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4/7/2010

Film & Video

Florida Film Festival:4-14-2010

 

April 14

Racing Dreams (**) Where do NASCAR drivers come from? Indulgent parents who spend years hauling them all over the country to compete in go-kart races. This is a time-honored story in the vein of countless docs about youth beauty pageants, except these kids are racing around in circles instead of selling it on the runway. BW (6 p.m., Regal Winter Park; also 4 p.m., April 17 at Enzian Theater)

Harry Brown (****) Director Daniel Barber’s debut feature opens on a poor section of London under siege by a new generation of Burgessian droogs committing random acts of unspeakable horror. Unfortunately for them, that area is home to several elderly citizens who, you know, fought in wars. When ex-special-ops senior Harry Brown’s (Michael Caine in a Sexy Beast role) friend is hacked to death by the hooligans, Brown flips the kill switch on his usually quiet demeanor. The film’s gritty realism and Taken-esque bloodthirst  is satisfying and contains more depth than it could have gotten away with.  JS (7 p.m., Plaza Cinema Café; also 9 p.m., April 17 at Regal Winter Park)

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (**) If you’re one of the dozens of people who care deeply about Kiwi lesbian folk-comedy yodeling duos, then this is the film for you. Otherwise, this documentary about just such a team, the Topp Twins, will whiz over your head so often that you will leave the theater with a buzz cut. The doc is totally dependent on the women’s supposedly charming and hilarious anecdotes, but their politically charged social commentary is entirely region-specific, leaving the audience shrugging when crowds onscreen are rolling in the aisles, making for one of the most exclusive (and boring) experiences one can have at the movies.  JS (9:30 p.m., Plaza Cinema Café; also 7:15 p.m., April 17 at Regal Winter Park)

Select a date below to read the reviews on the corresponding films

Films on 4/9

Paper Man

Films on 4/10

The Secret of Kells, How to Fold a Flag, Homewrecker, What’s ‘Organic’ About Organic?, My Suicide, Winter’s Bone, The Tiger Next Door,The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Drones, Cleanflix, The Revenant and Cropsey

Films on 4/11

Don’t Let Me Drown, The Lottery, Dumbstruck, Cooking with Stella, The Young Composers Challenge, Obselidia, No. 4 Street of Our Lady, Lovely, Still, Con Artist, Cummings Farm and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Films on 4/12

Lost Sparrow, Mid-August Lunch, Bomber, Best Worst Movie, I Am Love and Punching the Clown

Films on 4/13

The Wind Journeys and Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

Films on 4/14

Racing Dreams, Harry Brown and The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

Films on 4/15

Waking Sleeping Beauty, New Low and K-20: The Fiend with Twenty Faces

Films on 4/16

The Sun Came Out, A Million in the Morning, Space Tourists, Welcome, Leaves of Grass, and Solitary Man

Films on 4/17

The Warlords

Films on 4/18

Wild Grass Not screened for critics. (6 p.m., Regal Winter Park)
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