Indie Weekend: Oak Cliff Film Fest, ‘The Kings of Summer,’ ‘Before Midnight,’ ‘The East’

Oak Cliff Film Festival, at The Texas Theatre
Oak Cliff Film Festival, at The Texas Theatre

It’s a very good weekend for new independent films. These are your selections for this weekend, June 7-9.

  • Oak Cliff Film Festival. The 2nd edition of the annual event organized and programmed by the good people behind The Texas Theatre. Official site. (The Texas Theatre)
  • ‘The Kings of Summer.’ Three teenage boys build a hideaway in the woods and run away for the summer. A sparkling comedy with dramatic overtones. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Highly recommended. Reviewed here. (Angelika Dallas)
  • ‘Before Midnight.’ Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy return as a couple dealing with the challenges of their relationship. Directed by Richard Linklater. Highly recommended. Reviewed here. (Landmark Magnolia, Angelika Plano, AMC NorthPark)
  • ‘The East.’ Brit Marling stars as a corporate spy who infiltrates a eco-terrorist group. Recommended with reservations. Reviewed here. (Angelika Dallas, Cinemark West Plano)
  • ‘In the House.’ The latest film from sly French auteur Francois Ozon to hit the Metroplex is described thusly: “A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class.” Kristin Scott Thomas, Fabrice Luchini, and Emmanuelle Seignner star. Not previewed. (Angelika Dallas)

Opening in wide release:

  • ‘The Internship.’ Middle-aged salesmen Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson lose their jobs and try to reinvent themselves by interning at a Big Search Engine Company in this very familiar inspirational comedy. Directed by Shawn Levy. Not recommended. Reviewed at Twitch.
  • ‘The Purge.’ In this thriller, Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey star as a couple hunkering down inside their home with their family on the one night   of the year when crime is legalized. Not previewed.