Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan enjoy dinner in 'The Trip.'

Indie Weekend: ‘The Trip,’ ‘Beautiful Boy,’ ‘Bang Bang Club’

Opening in Dallas today, Friday, June 17, 2011 (listed in order of priority):

  • ‘The Trip.’ Grouchy Steve Coogan and cheerful Rob Brydon travel across Northern England, eating gourmet meals. Hilarity ensues. Directed by Michael Winterbottom. (Angelika Dallas.) My review at Pegasus News. Recommended.
  • ‘Beautiful Boy.’ Michael Sheen and Maria Bello as parents dealing with the news that their son committed a mass shooting before killing himself. Directed by Shawn Ku. (Angelika Dallas.) Not previewed.
  • ‘The Bang Bang Club.’ Ryan Philippe in a drama based on real-life combat photographers. Directed by Steven Silver. (The Texas Theatre.) Not previewed.
  • ‘Jack Cardiff: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff.’ Documentary on the great cinematographer. Directed by Jack McCall. (The Texas Theatre.) Not previewed. Screens on Saturday and Sunday.

Wide across the Metroplex (listed alphabetically):

  • ‘The Art of Getting By.’ Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts star in a misbegotten indie romantic comedy. My review at Twitch. Not recommended.
  • ‘Green Lantern.’ Ryan Reynolds as a test pilot drafted into service as a superhero. Not previewed.
  • ‘Mr. Potter’s Penguins.’ Jim Carrey and animatronic animals, evidently. Not previewed.

Opening in limited release elsewhere:

  • ‘Buck.’ There really is a horse whisperer, and his name is Buck. Documentary, directed by Cindy Meehl. (Opens in Dallas on June 24.) My review at Twitch. Recommended.
  • ‘Page One: Inside The New York Times.’ Andrew Rossi’s documentary is must-see viewing for media junkies. (Opens in Dallas on July 1.) My review at Twitch. Recommended.

My weekly columns, plus other feature articles on film (in reverse chronological order):

  • Hollywood Grind: Green Lantern, Meet the Mexicans. (Twitch.) Or, superheroes vs. minorities, sparked by an advance viewing of ‘A Better Life.’
  • Indie Insights: Madonna’s New Love Story, ‘Beginners’ May Break Out, Dance Along with the ‘Jig’ Trailer. ( Covering new distribution deals, indie box office returns, and trailer of week.
  • Fest Focus: Kicking Off as Seattle Closes, Los Angeles Opens, and Gen Art Re-emerges. ( New monthly column.
  • Blu-ray World Weekly: ‘Let the Bullets Fly,’ ‘The Cincinnati Kid,’ ‘Cross of Iron,’  and More. (Twitch.) Kind of a slow week, but several gems popped up.
  • 70s Rewind: John Guillermin’s ‘Shaft in Africa.’ (Twitch.) Surprisingly solid for a second sequel.