Indie Weekend: ‘Pieta,’ ‘Java Heat,’ ‘Stories We Tell,’ ‘We Steal Secrets’

Kim Ki-Duk's 'Pieta' (Drafthouse Films)
Kim Ki-Duk’s ‘Pieta’ (Drafthouse Films)

Four new indie releases — none two of which I’ve now seen — compete for your attention this weekend, May 31-June 2

  • Pieta. The new film by oft-controversial Korean auteur Kim Ki-Duk is a melodrama about a brutal collector for a loan shark and his odd relationship with his mother. Recommended with reservations. Reviewed here. (Angelika Dallas) .
  • Java Heat. An action crime thriller in which a “Muslim detective teams with an American posing as a graduate student to find the man behind a series of deadly terrorist bombings in Indonesia.” Not previewed. (The Texas Theatre)
  • Stories We Tell. Actress turned filmmaker Sarah Polley examines her family’s history in this documentary, focusing on the mother she never really knew. Recommended with reservations. Reviewed here.  (Landmark Magnolia, Angelika Plano)
  • We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. A documentary from the acclaimed Alex Gibney about the online organization dedicated to exposing “the truth.” Not previewed. (Angelika Dallas)

Opening in wide release:

  • After Earth. Will Smith and Jaden Smith star as father and son who are the sole survivors of a crash landing in the far future. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Not recommended. Reviewed here.
  • Now You See Me. A crew of magicians stage a bank robbery during a live show and give the money away to their audience. Or do they? Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fischer, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco star, with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman among the supporting cast. Not previewed.
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