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.
“Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys” - A documentary chronicling a year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. Directed by Jessica Oreck. In Finnish with English subtitles. (1:25) NR.
“Adult World” - A recent college graduate aspiring to be a famous poet takes the only job she can find, in an adult bookstore, and seeks out a mentor in an aging punk poet. With Emma Roberts, Evan Peters and John Cusack. Written by Andy Cochran. Directed by Scott Coffey. (1:33) R.
“Almost Human” - A string of grisly murders gives a man reason to believe that his friend who disappeared in a brilliant flash of light two years ago has returned, with something evil inside him. With Graham Skipper, Josh Ethier and Vanessa Leigh. Written and directed by Joe Begos. (1:20) NR.
“Angels in Stardust” - An imaginative teenage girl tries to escape the world she was born into, a dangerous community built on a deserted drive-in movie lot along the Texas-Oklahoma border. With Alicia Silverstone, A.J. Michalka and Billy Burke. Written and directed by William Robert Carey. (1:41) PG-13.
“The Bag Man” - Hired by a crime boss to carry out a simple but unusual task, a hard-luck tough guy crosses paths with a host of shady characters and a beautiful woman whose fate becomes entangled with his own. With John Cusack, Robert De Niro and Rebecca Da Costa. Written by David Grovic and Paul Conway. Directed by Grovic. (1:48) NR.
“Barefoot” - The black-sheep son of a wealthy family meets a free-spirited woman who has lived her entire life in isolation and takes her home for his brother’s wedding, where an improbable romance blooms. With Evan Rachel Wood, Scott Speedman and J.K. Simmons. Written by Stephen Zotnowski. Directed by Andrew Fleming. (1:30) PG-13.
“Beijing Love Story” - Various Beijing couples confront love, romance and commitment, including a couple looking toward a trip to Greece to confront their own infidelity and a pregnant woman who must choose between her husband and an ex-love. With Tony Leung Ka Fai, Wang Xuebing and Siqin Gaowa. Written and directed by Chen Sicheng. In Mandarin, with English and Chinese subtitles. (2:02) NR.
“Black Out” - On the day before his wedding, a retired criminal wakes up next to a murdered man with no recollection of what happened the night before. With Raymond Thiry, Kim Van Kooten and Renee Fokker. Written by Melle Runderkamp and Arne Toonen. Directed by Toonen. In Dutch with English subtitles. (1:31) NR.
“Child’s Pose” - A well-to-do Bucharest architect will stop at nothing to keep her thirtysomething deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. With Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache and Florin Zamfirescu. Written by Calin Peter Netzer and Razvan Radulescu. Directed by Netzer. In Romanian with English subtitles. (1:52) NR.
“Date and Switch” - Two high-school seniors and longtime friends make a pact to help each other lose their virginity before senior prom, but their agreement takes an unexpected turn when one of them announces he’s gay. With Nicholas Braun, Hunter Cope and Dakota Johnson. Written by Alan Yang. Directed by Chris Nelson. (1:31) R.
“Down and Dangerous” - An expert smuggler forced by violent drug traffickers to bring cocaine across the Mexican border plans to rid himself of their hold over him, but a beautiful woman from his past complicates things. With John T. Woods, Paulie Rojas and Judd Nelson. Written and directed by Zak Forsman. (1:35) NR.
“Easy Money: Hard to Kill” - A once-promising business student and former coke smuggler on leave from prison tries to get back on the straight and narrow in this sequel to the 2010 Swedsih thriller “Easy Money.” With Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela and Dragomir Mrsic. Written by Maria Karlsson. Directed by Babak Najafi. In Swedish with English subtitles. (1:37) NR.
“Ernest & Celestine” - In this animated film set in a world where bears live above ground and mice live below in fear, an idealistic young mouse and a reclusive bear strike up an unlikely friendship. With the voices of Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy and Lauren Bacall. Written by Daniel Pennac. Directed by Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner. (1:20) PG.
