The Trip to Spain

Rob Brydon [Rob] and Steve Coogan [Steve] in Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP TO SPAIN. Photo courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films release.
During last spring’s Tribeca Film Festival, one of the most enjoyable movies was The Trip to Spain. It  won me over simply for the two actor’s dueling impressions of Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and of course Michael Caine. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s midlife crises, mansplaining, trip—while damn hilarious—is darker than their previous films. It’s a neurotic treat for the insecure fools in all of us.

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Opening This Weekend: August 15

Frank

It appears that August has arrived with every last minute summer movie release including the kitchen sink! But viewer beware, just because Meryl Streep (The Giver) is in it doesn’t mean it’s a good film. August has a bad reputation for being the dumping ground for movies that just don’t fit anywhere (“summer blockbuster release, award season release? I just don’t know. Hey! Let release it in August!”). This makes me wonder, why is Guardians of the Galaxy being released in August?  The word around town is that this could be the best Marvel picture of them all. Is August becoming the new December?  

So, whether you choose to checkout that indie you’ve heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title below to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.


—Myrna E. Duarte

August 15
The Expendables 3

More guns, more action, more explosions, more actors, more of everything. The Expendables 3 is directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) and written by Sylvester Stallone andOlympus Has Fallen scribes Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt. Barney (SylvesterStallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill…or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables, but Barney has other plans with a new era of Expendables team members, younger, faster and more tech-savvy.

The Giver

The Giver is directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Saint, Catch a Fire, Salt) and adapted by newcomer Michael Mitnick. The haunting story, adapted from Lois Lowry’s young adult book of the same name, centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep also star in the film.

Dinosaur 13 (Limited)

Dinosaur 13 is a compelling enough film about a fierce legal battle that ensued for the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton that most of the public knows as Sue. The doc focuses on the diggers who found the skeleton and shows an exhausting and frustrating court case determining the rights to this history-making dino.
Frank (Limited)

Frank is directed by Lenny Abrahamason (What Richard Did) and written by Jon Ronson (author of The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). The film follows Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick, Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Frank’s uniqueness lies in the fact that he makes music purely for the joy of creating and because he wears a giant fake head. Could that be enough to make them a hit?
Life After Beth (Limited)

Life After Beth is written and directed by Jeff Baena (I Heart Huckabees) and premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Dane DeHaan stars in the film as Zach, devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza). But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her and, before long, Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse. John C. Reilly, Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser and Cheryl Hines all star in the film
The Trip to Italy (Limited)

Following their tasty, international comedy The Trip in 2010, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back for seconds with The Trip to Italy. The comedy sequel debuted at Sundance earlier this year, and is already airing for our friends across the pond on BBC. But here in the United States, the film will hit theaters sometime this year, and the first trailer has arrived to show off more fantastic impressions, in depth discussions on particular music, and in a bit of meta writing, the merit of sequels. 
Let’s Be Cops

Let’s Be Cops is directed by Luke Greenfield (The Girl Next Door) who co-wrote the film with Nicholas Thomas (“Canoga Park”). When two struggling pals (Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., both of the series “New Girl”) dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line. Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy and Andy Garcia also star in the film.



   

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Rooftop Films 18th Annual Summer Series Kicks off its Opening Weekend

Rooftop Films’ 18th Annual Summer Series begins tonight at Industry City with live music featuring Alsarah And The Nubatones, films, and more live music at the after party. This Is What We Mean By Short Films will highlight some of the most exciting and original short films from around the world. Following the screening, Rooftop Films will get things pumping with their post-screening after party.

On Saturday, May 17, Rooftop Films will present a special sneak preview screening of the international festival favorite and upcoming A24 Films release Obvious Child, a subversive, modern-day romantic comedy from writer/director Gillian Robespierre. Following the film will be a Q & A with filmmaker Gillian Robespierre, and of course an after party with more music and fun. MoviefiedNYC will be on the rooftop checking things out for our summer movie fans



Rooftop Films 2014 Summer Series Feature Films Line-up
(For trailers, tickets, and venue, click on the film’s title)

Afronauts (Friday, May 16, 2014)

Friday, May 16, 2014 
THIS IS WHAT WE MEAN BY SHORT FILMS
An eclectic selection of dynamic short films the U.S and around the world.  


