A Dangerous Method Wed, 11/23/11
A hot Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) meets a wounded Sabine Spielrein (Keira Knightly) in Victorian Vienna, and saves her troubled psyche with talk therapy-a practice spearheaded by Jung's distant mentor Dr. Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). As Spielrein improves, she goes to school for psychology herself, graduates into practice and falls into the arms of the married Dr. Jung.
Cast: Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, Sarah Gadon, Vincent Cassel
Director: David Cronenberg
Screenwriter: Christopher Hampton
My Week with Marilyn Wed, 11/23/11
Brits didn't love Marilyn Monroe as much as the Americans, so when she went to England to shoot The Prince and the Showgirl, the boys across the pond were all "Meh-rilyn." When her husband left the country, production assistant Colin Clark was assigned to escort the beauty around. Further exposure to the star made at least one Englishman change his vote on her wiles. Based on the titular biography.
Director: Simon Curtis
Writer: Adrian Hodges
Stars: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh
Rampart Wed, 11/23/11
By the mid '90s, multiple police brutality cases had made the LAPD look like a band of bigots. The Rampart office in East LA had the worst record, and men like Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson) were part of the problem. Dangerously comfortable with authority (and bigamously married to two sisters), Dave's time on the force is up. This is Rampart's Oscar qualifying run—and Harrelson's big push for a nom.
Director: Oren Moverman
Writers: Oren Moverman, James Ellroy
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver
The Seminarian Fri, 11/25/11
A closeted seminary student boils with affection for a would-be Internet lover as he writes his dissertation on "God's Gift of Love"—a touchy subject since his brand of love is considered a pestilence by his teachers and his church. Prepare thyself for extensively veiled language and tragically unnecessary sexual frustration. Gay heartthrob Mark Cirillo (Going Down in La-La Land) stars.
Director: Joshua Lim
Writer: Joshua Lim
Stars: Mark Cirillo, Linda J. Carter, Philip Willcox
Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyan Trungpa Rinpoche Fri, 11/25/11
It's seldom we have just one person to credit for a major trend in modern thought, but even if Chogyam Trungpa wasn't single handedly responsible for America's post-war interest in Buddhism, his teaching, his timing and his outspokenness were evident contributors to the America's connection to Eastern thought and its pervasiveness in everything from our art to our politics.
Director: Johanna Demetrakas
A Brighter Summer Day/Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian
(originally released in Taiwan 1991) Fri, 11/25/11
This extensively lauded (if super-long) Chinese-language film about a killing among youth-gangs in Taipei starts in 1960s Taiwan after the exodus of people from Mao's mainland China has created a population of immigrants and defectors who've spawned a generation of children desperate for an identity. This true story was released in Taiwan in 1991 and is seeing US theaters for the first time this week.
Director: Edward Yang
Writers: Hung Hung, Mingtang Lai, Edward Yang, Alex Yang
Stars: Chen Chang, Lisa Yang and Guozhu Zhang
Desi Boys Fri, 11/25/11
This Indian Full Monty rebuff watches two brothers-slash-roomates lose their high-incomes and turn to stripping to survive. Jettisoned from a life of tolerable cohabitation into a disco-inferno of bitter rivalry and lower wages, these guys are in danger of losing their girlfriends, their bachelor pad and the nephew they were affectionately raising. It'll leave us asking, "What'll happen? And how'd they get those abs?"
Director: Rohit Dhawan
Writer: Rohit Dhawan
Stars: Bruna Abdalah, John Abraham, Rajat Barmecha
Genre: Comedy, Hindi-language, subtitled
House of Pleaures/L'Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close) Fri, 11/25/11 World
Earlier titled House of Tolerance, this film about a brothel during the French Belle Époque both romanticizes prostitution and reviles its exploitation. Director Bertrand Bonello wanted to make a film about the dynamics of women and chose a brothel as the location. Naturally, the environs are pretty and the ladies are threatened, but when business is pleasure, moments of rapture are expected.
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Writer: Bertrand Bonello
Stars: Hafsia Herzi, Céline Sallette, Jasmine Trinca
Romantics Anonymous Fri, 11/25/11 World
Timidity and passion seldom go hand in hand but when a chocolatier and a sweet shop owner meet, their shared love of truffles makes their slowly simmering urges rise to a rolling boil. Good for them! But really, quite bad for the chocolate. If you loved Chocolat, why not try its authentically French counterpart?
Director: Jean-Pierre Améris
Writers: Jean-Pierre Améris, Philippe Blasband
Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carré, Lorella Cravotta
The Artist Wed, 11/23/11 world
George Valentin is an actor with such appeal he has the world at his perfectly adorned feet-until he stumbles upon Peppy Miller, the girl he loves despite his wife, and who he helps despite his career decline as a silent actor during the rise of talkies. This international spectacle is swimming in charm, just the thing that made those silent black and whites twinkle and shine.
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Writer: Michel Hazanavicius
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Anne Miller, Missi Pyle, Uggy
The Edge/Kray Wed, 11/23/11 World
Just after WWII, Soviet soldiers in Siberia are icons of victory and strength—and walking case studies of PTSD. German soldiers, on the other hand, are trying to trade identities with their more successful neighbors, from whom they can't stray too far in this barren snowland. Besides Twilight, it's the only place on earth where taking off your shirt is always a dramatic gesture.
Director: Aleksei Uchitel
Writers: Aleksandr Gonorovsky
Stars: Sergey Garmash, Aleksei Gorbunov, Vyacheslav Krikunov