Regal Cinema Art Film Guide, Summer 2014
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Regal Entertainment Group, Inc. contents 2 4 8 14 16 19 For No Good Reason Director: Charlie Paul table of Third Person Writer & Director: Paul Haggis The Hundred-Foot Journey Director: Lasse Hallstrรถm Chef Writer, Director & Producer: Jon Favreau Discover Characters Director: Brandon Langley Film Previews A look at 26 upcoming releases For No Good Reason Third Person 4 Film Guide Senior Staff Publisher Robbie Arrington Creative Director The Hundred-Foot Journey 8 Chef 14 Rodney Griffin Designer Rona Moss Corporate Editor Irene Gillaspy Advertising and Promotions email: robbie.arrington@ regalcinemas.com The Regal Cinema Art Film Guide is a free national publication courtesy of Regal Entertainment Group, 7132 Regal Lane, Knoxville, TN 37918. To have your film featured, email email@example.com. directed by Charl ie Paul Johnny Depp pays a call on his friend and hero Ralph Steadman and then itâ€™s off on a high-spirited, lyrical, raging, and soulful journey discovering the life and works of one of the most important radical British artists of modern times. and visually stunning, this is a study in honesty, friendship and the ambition that drives an artist. Ralphâ€™s rise to prominence began in the early 1970s during the fallout from the love and hope that had swept the western world during the 1960s. This legendary time for music, literature, art and philosophy was the catalyst, along with his developing relationship with writer Hunter S. Thompson, for Ralph to express and chart the wreckage that followed: a large-scale disintegration of a demoralized counter-culture. R alph Steadman is the last of the original Gonzo visionaries. Made over the course of fifteen years, For No Good Reason explores the connection between life and art through the eyes of seminal British artist Ralph Steadman. Insightful, humorous, 2 regal cinema art His art gained recognition in the press and popularculture publications, both in the U.K. and U.S., for its bold comment on his fiercely heartfelt politics. The film is a richly creative, visual feast about the power and importance of art to achieve Steadman’s aim “I learnt to draw...to try to change the world.” Director Charlie Paul spent 15 years meticulously amassing the footage and creating the remarkable animations for the film to match the same anarchic energy, anger and free spirit of Steadman’s pictures. Through Johnny Depp’s lead in this intimate portrait, the audience is able to reach to the heart of what makes this artist tick, his friendships and fallings out, his love for art, and his passion for civil liberties. For No Good Reason is a riot of stories and images while taking a trip through the wild and dark days of Steadman’s time with Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas writer Hunter S. Thompson, the Rumble in the Jungle, gun fights with literary giant William S. Burroughs and his heartfelt politics. This is an inventive, energetic, occasionally harrowing, but inspiring and uplifting film with contributions from Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant and music from Slash, All American Rejects, Jason Mraz, James Blake, Ed Harcourt and Crystal Castles, all For No Good Reason. magazines, from Punch and Private Eye in the early years to the New Statesman, The New Yorker and the Independent. Early in his career he turned his creative energy to the literary classics, beginning with “Alice in Wonderland“ and then “Alice Through The Looking Glass,“ then on to other works including “Treasure Island,“ “Animal Farm“ and “Fahrenheit 451.“ He then looked into the lives of Sigmund Freud and Leonardo da Vinci, reinterpreting their genius in both words and drawings. He wrote “Doodaaa“ in 2002, partly satire and partly autobiography, and “The Joke’s Over,“ the account of his relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, in 2006. Much of the 1990s was spent traveling the vineyards and distilleries of the world for Oddbins, the wine merchant. These journeys resulted in three books, “The Grapes of Ralph,“ “Untrodden Grapes“ and “Still Life with Bottle.“ He has illustrated children’s books, books of poetry with his friend Adrian Mitchell, made sculptures and limited edition prints. He has designed theatre costumes and sets, produced graphics for television and film and designed stamps. , Director s Statement From Director Charlie Paul: Fifteen years ago, I took a trip to Old Loose Court in Kent to meet one of the greatest artistic influences in my life. That trip started me on a journey that has profoundly affected the way I see the world and the way in which I work. I found the perfect collaborator and companion to create the film I wanted to make. This film is the culmination of my roots as a punk, art student, photographer and filmmaker in a multilayered narrative, spun almost entirely from a single palette: the life and art of Ralph Steadman. The process of making this film has been a privilege; to have intimate access to Ralph’s library of art, friends and collaborators, to work with talented musicians, the weeks of difficult motion-control shoots, film utilizing many different formats of which