Saturday, May 16, 2014

OBVIOUS CHILD (Gillian Robespierre) Opening Weekend Film

Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern gets dumped, fired, and pregnant just in time for the best/worst Valentine’s Day of her life in this film festival favorite. Courtesy of A24 Films. 


Wednesday, May 24, 2014

COLD IN JULY (Jim Mickle) NY Premiere

Jim Mickle’s Sundance hit is an ostensible thriller-cum-revenge flick, harking back to 80’s b-movies and delicately crafted around a simple premise that turns out to be anything but. Courtesy of IFC Films.



THURSDAY MAY 22, 2014

WE ARE THE BEST(Lukas Moodysson) Special Sneak Preview

Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson’s (Show Me LoveTogether) raucous and ebullient film about three pre-teen outcasts who form an all-girl punk band. Courtesy of Magnolia Films.


Friday, May 23, 2014
THE INFINITE MAN  (Hugh Sullivan) New York Premiere
A man’s attempts to construct the ultimate romantic weekend backfire when his quest for perfection traps his lover in an infinite loop.


Saturday, May 24
You might know some of these people and places, but you’ve never seen them quite like this. Ours is a city full of eccentric tycoons, chain-smokers, hip-hop aficionados, prophetic panhandlers, terrible roommates and fearless cliff diversand we like it that way. It’s your city. 

Thursday, May 29
Rooftop showcases the poetic, humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking beauty of life lived in the wild as we kick off our screenings atop the country’s largest rooftop farm.

Friday, May 30, 2014
PING PONG SUMMER (Michael Tully) NY Premiere

The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy thirteen-year-old white kid who’s obsessed with two things: ping pong and hip hop. During his family’s annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor. Ping Pong Summer is about that time in your life when you’re treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know deep down you’re as funky fresh as it gets. Courtesy of Gravitas Ventures.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Monday, June 2, 1014
AN HONEST LIAR (Justin Weinstein, Tyler Measom)

By his own admission, James “The Amazing” Randi is a liar, a cheat and a charlatan, but only in the name of entertainment. After leaving home at the age of seventeen to join the carnival, Randi carved out a career as one of the most daring and celebrated magicians of the last century, amazing audiences with his inimitable sleight of hand and impressive feats of escapism. Yet as he grew increasingly disdainful of psychics, gurus and chanellers, he took it upon himself to debunk their supernatural claims, unveiling the simple trickery borrowed from Randi’s cherished art form which enabled them to dupe the masses. 


Friday, June 6, 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014
These fun and frantic short films—comedy, drama, animation, music videos—tell the twisted tales of terrified souls caught in inescapable situations, trapped inside the machine.

Friday, June 13, 2014
THE SEARCH FOR EMAK BAKIA (Oskar Alegria) NY Premiere
In 1926, the Surrealist artist Man Ray created an experimental film titled Emak Bakia, shot along a forgotten stretch of the Basque coast. Today, a filmmaker retraces Man Ray’s steps by foot, using chance and the wind to guide him in this poetic, indefinable documentary.


Thursday, June 19, 2014
THE LAST SEASON (Sara Dosa) NY Premiere

Sara Dosa’s insightful directorial debut introduces viewers to the world of mushroom hunters in Chemult, Oregon, charting the relationships that are cultivated between men and nature, and attesting to the power of families we create.


Friday, June 20, 2014
GIUSEPPE MAKES A MOVIE  (Adam Rifkin ) NY Premiere
Using his trailer park neighbors and homeless friends, former child-actor Giuseppe Andrews (Independence Day, Detroit Rock City) has made 30 underground feature films for almost no money. This is the stranger-than-fiction story of him making his newest film, “Garbonzo Gas.” Winner of a Rooftop Filmmakers Fund grant. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

LIVING STARS (Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat) NY Premiere

Free screening. No script, no plot, just music and gyrating bodies. Living Stars is a sixty-minute dance party and everyone’s invited!

