May 2, 2013
Hello, my geeky friends. This weekend starts the unofficial Summer movie season for the movie studios and by extension, the theatre business as well. Lets run down a few films that will be opening here in the greater Charlotte area, shall we?
IRON MAN 3 (PG-13, 132 minutes)
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) returns to the big screen in the first solo adventure from an Avenger since last Summer’s record shattering big screen team up, The Avengers. After teasing him in the first and second film, The Mandarin finally takes center stage against Tony. Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and Ben Kingsley join returning cast members RDJ, Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle in the first sure-fire hit film of the year. It also marks the first IM film directed by Shane Black, who rose to fame in the late 80’s and early 90’s as a wiz kid script doctor and writer, having written the original Leathal Weapon, which completely redefined the buddy cop action film. It will be interesting to see what he brings to the film. One thing he is bringing is a prior relationship with RDJ, having cast him in the brilliant KISS KISS, BANG BANG when Downey was still far from a sure thing and just starting his recovery from addiction. Based on early word, he has nailed it and this film packs a lot more punch than IM2. Available in 2D, RealD 3D, and Imax 3D.
(Starts its regular run on Friday, the 3rd but most theatres will begin showings at 9pm on Thursday night)
If big budget super hero films are not your thing, or if you’re going to wait till after the crush of opening weekend, then give this little indie comedy a shot. It stars Chris O’Dowd as a talent scout who finds an all girl group in Australia and brings them to 1968 Vietnam in this charming film that is based on a true story. It has played the festival rounds and is now getting a limited release. In the Charlotte area, it is playing at Ballantyne Village 5.
A single father’s upper-middle class life as a lawyer in upstate New York is shattered when his past as a radical activist member of the Weather Underground is revealed and he is accused of having been the triggerman at a deadly bank robbery years before. This is the definition of an adult drama that Hollywood doesn’t make much anymore. If you are into this kind of film, then make your way to a theatre and see it and maybe they’ll make more. It was directed and stars the always great Robert Redford. Also starring the great Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, and Nick Nolte. The film also stars Shia LaBeouf. Try and over look that part and check it out during its exclusive engagement at Park Terrace 6.
Jason Batemen, Hope Davis and Paula Patton topline this drama about losing our connection to each other in this world of cell phones, computers and non-stop social media and one man’s attempt to fix the situation. The film is being compared to the film Crash which is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your feelings for that Oscar Winner which is now more famous for beating Brokeback Mountain for Best Picture than for its own merit. Also a limited release, it is playing an exclusive engamement at the Manor Twin.
There is a wide selection of films opening up this weekend, and something for almost everyone. Next week brings us the delayed Leo DeCaprio film, The Great Gatsby, which is his first team up with director Baz Lurman since Romeo and Juliet in 1996.
Until next time, keep the projector threaded.