MADAME BOVARY – Trailer

January 30th, 2015

Here is the trailer for the upcoming film MADAME BOVARY. The movie is directed by Sophie Barthes, starring Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Ezra Miller, Rhys Ifans, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Logan Marshall-Green and Laura Carmichael.

Alchemy will release MADAME BOVARY in Summer 2015.

Set in Normandy, France, Madame Bovary is Gustave Flaubert’s classic story of Emma Bovary (Mia Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries small-town doctor, Charles Bovary (Henry Lloyd-Hughes), to leave her father’s pig farm far behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy husband and mundane life, and seeks prestige and excitement outside the bonds of marriage.

RUTGERS CENTER FOR DIGITAL FILMMAKING and FIRST RUN FEATURES IN NEW PACT TO DISTRIBUTE DOCUMENTARIES

January 30th, 2015

First Run Features is proud to announce a multi-film distribution agreement with the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking. The first title scheduled for release is the new feature documentary Antarctic Edge: 70° South, which will launch in theaters beginning on April 17, 2015. Two more titles, Atlantic Crossing: A Robot’s Daring Mission and The War After will follow.

Dena Seidel, Director of both the Center and Antarctic Edge, said, “I am very excited about this collaboration. First Run Features has a long and successful history of bringing important documentaries to the larger public. I’m thrilled our Rutgers Film Center is working with First Run on the distribution of our three Rutgers-produced films, especially as we launch our new inter-disciplinary Bachelors of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking.”

“As a Rutgers alum, I am very proud to distribute such professionally made films produced from the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking,” commented Seymour Wishman, President of First Run Features. “The ability to utilize the resources of various departments of the University affords a unique opportunity to create documentaries with unmatched expertise. Dena Seidel’s extraordinary skill and experience both to direct and produce compelling nonfiction narratives with her students and then use that learning model as the basis for the university’s first film production program is outstanding.”

Antarctic Edge: 70° South is a thrilling journey to the bottom of the Earth alongside a team of dedicated scientists. In the wake of devastating climate events like Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, oceanographer Oscar Schofield teams up with a group of world-class researchers in a race to understand climate change in the fastest winter-warming place on earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula. For more than 20 years, these scientists have dedicated their lives to studying the Peninsula’s rapid change as part of the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Project.

Filmed in the world’s most perilous environment, Antarctic Edge brings to us the stunning landscapes and seascapes of Earth’s southern polar region, revealing the harsh conditions and substantial challenges that scientists must endure for months at a time. While navigating through 60-foot waves and dangerous icebergs, the film follows them as they voyage south to the rugged, inhospitable Charcot Island, where they plan to study the fragile and rapidly declining Adelie Penguin. For Schofield and his crew, these birds are the greatest indicator of climate change and a harbinger of what is to come.

Antarctic Edge: 70° South was made in a collaboration between the Rutgers University Film Bureau and the Rutgers Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences. A unique inter-disciplinary educational project bridging art, science and storytelling, Antarctic Edge was funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

Atlantic Crossing is a feature length documentary about RU27, the first autonomous underwater robot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and the passionate scientists behind the mission. The War After is a powerful one-hour documentary featuring ten U.S veterans transitioning from active duty to the unexpected challenges of civilian life. In the wake of the enormous attention generated by Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, The War After offers a real-life look at post-war life for returning vets.

In addition to launching Antarctic Edge: 70° South in theaters, First Run will also release all three titles into the educational, non-theatrical, television and cable, and home entertainment markets.
Founded in 1979, First Run Features is one of American’s notable distributors of documentary films. Recent releases include Michael Apted’s 56 UP, Jillian Schlesinger’s MAIDENTRIP, Thomas Allen Harris’s THROUGH A LENS DARKLY, Doug Pray’s LEVITATED MASS, DA Pennebaker’s and Chris Hegedus’s KINGS OF PASTRY, and Judith Ehrlich’s and Rick Goldsmith’s Academy Award-nominated THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS.

In Theaters January 30, 2015

January 30th, 2015

   THE LOFT

The Loft Movie PosterKarl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Marsden (2 Guns) star in the tense psychological thriller THE LOFT, the story of five married guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city–a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller.

THE LOFT  TRAILER

 

   PROJECT ALMANAC

PROJECT ALMANAC Movie PosterA brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger.

