Category Archives: Arthouse & Indepedent Film

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23 BLAST

98 min | PG13

An uplifting tale of hope triumphing over despair, 23 BLAST is based on the amazing true story of Travis Freeman. Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the prime of his youth, he is suddenly and irreversibly blinded by an infection that destroys his optic nerve. With the help of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis must decide whether to live a safe, protected life or to summon the courage to step back into the world.

Directed By

Dylan Baker

Written By

Bram Hoover, Toni Hoover

Cast

Mark Hapka, Bram Hoover, Stephen Lang

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ST. VINCENT

112 min | PG13
Bill Murray is a singularly unlikely role model for an impressionable youth in ST. VINCENT, the feature debut from filmmaker Theodore Melfi. Forced to work long hours, single mother Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) has no choice but to leave her son in the care of their new neighbor, a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. As Vincent takes Oliver along his daily routine — the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar — their odd friendship blossoms and Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart.
Directed By
Theodore Melfi

Written By
Theodore Melfi

Language
English Cast Includes
Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts

Official Site
stvincentfilm.com/

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KILL THE MESSENGER

112 min | R
Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner leads an all-star cast in KILL THE MESSENGER, a dramatic thriller based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. After exposing the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California, he becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign. Webb‘s investigation draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life. Directed by Michael Cuesta, the film also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, and Michael Sheen.

 

Directed By
Michael Cuesta

Written By
Peter Landesman, Gary Webb (book)

Language
English Cast Includes
Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Sheen

Official Site
www.focusfeatures.com/kill_the_messenger/

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TRACKS

PG-13  |  1 hour 42 minutes 

Adapted from Robyn Davidson’s deeply evocative memoirs and directed by John Curran (THE PAINTED VEIL), TRACKS tells the remarkable true story of a young woman (Mia Wasikowska, JANE EYRE) who leaves her life in the city to make a solo trek through almost 2,000 miles of sprawling Australian desert. Accompanied by only her dog and four unpredictable camels, she sets off on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she meets National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU) who begins to photograph her voyage.

Directed By

John Curran

Written By

Marion Nelson, Robyn Davidson (book)

Cast

Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver

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WISH I WAS HERE

R  |  1 hour 47 minutes • Now Playing

About

In the hotly anticipated, Kickstarter-funded follow up to his indie breakout hit GARDEN STATE, writer/director Zach Braff plays a 30-something man forced to examine his life, career, and family when he finds himself at a major crossroads. Originally premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, WISH I WAS HERE shows Aiden Bloom’s journey as a struggling actor trying to balance his childhood fantasies while raising two adolescent children. Also starring Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Kate Hudson, and Mandy Patinkin, this heartfelt indie comedy explores the chaotic journey of life and the unexpected lessons learned in the process.

Directed By

Zach Braff

Written By

Zach Braff, Adam Braff

Cast

Zach Braff, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Kate Hudson

Official Site

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LAND HO! – coming soon

95 min | R
Appearing in the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, LAND HO! is a throwback to classic road comedies following a pair of 60-something ex-brothers-in-law as they journey on a road trip through Iceland hoping to reclaim their youth. Written and directed by Martha Stephens (PILGRIM SONG) and Aaron Katz (QUIET CITY), and shot on location in the beautiful scenery of Iceland, LAND HO!’s stars Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson deliver a delightful and candid exploration of aging, loneliness and friendship.

 

Directed By
Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz

Written By
Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz

Language
English

Cast Includes
Paul Eenhoom, Earl Lynn Nelson, Karrie Crouse

Official Site
sonyclassics.com/landho/