Indie Weekend: ‘Frances Ha,’ ‘Dead Man’s Burden,’ ‘Love is All You Need,’ ‘What Maisie Knew’

Greta Gerwig in Noah Baumbach's 'Frances Ha' (IFC Films)
Greta Gerwig in Noah Baumbach’s ‘Frances Ha’ (IFC Films)

Four new indie releases compete for your attention this long holiday weekend, May 24-27:

  • Frances Ha. Noah Baumbach directs a comedy about a would-be dancer (Greta Gerwig) who finds herself adrift in Manhattan. Recommended. Reviewed here. (Angelika Dallas) Baumbach will participate in a Q&A via Skype following the 8:30 p.m. screening on Friday, May 24.
  • Dead Man’s Burden. A Western set in the aftermath of the Civil War, as a family must come to grips with their own deeply-seated differences. Directed by Jared Moshe. Not previewed. (Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano) Moshe will be present for a Q&A following the screenings at 5:25 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25.
  • Love is All You Need. A romantic comedy starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm. Directed by Susanne Bier. Not previewed.  (Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano)
  • What Maisie Knew. An adaptation of a novel by Henry James, brought into the modern day. With Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan; directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel. Not previewed. (Landmark Magnolia)

Opening in wide release:

  • Fast & Furious 6. The newest installment of the series follows the driving and thieving crew to Europe as they search for a lost family member, who may have defected to a rival group. Directed by Justin Lin. Recommended. Reviewed here.
  • Epic. A magical world of talking insects and humanoid creatures are hidden beneath our feet in the latest animated film from Blue Sky Studios. Recommended. Reviewed at Twitch.
  • The Hangover Part III. The boys are back in Las Vegas, minus the laughs, if advance reviews are any indication. Not previewed.