"Of one hundred movies there’s one that is fair, one that’s good and ninety eight that are very bad. Most movies start badly and steadily get worse." Charles Bukowski
This independent American science fiction thriller, directed by Nir Paniry, stars Sasha Roiz as a scientist whose consciousness becomes trapped in the mind of a convict when an experiment goes wrong. Coming in at under one million dollars, this indie film depends more on story than budget, and while still something of a sleeper, it has received good reviews. Scott Weinberg of Twitch Film wrote that the film is "clearly inspired" by other science fiction films, but it brings "some refreshing novelty of its own to the party". Alex Fitch of Electric Sheep called it "an excellent science-fiction thriller that, while reminiscent of a number of other films ... improves on all its predecessors". Jeremy Kirk of First Showing rated it 8.5/10 and described it as "a classic case on how indie science fiction works", focused on character and narrative. Rod Bell of Flickering Myth rated it 3/5 stars and called it a "good sci fi story".
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
In this British-American 3D animated adventure comedy film, directed by Peter Lord, a pirate captain and his crew attempt to win the pirate of the year award. On release the film received positive reviews and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes rated it at 86% with a site consensus of "It may not quite scale Aardman's (Animations) customary delirious heights, but ‘The Pirates’ still represents some of the smartest, most skillfully animated fare that modern cinema has to offer."
This German 3D documentary film, directed by Wim Wenders, is about contemporary dance and choreographer, Pina Bausch. Bausch died suddenly during the preparation of the film, and the other dancers of Tanztheater Wuppertal convinced Wenders to continue filming the movie, showing some of her best known pieces, inside the theater, and in various outdoor locations around the City of Wuppertal. The film received a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the critical consensus called it “an immersive, gorgeously shot tribute to the people who express life through movement.”
Star Trek: Into Darkness
In this twelfth installment of the Star Trek film franchise, the crew of the USS Enterprise picks up a year after the 2009 movie ‘Star Trek’ left off. Directed by J.J. Abrams, and with most of the same cast reprising their previous roles, the story takes Captain Kirk and the crew to the Klingon homeworld in search of a former Starfleet officer turned terrorist. On release, the film received generally positive reviews with an approval rating of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a site consensus of “visually spectacular and suitable action packed.” However, not all reviews were positive, and Lou Lumerick of The New York Post gave the film one-and-a-half stars (out of four), saying it had a "limp plot" and the "special effects are surprisingly cheesy for a big-budget event movie".
How to Survive a Plague
This award winning documentary examines the early years of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, and the efforts of two activists groups, ACT UP and TAG. David France, who lost his partner to AIDS-related pneumonia in 1992, directed this film using more than 700 hours of archived footage, which includes news coverage, interviews and film of the demonstrations, meetings and conferences taken by ACT UP members themselves. This heroic story tells of the desperate situation occurring in late 80’s and early 90’s, when the available medicines weren’t working, and neither were the systems to find any that would, and how the many brave and dying members moved the whole nation towards the breakthrough in 1996 with antiretroviral that may have saved more than six million lives. The film currently has a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and has received numerous awards for The Best Documentary of 2012.