American Reunion, a 2012 American comedy, will be the fourth original installment of the American Pie series which had it’s debut in 1999. One of the most stressful comedy’s it’s time, “This one time, at band camp” has become synonymous with the knee-slapping comedy and has created a worldwide phenomena, being a comedy classic.
Years after the four boys made a pact to lose their virginity before their high school graduation, they’ve all grown up and went their separate ways. This year, they’re headed back to East Falls High school for a long overdue high school reunion. While each of the boys have found a different path in life, they all have one thing in common; their ridiculous antics they’ve all kept tucked away since high school.
In the years since their crazy senior year, Jim and Michelle have gotten married while Vicky and Kevin have had problems and decided it best to be apart. Oz and Heather have likewise grown apart, but Stifler’s mother. As the four men come back to commemorate their time as high-school delinquents, their return brings back that part of them they all loved in high school.
Directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, American Reunion is set to premiere April 6 for audiences worldwide. Nine years after the last original release, this film plans to bring back almost the entire original cast for the film. One thing is for sure, those nostalgic 20-somethings who grew up with American Pie will be more than eager to go back for a high school reunion with this great ensemble.
The Hunter, a 2012 Australian thriller film, explores the undiscovered region of Tanzinia, an Austrlain owned island where several untouched species still remain to be discovered. The film is based on the novel by the same name written by Julia Leigh.
Martin (William Dafoe) a hunter by trade, is contacted by an obscure private firm who are interested in his hunting abilities. They tell him that there have been two sightings in Tasmania for the Tasnanian Tiger, an animal once thought to be extinct. Once in the woods, Martin is met with sincerel hostility as other hunters attempt to kill him to ensure the tiger is found by them.
Once there, he meets a woman and her children who have been in the region waiting for the return their father who has gone missing. After battling for his life, Martin becomes very close to losing himself in finding this precious animal, and realizes its exploitation is not right.
Directed by Daniel Nettheim and produced by Vincent Sheehan, the film was actually primarily shot in Tanzina with Dafoe receiving actual training from bush experts on how to deal with animals in the wild. The scenery coupled with the high-intensity story makes the film worth a watch.
Intruders, a Spanish drama film, is set for release in the United States this month on March 30th for a limited audience. Created by the Spanish duo Nicolás Casariego and Jaime Marques, the film parallels two stories of equally grim quality countries apart for each other.
Following similar story lines as the popular film Insidious, the movie focuses around two children as they focus with a chillingly real problem; the unknown. These two children have more in common that what they realize, but are separated by miles.
Each living in different countries (one in Spain while the other girl is in Britain) the two face unexpected visits by a faceless man in the dead of night, trying to take them away. As people around the town start to investigate, things get dark quickly as the men become more involved in the children’s lifes.
Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Intruders features a slew of accomplished actors including Clive Owen, Kerry Fox, Carice van Houten and Daniel Brühl as the main characters in the film. Shoot in London, Madrid and Segovia, the film has an international appeal that highlights the differences and similarities between two very different people and countries.
The Island President, a 2011 documentary film, chronicles the first year of office for Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed. Facing a number of issues in keeping his country afloat, both literally and figuratively speaking , he tackles climate change on a global scale to aid in his plight to save his country for the ocean waters.
Nasheed faced an uphill battle over the course of the last thirty years, bringing democracy to the country of the Maldives. After his success, he was elected President of the country in 2008, hoped by the people to fix a problem that also threatened their very existence – the ocean.
If the sea level were to rise only a mere three feet, all the islands of the Maldives would become uninhabitable. Nasheed recognized the importance climate control played in this and took his opinions and concerns to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film takes us deep in the negotiations between these political superpowers.
Directed by Jon Shenk, The Island President premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival with great success, claiming the prize of Cadillac’s People’s Choice Award. Recently acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films, the film is set for a limited release in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco later this month. A real issue for many islands worldwide, hopefully this film can draw attention to real concern that everybody can help change.
Titanic, an iconic drama thriller first released in 1997, will be rereleased in theaters worldwide on April 4th to commemorate the original Titanic setting sail on April 10th 2011. As the previous record holder for the highest grossing film ever, it has been hailed as one of then best films ever made.
Historically accurate, the movie follows several different stories during the monumental time when Titanic was dubbed as the ‘unsinkable’ ship. Setting sail from Southampton, the ship set sail for New York City with only the best of the best on board.
Rose (Kare Winslet) a young 17 year old first-class passenger, has been arranged to marry an older man to alleviate her mothers financial burdens after the untimely death of her husband. Rose, respondent, decides to end it all and jump off the ship, but is saved by Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) who form an tight love affair before the ship hits the famous iceberg.
Directed by James Cameron, Titanic will be released in 3D as well as in 2D IMAX theaters around the the United States. The director of the current record holder for highest-growing film if all time with Avatar, Cameron is know for his large-scale productions that tend to become critical successes. For those two young to see it during its first release or those that just want to catch it again on the big screen, now’s your chance, and this opportunity won’t last long.
