Local Cinema Scene 03.30.2012

The Cinema Houses in San Diego have plenty to choose from this weekend, plus a couple more set for April. Of course thanks to strong box office numbers this past weekend, two films I talked about back on March 19th have been granted extended runs. Plus a wall-to-wall action thriller centering around the capture of a notorious crime lord in a thirty story building kicks off the movie scene for March 30th.

Gareth Evans’ non-stop action movie from Indonesia titled THE RAID: REDEMPTION finally arrives in San Diego. This heart pounding martial arts film starring Iko Uwais opens today on two screens at Landmark Theatres Hillcrest Cinemas and the AMC La Jolla Village 12 Theaters. There was plenty of buzz coming from the festival circuit with its screenings at Toronto, Sundance and SXSW Austin.
Two holdovers from last week did well enough at the box office to garner extended engagements at their respective theaters. The Closing Night film at SDAFF 2011, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI was a big hit at Landmark’s Ken Cinema and has now been moved to Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas. David Gelb’s film has been doing so well during its time of release that online magazine Indiewire predicts it will be the first documentary of 2012 to surpass a million dollars in box office receipts. Another SDAFF Alum from from 2011 is Anh Dung Tran’s NORWEGIAN WOOD will continue showing at Reading Gaslamp Cinemas.

Upcoming Film Notes For April:
-Yun Jong-Bin’s NAMELESS GANGSTER starring Choi Min-Sik (OLDBOY) and Ha Jung-Woo (CHASER) opens at the AMC La Jolla Village 12 on April 6th.
-A one time screening of Robert Lieberman’s documentary THEY CALL IT MYANMAR: LIFTING THE CURTAIN will screen on April 11th at 7:00pm at Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas.
-Luc Besson’s latest project THE LADY¬†will arrive here on April 13th at Landmark’s La Jolla Village Cinemas. The film centers on human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi, played by Michelle Yeoh.