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NEW MOVIES!  MAY 5 - MAY 11, 2015
COMES OUT FRIDAY, MAY 8:
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (USA, R) - This one is for all those of you who were too lazy to read these smutty books written at a 5th grade level. It's all about two lovers who enjoy getting jiggy with it a little differently and more openly than other couples. These two engage in a little extracurricular bondage. I think Rihanna said it best in her song about the subject: "Sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me."
DIRECTED BY: Sam Taylor-Johnson
STARRING: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Marcia Gay Harden
METASCORE: 46, based on 46 Critics
SELMA (USA, PG-13) - This Oscar-nominated film takes a look at the civil rights movement, specifically the efforts of one Martin Luther King and the march from Selma to Montgomery. Everyone has been raving about it and if you have any interest in the subject you should most definitely watch it and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.
DIRECTED BY: Ava DuVernay
STARRING: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Common
METASCORE: 89, based on 46 Critics
MR. TURNER (UK, R) - Wormtail, from the HARRY POTTER movies, stars in this movie about a spectacular British painter who was a tempestuous man. His relationships with people proved less satisfactory than his works on canvas. I suppose having a profitable outlet like painting is a pretty lucky break for someone as hard to stand as Joseph Mallord William Turner.
DIRECTED BY: Mike Leigh
STARRING: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson, Marion Bailey, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage
METASCORE: 94, based on 43 Critics
BLACK OR WHITE (USA, PG-13) - Kevin Costner and his wife take custody of their deceased daughter's daughter because the baby daddy is a junkie. When Costner's wife dies, the paternal grandmother raises a fuss about shared custody. It is a messy custody battle movie that is further complicated by race issues because the maternal grandparents are white and paternal are black. What it's ultimately going to come down to is everyone realizing it takes a village, filled with people of all walks of life, to raise a child.
DIRECTED BY: Mike Binder
STARRING: Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Jillian Estell, Bill Burr, Jennifer Ehle, Andre Holland, Gillian Jacobs, Anthony Mackie
METASCORE: 45, based on 30 Critics
BLACK SEA (UK, R) - After being fired from his job, Jude Law leads a band of misfits on a rogue submarine mission for buried treasure. Seeing as they aren't totally qualified to be on this journey, they end up lost under sea and survival instincts kick in. I hope the idea of cannibalism comes up at some point. I don't know my reasoning but I kinda want to see Jude Law's metamorphosis from unemployed captain to desperate cannibal.
DIRECTED BY: Kevin Macdonald
STARRING: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, David Threlfall
METASCORE: 62, based on 33 Critics
THE LAST FIVE YEARS (USA, PG-13) - Maine's own Anna Kendrick stars in this musical about the tumultuous relationship between an up-and-coming novelist and a struggling actress. The interesting thing about this is that all her songs start at the end of their relationship and end with the beginning where as his do the exact opposite. It sounds like a tall order, but it's based on the musical of the same title and directed by the same guy who did FREEDOM WRITERS and P.S. I LOVE YOU, so it stands a chance of being decent.
DIRECTED BY: Richard LaGravenese
STARRING: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan
METASCORE: 60, based on 28 Critics
^WINTER SLEEP (Turkey, Not Rated) - This man is running a hotel in Anatolia, with help from his much younger wife and his recently divorced sister. When something bad happens, their place becomes somewhat of a shelter for a whole horde of people. However, with that many people all stuck together in tight quarters, tempers are sure to flare and drama will most likely ensue.
DIRECTED BY: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
STARRING: Haluk Bilginer, Demet Akbag, Melisa Sözen, Tamer Levent, Nejat Isler
METASCORE: 87, based on 26 Critics
LOST RIVER (USA, R) - Brought to you by that dude you probably already know named Ryan Gosling, this movie features him, not as an actor, but as writer and director. Now, if his acting creds can carry over into his directing, we may be in for a treat. A single mother is swept off into the underworld, while her son discovers a sort of dark version of Atlantis. Boy, I hope the Babadook makes a guest appearance.
