June 2008

This Week in Independent Film

by Alan Rapp on June 30, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Diminished Capacity
  • IMDB: link

While trying to get his Uncle Rollie (Alan Alda) into a nursing home a man suffering from a concussion (Matthew Broderick) finds himself on the road with his high school sweetheart (Virginia Madsen) and Rollie.  Tom Aldredge, Carolyn Baeumier, Dylan Baker, and Dhavana Kundanmai also star.  The film opens in limited release in select cities on Friday.

This Week in Independent Film

by Alan Rapp on June 30, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: The Wackness
  • IMDB: link

In New York City during the summer of 1994 a drug dealer (Josh Peck) develops feelings for the daughter (Olivia Thirlby) of his psychiatrist (Ben Kingsley) with whom he trades drugs for therapy.  Famke Janssen, Aaron Yoo, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Method Man also star.  Check out the official site.  The film opens in limited release in select cities on Thursday. 

This Week in Film

by Alan Rapp on June 30, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Hancock
  • IMDB: link

Will Smith stars as an apathetic and despised super-hero who is approached by an agent (Jason Bateman) with a plan to turn his public perception around.  Charlize Theron, Daeg Faerch, and Hayley Marie Norman also star.  Check out the official site.  We’ve seen it and we’ll give you the review when the film flies into theaters everywhere tomorrow.

This Week in Film

by Alan Rapp on June 30, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  • IMDB: link

Abigail Breslin stars in this film based of the popular line of Mattel dolls, books, and magazines involving young historical heroines.  The film centers around Kit Kittredge and takes place during the Great Depression.  Stanley Tucci, Max Thieriot, Chris O’Donnell, Julia Ormand, Wallace Shawn, Gleanne Headly, and Joan Cusack also star.  Check out the official site.  After a couple of weeks in limited release (read the review) the film finally opens wide on Friday. 

To Infinity, And Beyond

by Ian T. McFarland on June 27, 2008

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: WALL-E
  • IMDB: link

It’s not easy being an animation fan today.  It’s obvious that a fraction of the animated film is anything but pure corporate product.  Disney has lost its way.  AFI named Shrek one of the top ten animated films of all time (WTF?)  I might totally give up on the genre if if weren’t for two names – Hayao Miyazaki, and Pixar.  In the thirteen years since the latter released Toy Story, the already-legendary picture house has yet to produce a bad film.  And after WALL·E, the studio’s ninth and quite possibly best film, all of the shortcomings of the animation industry suddenly seem so easy to overlook.

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