 

 

 

 PROJECT ALMANAC TRAILER

 

   BLACK OR WHITE

BLACK OR WHITE Movie PosterBLACK OR WHITE is the story of a grandfather (Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When the little girl’s paternal grandmother (Academy Award® nominee Octavia Spencer) seeks custody, a legal battle ensues that forces the families to confront their true feelings on race, forgiveness and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.
 

BLACK OR WHITE TRAILER

 

   ABOVE AND BEYOND

ABOVE AND BEYOND Movie PosterABOVE AND BEYOND follows the incredible journey of a ragtag group of skilled American pilots, both Jewish and non-Jewish, who answered the call to aid in Israel’s War of Independence from 1948-1949. This band of brothers, comprised of many WWII veterans, would not only see their lives altered in unexpected ways, but would also leave their mark on history. Motivated by the dwindling number of men left, Spielberg aimed to capture their stories before it was too late.
 

ABOVE AND BEYOND TRAILER

 

  ALIEN OUTPOST 

ALIEN OUTPOST Movie PosterTwo documentary cameramen embedded in an army unit in the most hostile place on earth, an outpost surrounded by the last remaining alien fighters (Heavies) of an invading attack force. The world may have forgotten about the Outposts, but the Heavies are planning the second invasion of Earth and the soldiers are the only ones who can stop it.

 

 

ALIEN OUTPOST TRAILER

 

SCREENWRITING NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED AS BEST OF 2014 FILM AND TV FOR 10th ANNUAL FINAL DRAFT AWARDS

January 30th, 2015

Recognizing that there would be no lights, camera or action without the creative spark that first puts words to a page, Final Draft, Inc., the industry standard for screenwriting software, announced the nominees for the 10th annual Final Draft Awards. The ceremony announcing the winners will be held at the Paramount Theatre on the Paramount Studios lot and hosted by Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant on Thursday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The annual Screenwriters Choice Awards will recognize four exceptional film and television projects, as well as present the Hall of Fame Award to its first writing team, Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (Big Eyes, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Ed Wood), as well as the winners of the annual Final Draft Big Break Contest. The nominees and winners of the Screenwriters Choice Awards are determined by thousands of votes from Final Draft users.

The nominees in each Screenwriters Choice Awards category are:

Best Original Screenplay
§ Birdman – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo
§ Boyhood – Richard Linklater
§ The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
§ Interstellar – Christopher Nolan & Jonathan Nolan
§ Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

Best Adapted Screenplay
§ American Sniper – Jason Dean Hall
§ Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
§ Guardians of the Galaxy – James Gunn & Nicole Perlman
§ The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
§ The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten

Best Television Drama
§ Downton Abbey – Julian Fellowes
§ Fargo – Noah Hawley
§ Game of Thrones – David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
§ House of Cards – Beau Willimon
§ True Detective – Nic Pizzolatto

Best Television Comedy
§ The Big Bang Theory – Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady
§ Louie – Louis C.K.
§ Modern Family – Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd
§ Orange is the New Black – Jenji Kohan
§ Veep – Armando Iannucci

“I can honestly say that this year’s slate of nominees are all deserving of a win in each category,” stated Marc Madnick, CEO of Final Draft, Inc. “We have truly entered a new Golden Era, of both film and television, evidenced by some of the most imaginative and provocative writing I’ve seen. Congratulations to all of the nominees!”

TED 2 – Trailer

January 30th, 2015

Here is the trailer for the upcoming film TED 2. The movie is directed by Seth MacFarlane, starring Mark Wahlberg.

TED 2 opens nationwide June 26 2015!

TERMINATOR GENISYS – “BIG GAME” TV SPOT

January 30th, 2015

Here is the “BIG GAME” TV SPOT from the upcoming film “TERMINATOR GENISYS.” The film is directed by Alan Taylor, starring Emilia Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney.

TERMINATOR GENISYS In Theatres: July 1, 2015

A LA MALA – Trailer

January 29th, 2015

Here is the trailer for the upcoming film A LA MALA. The movie is directed by Pitipol Ybarra, starring Aislinn Derbez, Mauricio Ochmann, Aurora Papile, Luis Arrieta, Daniela Schmidt, Juan Diego Covarrubias

A LA MALA opens FEBRUARY 27 2015!

