The Possession – Aug. 31
From producer Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures, comes a horror film by Danish director Ole Bornedal (The Substitute, Nightwatch – 1997). The film, which was previously titled The Dibbuk Box, follows a young girl who buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that a malicious and ancient spirit lives inside it. The girl’s father, along with his ex-wife, desperately seek a way to save their child from the demonic spirit. The film stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick and Natasha Calis. I really like this trailer, especially once the music swells at the end with the chanting voices. It looks like there could be some pretty cool visuals and some really tense scenes. The desperation and anger in the father is something I hope they play up more in the movie as it definitely provides an emotional hook just from the trailer. Being that I’m a big horror fan, this will be a must see for me.
Hit and Run – Aug. 24
Written, co-directed by and starring Dax Shepard (NBC’s Parenthood), Hit and Run is the story of Charlie Bronson, a nice guy with a questionable past who risks everything when he busts out of the witness protection program to deliver his fiancé to Los Angeles to seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Their road trip grows awkwardly complicated, when they are chased by the feds… and increasingly dangerous, when Charlie’s former pals, a band of gangsters, enter the fray. I never saw Dax Shepard’s last film, Brother’s Justice, but I really like the cast here which includes Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Beau Bridges, David Koechner, Michael Rosenbaum, Ryan Hansen, Steve Agee and Tom Arnold who, when used well, can be pretty damn funny. The movies looks really entertaining and I’m a fan of Kristen Bell so I don’t think I’m going to have any issues wanting to check this one out.
Safety Not Guaranteed – June 8
From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine – When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he’s solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you. Safety Not Guaranteed looks like a fun time with some honest character moments, plus it has Aubrey Plaza (NBC’s Parks & Recreation) who is both magnetic and hilarious and is definitely the main reason for my wanting to see the film.
Killer Joe – July 27 (Limited)
When 22-year-old drug dealer Chris has his stash stolen by his mother, he has to come up with six thousand dollars quick or he’s dead. Desperate, he turns to “Killer Joe” when he finds out that his mother’s life insurance policy is worth $50,000. Although Joe usually demands cash up front, he finds himself willing to bend the rules in exchange for Chris’ attractive younger sister, Dottie, who will serve as sexual collateral until the money comes in… if it ever does. The film was given an NC-17 rating and instead of trying to recut it, LD Entertainment decided to support director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) and release it with the dreaded rating they were given. The film looks pretty dark and I’m pretty interested in seeing it. I’d hope to see another great film from Friedkin, but hell, I’d be willing to just see it for McConaughey’s performance alone. I think some people tend to write him off but the guy can pull off some pretty great performances. Hopefully, this one makes it to one of the theaters here in town.
Here’s the new poster for The Possession as well. Creepy, huh?