Antonio Banderas in 'The Skin I Live In' (Sony Pictures Classics)

Indie Weekend: ‘The Skin I Live In,’ ‘Like Crazy,’ ‘The Woman’

Antonio Banderas in 'The Skin I Live In' (Sony Pictures Classics)
Antonio Banderas in 'The Skin I Live In' (Sony Pictures Classics)

My pick of the week:

  • ‘The Skin I Live In.’ Antonio Banderas teams with Pedro Almodovar, the director who discovered him, for the first time in 20 years. Banderas plays a plastic surgeon who has developed a new type of artificial skin, and is conducting experiments with it on a woman who appears to be held against her will. It’s Almodovar and Banderas, in a movie that’s received generally positive reviews, which makes it this weekend’s top choice. (Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano.) Not previewed.

Also opening in Dallas today, Friday, November 4, 2011 (listed alphabetically):

  • ‘America the Beautiful: The Thin Commandments.’ Documentarian Darryl Roberts once again tackles the issue of body imagery. (Angelika Dallas.) Not previewed.
  • ‘The Double.’ Richard Gere as a retired CIA operative investigating a murder. With Odette Yustman, Stana Katic, Topher Grace, and Martin Sheen. (Cinemark West Plano, Grapevine Mills 30.) Not previewed.
  • ‘Elevate.’ Documentary by Anne Buford following basketball players from rural Senegal who attend a prestigious sports academy in their home country before moving to the U.S. to play basketball and excel in scholastics. (Grapevine Mills 30.) Not previewed.
  • ‘Like Crazy.’ Romantic drama starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones as a young couple who must deal with the strains of a long-distance relationship. (Angelika Dallas.) Not previewed.
  • ‘Mozart’s Sister.’ What happened to the musical genius of Wolfgang’s sibling? (Landmark Magnolia.) Review by John P. Meyer. Recommended.
  • ‘The Son of No One.’ Director Dito Montiel returns to Queens, New York, with the story of a detective (Channing Tatum) who must open a double-homicide cold case in his old neighborhood. (Grapevine Mills 30.) Not previewed.
  • ‘The Woman.’ Lucky McKee and Jack Ketchum colloborate on the story of a husband and father who finds a wild woman (Polly McIntosh) in the woods and brings her home to his wife and son in order to “domesticate” her. First, he locks her up in the basement. (Texas Theatre.) Not previewed.

Wide across the Metroplex (listed in alphabetical order):

  • ‘Tower Heist.’ Ben Stiller masterminds a heist in the penthouse of a luxury high-rise residential complex. With Casey Affleck, Michael Pena, Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, and Eddie Murphy. My review at TwitchNot recommended.
  • ‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.‘ John Cho and Kal Penn return in a holiday-themed comedy sequel. With Patton Oswalt, Thomas Lennon, and Neil Patrick Harris,  Not previewed.