Indie Weekend: ’13 Assassins,’ ‘Submarine,’ ‘Beginners’

Opening in Dallas today, Friday, June 10, 2011 (listed in order of priority):

  • ’13 Assassins.’ Takashi Miike, best known locally as a purveyor of explicit violence and extreme imagery, remakes a samurai film from the 60s with sweeping, majestic grace. Despite the screen shot above, the emphasis is on character and mood, as Miike creates a subdued, pastoral atmosphere, from which the violence, when it eventually erupts, is even more effective. (Angelika Dallas) Recommended.
  • ‘Beginners.’ Ewan McGregory discovers his father, played by Christopher Plummer, is gay and dying. (Landmark Magnolia.) Not previewed.
  • ‘The Princess of Montpesier.’ Mélanie Thierry and Gaspard Ulli star in a costume drama set in 16th Century France. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. (Landmark Inwood.) Not previewed.
  • ‘Blank City.’ Documentary on the 70s “No Wave” film movement in New York, featuring interviews with Jim Jarmusch and John Waters. (Texas Theatre.) Not previewed.
  • ‘The Double Hour.’ Italian thriller. (Angelika Dallas.) Not previewed.

Wide across the Metroplex:

  • ‘Super 8.’ J.J. Abrams’ affectionate homage to Spielberg and his Amblin’ Productions. My column at Twitch. Recommended.
  • ‘Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer.’ For tweens, evidently. Not previewed.

2 thoughts on “Indie Weekend: ’13 Assassins,’ ‘Submarine,’ ‘Beginners’”

  1. Beginners is a real gem. Christopher Plummer is the leader in the clubhouse for Best Supporting Actor. Really nice story that let’s us know we are never too late to be “beginners” in love!

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