Bel Ami

Bel Ami

Magnolia Pictures’ Bel Ami, directed by Declan Donnellan and written by Rachel Bennette, is based on the French author Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 novel, “Bel Ami, or, The History of a Scoundrel: A Novel.” Set for a limited released on June 8, 2012, Bel Ami is the story of George Duroy’s (Robert Pattinson’s) corrupt rise from poverty to wealth, from pennilessness to one of the most successful men inParis.

Bel Ami

Although Paris in the 1880’s was obstensibly a man’s world, as Duroy quickly learned, the most important people in Paris were not actually the men, but their wives. Upon returning from three years of military service abroad, Duroy works as a clerk before starting a career in journalism. Just like today, in 1880’s Paris connections were everything – and in his job as a journalist Duroy was able to meet some of the city’s most powerful people.

Bel Ami

In a world where sex was power and politics and media jostled for influence, Duroy lived at the intersection of all three. Using his wits and powers of seduction, Duroy’s life was changed through a series of ruthless and calculating trysts with Paris’s most influential women.

Bel Ami

Also starring Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci.

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Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

What happens when two twelve-year-olds (newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) fall in love, make a secret pact and then flee their New England town to run away together into the wilderness? All heck breaks lose, that’s what happens! As the entire town and various authorities mobilize to hunt down the runaways, a violent storm brews off coast – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone would have predicted.

Moonrise Kingdom

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom is a new drama directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore) and written by Anderson and Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited).

Moonrise Kingdom

In addition to introducing newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, who portray the young boy and girl, Moonrise Kingdom features a cast of well-known and award-winning actors. Bruce Willis is cast as the town sheriff, Captain Sharp. Academy Award nominee Edward Norton is the Khaki Scout troop leader, Scout Master Ward.

Moonrise Kingdom

The young girl’s parents are played by Academy Award winner Frances McDormand and Academy Award nominee Bill Murray. The cast also includes Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by feature film newcomer Benh Zeitlin and written by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar, took the recent Sundance Film Festival by storm, winning both the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Dramatic, and the Excellence in Cinematography Award for U.S. Dramatic. Hailed as “stunning,” “magnificent,” “magical,” and “unforgettable,” Beasts of the Southern Wild is both a magical tale and a hero’s journey.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Set is a part of the Louisiana Delta swampland known as “the Bathtub,” Beasts stars newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis as six-year-old Hushpuppy, a courageous girl who lives with her hard-drinking father, Wink (Dwight Henry). In a film that does a marvelous job of portraying the bond between father and daughter, Wink’s tough love prepares Hushpuppy for a time when the universe itself seems to unravel.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

When Wink contracts a mysterious terminal illness, the world seems to start to spin out of control. Temperatures rise and the ice caps melt – unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs (which some critics have likened to “prehistoric giant warthogs”) that are ready to terrorize the populace. With the waters rising and Wink’s health failing, young Hushpuppy sets out alone on a search for her lost mother.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beautifully shot on Super 16-millimeter film, Beasts of the Southern Wild is a truly unique film that defies stereotypes, managing to be at once mythological, anthropological and apocalyptic.

Chimpanzee

 

Disney's Chimpanzee

Hailed by critics as “breathtaking,” “astounding,” and “the best nature film ever made,” Chimpanzee is a G-rated family film that takes viewers deep into the African forest to meet an adorable baby chimp named Oscar.

Disney's Chimpanzee

Smart and playful, Oscar has a natural curiosity that makes him want to discover all he can about the complex world around him. Through his interactions with his chimpanzee friends and family – including his mother, the group’s leader, and other young chimps in the group – Oscar learns how to live, love and navigate through the world.

Disney's Chimpanzee

In fact, the forest world is an exciting playground for Oscar and his friends, who seem to have a knack for getting into trouble with the adults of the group. After all, creating mayhem is far more fun than taking an afternoon nap! Then, after Oscar’s family faces a rival band of chimps, Oscar is left to fend for himself and ends up having a surprising experience that changes his life forever.

Disney's Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee, a new True Life Advanture from Disneynature, showcases the incredible intelligence and ingenuity of the chimps, who have some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Chimpanzee is narrated by Tim Allen and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, two British producers/directors known for their work on nature documentaries for both TV and cinema.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The Pirates: Band of Misfits

On April 27, 2012, the creators of Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit will release their latest animation feature: The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Coming to theatres in both3D and 2D, The Pirates! stars Hugh Grant in his first animated role, as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain.

The Pirates: Band of Misfits

Although he’s certainly not the best pirate captain on the seas, the Captain is filled with boundless enthusiasm and is on a mission: to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award. To catch this prize, though, he’ll have to best his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek).

The Pirates: Band of Misfits

With his ultimate goal in mind, the Captain and his rag-tag crew embark on an adventure that takes them from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they visit ghost ships, battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant). Although the
Captain has always dreamed of winning the Pirate of the Year Award, those who see him in action immediately realize what a long shot this is!

The Pirates: Band of Misfits

Director Peter Lord clearly had a lot of fun working with Screenwriter Gideon Defoe’s story to create this hilarious swashbuckling family film. Rated PG, for mild action, rude
humor and some language.

Total Recall

Total Recall 2012 Movie Poster

What is real? What is it that makes “reality,” well, reality? Total Recall, a new action thriller from Columbia Pictures (Sony) directed by Len Wiseman, explores this question in vivid detail. What if it were possible to take a “mind trip” from reality, and experience a dream that can create real memories? In Total Recall, a company called Rekall specializes in making this happen. For factory worker Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), the possibility is just too enticing to ignore. Although Quaid has a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) that he loves, his “real life” is very frustrating, and the thought of taking a mind-trip that would leave him with memories of being a super-spy sounds like a perfect escape from reality.

Total Recall 2012

His visit to Rekall was a great idea until the procedure went terribly wrong, and the line between dream and reality got completely blurred. Suddenly, Quaid is a hunted man on the run from the police. With the leader of the free world, Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), out to get him, Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) in an attempt to locate the leader of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and change the fate of the world. In the process, Quaid discovers his true identity, finds his true love, and learns his true fate.

Total Recall 2012

Or does he? Based on the famous short story, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” by Philip K. Dick, Total Recall is a mind-bender about reality and memory. As Quaid asks when confronted with the realization that what he is experiencing may – or may not – be real: “If I’m not me, then who the hell am I?”

Savages

Savages, directed by Oliver Stone

Set for release on July 6, 2012, Savages is directed by three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone. A ferocious crime-thriller, Savages features an all-star ensemble cast of Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir. The film is based on the best-selling crime novel of the same name by Don Winslow; Winslow, Stone and Shane Salerno co-wrote the script.

Savages, directed by Oliver Stone

On the surface Ben, a peaceful and charitable Buddhist and Chon, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, may not appear to have a lot in common. But underneath their rather different exteriors they’re best friends who share a long-time friendship, a business growing some of the best marijuana ever developed, and a one-of-a-kind love with the same extraordinary woman, Ophelia.

Savages, directed by Oliver Stone

Their friendship, business and love are all going great until a Mexican drug cartel catches up to their Laguna Beach, California, business and demands that the trio partners up with them. Things get ugly after the three politely refuse the offer.

Savages, directed by Oliver Stone

When the cartel kidnaps Ophelia, Ben and Chon – with the reluctant assistance of a dirty DEA agent – wage a war to gain her release. Elena, the merciless head of the cartel, and Lado, her brutal enforcer, soon realize that they have underestimated the unbreakable bond between these three friends.