some are now obsolete, edit, color-grade, soundscape creation and composite with the UK’s industry best, has allowed me to become the artist I hoped to be. Thank you, Ralph. For No Good Reason opens 5-16-2014. All About Ralph Ralph Steadman began his career as a cartoonist satirizing the British social and political scene of the 60s. In the 1970s, responding to what he called “the screaming lifestyle of America,” he teamed up with Hunter S. Thompson, which resulted in his iconic drawings for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and collaborations ranging from “The Kentucky Derby” to “The Curse of Lono.” Many of his drawings were featured in Rolling Stone magazine and he produced a book of collected impressions of America in 1974. His work has appeared in many newspapers and summer 2014 | FILM GUIDE 3 written and directed by Paul Haggis Three stories. Love, trust and betrayal. Three cities. New York, Paris and Rome. Three couples. Lovers and estranged spouses, children lost and found. People who appear to have nothing in common actually share deep commonalities. M ichael (Liam Neeson) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction author who has holed himself up in a hotel suite in Paris to finish his latest book. He recently left his wife Elaine (Kim Basinger) and is having a tempestuous affair with Anna (Olivia Wilde), an ambitious young journalist who wants to write and publish fiction. Julia (Mila Kunis), an ex-soap opera actress, is caught in a custody battle for her six-year-old son with her ex-husband Rick (James Franco), a famous New York artist. With her support cut off and her legal costs ruinous, Julia is reduced to working as a maid in the same upscale boutique hotel where she was once a frequent guest. Julia’s lawyer Theresa (Maria Bello) has secured Julia one final chance to change the court’s mind and be reunited with the child she loves. Rick’s current girlfriend Sam (Loan Chabanol) is a compassionate onlooker. As Writer/Director Haggis puts it: “In any relationship there is always a third person; perhaps not romantically, perhaps not even consciously, but present in some form.” At its heart, Third Person is much more than a collection of love stories—it is a mystery, a puzzle in which truth is revealed in glimpses, and clues are caught by the corner of the eye—and nothing is truly what it seems. Scott (Adrien Brody), a shady American businessman, is in Italy to steal designs from fashion houses. Hating everything Italian, Scott wanders into the Café Americano in search of something familiar to eat. There he meets Monika (Moran Atias), a beautiful Roma woman, who is about to be reunited with her young daughter. When the money she has saved to pay her daughter’s smuggler is stolen, Scott feels compelled to help. They take off together for a dangerous town in Southern Italy where Scott starts to suspect that he is the patsy in an elaborate con game. About the Cast Liam Neeson plays the central figure of Michael, a celebrated author struggling to finish his latest novel while emotional turmoil—partly of his own making—swirls around him. Neeson recalls: “I did a cameo for Paul Haggis in The Next Three Days and we struck up a relationship. He sent me the script 4 regal cinema art for Third Person and I thought it was very unusual, beautifully written with some twists and turns and surprises so I was very attracted to it. I normally have my defenses up when I’m working with a writer who’s a director too, but Paul seems to have broken that mold. Paul likes you to preserve his script, say the words that he has written, but once you’ve done that, then he’s free with you and whatever fits in at the time; he’s happy for you to go for it.” “The drama develops into a thriller and a mystery where the three stories begin to intertwine,” says Olivia Wilde who plays Michael’s ambitious, bewitching but conflicted lover Anna. “I found myself empathizing with everyone because everyone’s damaged here— men, women and children—but they’re all ultimately driven by love. I found the parallels between their struggles really complex and interesting.” Adrien Brody, who stars as Scott, a shady American businessman at loose ends in Rome, agrees. “I strive to find material that is unusual and speaks to me, and that’s either something with powerful social relevance or something that is a learning process for me as a human being, not just as an actor, and that I can share. There’s a degree of that in this piece—the processing of emotions and the need to overcome certain things that prevent us from moving forward and being present. Tragedy befalls many people’s lives and you have to surmount that or it destroys any possibility of the future. All the characters in this film are really flawed human beings. I think film should celebrate flaws rather than create perfect people because people are imperfect. It’s way more interesting to observe imperfections and people’s ability to get past those imperfections. That’s more inspirational than overly heroic characters.” The overarching theme of transcending human imperfection was compelling for James Franco as well. Franco plays Rick, a renowned New York painter embroiled in a custody battle with his