Santa Croce Foundation

Top 10 Suggestions

For the discriminating viewer

1. The Place Beyond the Pines (Festival - Special Presentation) Watch this one for the cast: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes. (Mostly Bradley Cooper - if you haven't seen his interview on The Actor's Studio, get it done.) Gosling plays a motorcycle stunt rider whose moonlighting as a bank robber brings him into conflict with an ambitious young cop.
2. Imogene (Festival - Special Presentation)
Sure to be funny. Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, and Matt Dillon star in a comedy about a washed-up playwright who fakes her own suicide - to get her ex-boyfriend's attention. She winds up getting the attention of the authorities, who remand her to the custody of her wackily dysfunctional family.

3. Writers (Festival - Special Presentation)
How can you not see a movie with the ever-classy Jennifer Connelly and the sweetly hilarious Kirsten Bell? You can't. So go see this bittersweet drama about a successful novelist whose obsession with his ex-wife has sent his fractured family into a destructive emotional tailspin. Sounds depressing. But maybe it'll be hopeful too. After all, it's "bittersweet."

4. Quartet (Festival - Special Presentation)
It's Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut. Enough said? How about it's the story of four aging opera singers, played by Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, and Pauline Collins. Go.

5. Much Ado About Nothing (Festival - Special Presentation)
If you liked The Avengers, then you are totally going to love this. Joss Whedon directs a super-stylized modern-day update of Shakespeare's classic comedy. Personally, I can't wait.

6. The Company You Keep (Festival - Gala)
Robert Redford (director and star) and Shia LaBeouf (actual cannibal) perform in a gripping political thriller about a young journalist (LaBeouf) who stumbles upon the story of his career when he uncovers the identity of a wanted ex-radical activist (Redford) who has been underground for five decades.

7. The Impossible (Festival - Special Presentation)
This one is going to be a tear jerker. Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) recreates the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in terrifying vivid detail in this gruelling survival story about a married couple (Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor) searching for their missing children in the aftermath of the disaster. Bring kleenex. Maybe a roll of paper towels.

8. The Deep (Festival - Special Presentation)
A taste of the unique from Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur. Based on an astonishing true incident that took place on the frigid seas off Iceland in 1984, The Deep fashions a modern-day everyman myth about the sole survivor of a shipwreck, whose superhuman will to survive made him both an inexplicable scientific phenomenon and a genuine national hero.

9. Cloud Atlas (Festival - Special Presentation)
A bit of randomness: it's Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugo Weaving in a sci-fi epic from directors Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix). Who knows what to expect? But it'll be interesting.

10. Argo (Festival - Gala)
As mentioned above - it's going to be great. - back