When aspiring actress Maria Laura’s best friend begs her to flirt with her boyfriend to test his fidelity, Maria finds a lucrative new career. After being hired by women across the city, Maria is given a gig that should be business as usual until she ends up falling head over heels for her latest mark

ORIGINAL HOGWARTS EXPRESS LOCOMOTIVE TO ARRIVE AT WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON – THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER

January 29th, 2015

This March, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will unveil a 20,000ft2 expansion, including the original Hogwarts Express steam engine and a recreation of Platform 9 ¾. The new, permanent section will offer a glimpse into how some of the films’ most iconic scenes were created as well as give visitors the chance to climb aboard the train’s carriage and to pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall.

Throughout the Harry Potter film series, British steam train no. 5972, ‘Olton Hall’, was used as the Hogwarts Express. Scenes featuring the working engine – including the very last scene to be shot, in which a grown-up Harry, Ron and Hermione wave their own children off as they head to school – were filmed on a soundstage at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and on a track running the full length of the Studios’ 100-acre backlot. The 78-year-old engine will return to the series’ production home this spring and will be displayed on a realistic set of tracks, with steam billowing as visitors step onto the platform.

Officially opening on Thursday 19th March, the new, must-see section has been redesigned and will be built by many of the crew members who worked on the most successful film series of all time. Every inch of the platform’s glass roof, yellow brick walls and luggage racks, designed by Oscar® and BAFTA winning Production Designer Stuart Craig, will be painstakingly reassembled by a team led by Construction Manager Paul Hayes and dressed by Set Decorator Rosie Goodwin. Oscar® and BAFTA winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson will rig the locomotive with special effects steam.

Visitors will be able to walk along the train’s adjoining carriage and sit in the interior carriage set that was used during filming (complete with ‘windows’ that demonstrate the process used to create iconic train scenes from the films such as the escape of Harry’s first Chocolate Frog and the Dementor attack). A selection of prop luggage will be on show and visitors can find out which character owned which items by turning an interactive dial (characters include Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood and more). A train-themed souvenir shop will also be open on the platform, stocking a wide range of goodies inspired by the Harry Potter films and, specifically, the Hogwarts Express.

Sarah Roots, Vice President of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, commented: “We can’t wait to open our first expansion, Platform 9 ¾, just before the Studio Tour’s third anniversary in March. The Hogwarts Express had a starring role in the films so we’re excited that it will be taking centre stage in the new area. It’s the piece that visitors have most requested to see and we’re expecting a fantastic response.”

Stuart Craig, Production Designer on all eight Harry Potter films, added: “The Hogwarts Express was the setting for many iconic scenes, from Harry, Hermione and Ron’s first meeting in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to the moment the trio’s children embark on their first journey to school 26 years later. The wizarding world doesn’t have a need for modern technology so we knew a traditional steam engine would make the perfect school train. Before we began filming in 2000, we scoured the country and found ‘Olton Hall’ at a preservation centre in Lancashire; realising pretty quickly that it was exactly what we had been looking for.”

The new Platform 9 ¾ section, featuring the original Hogwarts Express, will open on Thursday 19th March and entrance will be included in the standard ticket price.

NEW YORK INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES COMPLETE 2015 SLATE

January 29th, 2015

Oscar® qualifying New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival announced today the complete lineup for its 2015 event, which runs February 27-March 22 at New York’s DGA Theater, IFC Center, Scholastic Theater, SVA Theatre, and Village East Cinema. Now in its 18th year, the Festival is the nation’s largest for children and teens and will present ­all new animated, live action, documentary, and experimental shorts and features from approximately 35 countries. For the first time in 2015, the Festival is presenting two new films as each of its Opening Night and Closing Day programs. Tickets are now available on www.gkids.com.

The 2015 edition includes four weeks of groundbreaking and thought-provoking new films for ages 3-18. Highlights include US and North American feature film premieres of Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There (Japan), BBC’s Enchanted Kingdom 3D (UK), Mune (France), and Moomins on the Riviera (France), the US premiere of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (Various Countries), the east coast premiere of the new Aardman feature Shaun the Sheep the Movie (UK), six Oscar®-qualifying short film programs, Best of Aardman Shorts, a collection of four decades of short films from Aardman Animations, and a special program of Nick Park’s Wallace & Gromit Shorts. The Festival will culminate in the Closing Night Celebration, which will include the announcement of the 2015 award winners and a special program of the Best of the Fest short films.

