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Diagnosis:Film-Weekend of June 3

Diagnosis:Film-Weekend of June 3

Mutants take center stage this weekend, and Mandy Moore plays a marriage counselor trying to prevent her parents from divorcing. There's a couple documentaries thrown into the mix, and that god awful Lion of Judah gets either a wider release or an official one. Jean-Luc Godard's subtitle-less piece gets play on one screen and Submarine attempts to quirk us all to death.

Are you going to see anything this weekend? Do any of these films look particularly interesting? Do you agree or disagree with any of my sentiments? Let your thoughts be known by commenting below!

Films after the jump!

X Men First Class (2011)X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Directed By: Matthew Vaughn
Written By: Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence
Release Date: June 3, 2011 (3,641 screens)
Synopsis: In 1963, Charles Xavier starts up a school and later a team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr, his best friend... and future archenemy.

Thoughts: This is pretty much the only comic book film that I've been anxious to see this year, and this international trailer pretty much has my ass in the seat come the weekend.

Diagnosis: Want to see.

Beautiful Boy (2011)BEAUTIFUL BOY

Directed By: Shawn Ku
Written By: Michael Armbruster, Shawn Ku
Starring: Michael Sheen, Maria Bello and Kyle Gallner
Release Date: June 3, 2011 (4 screens)
Synopsis: A married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, then took his own life.

Thoughts: The trailer kind of has me interested. It looks like some solid performances throughout, and even though the plot seems a little heavy-handed, it looks like a decent enough performance piece. Definitely rental category for me.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

Beginners (2011)BEGINNERS

Directed By: Mike Mills
Written By: Mike Mills
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurent
Release Date: June 3, 2011 (5 screens)
Synopsis: A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.

Thoughts: The trailer can't decide what movie to sell, so I find myself partially interested in this. Ewan McGregor is quite easy on the eyes and so is his co-star Mélanie Laurent.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

Empire of Silver (2009)EMPIRE OF SILVER

Directed By: Christina Yao
Written By: Christina Yao
Starring: Aaron Kwok, Lantian Chang and Zhicheng Ding
Release Date: June 2, 2011 (17 screens)
Synopsis: In 1899, a carefree young man must prepare to take over his family's Chinese banking empire.

Thoughts: The trailer does absolutely nothing for me.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Socialism (2010)FILM SOCIALISME

Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard
Written By: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Catherine Tanvier, Christian Sinniger and Jean-Marc Stehlé
Release Date: June 3, 2011 (1 screens)
Synopsis: A symphony in three movements. Things such as a Mediterranean cruise, numerous conversations, in numerous languages, between the passengers, almost all of whom are on holiday... Our Europe. At night, a sister and her younger brother have summoned their parents to appear before the court of their childhood. The children demand serious explanations of the themes of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Our humanities. Visits to six sites of true or false myths: Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas, Naples and Barcelona.

Thoughts: Saw it at AFI Fest last November. No subtitles, and quite the departure from Band of Outsiders, which was my introduction to Jean-Luc Godard. Still undecided how I feel about it.

Diagnosis: Undecided...

The Lion of Judah (2011)THE LION OF JUDAH

Directed By: Deryck Broom, Roger Hawkins
Written By: Brent Dawes
Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Leon Clingman and Georgina Cordova
Release Date: June 3, 2011 (81 screens)
Synopsis: Follow the adventures of a bold lamb (Judah) and his stable friends as they try to avoid the sacrificial alter the week preceding the crucifixion of Christ. It is a heart-warming account of the Easter story as seen through the eyes of a lovable pig (Horace), a faint-hearted horse (Monty), a pedantic rat (Slink), a rambling rooster (Drake), a motherly cow (Esmay) and a downtrodden donkey (Jack). This magnificent period piece with its epic sets is a roller coaster ride of emotions. Enveloped in humor, this quest follows the animals from the stable in Bethlehem to the great temple in Jerusalem and onto the hillside of Calvary as these unlikely heroes try to save their friend. The journey weaves seamlessly through the real biblical accounts of Palm Sunday, Jesus turning the tables in the temple, Peter's denial and with a tense, heart-wrenching climax, depicts the crucifixion and resurrection with gentleness and breathtaking beauty. For Judah, the lamb with the heart of a lion, it is a story of courage and faith. For Jack, the disappointed donkey, it becomes a pivotal voyage of hope. For Horace, the, well the dirty pig, and Drake the ignorant rooster, it is an opportunity to do something inappropriate and get into trouble.

Thoughts: I think I goofed when I posted this a few weeks back. But hey, I got my info from Box Office Mojo so I BLAME THEM....for making me deal WITH THIS CRAP AGAIN.

Diagnosis: Pass...harder.

Love Wedding Marriage (2011)LOVE, WEDDING, MARRIAGE

Directed By: Dermot Mulroney
Written By: Anouska Chydzik, Caprice Crane
Starring: Mandy Moore, Kellan Lutz and Jane Seymour
Release Date: June 3, 2011 (2 screens)
Synopsis: A happy newlywed marriage counselor's views on wedded bliss get thrown for a loop when she finds out her parents are getting divorced.

Thoughts: This looks stupid.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Rejoice and Shout (2010)REJOICE AND SHOUT

Directed By: Don McGlynn
Written By:
Starring: Smokey Robinson, Mavis Staples and Willa Ward
Release Date: June 3, 2011 (1 screens)
Synopsis: A documentary on Gospel music's 200-year history.

Thoughts: I feel like I say this every couple weeks about some documentary or another, that it's solid but not really my cup of tea. Well...it looks solid, but not my cup of tea. If this makes it's way to Netflix, I'll totally check it out.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

Submarine (2011)SUBMARINE

Directed By: Richard Ayoade
Written By: Richard Ayoade
Starring: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine
Release Date: June 3, 2011 (4 screens)
Synopsis: 15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.

Thoughts: This is either too quirky for it's own good or it's just the right amount of quirk, but good luck guessing THAT from the trailer.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

Women Art Revolution (2010)WOMEN, ART, REVOLUTION

Directed By: Lynn Hershman-Leeson
Written By:
Starring: Lynn Hershman-Leeson
Release Date: June 3, 2011 (1 screens)
Synopsis: Through intimate interviews, provocative art, and rare, historical film and video footage, this feature documentary reveals how art addressing political consequences of discrimination and violence, the Feminist Art Revolution radically transformed the art and culture of our times.

Thoughts: Seems interesting enough.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant

Disclaimers and Stuff:

I wouldn't be able to do Diagnosis:Film each week without IMDB and Box Office Mojo, where I get almost all of the info from.

Posted by movieguyjon

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Festival reviews of Submarine are excellent, suggesting it’s not simply quirk-thing. I’m pretty interested in seeing it.

    • http://www.jonathan-hardesty.com movieguyjon

      There was a lot from the trailer that interested me, but there were things that I felt could go either way based off of that specific trailer. I should really read some reviews on it to see about the positive press you’ve mentioned. I might have to upgrade from Netflix Instant to Curious To See. 🙂