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4/7/2010

Film & Video

Florida Film Festival:4-15-2010

 

April 15

Waking Sleeping Beauty (*****) Don Hahn produced Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, making him as qualified a witness as any to relay the tales of turmoil behind the Walt Disney Animation renaissance that spanned from 1984 to 1994. Between the rich archival footage and candid interviews, it turns out that most magical thing about some of the studio’s classics is that they even got made at all. WG (6:30 p.m., Regal Winter Park; also 7 p.m., April 17 at Enzian Theater)

New Low (**) Florida filmmaker Adam Bowers wears a hangdown, Schleprock expression that could be captivating under the right circumstances, especially when the dark cloud over his head follows him into relationships. Despite Bowers’ best efforts to apply that look to this romantic comedy, which he writes, directs and stars in, his use of non-professional actors and tendency to go back to long walk-and-talks instead of graceful transitions between scenes makes his debut here tedious rather than charming. Bowers can write fresh dialogue, however. He just needs a story and actors that can sustain it. JS (7:30 p.m., Enzian Theater; also 4 p.m., April 17 at Regal Winter Park)

K-20: The Fiend with Twenty Faces (****) Takeshi Kaneshiro makes two appearances at the festival this year (including The Warlords), as well as a major role in the recently released on DVD John Woo epic Red Cliff, and every time he strikes me as a Japanese Orlando Bloom. He’s perfected the fresh-faced, quiet ass-kicker in battle and puts it to good use in a leading role here as a circus performer who’s framed by a mysterious bad guy named K-20 to take the fall for the villain’s evil deeds. Rather than accept his fate, Kaneshiro trains to become a superhero in order to take on K-20 himself. Featuring dazzling effects, a propulsive storyline and a traditional good-versus-evil style, the Japanese production feels like the good kind of cheesiness that Spider-Man 3 could have been. JS (9:30 p.m., Plaza Cinema Café; also 8:30 p.m., April 18 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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