Indie Film Guide: What's in Theaters, on DVD and Coming Soon in the World of Independent Film

Indie Film Guide: What's in Theaters, on DVD and Coming Soon in the World of Independent Film

May 17, 2012

Beyond the Black Rainbow

In Theaters

Beyond the Black Rainbow
Where: New York and Los Angeles; expanding soon.
What: A troubled woman is confined at an institute founded to help people achieve happiness and contentment through unusual, drug-fueled treatment.
Why Go: One of my top picks from last year’s Fantastic Fest, the debut from director Panos Cosmatos is filled with eye-popping delights. As I wrote in my review, “the movie plays like a dream, or maybe a nightmare, or perhaps a fantasy -- or, possibly, all three mashed together and pureed into its own creation.” It cries out to be seen in a theatre.  

Where: New York and Los Angeles; expanding soon.
What: A doctor in Victorian England invents the world’s first vibrator.
Why Go: From all reports, the somewhat outrageous idea of creating a romantic comedy from the bones of a medical invention has played extremely well with audiences, and it seems like ideal counter-programming in the midst of summer blockbusters aimed at young men.
See also: Monika Bartyzel’s review from Toronto; Jenni Miller’s interview with director Tanya Wexler from Tribeca.

Where: Atlanta, Austin, Berkeley, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Hollywood, Houston, Irving, Minneapolis, New York, Pasadena, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Seattle.
What: Morgan Spurlock investigates the world of men’s grooming in the age of the metrosexual.
Why Go: Spurlock’s documentaries are very much in the style of personal essays, exploring a variety of subjects from his own perspective. That may go against the grain of those who prefer hard-hitting, so-called objective documentaries, but his approach will appeal to those looking for light entertainement and should provide good fodder for after-movie discussions.
See also: Katie Calautti’s interview with Spurlock.

Albert Nobbs

DVD Pick of the Week

Albert Nobbs
What: A woman in 19th Century Ireland pretends to be a man so she can find (and keep) gainful employment as a hotel butler.
Why See It: A passion project for star Glenn Close, who first played the role on stage years ago, the film version is enlivened by Janet McTeer, who proves to be an enthusiastic mentor of sorts to “Mr. Nobbs.” Close is completely convincing, but perhaps a little too downcast and inward-looking to fully charge the movie. Still, the period recreations are impeccable, and the film’s wistful tone provides an antidote for the summer blues.
See also: Alonso Duralde recommends Norwegian Wood and a trio of documentaries.

Oslo, August 31st

Coming Soon

Oslo, August 31st
What: A young man nearing completion of a drug rehabilitation program in the countryside takes a day off in the city to contemplate life from a new perspective.
Why We Want to See It: Critically acclaimed since its premiere at Cannes last year, the new film from Joachim Trier (Reprise) is said to be an intimate drama that conveys a haunting sense of melacholy while feeling vibrant and alive. And the trailer certainly supports that notion.
See also: The cross-generational, raucous, and very warm French comedy The Intouchables; Wes Anderson’s wonderfully-realized paen to young love, Moonrise Kingdom.


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