Saturday, February 9, 2013

In Cinemas: Feb 7 - Feb 13

Well, late AGAIN, but might as well chuck a post up, despite there being little new...

CURRENTLY SCREENING:

* MOVIE 43 is a pile of shorts-to-shock from a collection of folks behind everything from TOWER HEIST and DUMB & DUMBER to SLITHER. There's a guy from THE ONION onboard, a Troma dude and some fellow who has only made Swedish things before. Even Liz Banks, Saul Goodman and Griffin Dunne (see AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON below) contribute. In front of the camera, the cast is bigger than an animated franchise. The biggest cast ever assembled, according to the poster; Richard Gere, Kate Winslet, McLovin', Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid, Veronica Mars, Hit-Girl, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Stephen Merchant, Snooki, Halle Berry, Terrence Howard, Johnny Knoxville, Common, Liev Schreiber, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Seann William Scott, Greg Kinnear, Tony Shalhoub, Seth MacFarlane, Hugh Jackman, et al…
Ridiculous. That HAS to be a sign of quality, right??

* ON AIR (PARLEZ-MOI DE VOUS) sees Nicolas Duvauchelle (WHITE MATERIAL, BEAU TRAVAIL) and the delightful Karin Viard (LE COUPERET, DELICATESSEN) back from POLISSE, a film I rather adored last year. This one's about a radio talkshow host that advises listeners, yet can't keep her own shit in check. I've seen the word 'quirky' used in write-ups, but the trailer looks alright…

* The Event cinemas in Manukau and Westcity have another few Bollywood films out this week; ABCD: ANY BODY CAN DANCE is India's first 3D dance film, while at the other end of the spectrum, SPECIAL 26 is a heist drama set in the 80s and based on a true story. Speaking of dancing;

* Any week that has John Lithgow on the big screen is a good week. He's heading up National Theatre's THE MAGISTRATE, which currently has a recorded version popping up occasionally at Rialto Newmarket, The Monterey and The Bridgeway.

* Somebody is still encoring the Italian Screenings, so we have a couple of documentaries back; ITALY: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT, as well as 2010's SIX VENICE (SEI VENEZIA).

STILL SHOWING:

* There is a trio of new films that we covered in last week's post (due to their preview screenings), that I should probably mention again; we've got Sir Anthony in HITCHCOCK make-up, the straight outta Pukekohe music drama MT. ZION and Denzel in Zemekis' FLIGHT. On top of that, the newly-refurbished Academy has got $10 THURSdays for February, where you can still catch things like ZERO DARK THIRTY, ARGO, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and/or THE MASTER, all of which are brilliant in one respect or another. Also, I don't think we mentioned the French drama YOU WILL BE MY SON (TU SERAS MON FILS) that started a week or so ago. But I have now.

REPERTORY/ONE-OFF SCREENINGS:

* But now, to the REAL reason I'm posting regardless of how late I am; SUPERB DOUBLE-FEATURE TIME!! This Sunday, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981) - starring Griffin Dunne, from last week's episode of GIRLS, I love Griffin Dunne month - is playing back-to-back with John Carpenter's THE THING (1982). I feel so spoiled! Catch 'em 7:30 PM Sunday the 10th at either Queen St. Event or Sylvia Park Hoyts.

* Over The Shore, The Vic has another great selection of fairly-new films that we like this week; SKYFALL, THE IMPOSTER, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN and SIGHTSEERS. Plus, they've unexpectedly resurrected KATHMANDU LULLABY (KATMAND√ö, UN ESPEJO EN EL CIELO), a Spanish film I know very little about.

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