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In a world where everyone is connected through cellphones, laptops and tablets, human relationships have been forced upon an evolutionary path to cope. A businessman always on his cellphone with clients. Cyber bullies pushing classmates around online. A teenager who makes a living performing on an adult website. The question is asked — how do we connect? What does that connection mean when humans take their interactions online, through text and over the phone? This drama, starring Jason Bateman, follows the lives of disconnected people who crash together in a struggle to relate. (SM) Rated R
In the ’80s, Chile’s military dictator was called to legitimize his rule through a democratic vote. The only problem, dictators have a nasty penchant for staying in power, even when “democratic” voting strategies are employed. The predicament: getting the people of Chile to vote “no,” and vote the dictator out of office. The solution: a brilliant marketing campaign that brought the country out of oppression. This battle royale between marketing and politics catapulted the country into a revolution, proving that advertising consultants are way more badass than we give them credit for. At Magic Lantern (SM) Rated R
IRON MAN 3
So, there’s this pretty obscure movie that a lot of you haven’t heard about. It’s called Iron Man and it really never got popular. They made a sequel, which didn’t do well in box offices either and definitely didn’t amass a huge fan base or anything. A third one is coming out this week. So, I guess, if you feel like it, go and see a movie that didn’t get big and support some struggling actors like Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pierce and Gwyneth Paltrow. The movie is about a man who makes a metal robot suit. There’s an evil villain. The guy has to save the world most of the time and stuff. We’re kidding, this thing is outrageous and, of course, very popular. (SM) PG-13
Directed by Rodney Ascher, Room 237 uses the differing perspectives of five film fans to deconstruct the minor nuances of The Shining. Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan and Jay Weidner are die-hard fans of Kubrick’s work. All are writers (ranging from reporter to novelist), but none are active critics. The specifics in The Shining sparked in each of them an obsessive search for answers to distinctly different questions. We are never shown their faces; instead we see clips from different Kubrick movies. At Magic Lantern (JH) Not Rated
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A class act all the way, this sports bio tells the story of Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman), who wore the number 42 and was the first black player to make it into the majors. His achievement was helped along by Dodgers GM Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), who braved the ire of fans and players alike to get rid of that race line. The film concentrates on Robinson’s life in the mid-to-late 1940s, even though there are tales aplenty of earlier exploits that would also make a great film. The athletic Boseman adds a genial intensity to the role, and Ford gets his meatiest and crustiest part in years. There’s much use of the N word, every bit of it to capture the reality of the situation. (ES) Rated PG-13
Don and Ellie have been divorced for years. But their adopted son’s marriage heralds a basket full of strange and extenuating circumstances that require the divorced couple to fake their marriage after years of separation. Will they be able to pull off this quirky charade to save their son’s wedding? This star-studded movie boasts more famous actors than an Oscar after-party, so you’re basically looking at the talent of Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried and many more. (SM) Rated R.
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
Robert Redford (who also directed this film) stars as an Albany, N.Y., attorney
named Jim Grant, recently widowed and raising a young daughter on his own. But when a former, long-fugitive member of the radical 1960s Weather Underground movement, Sharon Solarz (Susan Sarandon), is caught by the FBI, local reporter Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) uncovers a secret: Jim Grant was implicated in the same botched bank robbery for which Solarz was wanted. (SR) Rated R.
We kinda have a feeling that The Croods, DreamWorks’ latest animated flick, which chronicles the adventures of a prehistoric cave-people family, will draw attention from all demographics. The plot is simple: a family (did they really have families then?) is forced to leave the only home they’ve known when it’s destroyed during a big natural disaster — the end of the world, maybe? Their journey to a safer place is basically the first road trip of all time, and as you can guess there are lots of unexpected twists and some semi-forced family bonding moments along the way. (CS) Rated PG
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Like it or not, some production company threw close to $14 million at a remake of Evil Dead. We have the same cabin in the woods. We have the same rowdy bunch of 20-somethings. But this time, the director replaced Bruce Campbell with approximately 3.5 times as much gore and 2.5 times as many rusty knives. The campy, humor-filled cult classic we ...continued on next page
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