exwife Julia, played by Mila Kunis. Rick is a character who feels justified in keeping his ex-wife away from him and away from their child. But in other ways he’s maybe doing the child harm; Rick isn’t the most equipped person to be a father because he’s consumed by his work. In this story, the young boy suffers because Rick’s not ready to be a father. He is too ambitious and too consumed by his work.” As Mila Kunis says of her character Julia’s highly ambivalent presentation of self: “If a person has to make a right or a left turn, she always makes the wrong choice, but it’s not on purpose so you can’t blame her for it.” (Or can you?) “Maybe she just has the world’s worst luck, or maybe not. She seems to be constantly put in situations where she’s just being attacked or accused of not being good enough.” summer 2014 | FILM GUIDE 5 .. directed by Lasse Hallstrom About the Production Directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey is produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake. The executive producers are Caroline Hewitt and Carla Gardini. The screenplay is written by Steven Knight, based on the novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais. 8 regal cinema art I n DreamWorks Pictures’ The Hundred-Foot Journey, the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France, next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery, is nearly cause for an all-out war between the two establishments until Le Saule Pleureur’s icy proprietress Madame Mallory recognizes her rival’s undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals. In The Hundred-Foot Journey, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of SaintAntonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant—the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all-out war between the two establishments—until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory's culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan's gift as a chef and takes him under her wing. The Hundred-Foot Journey abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be. summer 2014 | FILM GUIDE 9 Food and Family. Life and Love. Choices and Change. Sometimes the best things in life happen unexpectedly. written, directed & produced by Jon Fav r e a u About the Film With his career and personal life suddenly at a crossroads, a once-celebrated L.A. chef embarks on a cross-country culinary odyssey with his best friend and young son in an effort to rediscover his creativity and love for cooking. When he started running the kitchen at trendy Brentwood eatery Gauloises, Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) was one of the hottest chefs to hit the Los Angeles food scene. Now, a decade later, the restaurant is still always full, but creatively Carl is running on empty. Divorced and disconnected from his 11-year-old son, he’s convinced cooking is the only thing he’s good at—and he yearns to reignite the spark that made him love doing it in the first place. When he learns that popular food blogger Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt) is coming to review the restaurant, Carl plans to dazzle him with an adventurous new menu. But the restaurant’s owner Riva (Dustin Hoffman) insists he serve the same safe and predictable dishes that have kept the place packed year in and year out. Disappointed at the meal’s lack of originality, Ramsey writes a scathing review, which— along with a video of Carl’s hilariously out-of-control response—quickly goes viral. With his illustrious career suddenly reduced to an internet punch line, Carl finds himself jobless with no prospects for work. At the suggestion of his successful ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara), Carl accompanies her and their son Percy (Emjay Anthony) to Miami where Inez’s first husband Marvin (Robert Downey, Jr.) takes pity on Carl and offers him a beat-up old food truck. With the help of Percy and Carl’s friend and longtime grill chef Martin (John Leguizamo), Carl turns the rusting hulk into a gleaming rolling kitchen where he and Martin serve up a fresh, mouthwatering take on simple Cuban fare and introduce Percy to the joys of working the line. As the trio makes the trip back to L.A. in the truck, with memorable stops in culinary hotspots including New Orleans and Austin along the way, Carl begins to reconnect with his passion for cooking—and with his son. 14 regal cinema art About the Production Jon Favreau began his filmmaking career nearly two decades ago, writing and starring with Vince Vaughn in the seminal hipster comedy Swingers. After that he made his directorial debut with the self-scripted Made, then helmed his first big studio project in 2003 with the instant holiday classic Elf, starring Will Ferrell. More recently Favreau effectively launched Marvel’s superhero franchise by directing the first two Iron Man blockbusters. With Chef, the filmmaker has taken a break from big-budget extravaganzas to return to his indie roots. “I wanted to write a screenplay from scratch, let the characters speak in the voices I gave them, cast the people whom I wanted to work with and then see where that led me,” says Favreau. And so, after executive producing Iron