Academy Award winner George Clooney stars in the title role of this suspense thriller. As an assassin, Jack (played by Mr. Clooney) is constantly on the move and always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, Jack retreats to the Italian countryside. He relishes being away from death for a spell as he holes up in a small medieval town. While there, Jack takes an assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten). Savoring the peaceful quietude he finds in the mountains of Abruzzo, Jack accepts the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues a torrid liaison with a beautiful woman, Clara (Violante Placido). Jack and Clara’s time together evolves into a romance, one seemingly free of danger. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.
Going the Distance
Erin's (Drew Barrymore) wry wit and unfiltered frankness charm newly single Garrett (Justin Long) over beer, bar trivia and breakfast the next morning. Their chemistry sparks a full-fledged summer fling, but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett stays behind for his job in New York City. But when six weeks of romping through the city inadvertently become meaningful, neither is sure they want it to end. And while Garrett's friends, Box (Jason Sudeikis) and Dan (Charlie Day), joke about his pre-flight calorie-cutting and his full-time relationship with his cell phone, they don't like losing their best drinking buddy to yet another rocky romance. At the same time, Erin's high-strung, overprotective married sister, Corrine (Christina Applegate), wants to keep Erin from heading down an all-too-familiar road. But despite the opposite coasts, the nay-saying friends and family, and a few unexpected temptations, the couple just might have found something like love, and with the help of a lot of texting, sexting and late-night phone calls, they might actually go the distance.
Danny Trejo stars as Machete, a renegade Mexican Federale and tough-as-nails vigilante for justice who is out to settle the score. "Machete" is based on the "fake" trailer in Robert Rodriguez's 2007 "Grindhouse," featuring Danny Trejo and Jeff Fahey reprising their original roles.
The feature version of the trailer finds Machete (Trejo) a renegade former Mexican Federale, roaming the streets of Texas after a shakedown from drug lord Torrez (Steven Seagal). Reluctantly, Machete takes an offer from spin doctor Benz (Fahey) to assassinate McLaughlin (Robert De Niro) a corrupt Senator. Double crossed and on the run Machete braves the odds with the help of Luz (Michelle Rodriguez), a saucy taco slinger, Padre (Cheech Marin) his "holy" brother, and April (Lindsay Lohan) a socialite with a penchant for guns. All while being tracked by Sartana (Jessica Alba), a sexy ICE agent with a special interest in the blade slinger. ***FEATURED IN BLOODLUST***
Mesrine: Public Enemy #1
The continuing story of France's most notorious criminal, now in police custody and planning his last and greatest escape. In the second and final part of Jean-Franois Richet's slick biopic (following Killer Instinct, also in theaters), Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel) is on the run. He's as much escape artist as career criminal, constantly in and out of prison, his public profile growing with each break-out. His sense of self grows as well, blotting out the others around him, including occasional henchman Matthieu Amalric; even his belly swells with self-importance. Evidently motivated by professional jealousy, he cops some of Baader-Meinhof's rhetoric, proclaiming himself an opponent of the system, a claim with which the movie wastes little time. Burdened by extra pounds, Cassel seems torpid, an aging man fighting his life's inevitable endpoint. The choices are to get caught or fade from view, and he can't endure the latter, kidnapping and killing a right-wing journalist when he can't abide what's been written about him. The portrait of an outlaw succumbing to vanity is hardly new, and there's a pro forma quality to Richet's approach, but here as in the first part, Cassel's performance is impossible to deny.
The Winning Season
From director James C. Strouse ("Grace is Gone") comes "The Winning Season," starring Sam Rockwell as an adult misfit who is brought on to coach the local girl's high school basketball team.
It’s modern day South Africa and in Cape Town the beautiful Ayanda (Zandile Msutwana) is just days away from achieving her lifelong dream: the perfect white wedding. The only problem is that her husband-to-be, the loyal, committed Elvis (Kenneth Nkosi) is 1800 kilometres away in Johannesburg. He sets off on Tuesday night by bus to Durban intending to connect with his childhood friend and best-man Tumi (Rapulana Seiphemo). But the plans start to go awry when Tumi doesn't show up at the bus station. Not an auspicious beginning, but this is just the first in many comic and illuminating misadventures they meet along the way. In the end, the two lovers learn that celebrating their union is more about the journey than getting to the church on time.
A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop
This is a remake of the 1985 directorial debut of Joel and Ethan Coen, BLOOD SIMPLE. Zhang Yimou, one of the most eminent directors of the “Fifth Generation”, transposes the Coen Brother’s celebrated mix of dark humor and riveting suspense to a noodle shop in western China. This black comedy thriller is an exposé of how intense desires can consume humanity, and the irony that life never submits to our calculation.
Wang is a gloomy and cunning noodle shop owner in a desert town in China. Feeling neglected, Wang’s wife secretly goes out with his employee, Li. A timid man, Li reluctantly keeps the gun the landlady bought for ‘killing her husband later’. However, not a single move they make escapes the boss’s notice, and he decides to bribe patrol officer Zhang to kill the illicit couple. It looks like a perfect plan: the affair will come to a cruel but satisfying end… or so he thinks, but the equally wicked Zhang has an agenda of his own that will lead to even more violence…
A rock 'n roll vampire spoof about a down and out band, The Winners, who will do anything for a record deal. When their disgruntled manager tells them that they are getting "long in the tooth," he doesn't know that his words are truly prophetic. During a road trip, their humdrum image radically changes when Jennifer, the bass player, disappears one night with a hip vampire. She emerges with a sexually charged charisma that drives the audiences wild.
As the band members succumb, one by one, to blood lust, their "gimmick" launches them into the limelight. Following an incident on a national radio show with "Rock 'n Roger," they hit mega-stardom beyond their wildest dreams. Joey, the lead singer, is haunted by an eerie bartender, who turns out to be much more. Meanwhile, legendary vampire hunter, Eddie Van Helsing, is tracking them down, despite his fear of the dark. When a veteran music producer calls them on becoming a vampire freak show, they begin to realize that fame is not what it's cracked up to be.
Last Train Home
Working over several years in classic verité style Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan (with the producers of the award-winning hit documentary Up the Yangtze) travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades. Like so many of China’s rural poor, Changhua and Sugin Zhang left behind their two infant children for grueling factory jobs. Their daughter Qin—now a restless and rebellious teenager—both bitterly resents their absence and longs for her own freedom away from school, much to the utter devastation of her parents. Emotionally engaging and starkly beautiful, Last Train Home’s intimate observation of one fractured family sheds light on the human cost of China’s ascendance as an economic superpower.
Prince of Broadway
Prince of Broadway is a tender comedy of fatherhood, family and love, directed by Sean Baker (IFC’s “Greg the Bunny,” “Take Out,” MTV’s “Warren the Ape.”) This is the story of Lucky, a charismatic hustler eking out a living in the underbelly of New York's wholesale fashion district. An illegal immigrant from Ghana, Lucky makes ends meet by soliciting shoppers on the street with knock-off brand merchandise. Life is good for Lucky, but his dreams of a bigger life are suddenly upended when a child is thrust into his world by a woman who insists the toddler is his son. Set in the shadow of the Flatiron building and soaked in the colorful bustle of urban realism, PRINCE OF BROADWAY reveals unseen lives creating their own knock-off of the American Dream.