Top High Rated Movies Of 2013 - Page 10

Argo (2012)

Title: Argo (2012)
Rated: R
Runtime: 120 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-10-12 (Theater)
Cast: Ben Affleck Alan Arkin John Goodman Bryan Cranston Taylor Schilling
Genre: Mystery & Suspense Drama
IMDB: IMDB Link

Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies. -- (C) Warner Bros.

Chained (2012)

Title: Chained (2012)
Rated: R
Runtime: 0 min(s)
Release: 2012-10-02 (DVD)
0000-00-00 (Theater)
Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio Eamon Farren Julia Ormond Gina Philips Jake Weber
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
IMDB: IMDB Link

Coming home from a routine trip to the movies, eight-year-old Tim (Bird) and his mother, Sarah (Ormond) are picked up by a psychopathic cab driver named Bob (D'Onofrio). It ends up being their last ride together. Bob murders the young boy's mother and keeps Tim as his unwilling protegee, making him clean up the mess following each murder he commits. After a couple of aborted escape attempts, Bob chains Tim - now renamed Rabbit -- allowing just enough length to move freely within the house. As the years pass, Bob starts instructing Rabbit, teaching him anatomy and human behavior. Now a teenager, Rabbit (Eamon Farren, X: Night of Vengeance) is slowly being pressed by Bob to start his own homicidal spree. Slowly but surely, he must soon choose whether to follow in Bob's serial killer footsteps or make one final, desperate attempt to break free...

Addicted To Fame (2012)

Title: Addicted To Fame (2012)
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 89 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-11-30 (Theater)
Cast: Anna Nicole Smith John James David Giancola Joanie "Chyna" Laurer Chyna
Genre: Documentary Television Comedy Special Interest
IMDB: IMDB Link

"ADDICTED TO FAME" is the hilarious, outrageous, and ultimately tragic true story of one filmmaker's journey from obscurity to moral blindness in the seductive glare of the media spotlight. Director DAVID GIANCOLA wanted to break out by making a "Movie that mocked B-Movies". He thought he could manipulate the media by casting ANNA NICOLE SMITH. In the end the media manipulated him instead as his star and one of his Producers died in a media feeding frenzy. The film bombed but the story was the most reported event of 2007 - behind only coverage of the Iraq war. The truth is always stranger and more unbelievable than fiction...

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)

Title: Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 77 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-10-31 (Theater)
Cast:
Genre: Documentary
IMDB: IMDB Link

Gregory Crewdson's riveting photographs are elaborately staged, elegant narratives compressed into a single, albeit large-scale image, many of them taken at twilight, set in small towns of Western Massachusetts or meticulously recreated interior spaces, built on the kind of sound stages associated with big-budget movies. Shapiro's fascinating profile of the acclaimed artist includes stories of his Park Slope childhood (in which he tried to overhear patients of his psychologist father), his summers in the bucolic countryside (which he now imbues with a sense of dread and foreboding), and his encounter with Diane Arbus's work in 1972 at age 10. Novelists Rick Moody and Russell Banks, and fellow photographer Laurie Simmons, comment on the motivation behind their friend's haunting images. -- (C) Zeitgeist

Hotel Noir (2012)

Title: Hotel Noir (2012)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 0 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-10-12 (Theater)
Cast: Carla Gugino Mandy Moore Rufus Sewell
Genre: Mystery & Suspense Cult Movies
IMDB: IMDB Link

Downtown Los Angeles, sometime in the 1950′s. Nighttime. A detective checks into a hotel across from the train station and waits. He knows it's simply a matter of time before the gangsters he has stolen from come find him. He has played his hand and come up short. He's broken his own rules. He's as good as dead. On his last night on earth, long past the point of caring, he meets as series of characters: a singer trying to become a better person, a salesman with a secret, a gambler with an attitude, a chambermaid full of dreams. The past keeps crashing into the present and the future - if such a thing ever existed - is but a vague rumor. This is the world of Hotel Noir. -- (C) Official Site

August (2011)

