New Releases For The Week Of June 9, 2008

Tuesday, June 10

Otis: Unrated. A half dozen teenage girls have disappeared, discovered a month later murdered and mutilated. When a new victim, 16 year old Riley Lawson, finds herself trapped and tortured in a basement prison by the psychopath Otis (Bostin Christopher), she resolves to do whatever she has to in order to stay alive. She finally escapes and informs her parents and younger brother where she was held. Bypassing the FBI agent assigned to the case, the Lawson’s conspire to take their revenge and kill the man who kidnapped their daughter…but circumstances begin to spin beyond their control when Otis’s brother arrives on the scene. Raw Feed (Warner Bros.)

Wednesday, June 11

Encounters at the End of the World: G. One thousand men and women live together under close quarters and harsh conditions in Antarctica, risking their lives and sanity in search of cutting-edge science. THINKFilm

Friday, June 13

The Incredible Hulk: PG-13. The Incredible Hulk combines a well-developed character storyline with incredible action and fun. In this new beginning, scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) desperately hunts for a cure to the gamma radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes the unbridled force of rage within him: The Hulk. Living in the shadows and cut off from a life he knew and the woman he loves, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler), Banner struggles to avoid the obsessive pursuit of his nemesis, General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt), and the military machinery that seeks to capture him and brutally exploit his power. As all three grapple with the secrets that led to The Hulk’s creation, they are confronted with a monstrous new adversary known as The Abomination (Tim Roth), whose destructive strength exceeds even The Hulk’s own. Universal Pictures, Marvel Studios

The Happening: R. Mark Wahlberg plays a man who takes his family on the run when the world turns upside and a cataclysmic natural crisis threatens to end the world. 20th Century Fox

Savage Grace: Unrated. Julianne Moore stars in this dramatization of the Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case, which happened in a posh London flat on Friday 17 November 1972. The bloody crime caused a stir on both sides of the Atlantic and remains one of the most memorable American Tragedies. Based on the Natalie Robins book. IFC First Take

Poultrygeist: Unrated. Shot and screened on 35mm, the film blends the feather ruffling politics of Fast Food Nation, the satire of Shaun of The Dead and the show-stopping musical numbers of Spring Awakening to skewer the fast food industry, limousine liberals, and almost everyone else in American society. Troma Entertainment

Quid Pro Quo: Unrated. A semi-paralyzed radio reporter is sent out to investigate a story that leads him into an odd subculture and on a journey of disturbing self-realization. Magnolia Pictures

My Winnipeg: Unrated. Anchored throughout his life to the snowbound, sleepy Canadian city of Winnipeg, Maddin travels headlong into his past to forge a new path to freedom. Drawn by the bittersweet pull of family, he returns to his unconventional childhood home, a split level apartment cum beauty parlor, and moves right back in. Recruiting actors to spar with his “real” mother (played by ’40s noir legend Ann Savage) atop the actual floorboards of his memory, he re-creates awkward moments from his adolescence. Spiraling out to the surrounding city and its peculiar locations and history, he re-imagines a notorious semi-nude civic pride event, a jazz-age séance ballet, a macabre frozen horse photo op, and “If Day,” when the whole town pretends that the Nazis have invaded. All the while Maddin travels deep into his own nostalgia, searching for an elusive way out of Winnipeg. IFC Films

To The Limit: Unrated. Thomas and Alexander Huber rank as two of the best mountain climbers of our time. Now the two Huber brothers have set out to break the record in speed climbing the 1,000 foot vertical “Nose” of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, California. Featuring breathtaking footage of the mountains of Patagonia and Yosemite National Park, Academy Award winner Pepe Danquart follows the Huber brothers to locations never before reached by a film crew. To the Limit is a portrait of two competitive brothers who go to the very edge of the possible, physically and psychologically. First Run Features

Red Roses And Petrol: R. The dark comedy explores the complex dynamics of love, life and the loss of a family member with delightfully scathing humor and surprising plot twists. The family of Enda Doyle (Golden Globe nominee Malcolm McDowell) gathers in Dublin for their patriarch’s eventful wake. A university librarian, poet and rascal, Enda’s legacy includes a trail of unresolved issues, a dysfunctional family, and a disturbing mystery. World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation

Chris And Don: A Love Story: Unrated. The true-life story of the three-decade relationship between British writer Christopher Isherwood and American portrait painter Don Bachardy, thirty years his junior. From Isherwood’s Kit-Kat-Club years in Weimar-era Germany (the inspiration for his most famous work) to the couple’s first meeting on the beaches of 1950s Malibu, their story is brought to life by a treasure trove of multimedia. Bachardy’s contemporary reminiscences (in the Santa Monica home he shared with Isherwood until his death in 1986) artfully interact with archival footage, rare home movies (with glimpses of pals W.H. Auden, Igor Stravinsky and Tennessee Williams), reenactments, and whimsical animations based on the cat-and-horse the pair used in their personal correspondence. Zeitgeist Film

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