By Jack Rico
We have two more weeks to go in May and the 13 new film releases for this week are lukewarm at best. There are exceptions. The new X-Men film, which I saw, is very good, but not better than “Captain America: The Winter Soldier“, which is the film that all superhero films will be compared to against this year. Also, after 23 years of not directing a film, legendary cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky is back at it in “The Dance of Reality“. Some other films have star-studded casts, yet have no buzz around it from their respective studios as if they weren’t interested in promoting them. I could barely find descent trailers from them. Regardless, they are listed here for your information.
Here is the list. Hope you find something of your liking!
13. Grand Départ (NR, 1hr 26m, Comedy, Drama)
Director: Bernard Rose
Cast: Pio Marmaï, Jérémie Elkaïm, Eddy Mitchell
Synopsis: Two brothers are thrown into turmoil by their father’s declining health.
12. The Dance of Reality (2hr 10m, Documentary)
Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Cast: Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits
Synopsis: In the radiantly visceral autobiographical film, a young Jodorowsky is confronted by a collection of compelling characters that contributed to his burgeoning surreal consciousness. The legendary filmmaker was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert, where the film was shot. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology, and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.
11. My Words, My Lies – My Love (NYC release) (104m, Comedy)
Director: Alain Gsponer
Synopsis: David, a waiter, finds an unpublished manuscript in a dresser drawer. To impress a girl, he claims to be the author. When the novel becomes a best-seller the real author introduces himself in his life and begins to take-over David’s life.
10. The Love Punch (PG-13, 1hr 34m, Comedy)
Director: Joel Hopkins
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Celia Imrie, Laurent Lafitte, Louise Bourgoin
Synopsis: A divorced couple scheme to recover the retirement money that was stolen from them.
9. Tracks (112m, Adventure, Biography, Drama)
Director: John Curran
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth, Rainer Bock, Jessica Tovey, Melanie Zanetti
Synopsis: A woman makes a journey of self-discovery in the Australian desert.
8. Accident (1967 Re-release) (1hr 45m, Drama)
Director: Joseph Losey
Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Jacqueline Sassard
Synopsis: Married Oxford don (Dirk Bogarde) lusts for student (Jacqueline Sassard) amid tragedy.
7. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (NR, 1hr 42m, Drama)
Director: Sam Fleischner
Cast: Andrea Suarez Paz, Jesus Sanchez-Velez, Azul Zorrilla, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Tenoch Huerta Mejia
Synopsis: Ricky hides out in the subway as Hurricane Sandy closes in on the city.
6. Words and Pictures (PG-13, 1hr 51m, Romance)
Directors: Fred Chepisi
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Clive Owen, Keegan Connor Tracy, Amy Brenneman, Adam DiMarco, Bruce Davison
Synopsis: A one-time literary star prep school English teacher meets his match, an abstract painter and new teacher on campus.
5. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (NR, 1hr 29m, Documentary)
Director: Nicholas Wrathall
Cast: Gore Vidal
Synopsis: Filmmaker Nicholas Wrathall uses interviews with Gore Vidal to trace his early years on screen.
4. Cold in July (NR, 1hr 49m, Drama, Suspense/Thriller)
Director: Emilio Aragón
Cast: Robert Duvall, Jeremy Irvine, Angie Cepeda
Synopsis: A Texas man’s life unravels into corruption and violence after he kills a home intruder.
3. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (R, 1hr 23m, Comedy, Drama)
Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Cast: Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, James Earl Jones, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater
Synopsis: Henry is determined to make amends with everyone he has hurt in his life after the doctor’s tell him he has 90 minutes to live.
2. Blended (PG-13, 1hr 57m, Romantic Comedy)
Director: Frank Coraci
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, Jessica Lowe
Synopsis: After a bad blind date, a man and woman find themselves stuck together at a family resort.
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG-13, 2hr 11m, Action/Adventure)
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart
Synopsis: The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history.