Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Upcoming Films Preview: August 30th

The Films of August 30th, 2013

Running Time: 94 minutes

                Passion is the newest film from director Brian de Palma. De Palma is well known for directing classics such as Carrie, Scarface, and The Untouchables. However, his recent films such as Mission to Mars and The Black Dahlia haven’t been as well received. He hasn’t made a film since the 2007 war drama Redacted.
                It stars Rachel McAdams, who appeared in films such as The Notebook and Sherlock Holmes. Passion also features Noomi Rapace, who starred in Prometheus and the original Swedish versions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.

                The somewhat bland title doesn’t tell you much about the plot. McAdams plays an advertising executive named Christine and Rapace is her assistant Isabelle. They butt heads and Christine steals some of Isabelle’s ideas. Isabelle eventually has an affair with Christine’s husband. The film is a remake of Alain Corneau’s 2010 film Love Crime. Corneau died shortly after the film was released.
                Passion has received mixed reviews so far. It currently has a 42% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Alonso Duralde of The Wrap gave it a mostly negative review, saying that it “smacks of self-parody” and he “found myself laughing out loud at his [de Palma’s] shamelessness.” The trailer looks pretty cheesy; I don't see de Palma turning around his recent misfortunes with this one.
                The film is rated R.

Running Time: 90 minutes

                Getaway is a drama starring Ethan Hawke as a former race car driver whose wife gets kidnapped. He is assisted by an unnamed character played by Selena Gomez. Jon Voight is also a part of the cast.
                Getaway is directed by Courtney Solomon. He’s only made two previous films, An American Haunting and Dungeons and Dragons. He’s also the CEO of After Dark Films, an independent studio.
                It was written by Sean Finegan and Gregg Maxwell Parker. Neither of them have any previous writing credits on IMDB.
 Getaway is rated PG-13 and has not yet been the subject of any reviews.

Running Time:  96 Minutes

                Closed Circuit is an upcoming British film produced by Working Title Studios. It stars Eric Bana (Munich, Star Trek) and Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3, The Town) and the director is John Crowley (Is Anybody There?,  Boy A). The script was written by Stephen Knight (Eastern Promises).
                The plot summary on IMDB is as follows:
“A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers on the defense team - testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy.”
                So far, it has not been getting good reviews; it’s at 38% on Rotten Tomatoes as of August 27th. Furthermore, it only has a score of 44 out of `100 on Metacritic.

Running Time: 98 minutes

                The Lifeguard is a romantic drama starring Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, and Martin Starr. Liz W. Garcia was the director. This is her first feature film but she has written for Dawson’s Creek and Cold Case.
This movie is getting highly negative reviews currently. It has an abysmal score of 11 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Running Time: 92 minutes

                This is a concert documentary about the pop band One Direction. Surprisingly it was directed by Morgan Spurlock, known for documentaries such as Super Size Me. It’s rated PG and has a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes at the moment.

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