Indie Insights: Ferocious ‘Tyrannosaur,’ Familial ‘Descendants,’ Dysfunctional ‘Another Happy Day’

Indie Insights: Ferocious ‘Tyrannosaur,’ Familial ‘Descendants,’ Dysfunctional ‘Another Happy Day’

Nov 16, 2011

Opening This Week

Tyrannosaur: Actor Paddy Considine makes his directorial debut with a blistering drama about an alcoholic with a violent streak (Peter Mullan) who develops a soft spot for a woman (Olivia Colman) with an abusive husband (Eddie Marsdan). Reviews have been generally favorable. Opens on Friday in limited release.

The Descendants: With George Clooney in the lead role, Alexander Payne’s first feature in seven years doesn’t sound like an indie, but it is. Clooney plays a lawyer who is the sole trustee for the last huge, undeveloped parcel of land in Hawaii, property that his family has inherited. Meanwhile, his wife lies in a coma from which she will not awaken, forcing him to deal with the fall-out from a broken relationship, not to mention navigating new terms of endearment with his two daughters. Opens today in New York and Los Angeles, and in select cities nationwide on Friday, before expanding wider next Wednesday.

Tomboy: Writer/director ?Céline Sciamma (Water Lillies) returns with the story of a 10-year-old girl who moves to a new neighborhood, where she is mistaken for a boy -- and goes along with it. David Hudson rounds up the generally positive reviews at The Daily for Mubi. Opens today at New York’s Film Forum.

The Lie: Joshua Leonard stars in and directs a dark comedy-drama. He plays a married man with a small child who still yearns to be a professional musician. One day he tells a lie, which leads him down a very unexpected path. With Jess Weixler, Mark Webber, and Alia Shawkat. Opens on Friday in limited release.

Coming Soon

Only a couple of distribution deals have been announced in the past few days.

Mighty Fine: Chazz Palminteri and Andie MacDowell star in a comedy/drama, set in the 1970s, about a businessman who moves his wife and two daughters from Brooklyn to New Orleans; directed by Debbie Goodstein. Acquired by Adopt Films, which plans a platform release over the Memorial Day weekend next year. (Indiewire)

With Every Heartbeat: Two stepsisters-to-be fall in love at their parents’ wedding in this Swedish lesbian romantic drama; directed by Alexandra-Therese Keining. Audience award-winner, AFI Fest. Acquired by Wolfe Releasing; release plans not yet been disclosed. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Trailer of the Week

Another Happy Day. Ellen Barkin stars in a dysfunctional family picture. She was married to Thomas Haden Church before they divorced, each taking custody of one child (Kate Bosworth, Michael Nardelli). Subsequently Barkin has two more children (Ezra Miller, Daniel Yelsky), one of whom is a drug addict, and Church has remarried (Demi Moore). A wedding brings them all together again. With Ellen Burstyn and George Kennedy as Barkin’s parents.

Check out the NSFW trailer below, which indicates that the movie is a volative mix of dark drama and bitter humor. The film opens on Friday in limited release.

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