This week at the Alamo we’re very excited to be showcasing three great films by three very different, celebrated filmmakers: Terrence Malick, Derek Cianfrance and Danny Boyle.
The first, TO THE WONDER, opens at Alamo Village. is the latest from aggressively unconventional, incredibly visionary director Terrence Malick. Malick’s last film, THE TREE OF LIFE, broke boundaries. It valued its thematic core as much as its characters and stories that was comprised as a combination of personal memory, an objective historical document and spiritual poem. The result was one of the most talked about in years.
TO THE WONDER tells the story of Marina and Neil, who meet in France and move to Oklahoma to start a life together. Problems begin to crack the couple’s romantic foundation. Filled with beautiful imagery the film is visually gorgeous and thematically complex. Another bold vision from one of America's most celebrated filmmakers.
"Malick, who is surely one of the most romantic and spiritual of filmmakers, appears almost naked here before his audience, a man not able to conceal the depth of his vision." -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES opening at Slaughter Lane, teams together MY BLUE VALENTINE writer/director Derek Cianfrance with actor Ryan Gosling. Gosling plays Luke, a drifter who makes a living doing motorcycle stunts in a traveling carnival. When he discovers that he has an infant son, he decides he wants to be able to take care of the child.
That's when he meets an ex-convict who knows how to rob banks. Luke learns the ropes and is soon pulling off heists of his own. These actions cause his life to become intertwined with a straight-laced police officer played by Bradley Cooper.
"A riveting crime thriller, it's also a multi-generational familial saga that approaches Greek tragedy...It's one of the best and most ambitious films of the year." -Claudia Puig, USA Today
Also opening at Slaughter Lane is TRANCE. Director Danny Boyle takes his hyper-stylized approach to tell the story of Simon (James McAvoy), a prominent art auctioneer, who teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars. But, after suffering a blow to the head during the heist, he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting.
When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang's leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon's psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon's broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.
"This exhilarating brain-twister is a nonstop visual, aural and intellectual delight, steeped in movie conventions and yet fizzing with freshness. It's what happens when film noir goes out to a rave." -Kyle Smith, New York Post
All three films open today, so gear up for a busy week of getting your mind blown and get your tickets now!