Elizabeth Olsen in 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' (Fox Searchlight)

Indie Weekend: ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene,’ Horror at the Texas Theatre

Elizabeth Olsen in 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' (Fox Searchlight)
Elizabeth Olsen in 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' (Fox Searchlight)

My pick of the week:

  • ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene.’ Elizabeth Olsen stars as a young woman who flees from a cult into the home of her sister and brother-in-law. What should be a loving welcome proves to be something else entirely. With John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, and Hugh Dancy; written and directed by Sean Durkin. Even though I haven’t seen it yet, the film has received such glowing notices, especially for Olsen, since its debut at Sundance early this year that it stands out as the “must see” of the weekend. (Landmark Magnolia.) Not previewed.

Also opening in Dallas today, Friday, October 28, 2011 (listed alphabetically):

  • ‘Anonymous.’ Roland Emmerich’s historical drama. (Various area theaters.) My reviewNot recommended.
  • ‘Hell and Back Again.’ Acclaimed documentary on the war in Afghanistan. (Angelika Dallas.) Not previewed.
  • ‘Oranges and Sunshine.’ Hugo Weaving and Emily Watson in a drama set in the 1980s, about reuniting British children with their parents; the children were forcibly migrated to other countries, chiefly Australia. (Angelika Dallas.) Not previewed.
  • ‘Nuremberg.’ Produced in 1948 but then suppressed in the U.S. for political reasons, the documentary on the 1945 Nuremberg trials has been restored, with new narration by Liev Schreiber and a new musical score, (Angelika Plano; producer and restorer Sandra Schulberg will be present for Q&A sessions today and tomorrow following the 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, and 7:40 p.m. shows.) Not previewed.
  • ‘Puncture.’ Chris Evans plays a drug-addicted lawyer who gets involved in a legal battle with a health supply company. (Angelika Dallas.) Not previewed.
  • ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show.’ The camp classic returns, with Los Bastardos live; audience participation is strongly encouraged. With Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick. (Landmark Inwood; Friday and Saturday, midnight only.) Not previewed.
  • Horror Movies at the Texas Theatre. The October madness continues, with 1988’s ‘Night of the Demons’ in 35mm and George Romero’s classic ‘Night of the Living Dead’ in 16mm on Saturday; ‘Night of the Living Dead’ repeats on Sunday as part of a double-feature with 1973’s ‘And Now the Screaming Starts,’ also in 16mm; and ‘Pumpkinhead’ in 35mm is the centerpiece of the Monster Mash Pumpkin Bash. (Texas Theatre, various showtimes.) Recommended.

Wide across the Metroplex (listed in alphabetical order):

  • ‘In Time.’ Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in a clumsy science fiction thriller, set in a world where time has replaced money as the new currency. My reviewNot recommended.
  • ‘Puss in Boots.’ A ‘Shrek’ franchise spin-off, featuring the vocal talents of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek. Advance word has been surprisingly positive. Not previewed.
  • ‘The Rum Diary.‘ Johnny Depp stars as a burned-out journalist who takes a job at a newspaper in Puerto Rico and encounters rum, lust, and corruption (not necessarily in that order). With Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, and Richard Jenkins. Advance word has been mixed. Not previewed.