Friday, May 18, 2012

A quick guide to the weekend's new movies

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2012 at 4:14 PM

There's something for every imaginable taste opening on local screens today.

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
This lightweight but enjoyable diversion by director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) follows the adventures of a group of seniors who decide to spend their golden years in India. Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, and Tom Wilkinson star in a film that gives the older set a well-deserved chance to strut its stuff. Wide Release.




MORE MOVIES AFTER THE JUMP...

BATTLESHIP
It's the U.S. Navy versus the aliens in this summer smash-'em-up from director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights). Wide Release.




FOOTNOTE
This Israeli drama about Talmudic scholars earned a Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination this year and won the Best Screenplay award at last year's Cannes Film Festival. At Chalmette Movies.




HOW TO GROW A BAND
Documentary follows genre-smashing band Punch Brothers and leader Chis Thile as they try to innovate their way to glory. Full review here. At Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.




THE DICTATOR
Sasha Baron Cohen re-imagines the modern Fascist ruler. Review here. Wide Release.




GOD BLESS AMERICA
Director Bobcat Goldthwait returns with this black comedy about modern-day Bonnie and Clyde who rampage because they've had enough of crass popular culture. At Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.




BOOKER'S PLACE: A MISSISSIPPI STORY
In this new documentary, the son of a filmmaker whose televised interview with black club-owner Booker Wright about racism in 1965 led to violent retribution returns to Greenwood, Mississippi. At Chalmette Movies.




THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE
Documentary on musician and performance artist Genesis P-Orridge, who went through a series of sex re-assignment surgeries to better resemble his wife. At Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.




WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING
The title pretty much sums it up. Wide release.

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