Weekend Openings: 11/9/2012

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Capping off Bond Week at the Awards Circuit is the much anticipated release of Skyfall.   Spielberg’s grand biopic Lincoln gets a limited head start to its nationwide release next week.


Language: English

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Action/Thriller

Director: Sam Mendes

Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench

After serving its time in production limbo, Bond 23 finally makes its deserving ascent to big-screen heaven.  Daniel Craig is back in his third stint as the famed MI6  agent, this time directed by Academy-Award winning director, Sam Mendes, and villainized by Javier Bardem.  Danial Ashtiany, being Bond’s fellow countryman,  was the first on AC to screen the film.  Also see Joey’s review.



Language: English

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Biography/History/Drama

Director: Steven Speilberg

Starring: Daniel-Day Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn

Ever the history buff, Spielberg’s latest cinematic treatment concerns the tumultuous months of deliberation plaguing the 16th U.S. President amidst the country in Civil War as the carnage continues and political and moral tensions rise.  The NYFF picked up the first screening of the film (stealing AFI Fest’s thunder) where Clayton made the initial assessment.


Dangerous Liaisons dangerous liaisons

Language: Mandarin

Rating: NR

Genre: Foreign/Drama/Romance

Director: Jin-ho Hur

Starring: Cecilia Cheung, Dong-gun Jang, Ziyi Zhang

In this Chinese adaptation of the French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, an aging Shanghai socialite involves her former lover in a risky game to seduce and abandon a naive young woman.


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Language: Danish

Rating: NR

Genre: Foreign/Drama/Romance

Director: Nikolaj Arcel

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

A Royal Affair is the bold, sumptuous tale of a young queen whose king has fallen ill to madness, prompting her to begin a revolution-sparking affair with her physician.  The film is the official Danish submission for Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Oscars, but Joseph thinks the wrong choice was made.


Starlet starlet ver2

Language: English

Rating: NR

Genre: Drama

Director: Sean Baker

Starring: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, James Ransone

An unlikely friendship forms between 21 year-old Jane and the elderly Sadie after Jane discovers a stash of money hidden in a trinket she buys at Sadie’s yard sale.  This indie attempt, unfortunately, gets lost in its own aimlessness and lacks even a subtle purpose.


The Comedy comedy

Language: English

Rating: NR

Genre: Drama

Director: Rick Alverson

Starring: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, James Murphy

In this ironically titled drama, a Williamsburg guy on the cusp of inheriting his father’s fortunes  is indifferent to his entitlement and spends his days with friends, playing games of mock sincerity and irreverence.


In Their Skin In Their Skin 2012 movie poster

Language: English

Rating: NR

Genre: Thriller

Director: Jeremy Power Regimbal

Starring: Selma Blair, Joshua Close,  James D’Arcy

After a tragic accident, the Hughes family escape their busy upscale suburban life and to their isolated cottage, but their peace is  interrupted when another family’s murderous, identity-stealing obsession with perfection escalates into a violent struggle.


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Written by Nicole Melkonian

The first rule of film criticism is: you most definitely DO talk about film. An unassuming gladiator in the arena, this Space Monkey asks the important questions: Are you not entertained? Who's Zed? Are you an achiever? Initially well-versed in English literature, Nicole picked up movie quotes as a second tongue to marry together her deep-rooted appreciation for language and film. When not tallying Brad Pitt's countless and marvelously resonant instances of on-screen eating, your very own Remy is experimenting with exciting new recipes from Gusteau's cookbook. And when I have some more spare time? What am I doing? I'm quietly judging film. A disagreement, you say? Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.


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