Man 3 and The Avengers, Favreau has brought to the screen the story of Carl Casper, a gifted chef who finds himself stymied by both professional and personal frustrations. Embracing the spirit of 1996 cult favorite Swingers, Favreau saw Chef as an opportunity to tell an intimate story about a flawed hero, with an adult audience in mind. “I haven’t made a small movie like this in a very long time,” he says. “I thought it would be interesting to bring the skills I’ve developed to this type of project. I wanted to try something on a different scale and face a different set of challenges that would keep me sharp and relevant.” Setting Chef against the backdrop of Los Angeles’ booming food-truck subculture was a natural choice for Favreau. An inveterate foodie, he hosted and produced IFC Network’s 2002 “Dinner for Five” series filmed on location in some of Los Angeles’ most iconic fine-dining establishments. That world of high-end cuisine serves as the glossy jumping-off point for Chef Carl as he leaves the safety net of a big restaurant to become captain of his own food truck. During pre-production research, Favreau discovered that chefs often display the same obsessive drive he’d encountered in type-A show-business personalities. “I found a lot of similarities between the movie world and the culinary world,” he observes. “In both cases you’re dealing with the creative process. With Chef, we’re watching a character who wants to have an original creative voice.” “In the case of Chef, it’s the food truck that allows Carl to explore his creative instincts,” says the writer-director. “The guy goes from working in this very successful restaurant where he’s making a lot of money but isn’t being creatively challenged to try something closer to his own passions. I found that a lot of chefs share that passion.” Favreau says he can relate to Carl’s decision to prioritize freedom over monetary gains or prestige. “Part of that bargain is that you have to be happy with the fact that you’re going to let the outcome land where it does, because it’s tough to go up against the big boys. But if you feel creatively satisfied and you’re growing as an artist, that, I think, is the hero’s journey. It’s about growth.” summer 2014 | FILM GUIDE 15 About randon Lan gley is a filmmake r from Knoxville,T N. He bega n an interest in filmmak ing when he w as 19 and w rote and directe d a feature fi lm. He recogn izes this as th e biggest po ssible learn ing experience he could h ave attained. B randon fou nded Mistakist P Andrew M roductions cGary and Nikolai Tea with this, and th g u e shortly a ey have co fter ntinued to on numero work togeth us projects er since, mos Brandon ha tly short film s won num s. e rous award at film festi s with his s vals in the horts p ast four ye very fortun ars. He has ate to trave b l with his w een film festiva ork to natio ls. Most re nal cently he h luck with d as found s irecting mu ome ltiple music premiered videos that on RollingS have tone.com. directed a He wrote a piece in 20 nd 13 that we a national b nt on to be um come in their art-h per for Regal Enterta inment Gro ouse theatr up es through out the US . the Dir ector B 16 regal cinema art A conversation with Brandon Langley Film Guide: Where did you find the inspiration for “Discover Characters”? Brandon Langley: Well, truthfully, not a whole lot of thought went into this piece. Knoxville was having a small contest to create a 45-second indie film parody bumper to play in front of a screening of Leos Carax’s Holy Motors that was coming to town. I had a free weekend coming up and found out about the contest just a couple of days before it was due to be turned in. I chose to make a Wes Anderson parody because it seemed fun. A lot of the projects that I had been working on around this time weren't necessarily "fun." They involved a lot of work and a lot of planning and I was definitely happy with the end results, but I wanted to try something really fast that would just be fun. So I called my friend Sam and we planned to shoot it on a Sunday at his house. I called some other friends of mine and described the characters that they could play and we did a quick scheduling of a day-long shoot around everyone's schedules. Usually, I suppose the characters come first and then actors are chosen to fill those characters. For this small project, however, I just picked a group of friends I wanted to work with and we created extremely exaggerated versions of themselves. We spent one afternoon filming it. The next day, my friend Nikolai, who handled all the audio, and I went over to a friend's house who has a little sister. I wrote some voice-over lines for her sister and we recorded them in a closet and then took the audio back and molded the film with the editing and sound that night. It was all very quick, but it turned out so well because of the people I was lucky to surround myself with, especially Andrew McGary whom I have worked with on every project to date. I was very fortunate that they all were able to jump on board with such little notice and help out. One of the actors even broke his ankle in the middle of his first take but continued to push through the entire shoot until the end of the