Kung Fu Panda 2
If you like kung fu, and you like pandas...
The Hangover Part II
Last summer’s advertisement for Las Vegas, the prostitution capital of America, was such a big hit the cast reunited for a new trip to Bangkok, the sex tourism capital of the world.
Tree of Life
We’ll believe Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life is really and truly coming out when we see it in theaters. Another thing we’ll believe when we see Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life in theaters: that there is a thread of the divine as old as time itself that flows through all living things, and that our responsibility to the universe that birthed us is to give homage to this divinity by acknowledging it, though we be but compromised and inadequate vessels for such bounteous profundity.
United Red Army
Kino-Lorber and the IFC Center give an entirely unexpected theatrical release to politically radical softcore legend Koji Wakamatsu’s epic, agonized self-critique of the Japanese left’s post-60s descent into madness. The house that burns down in hour three was Wakamatsu’s own.
The Battle for Brooklyn
Finally, a feature-length documentary on the Atlantic Yards story so far, from the eclectic team of Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky.
(June 3 at the Brooklyn Film Festival; June 9 at Rooftop Films, in theaters June 17)
X-Men: First Class
Because film franchises, like inbred royal families, constantly seek out infusions of fresh blood drained from willing innocents with perfect complexions, this catch-all prequel matches hot young actors (Michael Fassbender! Jennifer Lawrence!) to familiar comic-book properties to see who sticks.
In which J.J. Abrams, creator of Felicity, pays homage to another icon of downtown New York, assembling several decades of shaky, gorgeously textured amateur footage shot on the eponymous Kodak stock in tribute to the bohemian home movies of the great Jonas Mekas. Haha, no, of course not. Do you guys think this one will open on a flash-forward?
James Marsh, director of Man on Wire, finds another crossover-cute documentary subject in Nim Chimpsky, that ape we tried to teach English to that time.
Cheeky import is a Norwegian mockumentary about a) Oslo’s cutthroat restaurant scene; b) the state-supported Scandinavian indie-pop apparatus; or c) trolls. See the film to find out which! Oh, wait.
The first Congolese movie you’ve ever seen is a lively crime drama. We ran into a critic at SXSW who said he really liked it, but he seemed to have been doing a lot of coke that week, so, you know, it’s hard to say, ultimately.
of the 1970s
Anthology Film Archives hosts this inspired series, featuring pop crossovers, formal innovation and nostalgia reconsidered.
It’s a film festival, too: we’ve partnered with a handful of indie film organizations to present NYC sneaks and premieres of fest-circuit favorites at indieScreen, and give a platform to some of the city’s best unknown filmmakers in the first annual DIY Film Festival, at UnionDocs.
The Green Lantern
If this movie bombs even after all the cleavage Blake Lively showed at ComicCon, the studios are going to have to rethink a lot of assumptions.