Indie Weekend: ‘Marwencol,’ ‘Nora’s Will,’ ‘The Other Woman’

The unusual world of healing and toys: 'Marwencol.'

Apologies for ending up about 24 hours behind where I wanted to be in my posting for the site. I spent Thursday evening writing a tribute to the late, great Jerry Orbach — you can read it in its entirety at Cinematical — and as usual I got carried away as the hours passed. Local broadband provider Clearwire also picked late last night to conk out in my neighborhood, which was endlessly frustrating. For much of today, I’ve been planning coverage of SXSW, a pleasant yet mind-bending task.

Enough of my excuses: What is there to see beyond the multiplexes? The good news is that two of the wide releases (‘Rango’ and ‘The Adjustment Bureau’) are well worth your time and money. The even better news is that four new indie films open this weekend.

  1. ‘Marwencol.’ I’ve heard great things about this documentary for at least a year, which follows a man suffering from brain damage as he recovers from his injury by creating a World War II-era miniature town in his backyard.  See Steve Norwood’s review at Red Carpet Crash. [Angelika Dallas]
  2. ‘Nora’s Will.’ An “endearingly dark Mexican-Jewish comedy [that] centers on a passover feast turned upside down by one woman’s meticulously orchestrated suicide.” [Angelika Dallas]
  3. ‘The Other Woman.’ Academy Award winner Nathalie Portman stars in a comedy/drama from director Don Roos. [Texas Theatre]
  4. ‘Sons of Perdition.’ The film promises “an inside look at polygamist teens who have become religious refugees in America.” [Texas Theatre]

Special screenings still remaining on Saturday and Sunday, in chronological order:

  • ‘Eggshells.’ Tobe Hooper’s very first film is a psychedelic drama; unfortunately, when it screened at SXSW I fell asleep, but that was probably more due to my own exhaustion than a comment on this very free-flowing picture. [Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Texas Theatre]
  • ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre.’ Tobe Hooper’s original may no longer shock as it once did, but it’s still a powerful piece of native art. [Saturday at 10:30 p.m., Texas Theatre]
  • ‘Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut.’ Bring on the dancing bunnies for Richard Kelly’s apocalyptic mind-bender. [Saturday at Midnight, Landmark Inwood]
  • ‘The Outlaw.’ In honor of Jane Russell’s recent passing — see my career retrospective at Cinematical — check out her debut in this “scandalous” Western that’s passably entertaining for more than the two most obvious reasons. Directed by Howard Hughes. [Sunday at 9:00 p.m., Texas Theatre]