Cristina Chillem | A&E editor
Successful at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Restless City delves audiences into the rough and gritty New York City streets. The story follows the experience of African immigrants, especially one young adult male who doesn’t have time to play his music because he is struggling to keep a job. In the midst of his hectic scouring, he finds a beautiful female, also an immigrant, making her living as a streetwalker. Our protagonist wants to save her from her pimp. This storyline will put us in the middle of a dark, dangerous, and very real conflict. As long as acting is on point, this will definitely be a film you can invest yourself in.
When a martial arts cage fighter blows a rigged fight, the Russian Mafia murders his family and exiles him to a destitute life in New York. They are watching him and will kill anyone he forms a relationship with. Then he witnesses a twelve-year old Chinese girl, an orphaned math prodigy, being pursued by the same gangsters who killed his wife. She’s got secret coded information, he is the only one she can trust, the Russian gangsters are involved with a counter mob…it’s all drama, action, and suspense. This one sounds similar to Bourne Identity series but with a heartwarming protagonist relationship.
“Once upon a midnight dreary/ while I pondered weak and weary,” I stumbled upon The Raven, set to release April 27th; a fictionalized mystery driven by the dark mind of Edgar Allan Poe. When a string of murders take place inspired by the poet’s works, detectives need Poe to get inside the mind of the murderer. This film promises a unique, thrilling experience and is a must for poets and Poe fans. Doubtful? Consider the success of the recent Stranger than Fiction, which also featured an author protagonist, or Seven, where we saw Morgan Freeman studying in a library the works of Milton and Dante to decipher a murder’s mind.
Appropriately timed to counter the successful slapstick of the recently premiered, The Three Stooges, comes this dark comedy involving a temporary friendship between an upstanding and amicable mortician and a wealthy but reviled widow. Based off of Skip Hollandsworth’s 1998 Texas Monthly article, the film is set in Carthage Texas. The friendship is temporary because after it develops into an inseparable, Sugar Mama relationship, Bernie can’t take her jealousy anymore and kills her. The icing on this comedic cake is that the pursuit of justice is thwarted as locals rally in defense of Bernie. Enjoy this richly developed comedic situation.