Short and sweet. Here’s our new films for this week.
Other Woman: Natalie Portman. A comedy/drama that details the story of a woman’s difficult relationship with her stepson.
Under the Bombs: Heartfelt docu-fiction road movie with lacerating images of Israel’s recent war in Lebanon.
Concert: Darkly funny French comedy about a once great conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra who sees his chance to perform again by pretending to be still attached to the great institution. Aleksey Guskov, Miou-Miou, Radu Mihaileanu.
Black Death: From the director Severance & Creep, a period horror about a team of soldiers & a young monk who travel the war-torn & plague-ridden countryside to investigate a remote village mysteriously immune to the Black Death. Sean Bean
Mechanic: Follows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.
Missionary: Michael Palin. In 1905, after 10 years of missionary work in Africa, the Rev. Charles Fortesque is recalled to England.
South Riding: BBC. The lives and loves of a 1930s Yorkshire town explored in a passionate tale of politics in small places
West is West: Follow up to the hugely successful East is East. Manchester, North of England, 1975. The now much diminished, but still claustrophobic and dysfunctional, Khan family continues to struggle for survival.
Green Hornet: Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father’s large company, teams up with his late dad’s assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.
Dali in New York: Documentary captures the always-fun antics of Salvador Dali in New York during Christmas, 1965.
Unstoppable: With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe.
L’Autre Dumas: French period drama exploring the relationship between Alexandre Dumas, writer of the Three Musketeers, and his alleged ghost writer Auguste Maquet. Gï¿½rard Depardieu, Benoï¿½t Poelvoorde
Daydream Nation: A disaffected teenager in a painfully small town hooks up with her high school teacher out of boredom and loneliness. Kat Dennings, Andie MacDowell
Shoeshine: Vittorio de Sica’s neorealist classic about two shoeshine boys who get into trouble with the police after trying to find the money to buy a horse.
I Am Number Four: John is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed … he is Number Four
Anton Chekov’s The Duel: Excellent adaptation of the Chekov’s tragic novella, about an aristocratic civil servant trying to abandon his flirtatious mistress. Fiona Glascott, Andrew Scott, Tobias Menzies
Vanishing on 7th Street: The day after a city-wide black out, 4 people discover that every one in the city has disappeared. Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo, Brad Anderson
Exploited: Unusual fiction-documentary about an aspiring model obsessed with obtaining fame at any cost. Ron Jeremy, Mercedes, Moses
Budrus: Utterly compelling documentary about how the residents of one West Bank Palestinian village organized nonviolent resistance to the construction of the security barrier through their village & ultimately forcing the route to change.
Ciao for Now,
The Thomas Staff