Friday, June 27, 2014

FIVE STAR (Keith Miller)

Free Show. In a blend of fiction and reality, Five Star explores the relationship between two men, Primo, a five star general in the Bloods, and John, a young man trying to decide whether gang life is the path for him. As Primo mentors John in the workings of the gang world, a secret threatens both men’s futures. Winner of a Rooftop Filmmakers Fund grant.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

SKANKS (David McMahon) NY Premiere

A small community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounts an original drag musical, “Skanks in a One Horse Town.” The cast of amateur performers bond to form a family of sorts while creating an unconventional show in the religion and football-obsessed south.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
THE DISOBEDIENT (Mina Djukic) NY Premiere

Running through life with wild abandon, lifelong friends Leni and Lazar set out on an improvised countryside bike trip. Like tiny tornadoes they whirl around rural Serbia resulting in the type of destruction that can only come from true, disastrous love.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

THANKSGIVING (Adam Newport-Berra) World Premiere

Alex & Amy are the perfect Brooklyn couple. They have a cat, a Thanksgiving table of bohemian friends, and a glowing future together. Yet the sudden holiday appearance of Amy’s mysterious brother Will quickly disrupts their idyllic lifestyle and calls into question what we’re truly “thankful” for.

Saturday, July 5, 2014
THE NOTORIOUS MR. BOUT (Tony Gerber, Maxim Pozdorovkin)

Viktor Bout: Ruthless businessman and arms trader; The Merchant of Death; a man desperately hunted by the DEA and UN Arms investigators alike; friend and supporter of genocidal Congolese leader Jean-Pierre Bemba; an elusive figure who could not be photographed; home video enthusiast. As a young entrepreneur in the newly capitalist Soviet Union, Bout saw opportunity in a climate where desperation was high. While his countrymen were fighting in the streets for necessities as simple as food, Bout began importing basic and luxury consumer goods from the other side of the recently-crumbled iron curtain.


Thursday, July 10, 2014
HAPPY CHRISTMAS (Joe Swanberg) Special Sneak Preview

Anna Kendrick stars as a newly single woman who crashes with her brother and wreaks havoc on his household in Joe Swanberg’s delicate comedy, which also features energetic turns by Melanie Lynskey and Lena Dunham. Courtesy of Magnolia Films.


Friday, July 11, 2014

BROKEN HEARTED: TWISTED, ROMANTIC SHORT FILMS

A collection of short films that look at love from a different angle and gaze longingly into the darker corners of lust and love. Films include award the directorial debut of Rose McGowan.

Saturday, June 12, 214
KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER  (David Zellner) Special Sneak Preview

Austin-based filmmakers the Zellner brothers return to Rooftop with a touching absurdist odyssey starring Rinko Kikuchi as a Japanese woman who believes Fargo is a true story and ventures to Minnesota in search of the stolen money hidden during the classic Coen brothers film.


Thursday, July 15, 2014

DUSTY STACKS OF MOM AND DOC SHORTS


Wednesday, July 16, 2014
DEADLY PONIES GANG  (Zoe McIntosh) International Premiere

Clint and Dwayne are two of a kind. The kind that start a pimped-out pony gang (ponies replete with glitter, oversized sunglasses, and bling) on the edges of rural New Zealand. Riding through town the duo deals some drugs, tries to snuggle up to some ladies, and attempts a fundraiser for new teeth while learning the lengths people will go for their mates.


Friday, July 18, 2014

MATEO (Aaron I. Naar) NY Premiere

Part of Rooftop Films SXSW weekend. Matthew Stoneman, a “white guy” from New Hampshire, learned to play authentic and fluent Spanish songs while serving time in an LA prison for robbery. At once his worst enemy and greatest fan, this is the unlikely story of Matthew (Mateo) busking the streets, traveling to Cuba and attempting to record his newest bolero record (romantic Latin tunes).

Saturday, July 19, 2014
10,000 KM (LONG DISTANCE) (Carlos Marques-Marcet) Special Sneak Preview

Part of Rooftop Films SXSW Weekend

Separated by 10,000 kilometers, Alexandra and Sergi must rely on virtual communication to keep the flame of their relationship alive. But with their realities no longer shared and the touch of one another gone, the technology that has supposedly brought the world closer together may just tear them apart.


