Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Charlie Cox,
Robert de Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Ricky Gervais
Stardust is the film I left last summer's Comic-Con most excited about. Fantastical and romantic, with elements of The Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings and The Princess Bride, a tremendous cast and superb source material, this might really be something special. Neil Gaiman, who wrote the originating novel, presented about 10 minutes of unfinished footage that left the crowd salivating. Young Tristan (the previously unknown Charlie Cox) offers to bring a falling star to Victoria (Sienna Miller), but in Gaiman's world, said star is Claire Danes, who is pursued by the witch Lamia (Pfeiffer) and Captain Shakespeare (de Niro) and who might help Tristan be the hero he wishes he were. Stardust crashes into theaters on Aug. 10.
Killer of Sheep
Director: Charles Burnett
Starring: Henry Gayle Sanders, Kaycee MooreKiller of Sheep is 30 years old and is only now getting a decent release. Made on a shoestring in 1977, Sheep is a small slice of life in the Watts ghetto. Stan (Sanders) lives with his wife and kids and works in a slaughterhouse, and that's pretty much that. The film barely has a narrative, but it's soft, funny, sad, and beautiful all at the same time, a gorgeous piece of American filmmaking that has barely been seen in this country. It plays for a week at the Ken, starting June 29. Don't miss it.