Third Person: Crash director Paul Haggis' newest film gives us an all-star cast including: Liam Neeson, Kim Basinger, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis, and James Franco. Staying true to his Crash multi-protagonist format, Haggis presents to us three different stories intertwined by one mystery.
Venus in Fur: Roman Polanski's newest film caught the attention of Cannes Film Festival goers a month ago, and is finally opening in the US this weekend. In this adaptation of David Ives' two-person play, the cast is small but the performances are immense. Emmanuelle Seigner plays Vanda, an erratic and, as we come to learn, erotic actress who steps into Thomas' (Mathieu Amalric) theater to audition for a play he is directing. Vanda's audition extends throughout the film, eventually blurring the line between her true identity and her character.
Le Chef: Filmmakers around the world seem to be inspired by the chef life this summer. French director Daniel Cohen's new movie Le Chef bridges a prevalent gap in the food world between molecular gastronomy and traditional cooking. As chef Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) loses momentum in his otherwise successful career, he meets a younger, struggling chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy. The two chefs join forces, and create something new and delicious.
The Last Sentence: Swedish director Jan Troell's newest film The Last Sentence tells the story of Torgny Segerstedt, a Swedish journalist who wrote during WWII. Segerstedt's story is one that exposes the danger of having a private life when you are a public figure, and how this already controversial relationship can amplify during a time of war.
Norte, the End of History: Filipino director Lav Diaz gives us Norte, the End of History. The film is a reimagining of Doestoevsky's Crime and Punishment, and follows the story of Fabian (Sid Lucero), an angry law student who is mistrusting of his country's government.