On Mood Indigo And The Rest Of This Week's Wide And Special Releases.
Guardians of the Galaxy.
Director: James Gunn.
Writers: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman (screenplay); Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (comic book).
Cast: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly.
Where it's playing: Everywhere.
Since you're an avid Central Track reader, trust us, you should believe it when we say that Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the best superhero movies ever made. Hell, it's one of the best films of the year, overall. Find out why in our review, which you can read here.
Get On Up.
Director: Tate Taylor.
Writers: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth.
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd.
Where it's playing: Everywhere.
For the last decade or so, biopics have been pretty strong. Even though the trailer doesn't make it feel like this one boasts the full soul of James Brown, apparently Get On Up is really solid.
Director: Michel Gondry.
Writers: Boris Vian (novel); Michel Gondry, Luc Bossi (screenplay).
Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh.
Where it's playing: Angelika Dallas.
I haven't seen Michel Gondry's new film, Mood Indigo. But I texted a colleague who has seen it and I asked him to sum up the film in one word. His response: “Devastating.” He then went on to say that it's a really great film, but kills all hope for love. I will take this over “disappointing,” which is the easiest way to describe Gondry's last few films. Have you seen The We and The I? Oof. What a weak and inferior fart of the imagination. Really looking forward to this one, though!
Director: Richard Linklater.
Writers: Skip Hollandsworth (based on the article in Texas Monthly); Richard Linklater, Skip Hollandsworth (screenplay).
Cast: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey.
Where it's playing: Inwood Theatre.
Everybody's talking about Richard Linklater's Boyhood these days, but in the 12 years it took to film that masterpiece, the director shot a whole bunch of other really high quality works as well. For instance, there's his 2012 dark comedy, Bernie, which tells the outlandish-but-true story of a beloved Carthage, Texas, mortician who, much to the delight of his fellow townspeople, murders the 80-year-old millionaire Marjorie Nugent (read: the least-liked woman in town). In an even stranger turn, since the film's release Linklater's even helped the film's protagonist, Bernie Tiede, secure his release from prison. He then let Tiede live at his house. Sometimes, the truth really is stranger than fiction. — Cory Graves
The Blues Brothers.
Director: John Landis.
Writers: Dan Aykroyd, John Landis.
Cast: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, James Brown, Carrie Fisher.
Where it's playing: Angelika.
In this 1980 cult classic, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's SNL characters successfully make the jump to the big screen. Aside from being one of the most legitimately funny movies of all time, the film also features notable musical performances from such legends as James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker. — CGâ€¨
Magic in the Moonlight.
Director: Woody Allen.
Writer: Woody Allen.
Cast: Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Antonia Clarke, Natasha Andrews .
Where it's playing: Magnolia, Angelika Plano.
Hey, Woody Allen made another film. This makes it his 700th billion, I think? Not sure. Anyway, he's either on a hot streak or he's not. Based on what I've heard, this is one of his worst films to date. Perhaps he should stop making a film every year? Or maybe I should just shut up because he's Woody Allen and he knows what the hell he's doing? Not sure.
Child of God.
Director: James Franco.
Writers: James Franco, Vince Jolivette (screenplay); Cormac McCarthy (novel).
Cast: Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson.
Where it's calling: Angelika.
James Franco's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Child of God needs to be avoided at all costs. It's perhaps the worst film of the year. Damn shame, too, because its star, Scott Haze, gives one hell of a performance here. Unfortunately, Franco needs to stick to what he knows best — Instagram selfies and acting — because this film is missing what it needs most, which is to say a good director. Read a full review of the film here.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.
Director: Masahiro Hosoda.
Writers: Akira Toriyama (manga), Akira Toriyama (original author), Yûsuke Watanabe (screenplay).
Cast: Masako Nozawa, Laura Bailey, John Burgmeier.
Where it's calling: Studio Movie Grill, Angelika, Drafthouse.
You know how we’re all about supporting the little guys? Dallas’ own anime distribution company, FUNimation, is releasing a new Dragon Ball Z feature in theaters for four days only. Starting Tuesday, you can catch Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods at any of the local Studio Movie Grills or the Alamo Drafthouse. Also, if you dress up as your favorite Dragon Ball Z, you’ll win free weird stares from people, but your pride will live on forever.