'Muscle Shoals' (Magnolia Pictures)

Indie Weekend: ‘Muscle Shoals,’ ‘How I Live Now,’ and More

'Muscle Shoals' (Magnolia Pictures)
‘Muscle Shoals’ (Magnolia Pictures)

The standout new indie release of interest is ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ — reviewed here — but it’s a splendid weekend for a new music doc or to catch up with a variety of indies still playing. (Title links lead to official sites for more information.)

  • Muscle Shoals.’ The scintillating, soulful sound of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and how it influenced modern musical history. Advance word has been very positive. Not previewed. (Texas Theatre)
  • How I Live Now.’ Saoirse Ronan stars as an American teen who is living with relatives in the U.K. when an apocalyptic war breaks out. Advance word has been quite mixed. Not previewed. (Studio Grill Spring Valley, AMC Grapevine Mills)
  • Cutie and the Boxer.’ Documentary about a longtime couple, one an artist and the other a “boxing painter.” Advance word has been positive. (Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art)
  • Dallas Buyers Club.’ Matthew McConaughey gives a superb performance in the true-life story of a hard-living Dallas electrician in 1985 who became an AIDS activist. Reviewed here. Recommended with reservations. (Angelika Dallas)

Opening in wide release across the Metroplex:

  • Thor: The Dark World.’ The latest Marvel superhero adventure finds the Norse god once again coming to the aid of mankind. With Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman; directed by Alan Taylor. Not previewed.
  • Great Expectations.’ Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Holiday Grainger, and Jeremy Irvine star in a new version of the classic novel by Charles Dickens. Directed by Mike Newell. Not previewed.
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