Every Friday there are new movies released in theaters across the country, and many of these new movies are released in over 2,500 theaters, making them ubiquitous and ultimately not so special. But there are also those small movies, the ones that opened up in “select cities” weeks ago – which usually means New York and LA and occasionally Chicago – and take a little longer to play in your local theaters. So when one of these movies do end up playing in your town, it can definitely be something special, and you may only have a week or two to take advantage of the opportunity, so you have to jump on that chance and see these smaller movies, help give the little guy a fighting chance against these blockbuster behemoths. Do them and yourself a favor and check out:
Fans of David Cronenberg rejoice: we have a new film from the master and it looks delirious, weird, existential, violent, sexy, and pretty much everything that we would expect from a Cronenberg movie. Starring “Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattinson, “Cosmopolis” is the story of a 28-year old billionaire traveling across Manhattan in his limousine as he heads to a barber to get a haircut. Yup. That’s the plot. And since this is Cronenberg, expect this basic and simple sounding plot to go off the rails and get really weird really fast. It’s insanely exciting that this strange looking Croney movie is getting a wide release and can be actually seen in theaters by people, instead of having to wait for home video. So film fanatics, get thee to the Regal Winter Park Village 20 or the AMC Downtown Disney 24, because those are the places in which this movie is going to be playing this weekend.
And while you are at the Regal Winter Park Village 20 checking out “Cosmopolis,” you might as well stick around for “Killer Joe,” which many are calling director William Friedkin’s best movie since “The Exorcist.” That’s some damn high praise, along with the praise that star Matthew McConaughey is getting for what is apparently the performance of his career. A young man, played by “Speed Racer” star Emile Hirsch, has a debt he needs to get out from under, so he hires a contract killer (McConaughey) to take out his mother so he can collect the insurance money. Insanity ensues. Also making “Killer Joe” noteworthy and worth checking out in theaters is the film’s NC-17 rating, which usually means movie death, as the highly restrictive rating is frowned upon by theater exhibitors, hence limiting the prospects for such a movie. So major kudos to the distributors of “Killer Joe” for not flinching in the face of the MPAA and the puritans and forging ahead with their NC-17 flick, still managing to get it into actual movie theaters that people go to. This itself is a big deal, so if you are a fan of movies made for adults and geared to those with actual brains that do more than play video games and scam ways to score alcohol whilst underage, then you need to see “Killer Joe” this weekend. So just do it.
Still playing around town (a.k.a. The Stragglers)
The Queen of Versailles
Held over at the Enzian Theater due to the great response, “The Queen of Versailles” actually has extra showings at the single-screen theater this weekend, as the staff added an extra matinee showing. So if you want to see a great documentary about some local folks that is getting some national attention, here is your chance.
Moonrise Kingdom (my review)
Down to two showings a day at the Cinemark at Festival Bay, so if you are in the touristy area of town and want to see the Wes Anderson movie that everyone else has already seen by now, well, you know where you need to go.
Nitro Circus: The Movie
Totally defying the naysayers (i.e., me) that said this movie would be yanked immediately from all theaters, “Nitro Circus: The Movie” has defied the odds and remains at the Regal Oviedo Marketplace 22, where it will be enjoying two empty shows a day for at least one more week. So if a movie plays in 3D and no one is around to see it, does the 3D still suck?
Beasts of the Southern Wild (my review)
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” is a fantastic movie, it now has the support of both President Obama and Queen Oprah, and it is still playing the Regal Winter Park Village 20, so check it out, it is very much worth it.
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