'Gun Hill Road'

Indie Weekend: ‘Weekend,’ ‘Incendiary,’ ‘Sholem Aleichem’

'Gun Hill Road'
Esai Morales in 'Gun Hill Road.'

Opening in Dallas today, Friday, October 14, 2011 (listed alphabetically, because I haven’t previewed any of them, unfortunately):

  • ‘Gun Hill Road.’ Esai Morales is paroled from prison and returns to the Bronx a changed man. But he’s not quite prepared for the changes in his family. (Angelika Dallas.)
  • ‘Incendiary.’ An innocent Texas man may have been executed in 2004. A documentary investigates. (Landmark Magnolia.)
  • ‘Labios Rojos.’ Romantic comedy from Mexico, in which a happily married couple experiences trouble when the husband can no longer satisfy the wife sexually. (AmStar 14, AMC Valley View 16, Cinemark 17, AMC Mesquite 30, Cinemark West Plano.)
  • ‘Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness.’ Documentary exploring the life of the writer whose stories served as the source material for ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ (Angelika Dallas.)
  • ‘Toast.’ Freddie Highmore stars as a teen who falls in love with cooking and must do battle with new stepmother Helena Bonham Carter for his father’s affections. (Angelika Dallas.)
  • ‘Trespass.’ Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman in a home invasion thriller. Directed by Joel Schumacher. (AMC Mesquite 30; also on VOD.)
  • ‘Weekend.’ Romantic drama, as two men get to know each other over a single weekend.  (Landmark Magnolia.)
  • Horror Movies at the Texas Theatre. I love the maniacs at the Texas Theatre, who are showing ‘Friday the 13th’ in 35mm, plus ‘Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ and ‘Nosferatu’ in 16mm tonight, with the awesome ‘Tucker and Dale vs. Evil’ showing again tomorrow through next Thursday.  (Texas Theatre, various showtimes.)

Wide across the Metroplex (listed in reverse alphabetical order):

  • The Thing.’ A prequel in name only, this forgettable flick endeavors to pay homage to John Carpenter’s superior 1982 version, but can only manage a series of weak action sequences. Mary Elizabeth Winstead deserves better. So does John Carpenter, for that matter. My review at TwitchNot recommended.
  • ‘Footloose.‘  Craig Brewer remakes the 80s dance craze movie, which I never saw in the first place. Help yourself. Not previewed.
  • ‘The Big Year.’ Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, and Jack Black, in what is alleged to be a bird-watching comedy. Chirp, chirp. Not previewed.