Thursday, February 2, 2012

PREVIEWS - February Movies (Limited)

The Innkeepers

Set in the venerable Yankee Pedlar Inn, which is about to shut its doors for good after over a century of service. Believed by many to be one of New England's "most haunted hotels," the last remaining employees, Claire and Luke are determined to uncover proof before it shuts down for good. As the Inn's final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of minimum wage "ghost hunters" begin to experience strange and alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotel's long unexplained history.

Written and directed by Ti West, and starring Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis and Lena Dunham.

Opens: February 3, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 40 min. Genre: Horror Rated: R

Los Angeles, 1999. Officer Dave Brown is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop, who often blurs the lines between right and wrong to maintain his action-hero state of mind. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as the consequences of his past sins and his refusal to change his ways in light of a department-wide corruption scandal seal his fate. Brown internalizes his fear, anguish and paranoia as his world, complete with two ex-wives who are sisters, two daughters, an aging mentor dispensing bad advice, investigators galore, and a series of seemingly random women, starts making less and less sense. In the end, what is left is a human being stripped of all his pretense, machismo, chauvinism, arrogance, sexism, homophobia, racism, aggression, misanthropy; but is it enough to redeem him as a man?

Directed by Oren Moverman and starring Woody Harrelson, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Ice Cube, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright and Steve Buscemi.

Opens: February 10, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 45 min. Genre: Drama, Crime Rated: R

Thin Ice
Con-man insurance salesman Mickey, dangerously at the end of his rope after his wife throws him out of the house, learns that an elderly client named Gorvy has an extremely valuable violin in his possession and is not aware of its worth ($25,000). Desperate for money, Mickey builds a friendship with Gorvy based on the possibility of stealing the violin for money. Complications arise when Mickey hires a small time ex-con named Randy to steal the instrument, and realizes he has bitten off more than he can chew.

Directed by Jill Sprecher and starring Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin and Billy Crudup.

Opens: February 17, 2012 Runtime: 1 hr. 54 min. Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime Rated: R