Thursday, July 25, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014
No city in the world produces more independent films than New York City, with more films being made each year. This short film program showcases the energetic diversity of work being produced here in the capital of the indie film world, including Luke Meyer’s short documentary Unlocking the Truth.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
THE CASE OF THE THREE SIDED DREAM (Adam Kahan) Special Sneak Preview. Free Screening. Multi-instrumentalist, civil rights activist and worshipper at the church of dreams, Rahsaan Roland Kirk overcame blindness, paralysis and social injustice to fundamentally alter the landscape of jazz.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR (Desiree Akhavan) Special Sneak Preview

Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.


Friday, August 1, 2014
R100  (Hitoshi Matsumoto) NY Premiere

When a mild-mannered Japanese mattress salesman joins a hidden, mysterious S&M club that specializes in surprising its clients in public and applying sadistic, sexual torture in any place at any time he soon realizes the price for pleasure may be too high. Courtesy of Drafthouse Films.


Saturday, August 2, 2014
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (Ana Lily Amirpour) Special Sneak Preview
A mysterious female vampire haunts an Iranian ghost town and falls for one of its alienated locals in this fantastical black-and-white romance. Produced by Elijah Wood, the Sundance-acclaimed title is a daring, original take on the genre.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

FOREST OF THE DANCING SPIRITS (Linda Västrik) NY Premiere

Deep within one of the world’s last untouched rainforests lives the Yaka/ Mbendjele tribe, a group of hunter-gatherers from the Congo Basin, who are about to discover the Western world’s intense lust for “progress.” Beyond just an ethnographic study, award-winning filmmaker Linda Västrik imbues each lush frame with humor, heartbreak and vibrant storytelling.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
THE ONE I LOVE (Charlie McDowell) Special Sneak Preview

A married couple on the brink of separation escapes to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to salvage what’s left of their relationship. That’s about where normalcy ends in this highly original, dizzyingly bizarre directorial debut from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell. Courtesy of Radius-TWC.


A few more with dates yet to be announced

Pulp (Florian Habicht) Special Sneak Preview
One of the greatest bands to come out of the ‘90s is captured in this intimate and imaginative documentary, structured around Pulp’s final concert in their hometown of Sheffield.  Pulp is a music-film like no other–at once a concert film, a nostalgic look back at an iconic band, and a thoughtful and sweetly charming tribute to the hometown fans that fell in love with them. Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.

She’s Lost Control (Anja Marquardt ) Special Sneak Preview
Part of Rooftop Films SXSW Weekend. Focusing on the life of a sex surrogate working in Manhattan, Anja Marquardt’s impressively assured directorial debut casts a penetrating gaze on the complexities of professional intimacy.

The Trip To Italy (Michael Winterbottom) Special Sneak Preview

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reprise their roles as themselves in this follow-up to the acclaimed The Trip in yet another off-the-cuff food adventure. Six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy. Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and ending in Capri. Courtesy of IFC Films.


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The 51st New York City Film Festival: Daily Still – Alan Partridge

The 51st New York Film Festival (NYFF) has opened with 17 days of exciting world premieres, award winners from Cannes, Berlin, and Venice, retrospective screenings, spotlights on emerging filmmakers, panels, galas and much more! Join us here MoviefiedNYC, as we bring you our daily selection of the one film playing today that we think you shouldn’t miss. Happy NYFF!

  
Photo: Courtesy of The 51st New York City Film Festival

Alan Partridge directed by Declan Lowney 
UK/France

Those who have hungered for the long-gestating big-screen debut of Steve Coogan’s singular comic creation need wait no longer: Alpha Papa has landed and it is uproariously funny. Since 1994, the BBC’s four series The Day Today, Knowing Me Knowing You, I’m Alan Partridge and Midmorning Matters have chronicled the hilarious downward trajectory of the vain and obliviously tactless Alan Partridge, from failed television talk-show host to obnoxious regional radio broadcaster, mercilessly skewering English mediocrity and media ineptitude along the way. When the staff of Radio Norwich is seized at gunpoint by down-sized DJ Pat (Colm Meaney), a siege scenario somewhere between Dog Day Afternoon and Die Hard is set in motion and Alan is obliged to risk his life by serving as the intermediary. As events escalate, our blunderingly self-aggrandizing hero is not entirely unhappy to find himself at the center of a media circus: can he save the day and, more importantly, resuscitate his career? All together now: “A-ha!” A Magnolia Pictures release.

Series: NYFF51: Official Selection
Venue: Alice Tully Hall

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