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NEW MOVIES!  APRIL 22 - APRIL 28, 2014
BIG BAD WOLVES (Israel, Not Rated) - I appreciate Quentin Tarantino as a director, but my estimation of his value as a taste-maker is quickly diminishing. Case in point, he placed this bone-headed Israeli torture comedy at "Number 1" on his list of the top ten films of 2013 (a list which also included THE LONE RANGER, by the way). The film's concept is fairly compelling: a cop, convinced of a child-murderer's guilt, has to decide whether or not to help a victim's father "extract" a confession from the pedophile. Not nearly as clever as it thinks it is, any South Korean director would have made a much better movie with this material.
DIRECTED BY: Aharon Keshales / Navot Papushado
STARRING: Lior Ashkenazi, Tzahi Grad, Doval'e Glickman, Rotem Keinan
METASCORE: 63, based on 24 Critics
FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC (USA, Not Rated) - This is the dark tale of four siblings who, after the death of their father, are abandoned by their mother, Heather Graham, and made to live with Ellen Burstyn. Grandma and her mansion are not warm or kind, and the children are subjected to abuse and horrifying family secrets. I just hope they find the coat closet that takes them to Narnia so they can have a little fun.
DIRECTED BY: Deborah Chow
STARRING: Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, Kiernan Shipka, Mason Dye
METASCORE: 49, based on 22 Critics
*BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL! (USA, R) - Nice double entendre for a documentary about one of the most famous pin-up girls in history. Although Bettie had already passed by the time this film was made, there were several audio recordings of her and enough pictures to make it great. She talks about her role in the sexual revolution, and also tells you where she gets her bangs done.
DIRECTED BY: Mark Mori
FEATURING: Bettie Page, Dita Von Teese, Hugh Hefner, Rebecca Romijn, Tempest Storm, Bunny Yeager, Paula Klaw, Mamie Van Doren, Naomi Campbell
METASCORE: 64, based on 18 Critics
BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY (USA, Not Rated) - Sam Rockwell plays a small town pharmacist leading a boring existence in an unhappy marriage. When he is presented with the opportunity to have an affair with a trophy wife, he finds himself in an affair with not just her but also drugs, alcohol, murder, Ray Liotta and Jane Fonda.
DIRECTED BY: Geoff Moore / David Posamentier
STARRING: Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Ben Schwartz, Ken Howard, Ray Liotta, Jane Fonda
METASCORE: 40, based on 15 Critics
^THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI (USA, Not Rated) - Most remember Muhammad Ali as a boxer, and a majority of these people might consider him the best of all time. But he was more than that. He was once Cassius Clay. He was once Christian. He once refused to go to war, even after his attempt to gain conscientious objector status was rejected. He was his own man in a way that few people are. This documentary puts the man before the boxer and the critics seem to like it. It's okay; you can watch it. I promise Mike Tyson isn't hiding in this one. However, I haven't seen it so - who knows? - maybe they do interview him.
DIRECTED BY: Bill Siegel
METASCORE: 72, based on 13 Critics
BAREFOOT (USA, PG-13) - The family outcast meets a crazy girl who's been isolated from the world her entire life. Naturally, he decides he wants to date her, or at least make his family believe that he does. So he brings her to his brother's wedding, because that's just the best idea ever. This sweet rom-com stars Evan Rachel Wood, so you know it'll be awkward and fun.
DIRECTED BY: Andrew Fleming
STARRING: Evan Rachel Wood, Scott Speedman, Treat Williams, Kate Burton, J. K. Simmons
METASCORE: 22, based on 12 Critics
LA MAISON DE LA RADIO (France, Not Rated) - LA MAISON DE LA RADIO drops us into the studios of Radio France to brush shoulders with the people behind the French version of NPR. I don't know if that comparison makes this documentary more or less interesting. This documentary seems just up the alley of the average public radio listener, though!
DIRECTED BY: Nicolas Philibert
METASCORE: 56, based on 8 Critics
GRIGRIS (Chad, Not Rated) - Grigris is a poor crippled guy who lives in Chad and all he wants to do is dance. But dancing's a hard way to make a living if you're a poor crippled guy in Chad, especially if there's a pretty prostitute you've got your eye on and you want to make a good impression. That's when sometimes oil smuggling starts to sound like a good idea.
DIRECTED BY: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
STARRING: Soulémane Démé, Mariam Monory, Cyril Guei, Marius Yelolo
METASCORE: 59, based on 5 Critics
A FAREWELL TO FOOLS (Romania, PG-13) - This movie seems to have a lot going for it. You've got Harvey Keitel as the mayor of a small Romanian village during WWII, you've got a dead Nazi that somebody in the village needs to take responsibility for or the Germans will shoot them all, and you've got Gérard Depardieu as the village idiot they try to talk into taking the blame. So why did the movie receive no distribution and little enthusiasm from the critics?
DIRECTED BY: Bogdan Dreyer
STARRING: Gérard Depardieu, Harvey Keitel, Laura Morante, Bogdan Iancu
METASCORE: 34, based on 4 Critics
   
#THE GHOSTS OF JEJU (USA, Not Rated) - THE GHOSTS OF JEJU lays bare the tensions that have erupted in the wake of news that the South Korean government will allow the United States Navy to construct a base on the island of Jeju. Maine-based independent filmmaker Regis Tremblay manages to convey the painful history of the people of Jeju, as well as their deep connection to the beautiful island they call home, and how that motivates them in their daily protests.
DIRECTED BY: Regis Tremblay
   
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Master of the House (1925) Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) Mother India (1957)
Endless Love (1981) Though None Go with Me (2006)
Dragons: Riders of Berk: Part 1 (2012) Dragons: Riders of Berk: Part 2 (2012)
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