Opening in Dallas today, Friday, June 10, 2011 (listed in order of priority):
- ’13 Assassins.’ Takashi Miike, best known locally as a purveyor of explicit violence and extreme imagery, remakes a samurai film from the 60s with sweeping, majestic grace. Despite the screen shot above, the emphasis is on character and mood, as Miike creates a subdued, pastoral atmosphere, from which the violence, when it eventually erupts, is even more effective. (Angelika Dallas) Recommended.
- ‘Submarine.’ Wryly funny and very fresh take on teenage life. (Landmark Magnolia.) My review at Red Carpet Crash. Recommended.
- ‘Beginners.’ Ewan McGregory discovers his father, played by Christopher Plummer, is gay and dying. (Landmark Magnolia.) Not previewed.
- ‘The Princess of Montpesier.’ Mélanie Thierry and Gaspard Ulli star in a costume drama set in 16th Century France. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. (Landmark Inwood.) Not previewed.
- ‘Blank City.’ Documentary on the 70s “No Wave” film movement in New York, featuring interviews with Jim Jarmusch and John Waters. (Texas Theatre.) Not previewed.
- ‘The Double Hour.’ Italian thriller. (Angelika Dallas.) Not previewed.
Wide across the Metroplex:
- ‘Super 8.’ J.J. Abrams’ affectionate homage to Spielberg and his Amblin’ Productions. My column at Twitch. Recommended.
- ‘Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer.’ For tweens, evidently. Not previewed.