Title: August (2011)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 100 min(s)
Release: 2012-08-14 (DVD)
0000-00-00 (Theater)
Cast: Murray Bartlett Daniel Dugan Felix Adrian Gonzalez Hillary Banks Bernhard Forcher
Genre: Drama Romance
IMDB: IMDB Link

'A very sexy film about the perils and pleasures of reuniting with one's ex.' - Gary Kramer, Frontiers Magazine . On the verge of his 30th birthday, Jonathan (Daniel Dugan) is torn between the domestic comfort of his life with Raul (Adrian Gonzalez) and the torrid pleasures of an affair with his super sexy ex-boyfriend Troy (uber hot Murray Bartlett). One of the steamiest gay movies of the year, August sensitively unfolds this triangle of desire and emotion in the midst of a classic Hollywood heat wave. An irresistible gay romantic drama!

Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott (2012)

Title: Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott (2012)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 97 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-06-15 (Theater)
Cast: John Williams Mark Mothersbaugh Edward R. Murrow
Genre: Documentary Animation Musical & Performing Arts
IMDB: IMDB Link

The feature-length documentary is a music-filled biographical film about the life and work of Raymond Scott. It also is a personal investigation into the father/son dynamic - what it means to have a famous father obsessed with his work and the consequent impact on the parent/child relationship. Raymond Scott was more comfortable with technology than with people, including his own children. This personal angle is intertwined with the compelling story of a true American music innovator - one who had a meteoric rise to household-name success, followed by a slow spiral into obscurity and now, posthumously, a growing acknowledgment of his central role in modern music and music technology. In recent years his work has been performed by groups ranging from Rush, Devo, and They Might Be Giants to the Kronos Quartet, and sampled by numerous DJs and hip-hop acts, and adapted by the virtual super-group Gorillaz. This documentary is a vibrant tapestry of stills, home movies, film and television excerpts (Scott was orchestra leader on the weekly Your Hit Parade TV show during the 1950s), musical performances and interviews. My father recorded virtually everything said in the studio, including his phone conversations, and there are lengthy audio interviews. Therefore much of the story is told in his own words - revealing a complicated, often dysfunctional family; at times humorous in conveying Scott's own quirkiness, and serious in dealing with his rigorous devotion to all aspects of his creative and technical life. Naturally it is scored with Scott's music, covering a wide range of styles, including swinging jazz pieces played by the Raymond Scott Quintette, the groundbreaking group that brought him his early fame in the 1930s. In his middle years he returned to his first love - electronics, and he was a synthesizer pioneer. His crowning invention was the Electronium, a "simultaneous composition and performance machine" that was purchased by Motown. There are also cartoon excerpts - Carl Stalling, the music director at Warner Brothers adapted 20 of Scott's quirky, original tunes ("Powerhouse" being the most famous) to amplify the adventures of Bugs Bunny and company. Family interviews include his daughter Carrie, and two of his wives; first wife Pearl, and third, Mitzi. Unfortunately his second wife and protege, the singer/actress Dorothy Collins, died in 1994, before production of this film commenced; the fascinating story of their relationship is told through the recollections of others. Other interviewees include multi-Academy Award (R)-winning movie soundtrack composer John Williams ("STAR WARS"), whose father Johnny was the drummer in the Raymond Scott Quintette; musician, movie & TV score writer, and DEVO co-founder, Mark Mothersbaugh, Grammy (R)-nominated clarinetist Don Byron, Music and concert Producer Hal Willner ("Saturday Night Live"), co-inventor of the MOOG Synthesizer, Herb Deutsch, turntablist, producer, and author, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky; Grammy (R)-nominated violinist Jeremy Cohen, and many others. The film is the defining portrait of this under-recognized American icon

Ekk Deewana Tha (2012)

Title: Ekk Deewana Tha (2012)
Rated: PG
Runtime: 165 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-02-17 (Theater)
Cast: Prateik Babbar Amy Jackson Sachin Khedekar
Genre: Romance
IMDB: IMDB Link

