New Line Cinema's horror Annabelle to open; Affleck stars in Gone Girl. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.
Gone Girl Genre: Drama and thriller Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon and David Clennon Director: David Fincher Rated: R
From the tour de force thriller that became a bestselling must-read comes David Fincher's screen version of Gone Girl, a wild ride through our modern media culture and down into the deep, dark fault lines of an American marriage - in all its unreliable promises, inescapable deceits and pitch-black comedy.
CLEARWATER - Local restaurateur Nicholas Kalantzis - owner of Georgie Boys Restaurant on Missouri Avenue in Clearwater - recently got an unexpected request.
Georgie Boys Restaurant is playing host to a feature film. Kalantzis’ involvement with the feature film "Illusions," currently filming in the Tampa/Clearwater area, came about when one of his regular patrons asked if he could use the facility to shoot a scene there.
Georgie Boys Restaurant has been in business for more than seven years. Kalantzis named the restaurant after his oldest son, George. He started working in his father's restaurant when he was just 10 years old and has been in the restaurant business ever since.
"I love owning a restaurant because I love serving families and providing them with a family atmosphere," he said in a press release. He jumped at the chance to be part of the film production. “This is a good thing that's helping the local community."
CLEARWATER - Following its world premiere Sept. 7 at Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles - and its Tampa Bay area premiere Sept. 10 at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall - Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale 2” opened in theaters across the country Sept. 12, taking in an estimated $4.3 million on its first day.
Terry Gilliam isn't known for serving up easy-to-follow narratives.
His films generally feature worlds that are impossibly out-of-balance and central characters locked in some intense, deeply personal internal struggle that generally reflects the greatest philosophical dilemmas confounding humanity.
For Gilliam fans, "The Zero Theorem" follows the director's traditional stylistic approach. The result is a breathtaking escapade into Gilliam's mystifying dream world - a stunning, albeit sometimes ineloquent, masterpiece.
Yes, this is going to be yet another review singing the praises of Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy." To summarize: It's an awesome movie. Go see it.
Of course, things could have gone quite differently.
Instead of raking in at least $94 million domestically - and around $160 million internationally - during its opening weekend, "Guardians of the Galaxy" could have fallen short of expectations. It could have been the first genuine dud from the blockbuster factory that Marvel Studios has become in recent years. It could have been a flop.
CLEARWATER - Movie night at the Capitol Theatre is back - and the venue has put together a classic lineup of films for cinema lovers.
Beginning Saturday, Aug. 2, the '70s Movie Series will serve up double features at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets are $7 - for both movies - and are now on sale. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
Sometimes, it's difficult to recommend a movie that - by design - is viciously disheartening and disturbing.
"Aftermath," a brutal end-of-the-world thriller directed by Peter Engert, is such a film: It's bleak, depressing and discouraging - but as a poignant elegy for post-apocalyptic civilization, it is powerfully effective.
With a name like "All Cheerleaders Die," it's evident that this new Image Entertainment/RLJ Entertainment release - scheduled for VOD and limited theatrical release June 13 - is meant for a niche market.
That very specific demographic of hardcore horror aficionados may be pleasantly surprised by this little cinematic gem. "All Cheerleaders Die" is sloppy - its plot choppy and its CGI lackluster - but it's still darkly funny, inventive and occasionally scary - well, mildly unsettling, anyway.
Let's begin with a generalization: "The Sacrament" is not for the squeamish or the easily offended.
The film, distributed by Magnet Releasing and set to open in select theaters June 6, is a disturbing tale about a religious movement seeking to establish a utopian community. "The Sacrament" straddles the line between being trailblazing genre cinema and exploitative insolence.