The Details

The Details

Marriage…infidelity…suburban dreams…extortion…and one some very ravenous raccoons. “The Details,” the new comedy written and directed by Jacob Estes, tackles all of these issues and more.

The Details

Jeff and Nealy Lang (Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks) are an environmentally-concious couple who seem to have it all. After 10 years of marriage they have a newly renovated home in the suburbs, a child, and a Prius. A successful obstetrician with his beautiful wife. Beneath the surface, though, their marriage is on the rocks and their struggling.

The Details

Against this backdrop, the Langs embark on a landscaping project. Jeff has decided that he wants his home to have a perfectly manicured backyard. What he gets, however, is a bunch of raccoons that repeatedly burrow under the sod to get to the tasty worms that lay beneath. In response, Jeff becomes obsessed with eradicating the raccoons – and his efforts initiate an incredible chain reaction of increasingly crazy plans. As Estes explains, “‘The Details’ is about how adults can act like children, or like silly little animals, driven by impulses that are, or can be, out of their control.”

The Details

“The Details” also stars Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Anna Friel, Laura Linney and Sam Trammell. The film is scheduled for a limited release on November 2, 2012 by RADiUS-TWC.

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

 

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is accustomed to being on top of the world. He’s brilliant. He’s handsome. He’s a billionaire. He’s the world’s foremost weapons manufacturer. And he’s IronMan. So what happens when Tony suddenly finds his personal world destroyed at the hands of Iron Man’s archenemy, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley)? Left to survive by his ingenuity and his own devices, will Iron Man be able to protect his girlfriend, Virginia “Pepper” Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) – the one thing he can’t live without?

Iron Man 3

 

Trying to fight his way back after losing so much, Iron Man’s mettle is tested at every turn. A small “silver lining” to Iron Man’s predicament, though, is that he will finally learn the answer to a question that has vexed him since he first put on the suit that gives him his “super” powers: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Iron Man 3

 

The sequel to “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2,” “Iron Man 3” is based on the Marvel Comics super hero Iron Man character. Directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Black and Drew Peace, “Iron Man 3” is set for a May 3, 2013 release in both 3D and 2D by Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios. The action adventure film also stars Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, and Jon Favreau.

Iron Man 3

 

Alter Egos

Alter Egos

“Alter Egos,” a comedy spoof of all of the super-hero films that have been so popular in recent years, takes place in a land where superheroes roam the streets. Having lost all government funding and public support, the superheroes (and many not-so-super heros) are now starting to have issues reintegrating into society with their alter egos, i.e. their “normal” selves.

Alter Egos

Do-gooders Fridge (Kris Lemche), whose special power is to shoot ice out of his hands, and his friend C-Thru (Joey Kern), who has X-ray vision, are holed up at a deserted off-season hotel. Fridge is angry that his unsuspecting girlfriend is having an affair with his own alter ego – and that she seems to like his “normal” self better than his “super” self. Ironically, in the midst of his anger with his girlfriend, Fridge falls for an attractive innkeeper, Claudel (Brooke Nevin). Claudel is being harassed by Jimmy (Danny Masterson), a superhero wannabe whose special power, the ability to become invisible for exactly 2.3 seconds, wasn’t judged to be sufficiently “super” to allow him to join the superheroes “club.” Meanwhile, C-Thru has captured Fridge’s mortal enemy, Shrink (John Ventimiglia), the villain who murdered Fridge’s parents. But what should Fridge do? Killing Shrink would violate superhero rule #27, “no revenge.” Of course, as his friend points out, “no one follows these rules anyway.”

Alter Egos

Although on its surface “Alter Egos” is about humans who have extraordinary (or, perhaps, semi-extraordinary) abilities, underneath it all the film is about all of the emotional issues that go with regular life.

Alter Egos

Featuring a soundtrack by Sean Lennon, who also plays the character of “Electric Death” in the film, “Alter Egos” also stars Geneva Carr, Christine Evangelista, Kristina Klebe, Marina Squerciati, Aurelie Claudel and Carlos Velazquez. Written and directed by Jordan Galland, the R-rated film is scheduled for a limited New York release on October 19, 2012 by SModcast Pictures.

Holy Motors

Holy Motors
“Holy Motors,” a French fantasy drama written and directed by Leos Carax, is a surreal film about a day in the life of a man whose job appears to be to use make-up, elaborate costumes and various props to carry out a wide variety of complex and unusual scenarios.

Holy Motors
After being picked up in a white stretch limo by his friend and chauffer Celine (Edith Scob), Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant) spends the day traveling through the streets of Paris on a mysterious odyssey to a series of nine “appointments.” Although Monsieur Oscar initially appears to be a high-powered business man, each time he gets out of the limousine he has transformed into a different character. On his first stop, for example, Monsieur Oscar emerges as an elderly bag lady; as such, he stands on a bridge begging for spare change. On other appointments Oscar is a demented troll, a frustrated father, a professional assassin…and the list goes on. From kidnapping a fashion model from a photo shoot in a cemetery to having simulated sex with an actress on a soundstage while an off-camera director calls the shots, Oscar has a rather full day!


