Disney and Pixar's new film is about a 8 bit video game character named Ralph, more specifically Wreck-It Ralph. Ralph is tired of playing the villain in his mundane two dimensional world, and he decides to 'game-jump.' Essentially, Ralph wants to see the 'video game' world and tries his luck in other games; from battling aliens to chasing Pac-Man ghosts, and everything in between. This fun film, is a must see for video game nerds and movie lovers alike.

ZERO DARK THIRTY: (R) The highly-anticipated follow up to The Hurt Locker from director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal, creates a gripping recount of the dramatic hunt for Osama bin Laden. With the United States spending billions to find the man responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and not growing any closer to finding him, a young CIA analyst named Maya believes she knows where bin Laden is hiding. Watch the drama unfold as a team of Navy SEALS attempt to kill bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world.

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