Sachin is a regular 22 year old engineering graduate from a middle class family in Mumbai who is in love with the world of cinema. He sees Jessie, and it is love at first sight for him. Jessie is beautiful, elegant, smart and classy. But Jessie is not that simple. Jessie belongs to an orthodox Malayali Christian family where watching movies, partying or falling in love are completely taboo. While Sachin battles with the idea of someone like Jessie and her family living in 21st century, modern Mumbai-he finds himself increasingly drawn to her. Jessie, for her part, tries to forge a friendship between them-believing that cloaking their feelings under the umbrella of friendship would save them heartache, tears and a full blown family drama.

This Is Not A Film (2011)

Title: This Is Not A Film (2011)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 75 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-02-29 (Theater)
Cast: Jafar Panahi Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Genre: Documentary Art House & International Special Interest
IMDB: IMDB Link

On March 1, 2010, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi was arrested on charges of "propaganda against the Islamic Republic" (his crime was speaking out on behalf of activists protesting the dubious re-election of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad), and he was sentenced to six years behind bars and banned from making films for twenty years. While Panahi's prison sentence was suspended after a few months in jail, Iranian officials have still forbade him from directing movies, writing screenplays, giving interviews or leaving the country. In response, fellow filmmaker Mojtaba Mirtahmasb teamed up with Panahi to create In Film Nist (aka This Is Not A Film), in which Panahi ponders the past and present of his career as well as the screenplay he was planning to shoot shortly before his sentence was handed down. As Panahi stages a reading of the script in his home (with Mirtahmasb capturing the action on video as other friends and family members occasionally function as "director" via messages and phone calls), Panahi demonstrates the blocking and camera angles he had in mind using taped diagrams on his living room floor, and the two filmmakers explore the nebulous line between making a film and talking about how one would make a film in front of a camera. Panahi and Mirtahmasb were able to smuggle a copy of This Is Not A Film out of Iran in defiance of the government's ban on Panahi's work, and the picture was screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2012)

Title: Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2012)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 94 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-02-10 (Theater)
Cast:
Genre: Drama Art House & International Comedy Special Interest
IMDB: IMDB Link

Three theatrical programmes will give audiences around the country an opportunity to watch the nominated shorts in the Animation, Live Action and Documentary categories prior to the 83rd Academy Awards (R) ceremony on February 27th. This year will mark the inaugural theatrical outing for the nominated Documentary shorts. The Oscar (R) Nominated Short Films has become a key fixture of the awards season. Last year the release exceeded the million-dollar mark at the US box office, charting a spectacular 289% growth in attendance since its inception in 2005. Along with the theatrical run, the nominated short films will be released individually on iTunes from February 22nd in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany and other iTunes Stores throughout the world. The release will also be available via cable's Movies On Demand (MOD), distributed by leading MOD distributor, iN DEMAND L.L.C. "The Oscar (R) Nominated Short Films are some of this years best entertainment. They're made by the worlds stand-out, emerging filmmakers and represent the cutting edge of entertainment," said Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive of Shorts International. "Audiences this year will experience intense emotional highs, laugh-out-loud comedies and brilliant insights, all in the space of 90 minutes." "The only way to improve your handicap come Oscar (R) night, is to catch these incredible short film nominees," said Tom Quinn, SVP of Magnolia Pictures. -- (C) Shorts International THE CONFESSION; United Kingdom; Oscar Nominee: Tanel Toom. Quiet and sincere, 9-year-old Sam is worried about making his first confession at church. As his conscience is clear, he therefore cannot hope for any relief from the experience. He and his friend Jacob decide to remedy that situation, but their initially innocent prank turns unexpectedly tragic. (26 min.) THE CRUSH; Ireland; Oscar Nominee: Michael Creagh. An 8-year-old schoolboy is so besotted with his teacher that he challenges her boyfriend to a duel to the death. (15 min.) GOD OF LOVE; USA; Oscar Nominee: Luke Matheny. Lounge-singing darts champion Raymond Goodfellow finds his prayers are answered -- literally -- when he receives a mysterious package of passion-inducing darts. The catch is that the one woman he loves -- Kelly, a drummer in his band -- is already in love with Ray's best friend Fozzie, the guitarist in the band. But when Ray uses the darts in a loony scheme to resolve this strange romantic triangle, he learns a surprising lesson about unrequited love and discovers his own place in the universe. Romance is in the air in this bohemian charmer. (18 min.) NA WEWE; Belgium; Oscar Nominee: Ivan Goldschmidt. 1994: There is civil war in Burundi, a small country of Central Africa directly bordering Rwanda. A near genocidal confrontation opposes rebels mainly composed of ethnic Hutus and a national army with a majority of Tutsis. This short film relates a sadly frequent episode of this fratricidal conflict: the attack by rebels of a minivan carrying ordinary citizens. A Kalashnikov bursts out. The bus stops, the passengers get off. An order is barked: "Hutus to the left, Tutsis to the right!" The sorting out begins. But who is a Hutu, who is a Tutsi? This story is entirely based on real people and situations. It was written by a person who has lived in the beauty of Burundi and suffered its horrors. With emotion, suspense and humor it exposes the absurdity of ethnic and racial strife. "NA WEWE" (pronounce "Na wayway") means "You too" in Kirundi. (19 min.) WISH 143; United Kingdom; Oscar Nominees: Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite. A fifteen-year-old boy with only months to live is granted one wish from the Dreamscape Charity. But David doesn't want to go to Disneyland or meet Gary Neville; what he really wants is an hour alone with a naked woman. (24 min.) -- (C) Magnolia