day. The only actor that gave any trouble was my cat. FG: How did you name this custom content piece? BL: I just started stringing words together that could somewhat describe the characters and situations involved. People told me that this extremely short piece feels like a trailer for a bigger film, and if that was the case, then what could that film be about? I just went with "An Unholy Eradication of Well-Wishers and Knaves" because it seems pretty outlandish and fits the guidelines of creating an indie film parody, but at the same time is descriptive of the characters and the voice-over narration. I guess it was more a snap feeling without trying to put too terribly much thought or logic into it. FG: Why is it important to create a space for unique characters to live and how does this help independent filmmaking? BL: The space that characters inhabit, whether this is their actual home or just a location that they visit to move the story along, is something that is often overlooked in lower-budget films. It is something that is lower on people's radar when they are working with tight restraints in time or money. However, just putting a little bit of thought into this will probably greatly increase the dimensions of your characters. We were very fortunate when we shot this that my friend Sam's house (where it was filmed) already contained almost everything you see in the film. He had probably 12 record players and also collected many coffee mugs. So we decided to include a different record player and different coffee mug in every shot in the film. We tried to choose the record players and mugs that could maybe be an extension of the characters in the respective shots. Since we didn’t have much time at all to spend with each character, I feel that small details like this really aided in their development. We also tried to hide small easter egg details in each shot that I probably shouldn’t discuss too much here. summer 2014 | FILM GUIDE 17 FILMPREVIEWS Scan this Tag to watch a collection of trailers from this section. Get the free tag app at FIL M PREVIEWS a quick look at upcoming alternative & independent films 1. 2. 3. http://gettag.mobi 13 SINS Director: Daniel Stamm Starring: Mark Webber and Ron Perlman From the director of The Last Exorcism comes a chilling new film. A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last. BEGIN AGAIN Writer & Director: John Carney Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener The latest film from writer-director John Carney (ONCE), Begin Again is a soulstirring, uplifting comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. BELLE Director: Amma Asante Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Wilton, Miranda Richardson, Tom Felton, Sam Reid and Matthew Goode Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. summer 2014 fall 2009 | GUIDE | FILM GUIDE 19 FIL M PREVIEWS BREATHE IN Director: Drake Doremus Staring: Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan and Mackenzie Davis Soulful and musical British exchange student Sophie Williams (Jones) comes to New York in search of inspiration. On the surface, Sophie’s host family seems happy enough, but with her arrival to the Reynolds’ Upstate New York home, the private struggles of each family member begin to bubble. In particular, frustrated musicianturned-piano-teacher Keith Reynolds (Pearce) finds long suppressed dreams and desires reignited by Sophie’s talent and inquisitive nature. While Keith’s wife Megan (Ryan) and daughter Lauren (Davis) focus on Lauren’s final year of high school, Sophie and Keith are drawn ever closer by their mutual longing for creative expression. Ultimately, Sophie and Keith must confront how much they are willing to sacrifice and what they truly want out of life. CALVARY Writer & Director: John Michael McDonagh Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wilmot, Pat Shortt, Gary Lydon, Killian Scott, Orla O'Rourke, Owen Sharpe and David McSavage Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral—and often comic—problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary. CHINESE PUZZLE Director: Cédric Klapisch Starring: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile de France and Kelly Reilly Years after L’auberge Espagnole and Russian Dolls, Xavier’s (Romain Duris) life is still a mess. His ex Wendy (Kelly Reilly) has left him in Paris and taken their kids to New York. Always up for an adventure, Xavier follows them to the city and begins to piece together a life for himself amidst the cheerful chaos of Downtown Manhattan. An imminent deadline for his new novel, the realities of immigration, and old friends Martine (Audrey Tautou) and Isabelle (Cécile de France) add to the vibrant jumble in this delightful conclusion to director Cédric Klapisch’s trilogy. CITIZEN KOCH Directors: Carl Deal & Tia Lessin In this searing exposé on the state of democracy in America and the fracturing of the Republican Party, Academy Award®-nominated directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin follow the money behind the rise of the Tea Party. Citizen Koch investigates the impact of unlimited, anonymous spending by corporations and billionaires on the electoral process, featuring stories of life-long Republicans whose loyalty is tested when the GOP sets its sights on the very economic ground on which their families stand. With their futures at risk and everything at stake, we witness the experiences of three Wisconsin state employees who are forced to choose sides. Alternately terrifying and funny, Citizen Koch is an essential and powerful portrait of our political times. 