Movie Bites for March 25, 2010

I didn’t really find any movies that interested me this week.  There’s the obvious no-brainer blockbusters movie Sucker Punch, the movie I feel like I would want to watch Miral, and the sequel to a surprise hit movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules. However, my movie pick of the week is I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love you. It’s a Brazilian movie that seems like it would be an instant classic.

Movie Bite of the Week

I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love you

Genre: Art House & International, Drama

Synopsis: José Renato, a 35-year-old geologist, is sent on a fieldtrip to the scrublands of the Sertão, a semi-arid isolated region in the northeast of Brazil. The goal of his survey is to assess possible routes for a water canal from the region’s only voluminous river. For many of the region’s inhabitants, the canal will be a lifeline, the chance for a future and a source of hope. But for those living on the canal’s direct course, it means only requisitions, departure, and loss. Many of the properties through which Renato passes will be flooded; many of the people and families will be relocated. As the fieldtrip progresses, it becomes clear that Renato shares something in common with the places he visits: emptiness, a sense of abandonment, and isolation. His geological research is slowly pervaded by a sensation of groundlessness, an incessant pining for his ex-wife, and a yearning to return home. But he presses ahead, continuing the trip in the hope that the voyage can somehow transmute his feelings. This haunting, melancholy, and resourceful film takes the form of a first-person travelogue, communicating its unseen protagonist’s sensibility and state of mind through an impressionistic photographic record of the landscapes through which he travels and the people he encounters, and his own nakedly revealing, confessional narration. A simple but beautiful film which glides fluidly and elegantly across the borders between fictional narrative, documentary, and experimental filmmaking, I TRAVEL… is difficult to categorize but impossible to resist.

Stars: Irandhir Santos

RottenTomatoes: 100
Metacritic: 89
IMDB:  73

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Sucker Punch

Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Synopsis: “Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls-the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) and the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung)-to band together and try to escape a terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac) and Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino), before the mysterious High Roller (Jon Hamm) comes for Babydoll. Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey-if they succeed-will set them free..

Stars: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish

RottenTomatoes: 29
Metacritic: 52

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules


Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Synopsis: In this sequel to 2010’s surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made “wimpy” cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney’s Wimpy Kid” series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother – and chief tormentor – Rodrick must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond.
Stars: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Robert Capron

RottenTomatoes: 44
IMDB: 45

Miral


Genre: Art House & International, Drama

Synopsis: From Julian Schnabel, Academy Award (C) nominated director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls and Basquiat, comes Miral, the story of four women whose lives intertwine in the starkly human search for justice, hope and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage and war. The story begins in war-torn Jerusalem in 1948 when Hind Husseini (HIAM ABBASS, The Visitor, Amreeka) opens an orphanage for refugee children that quickly becomes home to 2000 orphans. One of the children is seventeen year old Miral (FRIEDA PINTO, Slumdog Millionaire) who arrived at the orphanage 10 years earlier, following her mother’s tragic death. On the cusp of the Intifada resistance, Miral is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she falls for a fervent political activist, Hani (OMAR METWALLY, Munich, Rendition) and finds herself in a personal battle that mirrors the greater dilemma around her: to fight like those before her or follow Mama Hind’s defiant belief that education will pave a road to peace.

Stars: Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Willem Dafoe

RottenTomatoes: 13
Metacritic: 46
IMDB: 59

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Movie Bites for March 18, 2010

We love watching movies.  Sometimes it’s really difficult to figure out what movies we might want to watch over the weekend.  That’s why I have decided to aggregate a few reviews for some interesting looking movies to figure out what new movies we should watch over the weekend.

Here are the top 3 anticipated movies of this week.

The Lincoln Lawyer

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Synopsis: Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of his career: defending Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), a Beverly Hills playboy accused of rape and attempted murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller. Based on the best-selling novel by Michael Connelly.

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei and Ryan Phillippe

RottenTomatoes: 88
Metacritic: 59

Now that I’ve been reading “The Girl With the Dragon’s Tattoo”, I’m getting really into Mystery and Suspense again.  If there’s a new movie to watch this weekend, this is definitely it.

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Paul

Genre: Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Synopsis: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town — a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

Cast: Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg

RottenTomatoes: 70
Metacritic: 57
IMDB: 75

Sam and I have been going to Comic-con for the past couple years, and at Comic-con 2010 we saw the trailer to this comedy.  I’m pretty sure you’ll love this movie if you loved Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, but you’ll also love it if you love Comic-con because it starts there.  This would be my bad movie, no-thinking comedy movie.  However, I’m most likely going to wait for DVD for this one.

Limitless

Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Synopsis: Aspiring author Eddie Morra (Cooper) is suffering from chronic writer’s block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. With every synapse crackling, Eddie can recall everything he has ever read, seen or heard, learn any language in a day, comprehend complex equations and beguile anyone he meets as long as he keeps taking the untested drug. Soon Eddie takes Wall Street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions. His accomplishments catch the eye of mega-mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro),who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. But they also bring Eddie to the attention of people willing to do anything to get their hands on his stash of NZT. With his life in jeopardy and the drug’s brutal side effects grinding him down, Eddie dodges mysterious stalkers, a vicious gangster and an intense police investigation as he attempts to hang on to his dwindling supply long enough to outwit his enemies.

Cast: Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, Bradley Cooper

RottenTomatoes: 57
Metacritic: 58
IMDB: 74

This movie just sounds really interesting.  What if you were able to take a pill and use the rest of your brain?  That would be such a huge win!  Unless… of course there’s a lot you wished you could forget.

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