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Foreign films try to break into the American movie market this week.
France, Sweden, Dominican Republic are among the settings for these
limited releases. Trying to take over in the animated film area is the
third film in a series about prehistoric animals.
Manny, Diego, Scrat and Sid are back in Ice Age: Continental Drift. While on a mission for a cursed acorn, Scrat sets off a domino effect which separates the continents and Manny, Diego, and Sid from their families. The group does all they can to make their way back home. The animated adventure features the voices of Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Peter Dinklage, Wanda Sykes, Aziz Ansari, Jennifer Lopez, and Nicki Minaj. It plays for one hour and twenty-seven minutes. The PG film is available in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters.
Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, Elizabeth Olsen, and
Toby Jones star in Red
Lights, a film about paranormal activity. In the limited
released thriller, paranormal researchers try to prove that those who
claim to have psychic abilities are really just creating a ruse. They
are able to uncover the truths behind many, but are warned not to mess
with legendary mind reader Simon Silver. When they do, chaos breaks
out. The one hour and fifty-three minute film is rated R for language
A woman spends a few days with her estranged sister and fiancee in The Union Square.
Jenny has separated herself from her family and has even lied to her
fiancee about it. When her sister Lucy shows up at her door, she's
forced to explain who she is. The sisters' two conflicting
personalities cause turmoil for Jenny and the life she is trying to
live. The unrated, comedic drama stars Mira Sorvino, Tammy Blanchard,
Patti LuPone, and Mike Doyle. It's playing in limited theaters for one
hour and twenty minutes.
An insurance salesman facing medical problems is inspired to join the
Obama campaign in The Obama Effect. He pushes his own life to the side by spending too much
time and effort trying to get Barack Obama elected as President. The
one hour and twenty-five minute comedic drama is rated PG. It's
available in limited theaters.
Martin Scorsese brings Jens Lapidus' novel Snabba Cash to the
big screen as Easy Money.
In the limited released film, a business student, who hobnobs with
Sweden's upper class, joins an organized crime ring to keep the
associations and get some quick cash. As he delves deeper in the
gangster world, his life is put on the line. The crime thriller runs
for one hour and fifty-nine minutes. It's rated R for violence, drugs,
sex, and language.
Aspiring MLB players in the Dominican Republic are the focus of the
Pelotero. The limited released film follows, Miguel Angel and
Jean Carlos, two players on the verge of turning 16 who are being
scouted for the majors. It shows the lies and deceit involved in the
recruitment process. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine executive
produced and comedic actor John Leguizamo narrates the unrated film.
It plays for one hour and thirteen minutes.
The French film Farewell, My Queen is a story of Marie Antoinette and her relationship with a young woman who read to her amidst the end of the French Revolution. The one hour and forty minute drama stars Inglourious Basterds' Diane Kruger. It's available in limited theaters and has English subtitles. The film is rated R for nudity and language.
A wealthy man and a poor woman start a relationship in Trishna. Their
bond is threatened by the differences between their families after they
decide to officially be a couple and move in together in Mumbai. The
limited released drama runs for one hour and fifty-seven minutes. It's
rated R for violence, drugs, sex, and language.
A film out in theaters this week told a story about the princess of
Versailles, Marie Antoinette around 1769. On July 13, there's a look
at modern French royalty hits in the documentary The Queen of
Versailles. Next week also brings the highly anticipated new
Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises to theaters.