Greetings fellow movie lovers! It’s time for another visit from our guardian angel of movies, Geetha, who keeps us informed about everything now playing in theaters and let’s us know what will be worth the price of admission. Enjoy her review of the films below, and don’t forget to follower her on Twitter. See you at the movies!
If you were disappointed by TRANSCENDENCE, and are still looking for science fiction about artificial intelligence, try THE MACHINE this weekend. Directed by James Caradog, it won best feature at the 21st Raindance Film Festival (2013). British computer scientist Vincent (Toby Stephens) is crushed by the death of his lover, American scientist Ava (Caity Lotz—Lady Gaga’s back-up dancer), and, in a desperate move to save her essence, fuses her brain patterns with a robotic shell, creating an AI that the British military are soon searching for to support their efforts in the cold war against China. And if you liked BLADE RUNNER, FRANKENSTEIN, and METROPOLIS, you’ll be even more satisfied by this sweet piece of British filmmaking.
THE QUIET ONES
Horror fans—you’ll find THE QUIET ONES a jumpy little gore-free exorcist flick. In an estate outside London, Professor Coupland (Jared Harris) and his students study the dark secrets of a young girl named Jane, and uncover—what else?—great evil. John Pogue (WOMAN IN BLACK, LET ME IN) directs this Lionsgate-distributed film that stars Olivia Cooke as Jane.
THE OTHER WOMAN
Do you like watching hot blondes with interestingly-proportioned body parts prance around in the sun? If you said yes, then you should watch THE OTHER WOMAN. Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton are either—I forget which—married to or dating Nikolai Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister, GAME OF THRONES), and they plan Blonde Revenge. There’s not much else to it—not even a hot-looking car. It’s too bad Diaz stars in things like this—she’s obviously talented, as evidenced by her turn in THE COUNSELOR.
In the documentary DESERT RIDERS, Vic Sarin exposes the way in which children from the child trade in the Middle-East are brutally shaped into becoming camel jockeys (among other things, no doubt) for the entertainment of the crowds.
Tom Hardy (INCEPTION, DARK KNIGHT RISES, NEMESIS) stars as Ivan LOCKE, a construction manager dedicated to his job and family. Then he gets that phone call—right on the eve of what could be his greatest career challenge. As he drives, there are more phone calls, and as his life begins to unravel, he’s left trying—desperately—to salvage the things that are most important to him. If you like drama, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed by this film from director Steven Knight.
THE LAST PASSENGER
Any of you folks take the train regularly? Then you’ll identify with the passengers on this London commuter who are at the mercy of a sociopath/ driver. Lewis Shaler (Dougray Scott) is a single dad who boards the ill-fated train with his young son. But the trip turns into a nightmare as the passengers discover that the brakes have been compromised by a nut with a death wish. Newbie Omid Nooshin directs this British thriller THE LAST PASSENGER—and scores.
THE GERMAN DOCTOR
I’m sure by now all of you know that a lot of Nazis hid in South America. Atop that list of wonderful human beings you’ll find Josef Mengele (the “Angel of Death,” from his “work” in Auschwitz). Female director Lucia Puenzo wrote and directed this chilling fact-based historical drama about an Argentinian family that befriends dear Josef, while completely unaware of his true identity. In 1960’s Patagonia, a family journeying to their new home meets a German doctor, Helmut Gregor (Alex Brendemuhl). They welcome him into their home, and even entrust their daughter Lilith (Florencia Bado) to his care—all while Israeli agents hunt the sweet man. Unable to give up his former profession, Gregor tries to continue his genetic experiments on Lilith and her mother.
And those are the best picks on this roster. Enjoy those apple blossoms!