Friday, 22 April 2011

Film Fan Friday for Friday April 22, 2011

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday April 22, 2011! Happy Good Friday, Earth Day and upcoming Easter weekend! I'm surprized we don't have a family pick of the week but we still have lots to choose from!

In limited release this week we have including 4 Canadian films. 4! I think that is a record! I think I will say that one more time - 4 Canadian films out this week. Let's start with the CanCon! We have the science fiction/thriller Repeaters, social media romantic comedy of Textuality, Toronto-set/rave culture and immigrant story of Lost Journey and The High Cost of Living. We also have the documentary Bill Cunningham New York and big focus on history this week with a re-telling of Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in La Rafle and the Chinese drama/history film The Warring States.

In wide release this week we have the April Book to Film Club Selection of Water for Elephants, based on the book by Sara Gruen and follows a veterinary student (played by Robert Pattinson) who runs away with the traveling circus. I'm really looking forward to this one, even though I didn't super love the book. Water for Elephants also stars Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, & Hal Holbrook and is directed by Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend). Also out in wide release and Earth Day tie in is African Cats, a nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild. We also have Tyler Perry's latest with Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family and Bollywood release of Dum Maaro Dum.

Have a great Easter & Earth Day weekend!

Shannon

Friday April 22,2011 Releases

African Cats
Dir: Alastair Fothergill (Earth) & Keith Scholey - feature film directorial debut
Documentary, Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer,

Bill Cunningham New York
Dir: Richard Press - feature film directorial debut
Documentary
USA/France
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Dum Maaro Dum
Dir: Rohan Sippy (Bluffmaster!, Kuch Naa Kaho)
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu
India
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

The High Cost of Living
Dir: Deborah Chow - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Zach Braff, Isabelle Blaise, Patrick Labbe
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Lost Journey
Writer/Dir: Ant Horasanli - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Andy Madadian, Shiva Negar, Reza Sholeh, Pedram Ziaei, Hamid Savalanpour
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family
Writer/Dir: Tyler Perry (For Colored Girls, Why Did I Get Married Too?, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, Madea Goes to Jail)
Cast: Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine, Shad “Bow Wow” Moss, David Mann, Cassi Davis, Tamela Brown Mann, Lauren London, Isaiah Mustafa, Rodney Perry, Shannon Kane
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

La Rafle.
Writer/Dir: Rose Bosch (Animal)
Cast: Jean Reno, Mélanie Laurent, Gad Elmaleh, Raphaëlle Agogué, Hugo Leverdez, Joseph Weismann
France/Germany/Hungary
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Repeaters
Dir: Carl Bessai (Mothers&Daughters, Normal, Unnatural & Accidental)
Cast: Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, Richard de Klerk, Benjamin Ratner, Teach Grant, Alexia Fast, Anja Savcic
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Textuality
Dir: Warren P. Sonoda (Coopers' Camera, 5ive Girls, Ham & Cheese)
Cast: Jason Lewis, Carly Pope, Kristen Hager, Eric McCormack
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

The Warring States
Dir: Chen Jin (Mini, Love Story by Tea, Love in the Internet Generation)
Cast: Degang Guo, Huang Haibing, Wu Jiang
China
Limited Release
No Official Film Site Found, IMDb Page, Trailer

Water for Elephants
Dir: Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend)
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, James Frain, Hal Holbrook
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of April 22, 2011**

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