Temple Grandin
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An HBO biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who “overcame the limitations imposed on her by her condition to become an expert in the field of animal husbandry.” The movie is nominated for three Golden Globes, including Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Nominated for 15 Emmys, seven of which they won (including Outstanding Made for Television Movie).
IMDB User Rating: 8.4 (3,120 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: 100% (6 reviews)
Flixster User Rating: 95% (1,264 user ratings)
Release: Available on DVD.
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Golden Globe® winner Claire Danes (My So Called Life, Romeo+ Juliet, The Family Stone) gives a triumphant and memorable performance as Temple Grandin, an autistic young woman who became one of America’s most remarkable success stories. No ordinary biopic, HBO Films’ Temple Grandin tackles the life story of an extraordinary human being who went on to become a scientist, best-selling author and groundbreaking animal advocate despite the challenges of autism. Called “extraordinary” (TV Guide), “fascinating” (Entertainment Weekly) and “brilliant” (The Denver Post), Temple Grandin chronicles Dr. Grandin’s early diagnosis; her turbulent growth and development; the enduring support she received from her mother, aunt and science teacher; and her emergence as a highly-functional and esteemed scientist whose innate sensitivity and understanding of animal behavior led her to revolutionize the cattle industry. To try to help viewers understand autism, the visually inventive film goes beyond Grandin’s words, taking audiences inside her mind via a series of snapshot images that trace her self-perceptions, allowing insight into how an autistic person processes the world around them. Dr. Grandin holds a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois. A full professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, Grandin speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling. Over half the cattle in North America are handled in humane systems she has designed. The film Temple Grandin is based on the books Emergence by Grandin and Margaret Scariano and Thinking in Pictures by Grandin. The film co-stars Catherine O’Hara as Grandin’s aunt Ann (A Mighty Wind), Julia Ormand (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as her mother Eustacia and Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) as her high school science teacher Dr. Carlock. Directed by three-time DGA winner Mick Jacksons (Tuesdays With Morrie, HBO’s Live from Bagdad and Indictment: The McMartin Trial), from a screenplay by Christopher Monger (The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain) and WGA winner William Merritt Johnson (HBO’s In Treatment).

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Udaan
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Premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard (A Certain Glance) category, he first Indian film to be selected in seven years. The film won the Audience Choice Award along with the trophy for Best Music Score at the 40th Giffoni Film Festival in Italy.
IMDB User Rating: 8.4 (1,879 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: no reviews yet
Flixster User Rating: 86% (351 user ratings)
Release: The film was released in the US on July 16th, grossing $2,715 in two days from two theatres. The movie is available on Netflix Watch Instantly or on DVD.
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After being abandoned for eight straight years in boarding school, Rohan returns to the small industrial town of Jamshedpur and finds himself closeted with an authoritarian father and a younger half brother who he didnt even know existed. Forced to work in his fathers steel factory and study engineering against his wishes, he tries to forge his own life out of his given circumstances and pursue his dream of being a writer.

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Tucker & Dale vs Evil
Notes: Eli Craig
, director of the acclaimed short film The Tao of Pong, makes his feature directorial debut with the Canadian horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as one of the films selected for the Park City at Midnight category. Co-written by Morgan Jurgenson, the story follows two West Virginian hillbillies who go on vacation to their dilapidated mountain cabin, but their peaceful trip goes horribly awry when a bunch of college kids show up. Basically, it’s the story of the typical hillbilly horror film told from the other side. And as it turns out, the hillbillies aren’t evil, and are only mistaken as psycho killers through a series of misconstrued circumstances. The film stars Tyler Labine, who most people will recognize from the television series Reaper, alongside Alan Tudyk, who most people will recognize from the television series Firefly. The film co-stars Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Brandon Jay McLaren, Christie Laing and Chelan Simmons.IMDB User Rating: 8.4 (689 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: 100% (5 reviews)
Flixster User Rating: 90% (288 user ratings)
Release: The movie has been on a film festival tour since Sundance and is set to be released in Canada in Spring 2011. No word on if the movie will hit theaters stateside, but if not, expect it on DVD late next year.
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“The hillbillies from the store captured Alison!” Tucker and Dale, two hillbillies heading to their “fixer-upper” cabin for some relaxin’, discover they ain’t alone in them woods. They encounter an SUV full of vacationing college kids, and Dale unintentionally creeps them out. But later, as he and Tucker are fishing, Dale rescues one of them—the pretty blond Alison—after she falls into the lake. Assuming she’s been captured, the indomitably preppy college kids rally to find her. A comically macabre battle between Izods and overalls, Eli Craig’s ingenious send-up of the horror genre recounts a simple misunderstanding gone grotesquely wrong. Our hillbilly psycho killers are actually sweet as pie; it’s the judgmental college kids who have “issues.” Craig lovingly embraces clichés, dispensing humor and gore in equal parts as we watch the educated class blunder to its demise. Nature, beer, and a rising body count—what better way to spend Memorial Day?