DATES: February 27-March 22 – Full schedule available at www.gkids.com
LOCATIONS: DGA Theater, IFC Center, Scholastic Theater, SVA Theatre and Village East Cinema

SHORT FILM PROGRAMS – The Festival’s wildly popular short film programs showcase the best short films from around the world, selected from over 3,000 entries. Jury-selected winners will be eligible for Oscar® consideration in animated and live action short film categories. Featured in this year’s lineup are Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove, Short Films One) and A Single Life (Job, Joris, & Marieke, Short Films Two), both nominated for best animated short film at the 2015 Academy Awards®. The Dam Keeper (Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, Short Films Two 2014), which won its first award at last year’s Festival (Audience Award, ages 8-14), is also nominated in the same category.

·Shorts For Tots – (Ages 3 to 6)

·Short Films One – (Ages 5 to 10)

·Short Films Two – (Ages 8 to 14)

·Flicker Lounge: For Teens & Adults Only – (Ages 12 to adult)

·Heebie Jeebies: Spooky, Freaky & Bizarre – (Ages 10 to adult)

·Girls’ POV – (Ages 10 to adult) Girls’ POV is presented with support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®

OPENING NIGHT FILMS:

· SHAUN THE SHEEP THE MOVIE – East Coast Premiere, Animation, UK, Mark Burton/Richard Starzack; No Dialogue.
The newest film from stop-motion maestros, Aardman Animations – a grass-fed, farm-to-screen adventure brimming with humor, charm, and wit. Shaun the Sheep, the woolly stop-motion star whose vocal range is limited to bleats and baas, first appeared in Nick Park’s 1995 Oscar®-winning Wallace and Gromit adventure. In his first feature film, Shaun tires of the everyday routine on Mossy Bottom Farm and concocts a plan to lead his flock in rebellion.
Recommended all ages

· WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE – North American Premiere, Animation, Japan, Hiromasa Yonebayashi; In Japanese with English subtitles.
The newest feature from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli is a sweeping story of friendship, mystery, and discovery that delivers stirring emotions and breathtaking animation as only Ghibli can. When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality.
Recommended ages: 9 to adult

CLOSING DAY FILMS:

· ENCHANTED KINGDOM 3D – North American Premiere, Documentary, UK, Patrick Morris/Neil Nightingale; In English.
The creators of BBC’s groundbreaking Walking with Dinosaurs 3D and Earth take us on a spell-binding journey through seven realms of with extraordinary timelapse photography. Sweeping aerial shots and macro and micro lensed 3D, propel us from enchanted forests to the boiling edge of the underworld, from celestial ice-capped mountains and lava-spewing volcanoes to crashing waterfalls and deep fantastical seas. Narrated by Idris Elba.
Recommended ages: 6 to adult

· KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET – US Premiere, Animation, Various Countries, Roger Allers; In English.
The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written, selling over 100 million copies in forty languages since its publication in 1923. The timeless verses have been given enchanting new form in this painterly cinematic adventure about freedom and the power of human expression. Written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), the film intersperses Gibran’s elegant verses with stunning animated sequences by Festival favorite filmmakers Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Bill Plympton (Guide Dog), and a host of award-winning animators from around the world. Featuring the voices of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayak, and Quvenzhané Wallis, and music from Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, and Yo-Yo Ma.
Recommended ages: 7 to adult

SPECIAL PROGRAMS:
· BEST OF AARDMAN SHORTS – Animation, UK, Various Directors; In English.
This brilliant collection of short films includes the Academy Award® winning Creature Comforts, Festival Grand Prize winner Humdrum, plus Morph, Rex the Runt, Shaun the Sheep and other mini masterpieces spanning four decades of creative output from Nick Park, Peter Lord, Richard Starzack, Peter Peake, Chris Sadler and the stop-motion geniuses at Aardman Animations. These inspired creations embody the best of Aardman’s slyly subversive wit and expressive style.
Recommended ages: 8 to adult

· THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD – Animation, France, Paul Grimault; Screening both in English and French with English subtitles.
A newly restored print of Paul Grimault’s gloriously imaginative animated masterwork, based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep.” This French animated gem originally began production in the late 1940s, but wasn’t completed until 1980. It has been mired in rights issues ever since, which prevented its release in the US until now.
Recommended ages: 5 to adult

