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More Selected Upcoming Releases: May 14-28

10 May 2010

Again, from The New York Times report on films being released through the summer (5/2/10):

May 14

THE BEST WORST MOVIE Michael Stephenson’s documentary looks back to his childhood experience as one of the stars of Claudio Fragasso’s 1990 horror film “Troll 2,” once rated “the worst film of all time” by the users of the Internet Movie Database.

DADDY LONGLEGS A divorced father (Ronald Bronstein) fights for the affection of his two young sons (Sage and Frey Ranaldo) during their annual two-week vacation together. From the filmmaking brothers Ben and Joshua Safdie (“The Pleasure of Being Robbed”).

HERE AND THERE Parallel stories: a cynical American (David Thornton) travels to Serbia in search of someone who will pay to marry him to gain United States citizenship; in New York, a Serbian émigré (Branislav Trifunovic), struggles to raise the money to bring his fiancée to the States. With Cyndi Lauper; Darko Lungulov wrote and directed.

THE LIVING WAKE Learning he has only 24 hours to live, a pretentious performance artist (Mike O’Connell) persuades his only friend (Jesse Eisenberg) to help him stage his farewell appearance at a “living wake.” Sol Tryon directed.

LOOKING FOR ERIC Unhappy with his life, a mailman (Steve Evets) finds inspiration in the philosophy of his favorite soccer player, Eric Cantona (who plays himself). The British social realist Ken Loach (“Raining Stones”) directed this comedy, set in Manchester, from a script by his regular collaborator, Paul Laverty.

PRINCESS KAILULANI Q’orianka Kilcher of “The New World” stars as the Hawaiian princess who resisted American colonization. Marc Forby directed; with Barry Pepper, Will Patton and Julian Glover.

TIMER In the world of the future everyone will have a personal timer that provides a countdown to the moment when they will meet their life partner. But one young Los Angeles woman (Emma Caulfield) is horrified to find that her timer is blank; she takes a chance and falls for a supermarket clerk (John Patrick Amedori). Jac Schaeffer directed.

TOUCHING HOME Twin brothers Logan and Noah Miller wrote and directed this fictionalized tribute to their father, a homeless alcoholic (Ed Harris) who nevertheless gave them the inspiration to try out as professional baseball players. With Brad Dourif.

May 19

TWO IN THE WAVE The complex relationship of best frenemies François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, recalled in a documentary by Emmanuel Laurent.

May 21

AFTER THE CUP: SONS OF SAKHNIN UNITED The story of Bnei Sakhnin, a soccer team composed of Arabs and Jews that won the Israeli Cup and became a model for ethnic relations — until its existence was threatened. Alexander H. Browne and Christopher Browne directed this documentary.

HOLY ROLLERS A Hasidic rabbinical student (Jesse Eisenberg) strays from the straight and narrow when he’s recruited as a drug smuggler by an Israeli dealer (Danny A. Abeckaser) and his glamorous girlfriend (Ari Graynor). Kevin Asch directed.

JOHN RABE A German businessman (Steve Buscemi) helps to rescue 200,000 civilians during the Imperial Japanese Army’s invasion of China’s Nanking province. With Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Brühl and Anne Consigny; Florian Gallenberger wrote and directed.

KITES The Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan plays an Indian dance instructor in love with a Latina in a film shot in the American Southwest by Anurag Basu.

PERRIER’S BOUNTY An Irish slacker (Cillian Murphy) struggles to pay his debt to an unforgiving gangster (Brendan Gleeson) in Ian Fitzgibbon’s suspense comedy. With Jim Broadbent.

May 27

THE JUCHE IDEA From the underground satirist Jim Finn, a mock documentary about a South Korean artist who moves north to create “insect-based bio-art” tributes to Kim Jong-il.

May 28

AGORA The female astronomer Hypatia of Alexandria (Rachel Weisz) works to save her city’s legendary library from destruction while being courted by an aristocrat (Oscar Isaac) and a slave (Max Minghella). Alejandro Amenábar (“The Others”) directed this Spanish production.

THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN In Mia Hansen-Love’s French film, a risk-taking producer (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) takes a tragic way out of a financial crisis, leaving his wife (Chiara Caselli) and children to deal with the consequences.

MICMACS The popular French comic Dany Boon stars in a special effects comedy directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“Amélie”) about a homeless man who enlists a community of resourceful misfits to help him get revenge on a pair of arms merchants (André Dussollier and Nicolas Marié).

PICASSO & BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES How the development of aviation and cinema affected the art of the Cubists, in a documentary directed by Arne Glimcher and narrated by Martin Scorsese.

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