Movies Released April 8th, 2011 by Title

  • "The Metropolitan Opera HD Live" Rossini: Le Comte Ory

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    NCM Fathom brings the fifth season of the Metropolitan Opera's Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD in movie theaters nationwide. The broadcast of Rossini's opera Le Comte Ory will be presented live for only one day on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT in select movie theaters. Rossini's vocally dazzling comedy stars bel canto sensation Juan Diego Florez in the title role of this Met premiere production. He vies with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely Countess Adele, sung by soprano Diana Damrau.
  • American: The Bill Hicks Story
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    American: The Bill Hicks Story

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    Variance Films
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    Much more than just a comedian, Bill Hicks has become an inspiration to millions around the world. As a rebellious teenager, he discovered that comedy was a way to break all the rules and get away with it, but as he honed his skills, he realized it was also a way to open people's minds. Bill's comedy challenged the injustices of life in the late-80s, early-90s hangover that was American after the Reagan years, but his uncompromising approach met with controversy and resistance in America, and he began to find fame on the international stage instead.
  • Arthur
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    Arthur

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    Warner Bros. Pictures
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    Arthur is a sweet but wildly irresponsible playboy whose millions have left him lonely and with no motivation in life. On the threshold of an arranged marriage with a simpering socialite whom he does not love, Arthur meets the spunky, blue-collar waitress Linda Marolla, and falls head over heels. However, just as he begins to pursue a relationship with Linda, his father and iron-willed grandmother threaten to pull the plug on his huge inheritance if he doesn't honor his position in life and go through with his marriage. Arthur must decide which is more important to him: his new love, or his 750 million dollars in the bank.
  • Blank City
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    Blank City

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    IFC Films
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    Before there was HD there was Super 8. Before Independent film there was Underground Cinema. And before New York there was…well, New York. Once upon a pre-Facebook time, before creative communities became virtual and viral, cultural movements were firmly grounded in geography. And the undisputed center of American – some would say international – art and film was New York City. In particular, downtown Manhattan in the late 1970’s and 80’s was the anchor of vanguard filmmaking.

    Blank City tells the long-overdue tale of the motley crew of renegade filmmakers that emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous period of New York History. It’s a fascinating look at the way this misfit cinema used the deserted, bombed-out Lower East Side landscapes to craft daring works that would go on to profoundly influence Independent Film today. Unlike the much-celebrated punk music scene, this era’s thrilling and confrontational underground film movement has never before been chronicled.

    Directed by French newcomer Céline Danhier, Blank City captures the idiosyncratic, explosive energy of the “No Wave Cinema” and “Cinema of Transgression” movements. Stark and provocative, the films drew name and inspiration from the French New Wave; as well as Film Noir, and the works of Andy Warhol and John Waters. Filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch, Eric Mitchell, Beth B, Charlie Ahear, Lizzie Borden and Amos Poe showcased the city’s vibrant grit and bore witness to the rising East Village art and rock scenes and the birth of hip hop. Short, long, color or black-and-white, their stripped-down films portrayed themes of alienation and dissonance with a raw and genuine spirit, at times with deadpan humor blurring the lines between fiction and reality.
  • Born to Be Wild 3D
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    Born to Be Wild 3D

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    “Born to be Wild 3D” is an inspired story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them—saving endangered species one life at a time. Stunningly captured in IMAX 3D, “Born to be Wild 3D” is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne Sheldrick, as they and their team rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild.
  • Ceremony
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    Ceremony

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    Magnolia Pictures
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    The comedy follows a young man (Eisenberg) who falls hard for an older woman about to be married. The infatuation prompts him to take along his unwitting friend (Angarano) to a beach town in an effort to break up the wedding. Upon arriving, the young men quickly realize just how out of place they are among the stately British groom-to-be and his guests.
  • Exodus Fall
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    Exodus Fall

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    Oakhurst Pictures
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    Set in 1974 Texas, Exodus Fall tells the story of three teen siblings struggle with the death of their father and try to live with their abusive mother. When one of the teens is sent away because the mother can't cope with his autism, the oldest of the siblings devises a plan to get their brother back and embark on a life changing adventure across the Southwest in their deceased father's station wagon. In their attempt to find their grandmother's home thousands of miles away, they find themselves confronted with detours that ultimately slow them down, but thrust them into a coming of age journey to be remembered.
  • Foo Fighters: Back and Forth

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    Dave Grohl had been writing and recording songs since he was a teenager in Washington D.C., but it wasn't until Nirvana collapsed after the death of Kurt Cobain that Grohl opted to step out from behind the drum set and move forward as a frontman. The Foo Fighters' self-titled debut album featured Grohl playing all the instruments, but he soon assembled a working version of the band to go out on tour, and seventeen years after their 1994 debut, the Foo Fighters have weathered personal differences, a demanding touring schedule and health issues to become one of the world's most successful hard rock bands. Foo Fighters: Back and Forth is a documentary about the band in which Grohl and his bandmates talk about the band's history, perform some of their best-known songs for a sold-out audience, and work in Grohl's makeshift home studio with producer Butch Vig to record their seventh studio album, Wasting Light. Foo Fighters: Back and Forth received its world premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
  • Hanna
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    Hanna

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    Focus Features
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    Raised by her father (Eric Bana of Star Trek), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna’s upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.
  • Henry's Crime
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    Henry's Crime

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    Company Films
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    After serving three years in prison for a bank robbery he did not commit, an amiable but aimless man decides to rob the bank for real. His plan involves infiltrating a local theatre company, but his scheme gets complicated when he falls for the company’s lead actress. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga, James Caan, Fisher Stevens, Peter Stormare, Danny Hoch and Bill Duke.
  • Lunch Line

