Seth Rogen in a movie not helmed by Judd Apatow!? This looks much more promising than The Green Hornet did, mainly because it’s a straight-up comedy. It’s a simple premise but with lots of room for laughs: a young-ish couple with a newborn end up living next to a fraternity. After butting heads, it’s war. This will probably rely heavily on sight gags, judging by the trailer, but the casting of Zac Efron as the villain seems like a really good move. Opens May 9.
Another adaptation of an Irvine Welsh novel that looks to stylishly cover the seediest aspects of Scotland, this time through the perspective of a crooked police officer, played by James McAvoy. With supporting roles by Jamie Bell and Jim Broadbent, this looks like it will be a riot. Opens May 30.
It’s about time one of the most elegant and powerful Disney villains get the “reimagining” treatment. Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Maleficent in this dark retelling of Disney’s version of Sleeping Beauty. The costumes and camera shots look sumptuous and moody, and the visual effects look like they’ll be quite a spectacle, so anything the story lacks in substance will likely be made up for with pleasing visuals. Opens May 30.
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp (South African born, Vancouver based) followed up his masterful debut with Elysium. The Cinematheque will host a screening of Elysium on May 27th at 7 p.m. Afterwards, there will be a Q&A about the film with film editor Julian Clarke and assistant editor Gary Lam. Get tickets at www.thecinematheque.ca.
Classics from our Collection
The Cinematheque presents a modernist double bill of immense prestige: Hiroshima, Mon Amour and Persona. The former was the debut of director Alain Resnais, and tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, a French actress and a Japanese architect. “Persona” is one of Ingmar Bergman’s masterpieces. It tells of a stage actress who has been stricken mute, and the nurse who comes to care for her. The duality of identity comes into play. You can catch both films on either May 12th or May 14th. Find tickets at www.thecinematheque.ca.
Akira & Paprika
Two of the most seminal anime films of all time will play back to back on May 11th. Akira takes place in a steampunk, futuristic/dystopian Tokyo on the brink of imminent destruction. There are also teen biker gangs. Paprika is about a psychiatrist who uses a device to enter her patients’ dreams. There is a lot of mind-fuckery to be had, that’s for sure. Find tickets at www.riotheatretickets.ca.
By Carly Smith