DIRECTED BY: Ryan Gosling
STARRING: Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Matt Smith, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes
METASCORE: 42, based on 21 Critics
*APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR (USA, Not Rated) - Being Iranian in New York isn't easy, especially for bisexual postgrad Shirin. Nobody understands her and she totally can't talk about it with her folks because non-hetero romance is not the kinda thing that's acceptable in her culture. It's the perfect recipe for relationship angst and she takes silent advantage of this fuel.
DIRECTED BY: Desiree Akhavan
STARRING: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Scott Adsit, Halley Feiffer
METASCORE: 73, based on 19 Critics
MISS JULIE (UK, PG-13) - The year is 1890 and a WASP-y aristocrat's daughter starts flirting with the help. She does this despite the servant’s lower class status, probably because he's got something else in his lower region that is better than that of her peers. It's not FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, but there is some steamy risqué seduction taking place.
DIRECTED BY: Liv Ullmann
STARRING: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton
METASCORE: 56, based on 18 Critics
LOVE, ROSIE (UK, R) - This was originally a book which was written by the author of P.S. I LOVE YOU. It is a heart-warming tale of mistakes and missed chances. We all have those romances where we spend time second guessing and thinking: "Should I have let it go?" or "What might have happened if...?" We always seem to want to see things through to find out if it's love or just friendship.
DIRECTED BY: Christian Ditter
STARRING: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Tamsin Egerton, Suki Waterhouse, Jaime Winstone, Lily Laight, Daniel Radcliffe
METASCORE: 44, based on 16 Critics
SPARE PARTS (USA, PG-13) - George Lopez has gotten old so thankfully this movie does not require any physical exertion, though his mind must still be sharp and heart on point. When no one believes in a group of kids determined to win an underwater robotics competition, he brings them up against many schools, and top of the list is MIT. Let's see if he can whip these underdogs into shape so he can live vicariously, because God knows he really let himself go.
DIRECTED BY: Sean McNamara
STARRING: George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Carlos PenaVega, Esai Morales, Alexa PenaVega, Marisa Tomei
METASCORE: 50, based on 15 Critics
CONCERNING VIOLENCE (Sweden, Not Rated) - The director of this documentary uses Frantz Fanon's book, "The Wretched of the Earth," as a lens through which to explain his footage. If you couldn't tell from the literary reference, this is about third world countries adapting and reacting to decolonization. You'll see footage of the anti-imperialist liberation movement and perhaps become more informed and educated on such topics that affect our global society.
DIRECTED BY: Goran Olsson
METASCORE: 80, based on 12 Critics
AFFLUENZA (USA, Not Rated) - A middle-class dude with a hi-tech camera and a pocket full of "good" weed finds himself in the midst of the upper-class elite. These kids have credit card limits higher than most of us will ever earn in a lifetime and a no-holds-barred view on life. They will soon realize there are some consequences for their actions, but it's probably just gold-plated abortions and police records that disappear just as fast as they appear.
DIRECTED BY: Kevin Asch
STARRING: Ben Rosenfield, Gregg Sulkin, Grant Gustin, Nicola Peltz, Steve Guttenberg, Samantha Mathis
METASCORE: 30, based on 12 Critics
FUTURO BEACH (Brazil, Not Rated) - A homosexual Brazilian lifeguard saves the life of a German gent, but is unable to save the man's special friend. Grateful and saddened by loss, the two strike up a friendship of the romantic and emotional variety. Leaving behind everyone else they know, the two travel to Berlin together. Fast forward eight years and introduce a younger brother who joins them after the death of his mother.
DIRECTED BY: Karim Ainouz
STARRING: Wagner Moura, Clemens Schick, Jesuita Barbosa
METASCORE: 64, based on 9 Critics
^ = BART'S PICK OF THE WEEK!          * = KYRA'S PICK OF THE WEEK!
 
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Beck: 7-9 (1998) Broadchurch: Season 2 (2015) Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (2015)
Covert Affairs: Season 5 (2014) Dalziel and Pascoe: Season 11 (2006) Dancing on the Edge (2013)
Father Brown: Season 2 (2014) Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (2014) Maison close: Season 1 (2010)
Masters of Sex: Season 2 (2014) Mr Selfridge: Season 3 (2015) Parenthood: Season 6 (2015)
Suits: Season 4 (2014) White Collar: Season 6 (2014)
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