Post Mortem (2012)

Title: Post Mortem (2012)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 98 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-04-11 (Theater)
Cast: Marcelo Alonso Alfredo Castro Amparo Noguera Jaime Vadell Antonia Zegers
Genre: Drama Art House & International Mystery & Suspense Cult Movies
IMDB: IMDB Link

A provocative, morbidly comic drama that begins during the onset of the bloody 1973 Chilean coup that overthrew President Salvador Allende. Alfredo Castro (who played the title character in Tony Manero, Larrain's previous critically acclaimed film) is a coroner's assistant who, while obsessively wooing an erotic dancer, is caught in the midst of a cataclysmic event - and finds himself with a rapidly expanding game plan. Once again, the filmmaker invests his characters with metaphoric undertones, suffusing Santiago with a surreal visual texture that evokes the nightmarish landscape it was rapidly becoming. -- (C) Kino Lorber

Beyond The Black Rainbow (2012)

Title: Beyond The Black Rainbow (2012)
Rated: R
Runtime: 110 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-05-18 (Theater)
Cast: Michael Rogers Eva Allen Scott Hylands Marilyn Norry Rondel Reynoldson
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy Horror
IMDB: IMDB Link

Set in the strange and oppressive emotional landscape of the year 1983, BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW is a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons. From the producer of "Machotaildrop," RAINBOW is the outlandish feature film debut of writer and director Panos Cosmatos. Featuring a hypnotic analog synthesizer score by Jeremy Schmidt of "Sinoia Caves" and "Black Mountain," RAINBOW is a film experience for the senses.

Mutant Girls Squad (Sento shojo: Chi no tekkamen densetsu) (2010)