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, a 2012 computer animated comedy, will be released this year in mid-July as the fourth installment of the Ice Age franchise and the second to use Digital 3D animation. The rave cast including Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott and Josh Peck.
Several years after the Dawn of the Dinosaurs, poor little Scrat’s lifelong dream of catching the acorn has yet to come to fruition as he still chases down the little nut. This time though, he ambitions have a big impact on the rest of the gang as it takes on them a whole new adventure.
Sid finally reunites with his long lost family while on his trek and meets Shira, a potential love-interest for the fanatic feline. While the times are changing (as well as the earth), the group must find their way home, even if that means crossing moving continents or fighting rogue pirates.
Directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift is slated for a July 13th release this year, just in time for summer as the kids are well into their vacation breaks. With the commercial success of the last three movies, the series has become an American film staple and seems poise for more success.
Bully, an American documentary film, focuses on five separate children and family that have all faced, or are currently facing, the life-changing events that bullying can produce. Its message hits hard to home, as the vast majority of Americans have family or friends who have been surrounded in this environment.
The film details the stories of those affected by bullying in several ways. In two instances, the film follows two sets of families that had lost children to suicide due to bullying; Tyler Long and Ty Sulley, whose deaths have both been attributed to bullying.
In another case, the movie tells the story of one woman’s difficulty during a time of litigation for her daughter. Only 14 years old, the daughter had been incarcerated for bringing a gun on school bus. The duration of the film is set during the 2009-2010 school year and takes place in Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Iowa and Oklahoma.
Directed by Lee Hirsch, Bully originally premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. Hirsch himself was a victim of bullying and wanted to create this documentary to not only inspire those who are being bullied to seek help and communication, but to inform those that idly allow bullying to happen to stand up and defend the defenseless.
Goon, a 2012 comedy film, has been adapted from the novel ‘Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey’ by Adam Frattasio and Doug Smith. The plot focuses on a less-than-brilliant man who finds a perfect fit as an enforcer for a hockey team.
When Doug Scott (Seann William Scott) realized that he cannot live up to the high standards set by his brother and father, who are both doctors, he becomes discouraged, trying to find his niche in life. In an attempt to cheer him up, his pa takes him to a hockey game, subsequently changing his life.
When Doug defends his friend after an angry player from the opposing team tries to take a swing at him, the crowd cheers madly, seeing Doug pummel the hockey player to pulp. This leads the teams manager to recruit Doug who becomes acquainted with his hockey idol as the two human-punching-bags take us through a hilariously funny game of hockey.
Directed by Michael Dowse, the film originally premiered at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. The movie refers to several real-life incidents, such as Marty McSorely being suspended for slashing Donald Brashear and 1979 incident when Bruins player Stan Jonathan started beating a Rangers fan with his own shoe. With Goon, except those ‘funny because it’s true’ hockey stereotypes to be in full swing, no pun intended.
On The Road, a 2012 drama film, is an adaption from the hit novel by the same name written by author Jack Kerouac. On The Road will definitely be anticipated highly by those that remember reading the book fifty years ago when the book was the talk of the town for the entire country.
Dean (Sam Riley) and Sal (Garrett Hedlund) and the epitome of the Beat Generation; cool cat writers of the post World War II generation. They’ve decided to travel the continental United States in search of that “It”. Their adventures are chronicled in the book.
On their travels, they meet all sorts of people, including William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, who would go onto to become stars in the own right. The two buddies later write about their wild times in the book and will be the center of the plot.
Directed by Walter Salles, On The Road has been in the works for years as many producers have tried to find the perfect adaption for the historic book. Filming ironically took place in Canada, with spots in Quebec substituting for Denver in the 40’s. One thing is for sure – there was no time in America like when this movie took place, and the film highlights that beautifully.
Dark Shadows, a 2012 American supernatural drama comedy, is based off of the hit gothic soap opera series that debuted on ABC from 1966-1971. The film takes a rather different approach to the story line than the television hit, and aims for comedy as its main focus.
The film opens in 1752, when the Barnabus Collins and his family sail from Liverpool, England to North America and take ownership of the large manor in Collinsport, Maine. Barnabus (Johnny Depp) becomes the playboy of the villages, breaking girls hearts left and right.
But when one woman, Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), doesn’t take the breakup as lightly, she reveals that she is a witch and casts a spell on Barnabus that turns him into a vampire. In 1972, he is accidentally freed and finds his dysfunctional family taking care of the manor, much to his dismay.
Directed by Tim Burton, Dark Shadows features a slew of acting veterans, such as Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer, as well as the acclaimed director himself. With Depp, who’s portrayal’s of crazy, kooky characters have made him famous, Barnabus should definitely live up to his late 60’s hype.