Arjun: The Warrior Prince

1 comment on May 31, 2012 by Inkoo Kang
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Since Arjun: The Warrior Prince premiered in India last week, director Arnab Chaudhuri has been busy telling anyone who'll listen that his animated adaptation of the Indian epic The Mahabharata isn't for children. The war scenes are moderately violent, and the characters speak in an archaic dialect of Hindi not readily comprehensible to children, (the American theatrical release won't be dubbed, but subtitled) but Chaudhuri might as well add that the adults he envisions in his audience are Indian, or at least familiar with the source material, since the disjointed, incoherent script does little to illustrate to outsiders what's great, or even interesting, about Arjun, his journey, or his story. Theatrical prospects stateside are limited by many factors.

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Alps

Add Comment on May 31, 2012 by Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

Giorgos Lanthimos follows up Dogtooth with another fleshy tale of bodies craning to peer into the lives of others. Here, a nurse, a paramedic, a gymnast and a coach form a group of surrogates—nameless interlopers who enter the newly vacant lives of the recently deceased to help their loved ones resolve old resentments—but their methods redefine the word "selfless." They call themselves "Alps" because the Alps can't be copied but can stand in for other mountain ranges. The coach pretends to have an affair with the nurse so the blind widow can find them and dole out her l...

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Chernobyl Diaries

Add Comment on May 25, 2012 by Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
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Young friends touring Europe pick up a transplanted sibling in Kiev who surprises them with an extreme tour to the remains of Chernobyl. These four are cavalier, athletic and about as old as the tragedy—as far as they're concerned, they're having a jaunt to edgy Pompeii. With a premise this insensitive you can expect low-rent scares and a plot that's unaware some people on earth think about the movies they watch. The closest thing Chernobyl Diaries has to savvy is a found footage intro that briefly travelogues the kids' trip before their Kiev reunion—it's the only time the look is faithfully employed—and the real low-expectation mark is the derivative gag the film treats like a third act shocker.

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Amour

Add Comment on May 25, 2012 by James Rocchi
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As the living epitome of an austere "European" sensibility that's led to heartfelt and harrowing masterpieces from The Piano Teacher to The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke's won acclaim for his oeuvre, and even some American name-recognition among more serious cinephiles. His latest, Love, is both a departure from and a representation of his work to date, an intimate tale of two long-married 80-somethings in the twilight of their years, facing the challenge of what happens when the light begins dipping irreversibly to darkness. The box office will be limited to the a...

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Men in Black 3

1 comment on May 22, 2012 by Vadim Rizov
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Released a week shy of Men in Black's 15th anniversary, Men in Black 3 is exactly what you'd expect: amiable mediocrity and nicely laid-back performances with pricy special effects plugging in the gaps where jokes should be. Though American audiences rebelled against the slightly more manic sequel, all three films are effectively the same. Once again, smart-talking Agent J (Will Smith) and amusingly unflappable Agent K (Josh Brolin) must save the Earth from imminent alien conquest and general catastrophe. This time, however, it's happening in 1969 after J travels back to team up with a younger version of his partner (back in 2012, Tommy Lee Jones is around for what's effectively a 2nd-billed cameo).

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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

2 comments on May 21, 2012 by Pete Hammond
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Three is the charm for DreamWorks Animation's entertaining installment of their popular Madagascar franchise. In fact, Europe's Most Wanted is so full of laughs and great characters, it's easily the best in the series. Like Toy Story 3, the Madagascar gang just gets better with time, and this new adventure is funny, exciting and heartwarming. Opening where the second left off with the zoo gang stuck in Africa, the sequel quickly transports them to the south of France where they concoct a plan to find their way back to New York by taking jobs with a traveling circus.

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The Color Wheel

Add Comment on May 18, 2012 by Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

It's a practice to cast friends in independent films—it's free and if your friends are also filmmakers, their appearance does double duty as PR—and if your social/professional circle is on the rise, your film could read like a veritable who's-who of Hipsterati. That's the case with Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel, a film about how outwardly alienating our circles are (much to the detriment of our careers) and how caustic our supposedly nurturing intimacies can be at the same time. If you believe what you see here, everyone in the Northeast is petulant, either because they're regressing or painstakingly going through the motions of "adulthood." If you're looking for parents, you won't find them.

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