Title: Mutant Girls Squad (Sento shojo: Chi no tekkamen densetsu) (2010)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 85 min(s)
Release: 2012-05-22 (DVD)
2010-05-22 (Theater)
Cast: Yumi Sugimoto Yuko Takayama Suzuka Morita Tak Sakaguchi Asami
Genre: Drama Action & Adventure Art House & International Science Fiction & Fantasy Cult Movies
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A teenage girl takes on the powers that be who have plans for her and her friends in this over-the-top sci-fi action yarn from the filmmaking team of Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura and Tak Sakaguchi. Rin (Yumi Sugimoto) has always felt like an outcast among her classmates and peers, and as she's about to turn sixteen, she finds out why -- while her mother (Maiko Ito) is human, her dad (Kanji Tsuda) is a Hiruko, a race of mutant creatures whose bodies transform themselves in strange ways and can sprout weapons at will. Defense Minister Koshimizu (Naoto Takenaka) has launched a crusade to eliminate the Hirukos in the name of public safety, but Rin's father tells her of an underground Hiruko alliance who are fighting for their right to survive, and after the death of her parents, Rin makes her way to a training camp for young Hirukos. Rin, who now has long blades where her fingers used to be, teams up with fellow teenage warriors Rei (Yuko Takayama), Yoshie (Suzuka Morita), Sachie (Cay Izumi) and Chiako (Naoi Nagano), all of whom have unique bodily weapons of their own, as they set out to take down Koshimizu. Sento Shojo: Chi No Tekkamen Densetsu) (aka Mutant Girls Squad) received its North American premiere at the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

My Perestroika (2010)

Title: My Perestroika (2010)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 88 min(s)
Release: 2012-05-15 (DVD)
2011-03-23 (Theater)
Cast:
Genre: Documentary Special Interest
IMDB: IMDB Link

International Film Circuit is proud to present US Theatrical release of MY PERESTROIKA, Robin Hessman's intimate and lovingly crafted portrait of the last generation of Soviet children brought up behind the Iron Curtain. Since premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the film has screened at some of the world's top documentary showcases, including the Full Frame Festival (Filmmaker Award), Silverdocs (Special Jury Award), New Directors/New Films, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Rotterdam Film Festival and IDA's DocuWeek in Los Angeles. MY PERESTROIKA will open in New York on Wednesday, March 23 at IFC Center and in Los Angeles on April 15. Many other cities will follow.
When the USSR broke apart in 1991, a generation of young people faced a new realm of possibilities. An intimate epic about the extraordinary lives of this last Soviet generation, Robin Hessman's feature documentary debut tells the stories of five Moscow schoolmates who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain, witnessed the joy and confusion of glasnost, and reached adulthood right as the world changed around them. Through candid first-person testimony, revealing verite footage, and vintage home movies, Hessman, who spent many years living in Moscow, reveals a Russia rarely ever seen on film, where people are frank about their lives and forthcoming about their country. Engaging, funny, and positively inspiring, in MY PERESTROIKA politics is personal, honesty overshadows ideology, and history progresses one day, one life at a time. -- (C) International Film Circuit

Beautiful Darling (2011)

Title: Beautiful Darling (2011)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 85 min(s)
Release: 2012-02-01 (DVD)
2011-04-22 (Theater)
Cast: Candy Darling Fran Lebowitz Gerard Malanga Julie Newmar Holly Woodlawn
Genre: Documentary Television Special Interest
IMDB: IMDB Link

Born in a Long Island suburb in 1944, James Slattery immediately felt drawn to the feminine side of life -- to such a degree that he established himself as one of the most iconic of all female impersonators, Candy Darling. As given life by Slattery, this young, sexy, and alluring blonde actress single-handedly overtook Manhattan. She attained her greatest recognition for her portrayals in two Paul Morrissey-directed films: Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971), both produced by Andy Warhol. Mainstream stardom soon beckoned to Darling, but aside from bit appearances in such productions as Klute (1971) -- and playwright Tennessee Williams's decision to cast her in a production of his Small Craft Warnings -- she continued to suffer from marginalization. Internally, if Darling suffered from an intense and bitter loneliness that propelled her into a life-long search for love, she also wielded boundless courage -- the same courage that enabled her to transform herself from a Long Island-bred young man into a Manhattan glamour goddess. Tragically, she died of lymphoma at age 29, soon after attaining stardom. James Rasin's documentary Beautiful Darling pays unfettered tribute to Darling's all-too-brief life and career, with a combination of current and vintage interview material, rarely seen archival photos and footage, and extracts from Darling's movies. Rasin weaves much of the material around the theme of fidelity to one's true self and deepest convictions, as exemplified by Darling. Morrissey executive produced. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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