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Indie Weekend: ‘Beyond the Black Rainbow,’ ‘Hysteria,’ and More

'Beyond the Black Rainbow' at the Texas Theatre
‘Beyond the Black Rainbow’ at the Texas Theatre

Ah, what to see, what to see, the eternal weekend question for moviegoers! Here are my picks, along with my new letter grading for the films I’ve seen:

Newly available in limited release (listed alphabetically):

  • Beyond the Black Rainbow. A head trip, and a science-fictional period tale, as a woman in the 1980s is treated at a very special institute. Wonderfully phantasmagorical. My roundup of reviews at Twitch. [B+]
  • HIGH School. Stoner comedy, featuring Adrien Brody and Michael Chiklis. Advance reviews have not been kind. Not previewed.
  • Hysteria. Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in a romantic comedy about the invention of the electric vibrator in 19th Century England. Reviews have been generally favorable. Not previewed.
  • The Intouchables. A cross-generational friendship blossoms between a street-wise caretaker and a wealthy disabled aristrocrat. Buoyantly funny. My review. [B-]
  • Moonrise Kingdom. A boy and a girl, aged 12, fall in love and run away together on a small island off the coast of New England in 1965; directed by Wes Anderon. My review. [A]

Continuing in limited engagements:

  • Angelika Dallas: Headhunters. My comments. [B].  Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
  • Angelika Dallas: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
  • Landmark Magnolia: Bernie; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; First Position.
  • Texas Theatre: God Bless America. My review at Twitch. [A-]


Opening in wide release:

  • Snow White and the Huntsman. Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron star in a new, dark version of the venerable fairy tale. Very stylish, very routine. My review at Twitch.  [C]
  • For Greater Glory. Andy Garcia Eva Longoria, Oscar Isaac, and Peter O’Toole star in a historical drama based on the real-life events of the 1920s Cristero War. Not previewed.

Other recent wide releases: