Indie Weekend: ‘Sound of Noise,’ ‘Goon,’ ‘The Lady,’ ‘Monsieur Lazhar’

'Sound of Noise' at the Texas Theatre (Magnolia Pictures)
'Sound of Noise' at the Texas Theatre (Magnolia Pictures)

In my return to active duty, I’ve updated the calendar listings (in the boxes on the right), reflecting a very busy month. A quartet of indies are opening locally today:

  • ‘Sound of Noise.‘ A superb, boisterous, joyous picture about musicians who make music from found objects. (Texas Theatre.) My review at Twitch. Highly recommended.
  • ‘Goon.’ A hockey comedy starring Sean William Scott and Jay Baruchel, the latter of whom co-wrote the screenplay. I’ve read very positive reviews from reviewers I trust. (Texas Theatre.) Not previewed.
  • ‘The Lady.’ Michelle Yeoh stars as a real-life Burmese political hero; directed by Luc Besson. Reviews have been generally favorable, though not wildly enthusiastic. (Landmark Magnolia.) Not previewed.
  • ‘Monsier Lazhar.’ Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. A substitute teacher helps his students deal with the suicide of their previous instructor, as well as racial prejudice. Reviews have been generally favorable. (Angelika Dallas.) Not previewed.

Opening wide:

  • ‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits.’ The newest stop-motion animation from Aardman will delight children, though adults may only be amused. My review at Twitch. Recommended.
  • ‘The Raven.’ A serial killer stalks Baltimore in 1849, taking inspiration from the works of Edgar Allan Poe. John Cusack’s best effort cannot save the warmed-over plot. My review at Twitch. Not recommended.
  • ‘The Five-Year Engagement.’ Jason Segel and Emily Blunt star in a romantic comedy. Reviews have been mixed to negative. Not previewed.
  • ‘Safe.’ Jason Statham stars in an action picture. Reviews have been mixed. Not previewed.
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