20 regal cinema art FIL M PREVIEWS DOM HEMINGWAY Writer & Director: Richard Shepard Starring: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir and Emilia Clarke Jude Law plays Dom Hemingway, a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane and dangerous. After twelve years in prison, he sets off with his partner-in-crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he's owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir). After a near-death experience, Dom tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke) but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt. Director: Denis Villeneuve Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon and Isabella Rossellini Jake Gyllenhaal reteams with his Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve in this sexy and hypnotically surreal psychological thriller that breathes new life into the doppleganger tradition. Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a glum disheveled history professor who seems disinterested in even his beautiful girlfriend Mary (Laurent). Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, a bit-part actor named Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined. Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, provoking empathy as well as disapproval while embodying two distinct personas. ENEMY FADING GIGOLO Director: John Turturro Starring: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone and Sofía Vergara Murray (Woody Allen) talks his friend Fioravante (John Turturro) into becoming a gigolo as a way of making some much needed cash after an out-of-the-blue request from his dermatologist (Sharon Stone). With Murray acting as Fioravante's "manager," the duo quickly find themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money. FED UP Director: Stephanie Soechtig Documentary: Featuring appearances by Bill Clinton, Michael Polan, Mark Bittman and Mark Hyman Thirty years ago, the U.S. Government issued its first ever dietary guidelines and with it one of the greatest health epidemics of our time ensued. In her documentary feature debut, executive producer and narrator Katie Couric joins Laurie David (An Inconvenient Truth), Regina Scully (The Invisible War) and Stephanie Soechtig (Tapped) to explore why, despite media attention and government policies to combat childhood obesity, generations of kids will now live shorter lives than their parents. | FILM GUIDE summer 2014 21 FIL M PREVIEWS FROM THE ROUGH Director: Pierre Bagley Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Tom Felton, Michael Clarke Duncan, Henry Simmons and LeToya Luckett From the Rough is the inspirational true story of Catana Starks from historically black university Tennessee State, who became the first woman ever to coach an all-men's team at the collegiate level. Through grit and determination, she overcame incredible odds and deep-seated prejudice from all corners to guide a rag-tag group of golfers to an all-time record championship season. From the Rough celebrates this remarkable woman's triumph against overwhelming odds. IDA Director: Pawel Pawlikowski Starring: Agata Kulesza and Agata Trzebuchowska From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes IDA, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. Eighteen-year-old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of post-war Communism. JINN Writer & Director: Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad Starring: Dominic Rains, Ray Park, William Atherton, Faran Tahir and Serinda Swan In the beginning, three were created. Man made of clay. Angels made of light. And a third made of fire. For centuries, stories of angels and men have captured the imagination and been etched into history, crossing all boundaries of culture, religion and time. These two races have dominated the landscape of modern mythology, shrouding the evidence that a third was ever created. This third race, born of smokeless fire, was named the jinn. Modern man has all but forgotten this third race ever existed. It is time for him to remember. LOCKE Director: Steven Knight Starring: Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott A single phone call causes the life of a successful construction manager to unravel during his drive home. Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, Locke is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things) and driven by an unforgettable performance by Tom Hardy, Locke is a thrillingly unique cinematic experience of a man fighting to salvage all that is important to him. 22 regal cinema art FIL M PREVIEWS OBVIOUS CHILD Director: Gillian Robespierre Starring: Jenny Slate, Gabby Hoffman, David Cross, Jake Lacy, Gabe Liedman and Richard Kind For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time. As she grapples with an uncertain financial future, an unwanted pregnancy, and a surprising new suitor, Donna begins to discover that the most terrifying thing about adulthood isn’t facing it all on her own, it's allowing herself to accept the support and love of others. And be truly vulnerable. ON MY WAY Director: Emmanuelle Bercot Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Nemo Schiffman, Gérard Garouste, Camille, Claude Gensac, Paul Hamy, Mylène Demongeot and Hafsia Herzi Now in her early sixties, former beauty queen Bettie (Catherine Deneuve) finds herself jilted by her lover and left alone to deal with the financial problems facing her family’s restaurant. What begins as a quick drive to clear her head turns into a full-fledged road trip, and along the way there are chance meetings, an ex-Miss France gala, renewed ties with her estranged daughter and grandson and, possibly, at the end of the road, love…. PALTO ALTO Director: Gia Coppola Starring: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff and Val Kilmer From writer-director Gia Coppola comes an astonishing debut feature that deftly captures the complicated ties, heightened emotions and romantic highs and lows of adolescence. Based on several linked stories by James Franco, Palo Alto is a teenage romance for the ages, made indelible through its ensemble cast featuring some of the most gifted up-and-coming young actors working today. SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON Director: Mike Myers Documentary: Featuring appearances by Shep Gordon, Michael Douglas, Emeril Lagasse, Willie Nelson, Slyvester Stallone and others In 1991, music manager Shep Gordon held Mike Myers over a barrel a few weeks before shooting Wayne’s World regarding an Alice Cooper song Myers wanted to use in the film. They have been close friends ever since. Twenty-two years later, the story of Gordon’s legendary life in the uber fast lane is now told in Myers’ directorial debut. And this time it’s Myers who has Gordon over a barrel. summer 2014 | FILM GUIDE 23 FIL M PREVIEWS THE RAILWAY MAN Director: Jonathan Teplitzky Starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard, Jeremy Irvine, Hiroyuki Sanada Based on the remarkable bestselling autobiography, The Railway Man tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax and his beautiful love interest Patti (Nicole Kidman) discover that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and set out to confront him, and his haunting past, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love. THE RETRIEVAL Director: Chris Eska Starring: Ashton Sanders, Tishuan Scott, Keston John and Bill Oberst Jr. 1864: As war ravages the nation, on the outskirts of the Civil War business-as-usual continues for slave owners and traders. The Retrieval follows Will, a fatherless 13 year-old boy, who survives by working with a white bounty hunter gang who send him to earn the trust of runaway slaves and wanted freedmen in order to lure them back to the South. On a dangerous mission into the free North to find Nate, a fugitive freedman, things go wrong, and Will and Nate find themselves alone and on the run. As the bond between them unexpectedly grows, Will becomes consumed by conflicting emotions as he faces a gut-wrenching final decision: to betray the father figure he’s finally found or risk being killed by his gang. Director: Jonathan Glazer Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan and Jessica Mance An alien seductress preys upon hitchhikers in Scotland. UNDER THE SKIN WALKING WITH THE ENEMY Director: Mark Schmidt Starring: Jonas Armstrong, Ben Kingsley and Hannah Tointon Inspired by a true story, Walking With The Enemy is an unforgettable film of love, courage and sacrifice. Set in Hungary during the final months of World War II, a young man sets out to find his displaced family by using a stolen Nazi uniform to pose as an officer. Filled with suspense and danger, he undertakes extraordinary measures to save his family and thousands of lives from the German invaders. 24 regal cinema art FIL M PREVIEWS WE ARE THE BEST! Director: Lukas Moodysson Starring: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne We are the Best! revolves around three girls in 1980’s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band—despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. Based on a graphic novel, We are the Best! is a paean to DIY culture and the power of rebellion. WISH I WAS HERE Director: Zach Braff Starring: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Joey King and Pierce Gagnon Director Zach Braff’s follow-up to his indie breakout hit Garden State is a comedy telling the story of a thirty-something man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career and his family. WORDS AND PICTURES Directors: Fred Schepisi Starring: Clive Own, Juliette Binoche, Amy Brenneman A flamboyant English teacher, played by Clive Owen, and a new, stoic art teacher, played by Juliette Binoche, collide at an upscale prep school. A high-spirited courtship begins and she finds herself enjoying the battle. Another battle they begin has the students trying to prove which is more powerful, the word or the picture. 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