Thursday, February 28, 2013

At the Movies – March 2013 – Part 3: Most Anticipated Films

Must-See of the Month:

The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance) – Crime Drama – Mar 29
Plot Summary: Luke and Avery are on two different paths – but paths set on a collision course. Luke is a motorcycle stunt rider who robs banks to provide for his girlfriend and their child, while Avery is a rookie cop struggling to find his place in a department ruled by corruption. Filmmakers: Writer-director Derek Cianfrance is back with his third feature. His last was Blue Valentine, the acclaimed tragic romance narrative. He is working with excellent people including composer Mike Patton (the noise artist), cinematographer Sean Bobbitt (who shoots all of Steve McQueen’s films), and production designer Inbal Weinberg (The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Cast: The cast is very strong as well. Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling star, with Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Dane DeHaan, Bruce Greenwood, Ben Mendelsohn, and Mahershala Ali in support. Expectations: The Place Beyond the Pines is this month’s must-see because it looks like a masterful drama, ripe with melodrama and despair. It played to excellent reviews during its advanced screenings and many critics have it on their short lists for most anticipated films of 2013. Gosling and Cooper are both coming off fantastic performances (Drive and Silver Linings Playbook respectively) and both are purported to be in top form in this film. Trailer: HereReview: Here.

Worth Checking Out:

Stoker (Chan-wook Park) – Mystery Thriller – Mar 1
Plot Summary: India Stoker is in a somber and solitary place after her father and best friend Richard dies in a tragic accident. However, the sudden arrival of an uncle she never knew about (Charlie) gives her hope that the void she feels in her life might be filled. Yet, she suspects something is off about Charlie, but instead of being fearful of him she become more infatuated with him. Filmmakers: Stoker marks the American debut for Korean auteur Chan-wook Park, who is known for his fantastic and odd films: J.S.A.: Joint Security Area, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, and Thirst. He is working with frequent collaborator cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung, as well as producers Ridley and Tony Scott, composer Clint Mansell (Black Swan), and production designer Terese DePrez (also worked on Black Swan). Cast: Mia Wasikowska stars with Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode co-starring. Phyllis Somerville, Jacki Weaver, and Dermot Mulroney feature in support. Expectations: Stoker looks aesthetically magnificent and creepy. I half expect the uncle to be a vampire, killer, or some sort of monster. Mia Wasikowska is one of the great young talents with wonderful work in 2011’s Jane Eyre (probably the best film that completely fell under the radar that year). Stoker has played to great reviews during its advanced screening. It looks like a very strong mystery thriller. I am not sure with film I most want to see in March, this or The Place Beyond the Pines – but I am leaning towards this. Trailer: HereReview: Here.

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