Friday, 24 April 2009

Film Fan Fridays for Friday April 24, 2009

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday April 24, 2009! It feels like a quiet week when we only have 5 releases, and most have a sad or trying undertone - which feels like the tone of the moment. I swear something must be in retrograde because holy smokes everyone seems to be a bit down. Hopefully one of these films can cheer you up!

In limited release this week we have two films, both with a focus on relationships. The Canadian film Only shows use the subtle strength of friendship and Three Monkeys / Üç maymun the 2008 Cannes winner for Best Director (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) shows the strain of relationships in trying times.

In wide release this week we certainly have people facing some struggles. In Fighting, Channing Tatum is a streetwise fighter who gets a glimpse at something more. We also have Obsessed starring Ali Larter who is... wait for it... obsessed with her boss, Idris Elba. Last up we finally have the release of The Soloist starring Jamie Foxx as a near forgotten Cellist until he finds a friend played by Robert Downey Jr.

Along with regular releases, we also are full on in festival season. I'll be attending Hot Docs which opens next Thursday so be sure to check out daily coverage here at Movie Moxie from April 30 - May 10, 2009.

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Festival Watch

Hot Docs
Canadian International Documentary Film Festival
April 30 - May 10, 2009 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sprockets
Toronto International Film Festival for Children
Continues until April 24, 2009 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Jewish Film Festival
Continues until April 26, 2009 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday April 24, 2009 Releases

Fighting
Dir: Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints)
Cast: Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Zulay Henao, Luis Guzmán
USA
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Obsessed
Dir: Steve Shill - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Ali Larter, Idris Elba, Beyoncé Knowles
USA
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Only
Simon Reynolds & Ingrid Veninger - feature film directorial debuts
Cast: Jacob Switzer, Elena Hudgins Lyle, Ingrid Veninger, Simon Reynolds
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

The Soloist
Dir: Joe Wright (Atonement)
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander
UK/USA/France
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Three Monkeys / Üç maymun
Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Climates / Iklimler, Distant / Uzak)
Cast: Yavuz Bingol, Hatice Aslan, Rifat Sungar, Ercan Kesal, Cafer Köse, Gürkan Aydin
Turkey/France/Italy
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of April 24, 2009**

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