This weekend's new theatrical offerings include a massive array for any taste. In the studio realm, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
marks the 16th Prez as a savior from Vampires, Pixar's Brave
centers on a Princess who must save her kingdom. Focus' Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
pits a mismatched man and woman on an unlikely road trip, while doc The Invisible War
is a fascinating but sad exposé on the sad truth about sexual assault in the U.S. military. Fellow doc Kumaré
, meanwhile follows a man posing as an Eastern guru who builds his own following in Arizona.
It's hard to know exactly how to review something like The Invisible War, how to step back and look at it as a movie through the steady barrage of emotional devastation it presents. The stranger sitting next to me at my screening spent the latter half of the runtime sobbing into a fistful of tissues, and I couldn't blame her — the film, the latest documentary from the Oscar-nominated Kirby Dick (Outrage, This Film Is Not Yet Rated) presents a sickening chorus of accounts not just of rape but of institutional betrayal, of a system that's utterly failed to protect or serve those who've joined it.
The Invisible War by director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering is simply shocking. In this doc, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in January and screened at the recent Provincetown International Film Festival (where it also picked up an audience prize) the filmmaking duo expose a long-brewing scandal in the U.S. military. Sexual assault against both women and men has run rampant throughout the various branches of the military and even up the chain of command. It is, in fact, the chain of command that has, in part, allowed rape and other sexual assault to remain virtually hidden despite its ubiquity. The Invisible War blows the cover off this decades-old (or older) crisis with an emotional and devastating look at the victims of sexual assault and how it can be fixed.
Any Day Now
won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature over the weekend, while Kirby Dick's The Invisible War
won for Best Documentary at the Provincetown International Film Festival over the weekend. Starring Alan Cumming and directed by Travis Fine, Day
revolves around a handicapped teen who is taken in by a gay couple. Invisible War
, meanwhile, is a heart-wrenching look at rampant sexual assault in the U.S. military and the institution's blatant disregard in addressing the little-known crisis. Festival attendees speculated that the feature will receive an Oscar nomination come awards season.
The Provincetown International Film Festival feted Roger Corman over the weekend with John Waters taking to the stage in a laugh-filled interview before a packed house in the eccentric enclave's town hall. The maverick producer/director/actor offered up highlights from his long career and offered up a litany of tales from his years the low budget B-movie throne. While distributors consistently have spats with the MPAA for getting a "harsh" rating, Roger Corman recalled a time when he went back to the MPAA to ask for a "harsher" rating. "Eight year-olds" don't want to see a G-rated film," John Waters observes…