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    Uji Films
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    The documentary Lunch Line takes a new look at the school lunch program by exploring its past, its current challenges, and its opportunities for the future. The National School Lunch Program began in 1946, and now, more than 60 years later, the program feeds more than 31 million children every day. In the film, leaders from all sides of the school food debate, including government officials, school foodservice experts, activists, and students, weigh in on the program and discuss ways to continue nourishing America's children for another 60 years. Lunch Line follows six kids from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago as they set out to fix school lunch - and end up at the White House. Their unlikely journey parallels the dramatic transformation of school lunch from a patchwork of local anti-hunger efforts to a robust national feeding program. The film tracks the behind-the-scenes details of school lunch and childhood hunger from key moments in the 1940s, 1960s, and 1980s to the present, revealing political twists, surprising alliances, and more common ground than people might realize. Lunch Line illustrates that, while the National School Lunch Program has become an easy target for critics, the program has a unique capacity for addressing child welfare, the public good, and the problem of hunger. Revealing the history and complexity of these issues, Lunch Line shows how those on all sides of the lunch line can work together for a common good: the health of America's kids. -- (C) Official Site
  • Meek's Cutoff
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    Meek's Cutoff

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    Evenstar Films
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    Features the expedition made by Stephen Meek on the Oregon Trail from Fort Laramie to Willamette Valley in 1845 which became one of the more infamous expeditions made during the era.
  • Meet Monica Velour
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    Meet Monica Velour

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    Anchor Bay Films
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    In this irreverent comedy, awkward teenager Tobe (Dustin Ingram) sets off on a road trip to meet Monica Velour (Kim Cattrall), his favorite ’80s porn star, at a rare live appearance hundreds of miles away. Instead of the glamorous sexpot portrayed on film, he finds a 49-year-old single mom living in a trailer in rural Indiana, performing at seedy strip clubs to make ends meet. A starry-eyed Tobe, still captivated by his crush, befriends Monica, further complicating her difficult life. Kim Cattrall gives a career-defining performance in this offbeat love story that appeals to the dreamer -- and the nerd -- in all of us.
  • Meeting Spencer
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    Meeting Spencer

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    In this upscale comedy, famed stage director Harris Chappell returns to New York looking to relaunch his Broadway career after a series of flops in Hollywood. Over a dinner at the fabled Theater Row hangout, Frankie & Johnnies, with an old flame, Didi, and a struggling actor, Spencer, the once-famous stage director becomes increasingly frantic as his efforts to raise financing for his comeback spiral out of control into a wild night of comic misadventure.
  • New York Says Thank You

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    Raj, Yogi and Vikram - best friends, business partners, serial womanizers and happily married! Happy, because their lovely wives have no clue that their husbands cheat on them with every pretty young thing they can lay their eyes on. This picture perfect world is rocked when Raj's wife, Sanjana begins to suspect her husband and hires the suave private detective, Kishan, to tail him. Kishan's built his reputation as a man who saves marriages by getting erring husbands to mend their ways. In this particular case, however, his overwhelming attraction towards Sanjana means he may not be acting in her best interest! What follows is a crazy cat and mouse game, with Kishan trying to catch the husbands with their pants down literally and them attempting to just stay outside his grasp.-- (c)UTV Motion Pictures
  • No Eres Tú, Soy Yo
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    No Eres Tú, Soy Yo

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    After losing the woman of his dreams, how can a man recuperate his faith in love? When Javier marries Maria, he believes his life is set. However, when his true love leaves him, Javier falls into a depression that sends him to psychoanalysis, his ex-girlfriends, friends, and new romances, all in the hope of forgetting Maria and moving on.
  • Soul Surfer
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    Soul Surfer

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    "Soul Surfer" is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany's feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others.
  • Thank You
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    Thank You

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    UTV Communications
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    Raj, Yogi and Vikram - best friends, business partners, serial womanizers and happily married! Happy, because their lovely wives have no clue that their husbands cheat on them with every pretty young thing they can lay their eyes on. This picture perfect world is rocked when Raj's wife, Sanjana begins to suspect her husband and hires the suave private detective, Kishan, to tail him. Kishan's built his reputation as a man who saves marriages by getting erring husbands to mend their ways. In this particular case, however, his overwhelming attraction towards Sanjana means he may not be acting in her best interest! What follows is a crazy cat and mouse game, with Kishan trying to catch the husbands with their pants down literally and them attempting to just stay outside his grasp.
  • The Elephant in the Living Room
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    The Elephant in the Living Room

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    MainSail Production Services
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    Winner of four Best Documentary Awards, The Elephant in the Living Room explores the controversial American subculture of raising the deadliest and most exotic animals on earth as common household pets. The story follows the journey of two men at the heart of the issue. One, Tim Harrison, an Ohio police officer whose friend was killed by an exotic pet, and the other, Terry Brumfield, a big-hearted man who struggles to keep two pet African lions that he loves like his own family.
  • The Family Jams

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    THE FAMILY JAMS follows freak-folk rockers Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and melodious popsters Vetiver as they tour the USA in 2004, playing their unique music for a newly growing audience. A candid document of a makeshift clan and their life on the road, the film captures today's indie headliners as they were still gigging at obscure hole-in-the-wall clubs and art galleries -- their small, intimate vans replaced later by large, impersonal tour buses. The film also features appearances and performances by Antony and the Johnsons, Espers, Meg Baird, The Pleased and Linda Perhacs. -- (C) reRun