Category Archives: Arthouse & Indepedent Film

ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST

R  |  1 hour 53 minutes 

An edgy crime drama and a soul-searching love story about family ties and loyalty, ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST is a look at a dark chapter in Colombia’s war on drugs and its casualties. The debut feature from writer/director Andrea Di Stefano traces the journey of a young surfer (Josh Hutcherson, THE HUNGER GAMES) who falls under the spell of a beautiful young woman, the niece of international drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Benicio del Toro, in a riveting performance). He finds his life on the line when he’s pulled into the dangerous world of the family business.

Directed By

Andrea Di Stefano

Written By

Andrea Di Stefano

Cast

Josh Hutcherson, Benicio Del Toro, Brady Corbet

Language

English and Spanish with English subtitles

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

PG-13  |  1 hour 43 minutes 

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann, WELCOME TO ME), a high school senior trying to blend in anonymously while navigating the social minefield of teenage life. But when Greg’s mom insists he spend time with a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer (Olivia Cooke, Bates Motel), he slowly discovers how worthwhile the bonds of friendship can be. Nick Offerman, and Connie Britton also star in this charming indie festival favorite.

Directed By

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Written By

Jesse Andrews

Cast

Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke

EX MACHINA

R  |  1 hour 48 minutes
Alex Garland, writer of 28 DAYS LATER and SUNSHINE, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller EX MACHINA. A young programmer (Domhnall Gleeson, UNBROKEN) at an internet-search giant wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I. Ava’s emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, and more deceptive, than the two men could have imagined.

Directed By

Alex Garland

Written By

Alex Garland

Cast

Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac

WISH I WAS HERE

R  |  1 hour 47 minutes • Now Playing

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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

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TESTAMENT OF YOUTH – opens 7/3

PG-13  |  2 hours 9 minutes

A powerful story of remembrance, TESTAMENT OF YOUTH is an epic coming-of-age tale based Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir, the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. With everything to live for, the young Brittain (Alicia Vikander, EX MACHINA) falls in love with her brother’s friend (Kit Harington, Game of Thrones). But the War brings everything to a grinding halt, tearing the couple apart. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair, this is a film about young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times.

Directed By

James Kent

Written By

Juliette Towhidi, Vera Brittain (autobiography)

Cast

Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR – opens 7/17

R  |  1 hour 28 minutes

Based on a true story, INFINITELY POLAR BEAR is a funny and heartbreaking portrait of the many unexpected ways in which parents and children save each other. After Cam Stuart (Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo) has a manic breakdown that lands him in a mental hospital, his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) and their two young daughters are forced to move into a cramped apartment in Cambridge. Broke, stressed, and overwhelmed, Maggie leaves for New York City to complete her MBA and build a better life for their daughters. With his wife away in New York, Cam quickly realizes that he’s in over his head.

Directed By

Maya Forbes

Written By

Maya Forbes

Cast

Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky

BATKID BEGINS – opens 7/24

PG  |  1 hour 29 minutes

In November 2013 the world came together to turn San Francisco into Gotham City and grant a 5-year-old cancer patient his wish – to be Batman for a day. A heartwarming documentary that premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival, BATKID BEGINS the intense outpouring of spontaneous support behind this flash phenomenon, reverberated around the world and become one of the biggest “good news stories” ever. The film explores what happens when an event goes unintentionally viral, and reveals surprising truths about what happens when a nerve is touched in our digital society.

Directed By

Dana Nachman

Written By

Kurt Kuenne, Dana Nachman

A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY – opens 7/31

G  |  1 hour 32 minutes

Oscar winner Daniel Junge and Oscar nominee Kief Davidson go on a journey through the LEGO® brand like you have never seen before. Exploring the essential nature of human creativity and the ways we seek to build and understand our world, A LEGO® BRICKUMENTARY delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick and the innovative uses for it that have sprung up all over the world. This engaging documentary reveals art galleries full of LEGO creations, Master Builders designing and creating life-sized LEGO models, LEGO therapy, and Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLS), each with amazing stories to tell.

Directed By

Kief Davidson, Daniel Junge

Written By

Davis Coombe, Kief Davidson, Daniel Junge

Cast

Jason Bateman (narrator)

JIMMY’S HALL – opens 7/31

PG-13  |  1 hour 49 minutes 

In 1921 Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of Civil War. The Pearse-Connolly Hall was a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream…but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.

Directed By

Ken Loach

Written By

Paul Laverty

Cast

Barry Ward, Francis Magee, Aileen Henry