Genre: Documentary, Drama, Epic/Historical
Opens locally Friday, September 24th, 2010 at the Maple Art in Bloomfield Hills
Directed by Yael Hersonski
Run Time: 1 hr 29 minutes
View the trailer for "A Film Unfinished".
"A Film Unfinished" is a haunting, emotional documentary centering on the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942, Nazi-occupied Poland. At the end of WW II, one copy of an unfinished, 60 minute film was discovered in a vault in East Germany, simply titled, "Ghetto". The film, it turns out, was shot by the Nazis from within the Ghetto in 1942, and it's true purpose is unknown. It had no sound, no beginning, no ending, and was mainly thought of to serve as Nazi propaganda. "A Film Unfinished" as it is being released today, takes this original film and presents it in an intriguing, useful way. It is the kind of documentary that is fascinating, but using the word "entertaining" is not at all appropriate. This is the kind of movie that may be a tough sell in the theatre, but should be required viewing in any classroom dealing with the Holocaust.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Drama, Heist, ActionOpens Friday, September 17th, 2010
Rated R (Run Time: 2 hours and 4 minutes)
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner
Directed by Ben Affleck (Gone, Baby, Gone)
How long does a movie have to be around before it can be called a "modern classic"? Welcome to "The Town": a gritty, violent, thrilling, breath-taking, and entertaining film that is easily....easily!...the best film of 2010.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Documentary?, Mockumentary?
Opens Friday, September 10th, 2010
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck
Directed by Casey Affleck
Run Time: 1 hour 48 minutes
SPOILERS AHEAD - SPOILERS AHEAD!
View the "I'm Still Here" Trailer here.
It's hard to have any real emotional connection to "I'm Still Here", since we never quite know what it is we're watching. The film is a documentary on one of Hollywood's most promising actors, Joaquin Phoenix, who in 2008, abruptly announced his retirement from acting to pursue a hip-hop rapping career. Directed by Joaquin's brother-in-law Casey Affleck, the movie chronicles Joaquin's life from the time of his retirement to modern day. The problem is, many speculate that this movie is complete hoax, an elaborate fabrication meant to trick us into believing that what we are seeing is real. Is "I'm Still Here" a hoax? Is it a real documentary?
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Detroit Movie Examiner rates this: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Action/Adventure, Dark Comedy
Opens: Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Starring: Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jeff Fahey, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin
Directed by Ethan Maniquis & Robert Rodriguez (Grindhouse, Sin City, Spy Kids, Desperado)
Run Time 1 hour 45 minutes
It's a fairly simple divide between who will like "Machete" and who will not: If you are sensitive in any way to violence, controversy, religion, or mindless mayhem, please stay away. For everyone else, "Machete" is some of the most absurd fun you'll have at the movies this summer.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Drama, Action
Opens: Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
Starring: George Clooney, Thekla Reuten, Violante Placido
Directed by Anton Corbijn
Run Time: 1 hour 45 Minutes
Click here to view "The American" trailer and other movie info.
The opening sequence of "The American" would lead you to believe that this movie was an espionage thriller, full of action, suspense, and some twists. It starts with a bang, a few bangs to be exact. Perhaps it was this opening and what followed, that led to my utter disappointment in "The American", misguiding my expectations. In any scenario, all of Clooney's charms and strengths disappear almost immediately in this slow, brooding character study that never quite reels us in.
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