“Holy Motors” has been described as a “ravishing, shape-shifting, fever dream of becoming, unraveling and starting all over again.” Movie-goers will be able to judge for themselves, as the film’s October 17, 2012 limited New York release (by Indomina Releasing) is scheduled to expand on November 9. “Holy Motors,” which was filmed in French, is being shown in the U.S. with English subtitles. Also starring Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue.

Holy Motors

The Sessions

The Sessions

“The Sessions” is based on the triumphant true story of Mark O’Brien, a poet and journalist whose childhood bout of polio left him paralyzed from the neck down. Confined to a gurney and an iron lung, Mark’s spine was locked in a curve and his head was barely able to move. For a few hours a day he was freed from the iron lung by a portable respirator, but these hours were always a risk.

John Hawkes in The Sessions

At the age of 38 Mark (John Hawkes) became obsessed with the idea of losing his virginity. A deeply religious Catholic, he consulted his friend and priest (William H. Macy) about the idea of having sex outside of marriage. After receiving the priest’s blessing and his therapist’s encouragement, Mark hired a sex surrogate, Cheryl Cohen Greene (Helen Hunt), to help him on his unlikely journey.

William H. Macy in The Sessions

Cheryl set the tone with their first encounter, explaining that she’s not a prostitute, she’s a happily married mother, the two of them will be limited to six encounters, and that they aren’t forming a long-term relationship. The film is about the sessions that Cheryl and Mark had together, and the effect that these sessions had on them.

Helen Hunt in The Sessions

A sensitive exploration of love and sexuality, “The Sessions” was written and directed by Ben Lewin, based on the autobiographical work on Mark O’Brien. Scheduled for a limited release on October 19, 2012 by Fox Searchlight Pictures, the R-rated drama also stars Moon Bloodgood.

 

The Impossible

The Impossible movie poster

On December 26, 2004, Thailand was hit by a massive tsunami that caused unthinkable destruction. “The Impossible” is based on the true story of one family’s experience during this terrible natural disaster.

The Impossible

The film starts with the family’s arrival in Thailand for what was expected to be an amazing Christmas holiday. Mom Maria (Naomi Watts), dad Henry (Ewan McGregor), and their three boys – Lucas (Tom Holland), Simon (Oaklee Pendergast) and Thomas (Samuel Joslin) – quickly settle into their beachside bungalow and begin to enjoy their vacation in this tropical paradise.

The Impossible

On the morning of December 26 the family is relaxing in and around the pool when they hear a terrifying roar and see a wall of black water rushing towards them. The family is separated, with Maria and Lucas managing to stay together while Henry grabs hold of their other two boys. Pulled deeper and deeper inland by the water, Maria and Lucas are injured as they’re pummeled by floating debris.

Naomi Watts in The Impossible

“The Impossible” tells the story of this family’s fight for survival amidst thousands of strangers in a destroyed landscape, and journey to find each other and eventually reunite. It’s a true-life terror that’s tempered by the compassion, courage and simple kindness that the family encounters along the way.

Ewan McGregor in The Impossible

Directed by J.A. Bayona from a screenplay by Sergio G. Sanchez, “The Impossible” is a drama thriller that is set for a limited release in New York and Los Angeles on December 21, 2012 by Summit Entertainment.

 

Trouble with the Curve

Trouble with the Curve movie poster

“Trouble with the Curve” stars Clint Eastwood as Gus Lobel, an aging scout for the Atlanta Braves. Although he’s been one of the best scouts in the business for decades, his age and failing eyesight are starting to catch up with him. Refusing to step down, Gus is given one last assignment to try to prove his worth to the organization: to scout out a top new prospect in North Carolina. However, because the front office of the Braves has serious doubts about his judgment, Gus’ boss and friend Pete (John Goodman) asks Gus’ daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) to join him on the trip and make sure he doesn’t make a fool of himself.

Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in Trouble with the Curve

Gus and Mickey make quite a pair. Mickey, a workaholic lawyer who is on track to make partner at a high-powered Atlantic law firm, is seething with resentment for a lifetime of neglect from dear old Dad. For his part, Gus is less than thrilled that his daughter is taking time off from her career to try to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, Gus and Mickey both make new discoveries that could have a profound impact on each of them. Along the way Gus reconnects with a rival team’s hotshot scout, Johnny (Justin Timberlake), who, of course, falls for Mickey.

Justin Timberlake and Amy Adams in Trouble with the Curve

“Trouble with the Curve” was released on September 21, 2012 by Warner Bros. Pictures. Directed by Robert Lorenz from a screenplay by Randy Brown, the film is rated PG-13 for language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking. Also stars Matthew Lillard and Scott Eastwood.