NEW JACK CITY: Five Artsy Alternatives to Early Summer Tentpole Movies

With Hollywood’s recent onslaught of summer blockbusters and major tentpole productions, you’d think serious moviegoers were just plain out of luck…

Face it, FAST FIVE, THOR, this week’s BRIDESMAIDS, next week’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, HANGOVER 2 on May 26 and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS set for June 3 aren’t exactly shooting for Oscars!

But  several smaller films of interest will be filling the void for those seeking more than the annual early summer popcorn onslaught.

Like this weekend when Will Ferrell steps out of his usual laff-a-minute schtick in favor of the more bittersweet side of life. It’s called EVERYTHING MUST GO and has him playing an alcoholic salesman who gets fired from his job and locked out of his home by his wife only to find his possessions dumped on the front lawn—where he now proceeds to live.

EVERYTHING MUST GO opens Friday in just a handful of theatres as an enjoyable – if less uplifting – departure.

Also opening this weekend is a semi-exclusive engagement of EARTHWORK starring John Hawkes. It’s based on the true story of area crop artist Stan Herd who traveled from Kansas to New York City and risked everything to create a massive invironmental art work on Donald Trump’s upper West Side land.

Both Herd and the film’s director (KU alum) Chris Ordal will be conducting Q & A sessions this weekend.

Specifically this Friday following the 7:15 p.m. showing of the film at the TIVOLI in Westport and Saturday following EARTHWORK’S  5:00 p.m. performance at the GLENWOOD ARTS in Overland Park.

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Three special, limited engagements are set for the weekend of May 20th including IN A BETTER WORLD, winner for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ (Denmark) at both this past years Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.

Also on May 20th Jodie Foster‘s emotional story of a man on a journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life is tentatively set for K.C. That man is Mel Gibson. And the film is THE BEAVER.

Finally, in the specialty catagory on May 20th, the latest devilish adventure from director Morgan Spurlock who last took on McDonald’s in SUPER SIZE ME.
This time Spurlock invades the world of product placement in movies!

And he actually attempts to totally finance his documentary through product placement!

Impossible you say? Not necessarily, as you’ll find out out in POM WONDERFUL PRESENTS THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD!

So if you’re looking for thinking class, cinematic alternatives, there’s five!
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