Movie guide alt: Independent, limited release and foreign-language films
Movie guide alt: Independent, limited release and foreign-language films
Los Angeles Times (MCT)
Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.
“Anita” - A documentary portrait of law professor Anita Hill, who became a national figure in 1991 when she accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Directed by Freida Mock. (1:17) NR.
“The Art of the Steal” - A third-rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief agrees to pull off one more heist with his untrustworthy brother. With Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon and Jay Baruchel. Written and directed by Jonathan Sobol. (1:30) R.
“Awakened” - Convinced that her jealous, verbally abusive, alcoholic father murdered her mother years earlier, a young woman returns to her hometown to uncover the truth. With Julianne Michelle, Steven Bauer and John Savage. Written by Joycelyn Engle. Directed by Engle and Arno Malarone. (1:51) NR.
“Bad Words” - A 40-year-old man exploits a loophole to enter and hijack a children’s spelling bee, and along the way he forges an unlikely alliance with a cheerful 10-year-old competitor. With Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn and Rohan Chand. Written by Andrew Dodge. Directed by Bateman. (1:29) R.
“Better Living Through Chemistry” - A small-town pharmacist embarks on a drug-and-alcohol-fueled affair with a seductive customer. With Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Monaghan. Written and directed by Geoff Moore and David Posamentier. (1:31) NR.
“A Birder’s Guide to Everything” - A 15-year-old bird-watching fanatic embarks on a road trip with a ragtag crew led by a legendary ornithologist to solidify a place in birding history. With Ben Kingsley, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Katie Chang. Written by Luke Matheny and Rob Meyer. Directed by Meyer. (1:26) PG-13.
“Blood Ties” - After serving several years in prison for a gangland murder and getting out on good behavior, an ex-con reconnects with his reluctant younger brother, a cop with a bright future, but is pulled back into a life of crime. With Clive Owen, Billy Crudup and Marion Cotillard. Written by Guillaume Canet and James Gray. Directed by Canet. (2:08) R.
“Boys of Abu Ghraib” - An American soldier develops a secret friendship with an Iraqi detainee during the torture scandal at Abu Ghraib prison. With Luke Moran, Sean Astin and Sara Paxton. Written and directed by Moran. (1:42) R.
“Cheap Thrills” - A struggling family man who has just lost his low-wage job gets roped into an escalating series of dares with his friend thanks to a wealthy couple with a twisted sense of humor. With Pat Healy, Ethan Embry and David Koechner. Written by David Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga. Directed by E.L. Katz. (1:25) NR.
“The Den” - After receiving a grant for her thesis, a grad student studying the users of a video-chat website witnesses what appears to be a murder but is dismissed by police as a prank. With Melanie Papalia, Adam Shapiro and David Schlactenhaufen. Written by Lauren Thompson and Zach Donohue. Directed by Donohue. (1:21) R.
“Enemy” - A glum history professor spots his exact double in a movie and decides to track him down, causing their lives to become irrevocably intertwined. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent and Isabella Rosellini. Written by Javier Gullon. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. (1:30) R.
“Falcon Song” - A guitar-playing drifter helps a rancher’s granddaughter find her true calling against the backdrop of a land war. With Rainey Qualley, Gabriel Sunday and Hart Turner. Written by Michelle Poteet Lisanti and Jason Corgan Brown. Directed by Brown. (1:49) PG.
“Finding Vivian Maier” - A documentary about Vivian Maier, a solitary Chicago nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as an accomplished and prolific street photographer. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel. (1:23) NR.
“Grand Piano” - Years after a catastrophic performance, a gifted pianist re-emerges for a long-awaited public concert, only to discover a death threat scrawled on the score. With Elijah Wood and John Cusack. Written by Damien Chazelle. Directed by Eugenio Mira. (1:30) R.
“Honey” - A Roman woman who clandestinely helps terminally ill people die by giving them a powerful barbiturate is troubled to meet a new prospective client who is in perfect health. With Jasmine Trinca, Carlo Cecchi and Vinicio Marchioni. Written by Valeria Golino and Francesca Marciano. Directed by Golino. In Italian with English subtitles. (1:36) NR.
“It Felt Like Love” - An awkward, lonely 14-year-old girl spending a summer in a blue-collar Brooklyn neighborhood strives to emulate the sexual exploits of her more experienced best friend. With Gina Piersanti, Giovanna Salimeni and Ronen Rubinstein. Written and directed by Eliza Hittman. (1:20) NR.
“Jodorowsky’s Dune” - A documentary about cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ill-fated efforts to adapt the science-fiction novel “Dune” into a film. Directed by Frank Pavich. (1:30) PG-13.
“John Doe: Vigilante” - Frustrated by the legal system, an ordinary man begins taking the law into his own hands by killing criminals and soon becomes a media sensation. With Jamie Bamber, Lachy Hulme and Gary Abrahams. Written by Stephen M. Coates. Directed by Kelly Dolen. (1:33) R.
“Junk” - When one of their films is accepted by a festival, two B-movie co-writers who have had a falling out are forced to reconnect so they can pitch their script to a mysterious producer. With Kevin Hamedani, Ramon Isao and Brett Davern. Written by Hamedani and Ramon Isao. Directed by Hamedani. (1:44) NR.