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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Notes: 163-minute sci-fi comedy anime adaptation of Nagaru Tanigawa’s popular manga. The film won the Best Theatrical Film award at the 2010 Animation Kobe Awards.
IMDB User Rating: 8.4 (151 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: no reviews yet
Flixster User Rating: 97% (52 user ratings)
Release: Released in Japanese theaters on February 6th, 2010 and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on December 18th, 2010. Not yet released stateside.
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It is mid-december, and SOS Brigade chief Haruhi Suzumiya announces that the Brigade is going to hold a Christmas party in their clubroom, with Japanese hotpot for dinner. The brigade members Kyon, Yuki Nagato, Mikuru Asahina and Itsuki Koizumi start preparing everything for the party, such as costumes and decorations. But a couple of days later, Kyon arrives at school only to find that Haruhi is missing. Not only that, but Mikuru claims she has never known Kyon before, Koizumi is also missing, and Yuki has become the sole member of the literature club. The SOS Brigade seems to have never existed, nor has Haruhi Suzumiya. No one in the school has ever heard about her… except for Kyon.

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The Pillars of the Earth
Notes: This Historical dramatc thriller is an adaptation of Ken Follett’s novel. Released as an eight-episode miniseries on the Starz premium cable network. Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. The cast includes Ian McShane (Deadwood), Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne and Hayley Atwell.
IMDB User Rating: 8.3 (3,278 votes)
Release: Available on Netflix Watch Instantly or DVD.
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The Pillars of the Earth is set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. In that time, there rises a magnificent Cathedral in Kingsbridge. Against the backdrop, love-stories entwine: Tom, the master builder, Aliena, the noblewoman, the sadistic Lord William, Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge, Jack, the artist in stone work and Ellen, the woman from the forest who casts a curse. At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age. Follett masterfully weaves these stories through political turmoil of 12th century England, creating a relevant and viable world for today’s audience and for generations to come.

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13 Assassins
Notes: Directed by Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike, best known for Ichi the Killer, Audition and Three… Extremes. The movie premiered at the Venice/Toronto Film Festivals in September 2010, and has garnered high acclaim on the festival circuit, which includes a stop at Fantastic Fest. Cinematical called the film “a handsomely mounted samurai adventure that rewards the patient viewer with a rock-’em-sock-’em finale worthy of a Saturday afternoon matinee.”
IMDB User Rating: 8.2 (157 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: no score yet (4 out of 5 positive reviews)
Release: The Magnolia owned genre arm Magnet has plans to release the film in theaters and VOD in early 2011.
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A gorgeously realized, bravura samurai action film in the tradition of Seven Samurai, 13 ASSASSINS is being hailed as one of the best films of Miike’s prolific career. Set in 1844 Japan, and based on a 1963 film of the same name, 13 ASSASSINS stars Koji Yakusho (Tokyo Sonata and Babel), and brings together the cream of Japan’s acting talent. Yakusho plays a brave samurai who assembles an elite team of thirteen killers to assassinate the brother of the Shogun, a sadistic and well protected young lord who’s above the law, raping and killing innocents with impunity. The film culminates in a mind-blowing, forty-five minute battle sequence that rivals anything seen before in the genre.

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The Way Back
Notes: Directed by Peter Weir (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Truman Show, Dead Poets Society, Witness) and starring Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, and Saoirse Ronan. The film is loosely based on a memoir titled The Long Walk by Slawomir Rawicz, and tells the dramatic story of a group of prisoners who escaped from a Siberian gulag during World War II. The Telegraph called the film “A journey that feels awful and heroic and unfathomable – and one you’ll want to watch again.”
IMDB User Rating: 8.2 (416 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: 83% (24 reviews)
Flixster User Rating: 76% (6,650 user ratings)
Release: In theaters now.
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Inspired by Slavomir Rawicz’s acclaimed book, “The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom” as well as other real life accounts, six time Oscar nominated director Peter Weir’s (“Witness”, “Master And Commander”, & “Dead Poet’s Society”) “The Way Back” is a remarkable adventure story chronicling the escape of a small group of multi-national prisoners from a Siberian gulag in 1940 and their epic life affirming journey over thousands of miles across five hostile countries. Stars Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan.

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IMAX: Hubble 3D
Notes: The highest grossing film on the list with a total of $80.9 million in the US — that’s a lot of sold out shows at science museums.
IMDB User Rating: 8.2 (357 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: 87% (30 reviews)
Flixster User Rating: 88% (2,222 user ratings)
Release: In theaters now.
Official Synopsis:

Experience the gripping story – full of hope, crushing disappointment, dazzling ingenuity, bravery, and triumph – in Hubble 3D, the seventh awe-inspiring film from the award-winning IMAX® Space Team. Through the power of IMAX® 3D, Hubble 3D will enable moviegoers to journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt some of the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. The film will offer an inspiring and unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s legacy and highlight its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, Hubble 3D reunites the Space Station 3D filmmaking team, led by Producer/Director Toni Myers. James Neihouse, Director of Photography, also doubles as the Astronaut crew trainer. Judy Carroll is Associate Producer, and Graeme Ferguson, Co-founder of IMAX and pioneer Producer of many IMAX space films, is Executive Producer. Hubble 3D is an IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures production, in cooperation with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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