Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bangkok Cinema Scene: Movies opening April 25-30, 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines

Man of the moment Ryan Gosling starred in Drive as a mythical stunt driver and wheelman for criminals. In The Place Beyond the Pines he's a mythical motorcycle stunt rider who turns to a life of crime to support a new family.

Eva Mendes also stars, along with Bradley Cooper as a rookie cop and Ray Liotta as a police detective.

The Place Beyond the Pines reunites Gosling with Derek Cianfrance, who directed Gosling in the searing and controversially explicit romantic drama Blue Valentine.

Gosling will also be seen soon in Only God Forgives, the Bangkok-set crime drama that reunites him with his Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn. He plays a mythical mobster who runs a boxing gym in Bangkok and runs into conflict with a steel-pipe-toting cop. It will debut in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Place Beyond the Pines has received mostly positive reviews. Rated 18+.

Also opening

Polisse – Actress, writer and director Maïwenn follows the daily lives of a tight-knit Child Production Unit of the Paris police. She joins the squad as an observer to take pictures for a story assignment, wearing spectacles in hopes they'll show her a little respect. It's a jarring, gritty and sometimes shocking tale of vulnerable and abused kids but it also gets caught up in the melodramas of the cops' family lives. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for 13 Cesar Awards, critical reception is mostly positive. Polisse premiered in Bangkok in February during the Clap! French Film Festival and now opens in a limited run at the Apex theaters in Siam Square.

The Miracle in Cell No. 7 – Convicted of a crime he did not commit, a mentally challenged man is sent to prison. There, he bonds with the hardened criminals and they help him see his daughter again by breaking her in. Released during the Lunar New Year holiday this past March, this South Korean comedy became the third highest grossing Korean film of all time. It's a nominee for six Baeksang Arts Awards, including Best Film and Best Actor for star Ryoo Seung-ryong, supporting actor Oh Dal-su, Best Supporting Actress for Park Shin-hye and Best New Actress for Gal So-won. It's at SF cinemas only. Rated 15+.

The Expatriate – Already on the Bangkok big screens in Oblivion and To the Wonder, here's Ukrainian-French actress-model Olga Kurylenko again in this Euro-thriller about a former CIA man (Aaron Eckhart) who's had his records erased and is forced into a life on the run with his daughter. Liana Liberato also stars. This is also known as Erased, and critical reception is mixed. Rated 15+.

To the Arctic 3D – IMAX gets back to its roots as a showcase for nature photography with this 3D adventure about a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs, following them as they navigate the harshly changing wilderness. Meryl Streep narrates and James Cameron produces. Critical reception is mixed. It's at all three IMAX cinemas. Rated G.

One Piece Film: Z – The 12th feature adapted from the popular manga series has the Straw Hat Pirates Zephyr, an ex-admiral of the Marines and the most powerful enemy they've ever faced. The soundtrack features Avril Lavigne covering songs by Nickelback and Joan Jett. It's Thai-dubbed in most places, but it's in Japanese with Thai subtitles at Apex Siam Square. Rated G.

Lor Lark Sai (หล่อลากไส้ ) a.k.a. Tiger and Wolf – Comic-book motion-graphic animation mixes with live action in this supernatural tale of college guys who turn into a tiger and a wolf and battle for the affections of a female classmate. Karn Kulanupong, Nattawat Deewongkij and Wasit Pongsopha star. Rated G.

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