Wednesday, July 23, 2008

This Week's Releases...

Releasing Friday July 25th

In Wide Release:

X Files: I Want to Believe releases this friday and has proven to keep it's plot un-leaked. The film looks to still revolve around Mulder and Scully unique relationships and Mulder continues his unshakable quest for the truth, and Scully, the passionate, ferociously intelligent physician, remains inextricably tied to Mulder's pursuits. Film looks like a huge yawn to me, but should prove to make some money at the box office with it's huge fanbase.

Step Brothers see's Will ferrell and John C. Reily back together as stepbrothers who refuse to move out of the newly married parents house. This comedy looks to be a riot and is in normal Ferrell tradition. I think this film has the possibility to come in #2 at the box office with Dark Knight staying at the #1 spot (X Files is the only other movie that could make the top two)!

In Limited Release:

American Teen is a documentary about a small town Indiana High School and has recieved tons of praise at both Sundance and Cannes. American Teen should prove to be a memorable experience for all. The film follows a group of high school seniors throughout their last year of high school. It has been called a modern day "Breakfast Club" focusing on all the cliques, insecurities, first loves and break-ups, and the struggle with their looming future.

Boy A is adapted from the novel by Jonathan Trigell, the story begins with Garfield's character being released from prison at age 24, having been locked up since childhood for murder. The film follows his attempts to restart a life which never really got going. Thanks to the involvement of a kindly parole officer and social worker (Mullen), he gets to experience a coming age that normally would have happened years ago, though ghosts from his past are always lurking.

The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. In 2007, it is still racially segregated. Filmmaker Margaret Brown, herself a daughter of Mobile, escorts us into the parallel hearts of the city’s two carnivals to explore the complex contours of this hallowed tradition and the elusive forces that keep it organized along enduring color lines. With unprecedented access, Brown traces the exotic world of centuries-old traditions and pageantry; diamond-encrusted crowns, voluminous, hand-sewn gowns and trains, surreal masks and enormous paper mache floats. Against this opulent backdrop, she uncovers a tangled web of historical violence, power dynamics and intertwined and interdependent race relations.

What are you seeing this weekend? Another around of The Dark Knight? Are you going to Comic-Con? Go to your local indie theater and give them some business!