Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert DeNiro star in Relativity Media´s "The Family.”
A number of new movies hit local theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:
Genre: Acton, comedy and drama Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo and Domenick Lombardozzi Director: Luc Besson Rated: R
In the dark action comedy “The Family,” a Mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the Witness Protection Program after snitching on the mob.
Despite Agent Stansfield’s (Tommy Lee Jones) best efforts to keep them in line, Fred Blake (Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their children, Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo), can’t help resorting to old habits by handling their problems the “family” way. Chaos ensues as their former Mafia cronies try to track them down and scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings, in this subversively funny film by Luc Besson.
Insidious Chapter 2
Genre: Horror Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Danielle Bisutti, Michael James Grise and Lindsay Seim Director: James Wan Rated: PG-13
A haunted family struggles to uncover a terrifying secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world in “Insidious: Chapter 2,” the latest nerve-twisting horror thriller from director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell.
The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.
Genre: Documentary Cast: Carine Roitfeld, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Sarah Jessica Parker, Donatella Versace, Kate Upton and Diane von Furstenberg Director: Fabien Constant Not rated
Carine Roitfeld ran French Vogue for 10 years, building a reputation as one of fashion’s most influential movers.
Her inner circle of friends includes Donatella Versace, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, Riccardo Tisci, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Alexander Wang. Yet few people outside the fashion world have heard of her ... until now.
“Mademoiselle C” chronicles Roitfeld’s launch of her new magazine, “CR Fashion Book.” It gives a rare inside glimpse at the inner workings not only of Roitfeld’s professional world but also her personal life. It is a film about transition, letting the audience watch as she moves to New York, starts a new business, and prepares to become a grandmother. And of course, it’s filled with the models, celebrities, and eccentric personalities that make the fashion world so entertaining.
Genre: Drama and thriller Cast: Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond, Joey Lauren Adams, Tim Blake Nelson and Leo Fitzpatrick Director: Alexandre Moors Rated: R
The striking feature film debut of writer-director Alexandre Moors, “Blue Caprice” is a harrowing yet restrained psychological thriller about an abandoned boy lured to America into the shadows of a dangerous father figure.
Inspired by true events, “Blue Caprice” investigates the notorious and horrific Beltway sniper attacks from the point of view of the two perpetrators, whose distorted father-son relationship facilitated their long and bloody journey across America. Marked by captivating performances by Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond, lyrical camerawork, and a unique and bold structure, “Blue Caprice” documents the mechanisms that lead its subjects to embrace physical violence. The film paints a riveting portrait of 21st-century America and a haunting depiction of two cold-blooded killers that will endure long after the lights come up.
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
Genre: Documentary Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson and Deborah Harry Director: Sophie Huber Not rated
“Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction” showcases an iconic actor in his intimate moments, with film clips from some of his 250 films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folksongs.
Lensed in color and black and white by Seamus McGarvey, the film explores the actor’s enigmatic outlook on his life, his unexploited talents as a musician, and includes scenes with David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson and Debbie Harry.
Genre: Documentary Cast: Brandon Darby and Scott Crow Director: Jamie Meltzer Not rated
Winner of Best Documentary at the 2012 Doc NYC Festival, “Informant” is a fascinating, gripping portrait of Brandon Darby, a radical activist turned FBI informant who has been alternately vilified and deified.
In 2005, Darby became an overnight hero when he traveled to Katrina-devastated New Orleans and braved toxic floodwaters to rescue a friend stranded in the Ninth Ward. Soon after, he co-founded Common Ground, a successful grassroots relief organization. But over the next few years, he began hiding a shocking secret. After two young protestors were arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention, Darby revealed he had been instrumental in the indictment as an FBI informant.
The only film with access to Darby since his public confession, “Informant” meticulously constructs a picture of his life – before and after the death threats – through interviews and tense reenactments starring Darby himself. Darby’s version of events is accompanied – and often contradicted – by evidence from acquaintances and expert commentators on various points along the political spectrum, posing complicated questions about trust and the nature of reality.
Genre: Drama Cast: Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed and Abdullrahman Algohani Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour Rated: PG
Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.
Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.
At first, Wadjda’s mother is too preoccupied with convincing her husband not to take a second wife to realize what’s going on. And soon enough Wadjda’s plans are thwarted when she is caught running various schemes at school. Just as she is losing hope of raising enough money, she hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school. She devotes herself to the memorization and recitation of Koranic verses, and her teachers begin to see Wadjda as a model pious girl. The competition isn‘t going to be easy, especially for a troublemaker like Wadjda, but she refuses to give in. She is determined to continue fighting for her dreams.