Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
by Kam Williams
For movies opening April 4, 2014
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Afflicted (R for profanity and gory violence) Horror flick revolving around a couple of BFFS (Clif Prowse and Derek Lee) whose vacation of a lifetime far from home morphs into a neverending nightmare when one becomes infected with a mysterious disease which slowly starts to consume his entire being. Co-starring Baya Rehaz.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13 for gunplay, pervasive action and intense violence) Cold War Era sequel pits the Marvel Comics superhero (Chris Evans) against a new nemesis, a Russian assassin (Sebastian Stan) wreaking havoc around Washington, DC. Cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie and series creator Stan Lee.
Dom Hemingway (R for nudity, sexuality, violence, drug use and pervasive profanity) Jude Law plays the titular character of this crime comedy as a just-paroled safe cracker who’s determined to collect a bonus from his mob boss (Demian Bichir) for not snitching on him while behind bars. With Richard E. Grant, Emilia Grant and Kerry Condon.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
10 Rules for Sleeping Around (R for crude humor, sexuality, nudity, profanity and drug use) Screwball comedy revolving around the attempt by an adventurous couple (Jesse Bradford and Virginia Williams) in an open marriage to keep their sex life fresh and exciting long past the honeymoon. Supporting cast includes Chris Marquette, Bill Bellamy, Michael McKean and Wendi McLendon-Covey.
Alan Partridge (R for profanity, nudity and brief violence) Steve Coogan handles the titular role in this kidnap drama as a radio DJ whose help is enlisted by the police as a negotiator when a disgruntled colleague (Coml Meany) holds fellow staff members hostage with a shotgun. Featuring Felicity Montagu, Simon Greenall and Darren Boyd.
Alien Abduction (Unrated) UFO adventure inspired by a family’s real-life ordeal while vacationing on Brown Mountain in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest. Co-starring Katherin Sigismund, Corey Eid, Jillian Clare and Riley Polanski.
Being Ginger (Unrated) Scott Harris directed and stars in this documentary about a redhead’s struggle to regain his confidence as an adult after being bullied as kid because of the color of his hair.
Flex Is Kings (Unrated) Brooklyn-based documentary featuring flex dancers and showcasing the underground scene on the mean streets of East New York where proponents choreograph their unorthodox steps.
The Galapagos Affair (Unrated) Paradise lost documentary about the rapid decay of the Galapagos Islands since being settled in the Thirties by pleasure seekers with different definitions of utopia. Featuring voiceover commentary by Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger and Connie Nielsen.
Goodbye World (Unrated) Apocalyptic dramedy about a couple (Adrian Grenier and Kerry Bishe) raising a daughter (Mckenna Grace) in the lap of luxury whose life is upended when friends descend on their idyllic oasis after a computer virus triggers the collapse of civilization. With Gaby Hoffman, Ben McKenzie and Mark Webber.
In the Blood (R for profanity and graphic violence) Vigilante thriller about a woman trained to kill (Gina Carano) who decides to take the law into her own hands after her husband (Cam Gigandet) is suddenly kidnapped while on their honeymoon in the Caribbean. Cast includes Danny Trejo, Luis Guzman and Treat Williams.
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (G) Morgan Freeman narrates this endangered species documentary, shot in IMAX 3D, offering a spectacular peek at lemurs’ struggle to survive as civilization continues to encroach on their natural habitat.
Jinn (PG-13 for terror and intense violence) Supernatural thriller about newlyweds (Dominic Rains and Serinda Swan) whose quiet, suburban life is turned upside-down soon after the husband starts receiving cryptic messages about a curse that has afflicted his family for generations. Co-starring Ray Park, William Atherton and Faran Tahir.
Les Infideles (Unrated) A series of short films revolving around the theme of infidelity. Starring Jean Dujardin, Charles Gerard, Dolly Golden and Julie Nicolet. (In French with subtitles)
Nymphomaniac: Part Two (Unrated) Racy sequel finds frustrated heroine (Charlotte Gainsbourg) seeking sadomasochistic liaisons to revitalize her sex drive when she loses all sensation in her numb nether regions. With Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman and Willem Dafoe.
On the Other Side of the Tracks (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity and violence) Buddy cop comedy about a couple of mismatched partners (Omar Sy and Laurent Lafitte) assigned to crack a murder case. Cast includes Sabrina Ouazani, Lionel Abelanski and Youssef Hajdi. (In French with subtitles)
The Retrieval (R for violence) Unlikely-buddies saga, set during the Civil War, about the friendship forged between a 13 year-old orphan (Ashton Sanders) and the fugitive slave (Tishuan Scott) he’s been hired to escort back to the South. With Keston John, Christine Horn and Bill Oberst, Jr.
Under the Skin (R for violence, profanity, sexuality and graphic nudity) Sci-fi thriller, set in Scotland, about an attractive alien (Scarlett Johansson) with a van who picks up hitchhikers in order to seduce them before harvesting their organs. Cast includes Paul Brannigan, Jessica Mance and Adam Pearson.
The Unknown Known (Unrated) Donald Rumsfeld is on Oscar-winner Errol Morris’ (for The Fog of War) hot seat for the duration of this telling tete-a-tete during which the former Secretary of Defense defends the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Watermark (PG for smoking) H2O documentary examining how water has shaped humanity.