The Pitch: “As edgy and explosive as Nicholas Winding Refn’s 1996 cult classic, this English language remake sees a smale time London drug dealer descend into debt hell following a spot of bad luck and a series of bad choices.”
The Point: Unnecessary remake? Reason to rewatch Refn’s Pusher trilogy? Excellent new take on old material? Time and viewing will only tell.
[REC] 3: Genesis
The Pitch: “Koldo and Clara are celebrating their wedding. Everything is running smoothly, until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. That idyllic day quickly descends into a nightmare of the worst kind.”
The Point: It’s another REC movie. Wash off the stain in your pants from the last two and get ready.
The Pitch: “When a psychologist’s investigation into paranormal activity focuses on whether or not a world-renowned psychic is actually a fraud, her results are far from expected.”
The Point: From Rodrigo Cortes, the director of Buried, a film starring Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Elizabeth Olsen (again) and Robert De Niro.
The Pitch: “While investigating a bizarre serial murder case, Tetsuo meets a mysterious woman, Sayoko. They feel a powerful attraction, but…”
The Point: Also known as Monster Killer, this features Yasuaki Kurata, the action star who appeared in Blood: The Last Vampire, Shinjuku Incident, and Legend of the Fist.
The Pitch: “Back from a tour of duty, Kelli can’t wait to rejoin her old life in the Rust Belt town in which she’s always lived. But slowly, her world comes to feel unfamiliar.”
The Point: This movie starring Linda Cardellini and the criminally Oscar-snubbed Michael Shannon is already out in some spots in the US, and it already has a trailer.
Revenge: A Love Story
The Pitch: “Grocery store clerk Kit’s world is shaken to the core after his girlfriend Wing is brutally raped by 5 policemen. Kit then seeks revenge. The media widely reports the incident of two cases of pregnant women dissected alive.”
The Point: Should that last sentence be there? Is it part of it? Who knows? Rob Hunter does. He called it, “an unusual mix of cruelty, morality and inappropriate sexiness.”
Rites of Spring
The Pitch: “A ransom scheme turns into a nightmare for a group of kidnappers who become victims of a horrifying secret that must be paid every spring.”
The Point: Sounds killer enough, and it also features the always-versatile, indie horror icon AJ Bowen.
Safety Not Guaranteed
The Pitch: “A mismatched trio of magazine employees seek to profile the man behind a bizarre classified ad, seeking a partner for time travel.”
The Point: Beside Aubrey Plaza, Kristen Bell and Mark Duplass, the most notable name here is the classified ad itself which became an early viral internet meme back in 2005.
The Pitch: “Colette McVeigh – widow, mother, IRA terrorist – has lived the Republican cause for all of her 29 violence-shadowed years. Now, she’s an informer for MI5.”
The Point: Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough both turn in stunning performances in the very calmly paced thriller from James Marsh.
The Pitch: “Vincent, meant to be one of the best cops in town, steals a big bag of cocaine from the drug dealers he was tracking. They counter-attack by kidnapping his son and threaten to kill him if Vincent doesn’t return the bag.”
The Point: While not as amazing as the hype outside theaters at Fantastic Fest 2011 would suggest, it was still a fun (and funny) action flick that turned a hectic nightclub into a crazed labyrinth of people chasing other people they wanted to kill.
Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview
The Pitch: “In 1995, Bob Cringely did the best interview with Steve Jobs, then lost the tape for 16 years. Witty, outspoken, visionary, Jobs offers his vision of a digital future and his passion that would bring us the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad.
The Point: A rare opportunity to look into our present and future by exploring an unseen part of the past.
The Pitch: “The fascinating relationship between a man in an iron lung and a sex surrogate who helps him lose his virginity.”
The Point: Fascinating, yes. Plus, the buzz from Sundance was huge for this one, and it stars the formidable John Hawkes.