I spent the past week (plus) in Austin attending Fantastic Fest, watching two dozen films and filing 11 reviews at Twitch. So apologies for being late with the updates last week and this. But there are good indie options this week.
- ‘Alone Yet Not Alone.’ Faith-based drama about a German family beginning a new life in 18th century Pennsylvania. (Cinemark 17)
- ‘Enough Said.’ James Gandolfini gives one of his final perforomances in a romance that also stars Julia-Louise Dreyfuss. (Landmark Magnolia, Angelika Plano)
- ‘Inequality for All.’ Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich expounds on the vast disparity between the rich and the poor. (Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano)
- ‘Metallica: Through the Never.’ Concert doc mixed with narrative footage. Directed by Nimrod Antall. (AMC Northpark, AMC Mesquite, AMC Firewheel)
- ‘On the Job.’ Lacerating Filipino crime film inspired by real-life events that are hard to believe. Reviewed here. Recommended. (Cinemark Legacy)
- ‘Snake and Mongoose‘ Documentary about real-life rivalries in the nascent world of drag racing. (AMC Mesquite, Rave North East Mall)
Opening in wide release:
- ‘Don Jon.’ Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed, and stars as a lothario faced with the scary prospect of love and romance. With Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore. Recommended.
- ‘Rush.’ The real-life story of the rivalry between two Formula 1 race car drivers in the 1970s. With Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl; directed by Ron Howard. Recommended.
- ‘Baggage Claim.’ Comedy. Not previewed.
- ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.’ Animated sequel. Not previewed.