Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
For his first original screenplay since 1974’s The Conversation, Coppola reportedly mined his own experiences for this tale of two brothers (Vincent Gallo and Alden Ehrenreich) trying to come to terms with their complex family history. Set in contemporary Buenos Aires, Tetro was filmed in black and white, a style that Coppola last employed in 1983’s Rumble Fish.
Directed by Robert Kenner
Moviegoers aren’t likely to rush to the supermarket after seeing this disturbing exposé of the under-regulated, profit-mad American food industry. It’s time to plant that garden.
Directed by Duncan Jones
After three years alone on the moon, a spaceman of the near future (Sam Rockwell) begins hallucinating and eventually wakes up to find that he’s sharing the ship with an exact replica of … himself. This is the first feature for Jones, whose father is David Bowie.
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
The Kansas City, Missouri, Public Library’s annual summer Off the Wall film series gets in on the recent vampire craze by screening the mean, witty 1987 story of Oklahoma bloodsuckers. Bill Paxton and Lance Henriksen, heroes in the previous summer’s Aliens, star as undead creeps. (Bigelow was married to Aliens director James Cameron at the time.) Helping curate for the library this time: Onion A.V. Club film editor Scott Tobias, drawing from his popular online essay series “The New Cult Canon.” The film screens, well, near dark: Be at the library (14 West 10th Street) on time for the 8:45 p.m. start, and hope for good weather — this is an outdoor series, on the roof of the building. See kclibrary.org for details.
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Guy Pearce go to war in this intense drama about a bomb-defusing unit stationed in Baghdad at the height of the Iraq War. Look for cameos by Ralph Fiennes and David Morse.
June 26–July 9
At press time, the schedule was just about ready for this annual showcase, held again at Tivoli Cinemas. A new wrinkle this time: the juried “Out Here Now” contest, with a $250 prize for the best gay-themed short film. Bookmark kcgayfilmfest.com to stay informed.
Directed by Michael Mann
Johnny Depp is John Dillinger, 1930s bank robber extraordinaire; Christian Bale is FBI superagent Melvin Purvis, hot on his trail, Tommy gun in hand. Director Mann (Miami Vice, Heat) knows a thing or two about showdowns and shootouts.
Directed by Larry Charles
Sacha Baron Cohen jettisons Borat for Brüno, a gay, hot-pants-wearing Australian fashion reporter. Beyond that, words fail us.
Directed by Woody Allen
Allen returns to Manhattan after an extended European vacation and casts Larry David as a hypochondriac physicist whose spirits are lifted when he befriends and later weds a dippy 20-year-old (Evan Rachel Wood). The film is reportedly based on a script Allen wrote 30 years ago — luckily, neuroticism is timeless.
Directed by Lynn Shelton
It seemed like a fun idea at the time: Ben (Mark Duplass) and Andrew (Joshua Leonard), lifelong buds, get high at a party where they agree, in front of witnesses, to “do it” (with each other) for a sex-tape film festival. Their girlfriends are amused, and then … they’re not.
Directed by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte
In the days preceding Muhammad Ali and George Foreman’s 1974 fight, musical giants such as James Brown, B.B. King, Bill Withers and Celia Cruz gathered in Zaire for a three-day concert. Oscar winner Levy-Hinte (When We Were Kings) has restored a mountain of found footage of the concert and the chaos that surrounded it for this high-energy doc.
Directed by David Yates
A nerdy, but increasingly sexy, teenage boy with magical powers and an invisibility cloak learns the true history of his archenemy, whose name we dare not utter.
Directed by Marc Webb
A Los Angeles greeting-card writer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) finds true love in the form of a beautiful co-worker (Zooey Deschanel) in this romantic comedy that counts the days of their up-and-down relationship.
Directed by Armando Iannucci
British satirist Iannucci (BBC’s The Thick of It) goes to Washington in this fictional riff on the political scrambling — British and American alike — that preceded the Iraq War. Starring Tom Hollander and featuring James Gandolfini as an American general who speaks in snappy one-liners.
Directed by David Fincher
Where is your mind? Don’t ask Tyler Durden. The Off the Wall film series continues at 8:45 tonight at the Kansas City Public Library (14 West 10th Street). See kclibrary.org for details.
Directed by Nora Ephron
Ephron adapts Julie Powell’s memoir of the year she spent making all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s classic cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Amy Adams portrays Powell, whose inner musings on Child’s life and times are enacted by none other than Meryl Streep. Looking forward to that accent.
Directed by Nicholas Jasenovec
In a documentary that’s not really a documentary, comedian Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up) conducts interviews to see if anyone still believes in true love. Enter actor Michael Cera, playing himself (sort of) and falling for Yi, who, in real life, is already his girlfriend. Got that?
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
From first-time director Blomkamp and producer Peter Jackson, a sci-fi epic about extraterrestrials that landed in South Africa 30 years ago, only to be captured, segregated and brutally mistreated by the government. The rest of the plot is a secret (so far), but we all know what happens when you piss off a space creature.
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
In this new film from Disney, master Japanese animator Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle) creates his take on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.” Here, a goldfish named Ponyo longs to become human. (Looks like Ariel has competition.)
Directed by Ang Lee
The Brokeback Mountain director lightens up for this tie-dyed adaptation of Elliot Tiber’s terrific Woodstock memoir. Tiber, played here by comedian Demetri Martin, isn’t famous, but his family’s dilapidated motel was ground zero for the iconic festival.
Directed by Robert Schwentke
Henry (Eric Bana), a Chicago librarian, is forever bouncing around in time (literally). This makes life and marriage hard for his wife, Clare (Rachel McAdams), whose attempts to hold him still are captured in this film version of Audrey Niffenegger’s bestseller.
Directed by Richard Kelly
Film fans still argue about just how classic this exemplar of new cultness really is. Puzzle anew at its time-bending logic and its geek status tonight, this time with less snickering at the now-sainted Patrick Swayze. The movie starts at 8:45 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library (14 West 10th Street). See kclibrary.org for details.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Blame the bad spelling of the title on those infernal Nazis, who refer to the band of American, Jewish soldier-assassins led by Brad Pitt as “The Basterds.” Tarantino’s World War II action flick also stars Diane Kruger, B.J. Novak (The Office), Hostel writer-director Eli Roth and the mighty Cloris Leachman.
Directed by Richard Curtis
It’s 1966, and rock and roll has yet to make it to the airwaves of the BBC, which controls all radio stations in England. So Philip Seymour Hoffman leads a renegade band of disc jockeys as they broadcast the devil’s music from a boat off the U.K. coast, in this comedy from the director of Love Actually.
Directed by Jean-François Richet
Vincent Cassel, who was so extraordinary as the mob boss’ son in David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, moves up the crime ladder in this four-hour epic about the action-packed life (murders, kidnappings — the works) of modern-day French criminal Jacques Mesrine.