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Revenge Weekend – 3/6/15

Several films opening this week offer different takes on the subject of revenge. There’s straight-up bloodletting (The Salvation), old simmering grudges (Two Men In Town), and even the funny side of losing control and going barbaric (Wild Tales).

The romantics out there might prefer the Filipino Crazy Beautiful You or The Second Best Marigold Hotel. But frankly, this is one of those opening weekends where the gallows humor of Buzzard might make more sense.

12 Golden Ducks

Veteran Hong Kong film actress Sandra Ng wears a prosthetic chest and pecs suit to play male gigolo Future in this Hong Kong sex comedy. Future is one of a group of 12 male gigolos (the titular ducks) who are struggling to make ends meet during Hong Kong’s economic downturn. This film, a spinoff from the Golden Chicken comedy series, also features cameos from such Hong Kong A-listers as Nicholas Tse and Simon Yam.

Opens March 6 at the AMC Metreon 16

Buzzard

Joel Potrykus concludes his Animal trilogy with this darkly comic tale of a millennial temp worker who tries scamming his way out of his wage slavery chains. Marty (Potrykus star Joshua Burge) rips off the bank that barely employs him by signing over clients’ checks to himself. But when a big check scam disastrously falls apart, Marty is forced to go on the lam. Will the temp worker’s destructive preference for instant gratification lead to a disastrous end?

Opens March 7 at the Roxie Theater.

Crazy, Beautiful You

Wild child rich girl Jackie (Kathryn Bernardo) gets sent to learn the meaning of responsibility at a remote poor Filipino village by participating in a medical mission. There, she meets poor but virtuous Kiko (Daniel Padilla), the mayor’s illegitimate son. Kiko winds up getting tasked with straightening Jackie out. Given this is a rom com/drama, you can guess what eventually happens.

Opens March 6 at the Century at Tanforan

Deli Man

Erik Greenberg Anjou’s documentary takes viewers on a trip across America to meet the men behind iconic Jewish delicatessens. Among the featured delicatessens are Katz’s, Nate ‘n’ Al’s, and San Francisco’s Wise Sons. But tying all these stories together is the story of Houston, Texas delicatessen owner Ziggy Gruber, proprietor of America’s best Jewish deli.

Opens March 6 at the Opera Plaza Cinemas

Faults

Deprogramming expert Ansel Roth has fallen on professional hard times. Desperate for money, he agrees to kidnap and deprogram Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a young woman who’s fallen under the sway of a mysterious religious cult known only as Faults. Needless to say, things are not what they seem.

Opens March 6 at the Roxie Theater

Road Hard

Comedian Adam Carolla plays Bruce Madsen, a once high-flying film and television comedian now stuck working in dingy comedy clubs and flying coach. Faced with such challenges as reviving his career and putting his daughter through college, the only thing he definitely knows is he needs to get off the road.

Opens March 6 at the Balboa Theatre

The Salvation

Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Hannibal) plays a revenge-seeking Danish ex-soldier in the Wild West of 1870s America. His blood-soaked goal is to slay the killers of his wife and son. However, he’s soon forced to shift gears on his revenge road when he earns the wrath of a sadistic gang-leader who wants him hunted down.

Opens March 6 at the Opera Plaza Cinemas and the Shattuck Cinemas

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

In this sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, new crises engulf beloved characters from the first film. Sonny’s trying to simultaneously expand his operations and finally marry his beloved Sunaina. Norman and Carol juggles the difficulties of a relationship while Madge has to choose between two wealthy suitors. Can new hotel co-manager Muriel (Maggie Smith) have the answers to all these crises?

Opens March 6 at the Albany Twin, the AMC Metreon 16, the Balboa Theatre, the Century 20 Daly City, the Century at Tanforan, CineArts at the Empire, the Marina Theatre, and the Piedmont Theatre

Two Men in Town

18 years ago, William Garnett (Forest Whitaker) got sent to prison for murdering a sheriff’s deputy. While in prison, Garnett converted to Islam. Now released, the ex-con just wants to rebuild his life. But vengeful sheriff Bill Agati (Harvey Keitel) never forgave Garnett for killing his deputy. The cop launches a campaign to have Garnett imprisoned for life.

Opens March 6 at the AMC Metreon 16

Wild Tales

This darkly comic anthology film was Argentina’s nominee for the 2015 Foreign Language Film Oscar. It’s a collection of six stories about ordinary people so pushed to their limits that they seek revenge against those who wronged them. The results are comic, murderous, and catastrophic in various measures. Give in to the joys of losing self-control and go barbaric. Unsurprisingly, Damian Szifron’s film is produced in part by Pedro Almodovar.

Opens March 6 at the Clay Theatre

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I’m a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film…but don’t tell anyone.

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