· WALLACE & GROMIT SHORTS – Special Program, Animation, UK, Nick Park; in English.
Celebrate the 25th birthday of Nick Park’s absent minded, cheese-loving inventor Wallace and his faithful canine companion Gromit. Nick Park began work on A Grand Day Out as a student project, completing it after joining Aardman in 1985. Program includes A Grand Day Out and Nick Park’s next two Wallace & Gromit films, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave, both of which earned Oscars® and secured Wallace & Gromit a place as a UK national treasure and one of the most beloved animated duos of all times.
Recommended ages: 5 to adult

NYICFF 2015 FEATURE FILMS (ALPHABETICAL):
·BALLET BOYS – Documentary, Norway, Kenneth Elvebakk; In Norwegian with English subtitles.
Ballet Boys takes us through four years in the lives of three young dancers. The only boy dancers in a world of girls, they strive to get into Norway’s most prestigious ballet academy. Beautifully constructed, slow-motion dance sequences and life-altering auditions provide a pulse of drama throughout their journey, but the film is ultimately the story of their friendship, disappointments, victories, first loves, dreams, and doubts.
Recommended ages: 9 to adult

· BELLE AND SEBASTIAN – New York Premiere, Live Action, France, Nicolas Vanier; In French with English subtitles.
A story of friendship, courage, and loyalty set against the jaw-dropping scenery and alpine panoramas of the Haute Maurienne-Vanoise region of France. Sebastian lives with his grandfather, César, in a vertiginous mountain village, where he crosses paths with a giant and dirty Pyrenean Mountain Dog who the locals have dubbed “the Beast” for allegedly killing their livestock. But Sebastian sees something good in the misunderstood canine and befriends the animal, renaming her “Belle.” Their budding friendship is put to the test when Nazis march into town looking to root out a band of resistance fighters who are guiding Jewish refugees to neighboring Switzerland.
Recommended ages: 7 to adult

·HOCUS POCUS ALFIE ATKINS – East Coast Premiere, Animation, Norway, Torril Kove; In English.
Academy Award® winning director Torill Kove’s first feature film is a refreshingly warm and intimate tale based on beloved children’s book character Alfie Atkins. Seven-year-old Alfie dreams of owning a dog, but his father insists that he is too small for such a big responsibility. Undaunted, Alfie finds an unlikely ally in George, a kindly magician who performs tricks for the neighborhood kids and has just adopted a puppy of his own. Lovingly animated with thoughtful, honest character interactions, Hocus Pocus offers an emotionally and visually rich cinema experience for audiences of all ages.
Recommended ages: 3 to 8

· JELLYFISH EYES – Live Action/Animation, Japan, Takashi Murakami; In Japanese with English subtitles.
Pop art superstar Takashi Murakami makes his feature film debut with a campy, genre-defying adventure that mixes lo-fi Japanese disaster movie, new kid-on-the-block coming-of-age story, and Pokémon-style anime with a delirious abundance of wonderfully imagined magical creatures. Setting Murukami’s fantastical animated designs in an otherwise live action film, Jellyfish Eyes tells the story of Masashi, a young boy who moves to a sleepy town in the Japanese countryside in the wake of a natural disaster.
Recommended ages: 9 to adult

· LANDFILLHARMONIC – East Coast Premiere, Documentary, USA, Brad Allgood/Graham Townsley; In Spanish with English subtitles.
The world generates over a billion tons of garbage a year, much of it ending up in poor rural communities like Cateura, Paraguay, where over 2,000 families survive by separating garbage for recycling. When a teen music program there can’t afford new instruments, a garbage picker named Cola fashions a violin from an empty oil tin – thus inspiring the Recycled Orchestra. The film follows the young musicians as they reach even greater heights, performing concerts in the US, Europe, and Asia – even sharing the stage with heavy metal super-group, Metallica.
Recommended ages: 8 to adult

