A couple of new films hit local theaters this weekend, led by the kung-fu action flick The Man with Iron Fists and a trio of Louisiana-filmed movies, including the much talked about The Paperboy. Check out the films below and their respective trailers in the VIDEO box on the side of the article.
A reporter and his younger brother return to their Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.
Starring Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Scott Glen, Macy Gray, and John Cusak. Directed by Lee Daniels (Precious, the upcoming NOLA-filmed The Butler). Based on the novel by Peter Dexter.
Though set in Florida, The Paperboy was filmed in Louisiana. It was the Opening Night Film at last month’s New Orleans Film Festival and played before an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd at The Joy Theatre down on Canal Street. The film premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film has been sharply divided critics, some calling it a “hot, trashy mess” while others call it “hard-boiled, sexy fun.” Either way, near universal praise has been bestowed on Kidman for her lively performance.
The Paperboy finally opens for local theatrical run at The Theatres at Canal Place this Friday, November 2 with several screenings daily. For more information and showtimes, check out The Theatres at Canal Place website.
The Man with the Iron Fists
On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers.
Starring RZA, Lucy Liu, Rick Yune, Jamie Chung, and Russell Crowe.
The film is the directorial debut of RZA, a Grammy-award winning hip-hop artist/producer with the Wu-Tang Clan turned actor (Coffee & Cigarettes, American Gangster, Ghost Dog, Californation). RZA also co-wrote the film with fellow filmmaker Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever).
The film is “Presented By” director Quentin Tarantino and has received mostly positive feedback from critics. On the whole, it looks like a tremendously fun and stylized genre film.
The Man with the Iron Fists opens this weekend in New Orleans at multiple theaters, including the AMC Westbank 16 and Elmwood 20 Palaces.
Improvisation is a much needed skill in New Orleans, in music an in life. So when Swiss musician Simon Berz and Dutch Artist Kaspar Koenig brought their art project to New Orleans’ Zeitgeist Arts Center, building instruments from trash and inviting local artists to perform improvise with them, they tapped into an exciting scene of musicians and a city where the social factor is at the heart of music.
With this film, Swiss filmmaker Michelle Ettlin (who will be in attendance) takes a visually and aurally stunning look at the “metaphysical swamp effect” that informs the art, culture and life of New Orleans in the wake of the big flood. The film includes exclusive footage from the 10-night concert series and interviews with the various musicians/artists who participated in the creative process. Watch the Liquid Land trailer here.
Liquid Land will screen at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center this weekend only (Fri, NOV 2 – Sun, NOV 4) at 9:30 p.m. each night.
Middle of Nowhere
When her husband is sentenced to 8 years in prison, Rudy drops out of med school in order to focus on her husband’s well being while he’s incarcerated – leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.
Starring Emayatzy Corinealdi, Omari Hardwick, and David Oyelowo. Written and directed by Ava DuVernay (I Will Follow). The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it won Best Director and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
Middle of Nowhere will also play at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center this weekend at 7:30 p.m. nightly (except for Monday 11/5 when it will screen at 9:30 p.m.).
Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians
Shot over the course of two years in three Louisiana prisons, Georgetown ethnomusicologist Ben Harbert weaves together interviews and performances of extraordinary inmate musicians. This film offers an unexpected look at prison life, pushing viewers to reach their own conclusions about music, criminality, regret, redemption, and the humanity in us all.
A free community screening for this film will be held Saturday, November 3 at 6 p.m. The event is hosted by Resurrection After Exoneration (RAE), a New Orleans non-profit founded in 2007 with the goal of helping innocent men reclaim their lives after being released from prison and death row. For more info on RAE, please check out their website.
The screening will be held at RAE (1212 St. Bernard Avenue) and there will be a post-screening Q&A. Click here to watch the trailer for Follow Me Down.
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