“Just a Sigh” - An actress on a train to Paris for an audition has a chance encounter with and is drawn to a mysterious Irishman. With Emmanuelle Devos and Gabriel Byrne. Written and directed by Jerome Bonnell. In English and French, with English subtitles. (1:45) NR.
“Le Week-End” - A long-married middle-class British couple attempt to re-invigorate their marriage by returning to Paris for the first time since their honeymoon. With Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum. Written by Hanif Kureishi. Directed by Roger Michell. (1:33) NR.
“Locker 13” - A nighttime janitor in an Old West theme park and his sage supervisor delve into the chilling mysteries surrounding and old locker. With Ricky Schroder, Jon Gries and Rick Hoffman. Multiple writers and directors. (1:30) NR.
“Maladies” - When an unstable former soap opera star in 1960s New York tries to reinvent himself as a writer and takes up with his eccentric sister at the seaside home of their best friend, he begins to retreat further into his own mind. With James Franco, Catherine Keener and Fallon Goodson. Written and directed by Carter. (1:37) NR.
“McCanick” - Upon learning that a seemingly harmless young criminal has been released from prison, a Philadelphia narcotics detective mercilessly hunts the ex-con down. With David Morse, Cory Monteith and Ciaran Hinds. Written by Daniel Noah. Directed by Josh C. Waller. (1:36) R.
“No God, No Master” - In 1919, an agent of the Bureau of Investigation, precursor to the FBI, probes a series of package bombs sent to prominent politicians and businessmen, uncovering an anarchist conspiracy. With David Strathairn, Sam Witwer and Ray Wise. Written and directed by Terry Green. (1:34) PG-13.
“Nymphomaniac: Part One” - Taken in by an older bachelor after being beaten and left in an alley, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her adolescence and young adulthood. With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin and Shia LaBeouf. Written and directed by Lars von Trier. (1:50) NR.
“On My Way” - Jilted by her lover and left to deal with her family’s struggling restaurant, a sixtysomething ex-beauty queen steps out to buy cigarettes and winds up on a road trip. With Catherine Denueve, Nemo Schiffman and Gerard Garouste. Written by Emmanuelle Bercot and Jerome Tonnerre. Directed by Bercot. In French with English subtitles. (1:56) NR.
“The Raid 2” - To protect his wife and infant son, a Jakarta police officer must infiltrate the criminal underworld and take on corrupt politicians and crooked cops. With Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra and Tio Pakusadewo. Written and directed by Gareth Evans. In Indonesian with English subtitles. (2:28) R.
“The Right Kind of Wrong” - A failed writer made infamous by his ex-wife’s scathing blog meets a wonderful new woman - on her wedding day. With Ryan Kwanten, Sara Canning and Ryan McPartlin. Written by Megan Martin. Directed by Jeremiah Chechik. (1:37) R.
“Rob the Mob” - A crazy-in-love Queens couple rob a string of mafia-run clubs and become targets of both the mob and the FBI. With Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda and Andy Garcia. Written by Jonathan Fernandez. Directed by Raymond De Felitta. (1:44) R.
“Shirin in Love” - An absent-minded Iranian-American woman living with her parents in Los Angeles falls for a mysterious man inhabiting a lighthouse in Northern California, despite being engaged to a successful plastic surgeon. With Nazanin Boniadi, Riley Smith and Amy Madigan. Written and directed by Ramin Niami.(1:44) NR.
“Stay” - In the Irish countryside, a former professor and his younger live-in girlfriend find themselves at a crossroads over a disagreement about an unplanned pregnancy. With Taylor Schilling, Aidan Quinn and Michael Ironside. Written and directed by Wiebke von Carolsfeld. (1:39) NR.
“Teenage” - A documentary about the genesis of youth culture from the end of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th, based on Jon Savage’s 2007 book. Directed by Matt Wolf. (1:17) NR.
“Tennessee Queer” - After a few years of living in New York City, a gay man visits his Tennessee hometown and discovers things haven’t changed for LGBT teenagers, then gets roped into putting on the town’s first-ever gay pride parade. With Christian Walker, Billie Worley and Jerre Dye. Written by Mark Goshorn Jones. Directed by Jones and Ryan Parker. (1:30) NR.
“Tiger and Bunny the Movie: The Rising” - In this animated film set in a world where superheroes fight crime and serve as reality-TV stars, two heroes have a falling-out but must overcome their differences to foil a new threat. With the voices of Hiroaki Hirata, Masakazu Morita and Minako Kotobuki. Written by Masafumi Nishida. Directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1:48) NR.
“The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg” - A newly restored version of the 1964 film about a beautiful umbrella store clerk and a charming gas station mechanic who fall in love in the rainy town of Cherbourg. With Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo. Written and directed by Jacques Demy. In French with English subtitles. (1:31) NR.
“Uwantme2killhim?” - A popular high school student infatuated with his online girlfriend befriends her loner brother and is drawn into a web of intrigue. With Jamie Blackley, Toby Regbo and Joanne Froggatt. Written by Mike Walden. Directed by Andrew Douglas. (1:32) NR.
“Veronica Mars” - On the eve of graduating law school and while interviewing at high-end law firms, the former PI Veronica Mars is drawn back into sleuthing when she learns her ex-boyfriend has been accused of murder. With Kristen Bell, Krysten Ritter and Gaby Hoffman. Written by Diane Ruggiero and Rob Thomas. Directed by Thomas. (1:48) PG-13.