·LOU! – US Premiere, Live Action, France, Julien Neel; In French with English subtitles.
Twelve-and-a-half-year-old Lou lives alone with her absurdly immature mother, Emma. Her mom has been in a funk lately, eating junk food in her pajamas, playing video games, and generally behaving more like a teen than her on-the-cusp-of-adolescence daughter. But all this changes with arrival of the new bohemian neighbor, Richard, who ignites her goofy mother’s romantic interests. Neel has turned the French comic and animated TV series into a quirky, mom and daughter buddy movie, with vibrant and brilliantly kitschy bubble-gum production design and plenty of cringe-worthy, awkward comedic situations.
Recommended ages: 8 to adult

· MOOMINS ON THE RIVIERA – North American Premiere, Animation, Finland/France, Xavier Picard; in English.
Sixty years ago, when Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson launched the Moomin comic strip, little did she know it would reach 20 million daily readers in more than 40 countries. In celebration of her 100th birthday, French director Xavier Picard brings Jansson’s carefree and adventurous Moomin family to life, with delicately animated characters set within beautifully designed and colored backgrounds, and the comic’s traipsing storylines translated to the screen with just the right amount of absurdity and humor.
Recommended ages: 5 to 10

· MUNE (3D) – North American Premiere, Animation, France, Alexandre Heboyan/Benoît Phillippon; In English.
A world of wonder, magic and mythology is the setting in this sumptuously animated CGI adventure about a land divided between the realms of day and night. As legend has it, the first Guardian of the Sun threw a harpoon into the cosmos and roped the sun to bring light and warmth to all of humanity. Then the Guardian of the Moon lured the moon to the Land of Darkness to provide a balance to the sun and supply the world with dreams. At a momentous ceremony to appoint the two new guardians, an accident seems to occur; the heir apparent is passed over, and the title Guardian of the Moon is bestowed on the waif-like Mune, a small and frightened forest faun who seems wholly unprepared to take on such a weighty responsibility.
Recommended ages: 5 to adult

· SATELLITE GIRL AND MILK COW – New York Premiere, Animation, South Korea, Chang Hyung-yun; In Korean with English subtitles.
Festival award-winning Wolf Daddy director Chang Hyung-yun has created a wholly original, exuberantly outrageous, sci-fi love story unlike anything before it. An orbiting, out-of-commission female satellite picks up a lovelorn pop song on its radio antenna and descends to Earth to try to discover who could be the source of such heartfelt emotions. On the way, it is transformed into the titular Satellite Girl, complete with Astroboy-like rocket shoes and weapon-firing limbs, while the balladeer in question — a loser twenty-something playing at an open mic in a coffee shop — meets the fate that befalls all broken-hearted lovers: he is turned into a farm animal (albeit one who can walk around in a poorly-fitting human suit).
Recommended ages: 8 to adult

· SECRETS OF WAR – New York Premiere, Live Action, Netherlands, Dennis Bots; In Dutch with English subtitles.
Netherlands, 1943. Best friends Tuur and Lambert spend their time dreaming up adventures and discovering secret passages in the caves and forests that surround their close-knit village. Homemade wooden pistols serve as props in their playful war games, as they make light of the conflict that is building all around them. When new girl Maartje enters their social circle, the boys’ friendship faces a challenge typical of adolescence – and Lambert begins to feel more and more like the third wheel. Secrets of War, with its lush backdrops and strong emotional performances from three young leads, expertly balances the universality of shifting young friendships with the moral complexity of war.
Recommended ages: 9 to adult

· WOLFY, THE INCREDIBLE SECRET – US Premiere, Animation, Belgium/France, Grégoire Solotareff/Eric Omond; in English.
Though they’re from opposite ends of the food chain, Wolfy and Tom (a wolf and rabbit, respectively) are best friends. Wolfy has always believed he was an orphan, until one day a gypsy tells him that his mother is still alive in the distant dynasty of Wolfenberg, Land of the Wolves. Despite his fear, Tom agrees to accompany his friend as they venture far from their peaceful countryside home. They arrive in the midst of Carne Festival— a grand meeting of the world’s most renowned carnivores — and Wolfy’s quest for self-discovery quickly turns into Tom’s quest for survival. This beautifully animated film is based on the wildly popular French children’s book series LouLou from writer and director Grégoire Solotareff.
Recommended ages: 5 to 10

CHILD 44 – Trailer

January 29th, 2015

Here is the trailer for the upcoming film CHILD 44. The movie is directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, with Jason Clarke, and Vincent Cassel.

CHILD 44 opens nationwide APRIL 17 2015!