Martin, a skilled and ruthless mercenary, is sent into the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for a tiger believed to be extinct. Hired by an anonymous company that wants the tiger's genetic material, Martin arrives in Tasmania posing as a scientist. He proceeds to set up base camp at a broken-down farmhouse, where he stays with a family whose father has gone missing. Usually a loner, Martin becomes increasingly close to the family; however, as his attachment to the family grows, Martin is led down a path of unforeseen dangers, complicating his deadly mission.
Daniel Nettheim. Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Frances O'Connor. 2011, CC, MPAA rating: R, 102 min., Action, Box office gross: $.176 million, Magnolia Home Entertainment.
It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye. Oz and Heather grew apart, but Finch still longs for Stifler's mom. Now they all return to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they discover what has changed, who hasn't and that time and distance can't break the bonds of friendship.
Vitals: Director: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg. Stars: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Natasha Lyonne.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 113 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $53.471 million, Universal.
Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) is a young writer seeking to define himself. He misses his late mother, Jody (Julianne Moore), and her loving nature. But his father, Jonathan, is not even a memory, as Nick has not seen the man in 18 years. Jonathan Flynn has long defined himself as a great writer, "a master storyteller." After abandoning his wife and child, Jonathan scrapes through life on his own terms. Despite the occasional grandiose letter to his son, he has remained absent from Nick's life. Suddenly facing eviction from his apartment, Jonathan impulsively reaches out to Nick and the two come face-to-face. Vitals: Director: Paul Weitz. Stars: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby. 2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 86 min., Drama, Box office gross: $.526 million, Universal.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
A visionary sheik (Amr Waked) has a big dream -- to bring salmon fishing to the desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative (Emily Blunt) to turn his dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain’s leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on for its potential as a "good will" story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible. Based on the best-selling novel by Paul Torday.
Vitals: Director: Lasse Hallstrom. Stars: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 107 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $9.025 million, Sony.
The Three Stooges
Left on a nun's doorstep, Larry, Curly and Moe grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckleheaded misadventure. Out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot ... while also stumbling into starring in a phenomenally successful TV reality show.
Vitals: Director: The Farrelly Bros. Stars: Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso, Jane Lynch, Sofía Vergara, Jennifer Hudson, Craig Bierko, Stephen Collins, Larry David.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 92 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $42.746 million, Fox.
Friends with Kids
Ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends whose lives change once they have kids. The last two singles in the group (Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott) observe the effect that kids have had on their friends' relationships and wonder if there's a better way to make it work. When they decide to have a child together and date other people, their unconventional "experiment" leads everyone in the group to question the nature of friendship, family and, above all, true love.
Vitals: Director: Jennifer Westfeldt. Stars: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Megan Fox, Edward Burns.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $7.206 million, Lionsgate.
Casa De Mi Padre
Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father's ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch faces financial strains, Armando's younger brother Raul (Diego Luna) shows up with his new fiancee, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez) and pledges to settle all his father's debts. It seems that Raul's success as an international businessman means the ranch's troubles are over, but when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul's business dealings turn out to be less than legit, the Alvarez family finds themselves in a full-out war with Mexico's most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal).
Vitals: Director: Matt Piedmont. Stars: Will Ferrell, Diego Luna, Pedro Armendariz Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, Efren Ramirez, Adrian Martinez, Gael Garcia Bernal.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 84 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $5.895 million, Lionsgate.
The Deep Blue Sea
In post-World War II England, the free-spirited, emotionally complex Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz) is trapped in a passionless marriage to an older, upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale). While yearning for a richer, more romantic life, Hester meets Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, with whom she begins to have a heated affair. But though Hester's new lover has awakened her sexuality, the reckless, thrill-seeking Freddie -- whose best days are behind him -- is not capable of giving Hester the love and stability that her husband provided. With her overpowering need for love threatening her well-being and alienating the men in her life, Hester must decide on a direction for herself -- unless her situation makes the decision for her. Adaptation of the ground-breaking 1952 stage drama by Terence Rattigan ("The Winslow Boy," "The Browning Version"), one of England's most popular 20th century playwrights.
Vitals: Director: Terence Davies. Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale, Ann Mitchell. 2011, CC, MPAA rating: R, 98 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.070 million, Music Box Films .
The tale of a great rivalry between a father and son. Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. Meanwhile his son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. Then one day, the tables turn. When Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for scholarship in the country, his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son, Uriel, is thrilled to see his father's achievements finally recognized but, in a darkly funny twist, is forced to choose between the advancement of his own career and his father's. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Academy Award-nominee for Best Foreign-language film,
Vitals: Director: Joseph Cedar. Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Shlomo Bar-Aba. 2011, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 105 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.096 million, Sony.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Eighty-five year-old Jiro Ono is considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. With a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station, most of the population will never have the chance to experience his culinary genius. This documentary brings viewers to Sukiyabashi Jiro, Ono's inauspicious sushi restaurant. Despite the local's humble appearance, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3-star Michelin review and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeat appearances to the establishment. From Jiro's life as an unparalleled success in the culinary world and a loving, yet complicated father, the film gives an inside look at a man who has raised the bar on perfection.
Vitals: Director: David Gelb.
2011, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 81 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $2.426 million, Magnolia Home Entertainment.
A young woman finds herself trapped inside her family's secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house. A tension-filled, real time journey filmed in a single uninterrupted shot.
Vitals: Director: Chris Kentis and Laura Lau. Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross.
2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 85 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $12.555 million, Universal.
An audience favorite at this year's Cannes Film Festival, "Le Havre" finds legendary Finnish director Aki Kaurismaeki ("The Match Factory Girl") working in France for the first time in nearly 20 years. In this warmhearted comic yarn, fate throws the young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (Andre Wilms), a kindly bohemian who shines shoes for a living, in the French harbor city Le Havre. With inborn optimism and the support of most of his tight-knit community, Marcel stands up to the officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic French cinema of the past, especially the poetic realist works of Jean Duvivier and Marcel Carne, "Le Havre" is a charming, deadpan delight and one of the Finnish director's finest films. New high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Kaurismaki, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. In French with English subtitles
Vitals: Director: Aki Kaurismaki. Stars: Blondin Miguel, Andre Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin.
2011, CC, MPAA rating: NR, 93 min., Comedy Drama, Box office gross: $.611 million, Criterion.
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