Indie Weekend: ‘Short Term 12,’ ‘Drinking Buddies,’ ‘Afternoon Delight,’ and More

A highly-praised performance in a well-received drama leads a bevy of indie film openings. ‘Short Term 12.’ Brie Larson has received many critical plaudits for her turn as a concerned adult working with troubled kids. Not previewed. (Angelika Dallas) ‘Drinking Buddies.’ Prolific director Joe Swanberg’s latest is a comedy about two couples facing challenges in their relationships. With Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston. Not previewed. (Angelika Dallas) ‘Afternoon Delight.’ A stay-at-home mom becomes obsessed with saving a stripper. With Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Not previewed. (AMC Northpark, Cinemark West Plano) ‘Bounty Killer.’ Post-apocalyptic story of lethal bounty hunters. Not previewed. (AMC Valley … Continue reading Indie Weekend: ‘Short Term 12,’ ‘Drinking Buddies,’ ‘Afternoon Delight,’ and More

Indie Weekend: ‘Iceberg Slim,’ ‘A Hijacking,’ ‘Prince Avalanche’

Two indies are getting wide release starting today — see below — plus at least four others will be in limited release! Love the variety of choices on tap: ‘The Spectacular Now.’  A rare coming-of-age film that dares to tell the truth. With Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley; directed by James Ponsoldt. Reviewed here; recommended. (Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano) ‘Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp.’ A documentary about a Chicago man who “reinvented himself from pimp to author of seven groundbreaking books.” Not previewed. (The Texas Theatre) ‘A Hijacking.’ The crew of a Danish cargo ship is taken hostage by Somalian pirates. Directed … Continue reading Indie Weekend: ‘Iceberg Slim,’ ‘A Hijacking,’ ‘Prince Avalanche’

Indie Weekend: ‘Post Tenebras Lux,’ ‘Blue Jasmine,’ ‘Jug Face,’ ‘Lovelace’

The Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson opened last night (more on that later), and will, I hope, soon be another location where independent films can be enjoyed from time to time. Meanwhile, four fictional features open: ‘Post Tenebras Lux.’  Critically-acclaimed film by Carlos Reygadas about an upscale family that moves to the countryside. In 35mm. Not previewed. (The Texas Theatre) ‘Blue Jasmine.’ Woody Allen’s sometimes brilliant, sometimes maddening film about the 1%, featuring an outstanding performance by Cate Blanchett. Recommended highly; reviewed here. (Landmark Magnolia, Cinemark West Plano) ‘Jug Face.’ A horror movie about a small town that periodically sacrifices one of its … Continue reading Indie Weekend: ‘Post Tenebras Lux,’ ‘Blue Jasmine,’ ‘Jug Face,’ ‘Lovelace’

Indie Weekend: ‘Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me,’ ‘Still Mine’

With only two new indie releases this weekend, this might be a good time to catch up on recent films you may have missed — and keep out of the heat! ‘Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me.’  The latest in a string of documentaries about musical groups who fell between the cracks during their prime. This one centers on quasi-pop band Big Star, led by Alex Chilton. Directed by Drew DeNicola. Not previewed. (The Texas Theatre.) A live Q&A with the filmmaker will be conducted after the 7:00 p.m. screening on Friday, July 26. ‘Still Mine.’ James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold star … Continue reading Indie Weekend: ‘Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me,’ ‘Still Mine’