Published Apr 12, 2013There are always new movies hitting the big screen, and this week is no different. We've narrowed down the this week's list and highlighted five for you below, but after you're done here, don't forget to head over to our Recently Reviewed section to get the latest on all the new releases.
The Place Beyond the Pines (pictured) is Derek Cianfrance's latest release, which follows Ryan Gosling, a travelling carnival stuntman who quits his daredevil lifestyle after getting a waitress (Eva Mendes) pregnant, but turns to robbing banks to provide financial stability. The actors brought their A-game in Pines, but does it hold up cinematically?
Shane Carruth's Upstream Color uses the same elliptical style we've seen in the past to present a number of fragmented events involving a woman (Amy Seimetz) whose body is taken over by a parasite, leaving her as a puppet until it's removed by a farmer who implants them into his pigs. It's a film meant to make you think, one that should be seen rather than described, but we wrote about it to discern why.
Next up is Danny Boyle's Trance, in which he exaggerates an experimental style of camera work to bring drama to this Ocean's Eleven-type film. It's set at a London art auction, where Simon (James McAvoy) ends up with short-term memory loss after a robbery goes wrong. There are plenty of plot twists and double-crosses, but the focus of the film is the blended boundaries of dream and reality during Simon's hypnotic trances that are used to try and extract his memory.
Revolution, Rob Stewart's latest documentary on underwater creatures, focuses on the larger subject of marine life, rather than just sharks, like he did with Sharkwater. Stewart reiterates messages we've heard before about fossil fuels, and chooses to focus on the connectedness of earthly elements. He's not wrong, but docs like this can be preachy and idealistic. Read the review to find out if Stewart's Revolution avoids this pitfall.
Last is Abbas Kiarostami's Like Someone in Love. Like his last release, Certified Copy, Like Someone in Love focuses on conversation and translation, interruptions and misinterpretations. Here, student/call girl Akiko (Rin Takanashi) is trying to keep her side job a secret from her boyfriend (Ryo Case) while she reluctantly accepts a job as an escort with an elderly professor client. This is a film where the smaller film elements may actually be more important that the plot's outcome.
These are just a few of this week's film highlights, so head over to our Recently Reviewed section for a whole list of new release reviews.