“Generation War, Part 1” - Five young German friends are forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler in this two-part historical drama. With Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling and Katharina Schuttler. Written by Stefan Kolditz. Directed by Philipp Kadelbach. In German with English subtitles. (2:11) NR.
“Generation War, Part 2” - Five young German friends are forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler in this two-part historical drama. With Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling and Katharina Schuttler. Written by Stefan Kolditz. Directed by Philipp Kadelbach. In German with English subtitles. (2:28) NR.
“Girl on a Bicycle” - An Italian tour bus driver in Paris who has just mustered the courage to propose to his flight attendant girlfriend suddenly becomes infatuated with a young woman he spies riding a bicycle. With Nora Tschirner, Vincenzo Amato and Paddy Considine. Written and directed by Jeremy Leven. (1:41) R.
“Hank: Five Years From the Brink” - A documentary about Hank Paulson, the former Goldman Sachs CEO and Treasury secretary who was the architect of the 2008 bank bailout. Directed by Joe Berlinger. (1:26) NR.
“Holy Ghost People” - A teenager searching for her lost sister in the Appalachian Mountains encounters a snake-handling religious cult. With Emma Greenwalt, Cameron Richardson and Joe Egender. Written by Egender, Phil Flores, Kevin Arigue and Mitchell Altieri. Directed by Altieri. (1:22) R.
“In Secret” - In 1860s Paris, a repressed young woman trapped in a loveless marriage embarks on an illicit affair with her husband’s childhood friend. With Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac and Tom Felton. Written and directed by Charlie Stratton. (1:42) R.
“The Lunchbox” - In Mumbai, a middle-class housewife tries to add spice to her marriage by preparing an extra-special lunchbox for her neglectful husband, but a delivery mixup puts it in the hands of a lonely accountant and leads to an unexpected correspondence. With Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Written and directed by Ritesh Batra. In Hindi and English, with English subtitles. (1:44) PG.
“Odd Thomas” - A small-town fry cook who can see ghosts and bad omens teams with his girlfriend and the local sheriff to save his town from destruction in this film based on the Dean Koontz book. With Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe and Addison Timlin. Written and directed by Stephen Sommers. (1:36) NR.
“Omar” - A young Palestinian man becomes a freedom fighter and must face painful choices about life, love and resistance. With Adam Bakri, Eyad Hourani and Samer Bisharat. Written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad. In Arabic and Hebrew, with English subtitles. (1:38) NR.
“Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary” - Two programs showcasing this year’s Academy Award-nominated documentary short films. Multiple actors, writers and directors. (1:37, 1:27) NR.
“The Pirate Fairy” - An animated film about a misunderstood fairy who runs away and joins forces with pirates. With the voices of Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman and Tom Hiddleston. Written by Jeffrey M. Howard and Kate Kondell. Directed by Peggy Holmes. (1:18) G.
“The Pretty One” - When her stylish, outgoing twin sister is killed in a car accident, a shy young woman decides to step into her sibling’s life rather than continue her own. With Zoe Kazan, Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston. Written and directed by Jenee LaMarque. (1:35) R.
“The Returned” - In a post-zombie world where the infected can be treated with regular injections but are stigmatized by “anti-Return” groups, a young couple with a long-held secret fight to survive. With Kris Holden-Reid, Emily Hampshire and Shawn Doyle. Written by Hatem Khraiche. Directed by Manuel Carballo.(1:38) NR.
“Stalingrad” - During World War II, a band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against the German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two women living there. With Thomas Kretschmann, Pyotr Fyodorov and Sergey Bondarchuk. Written by Ilya Tilkin and Sergey Snezhkin. Directed by Fyodor Bondarchuk. In Russian and German, with English subtitles. In Imax and 3-D. (2:15) R.
“A Stranger in Paradise” - When the SEC investigates the head of his multibillion-dollar hedge fund for insider dealing, a trader is compelled to take a vacation to Bangkok and gets enangled up with the Thai mafia. With Colin Egglesfield, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Stuart Townsend. Written by Corrado Boccia, Taryn Hillin, Wes Schuck and Ryan Sturgis. Directed by Boccia. (1:25) NR.
“Venus Talk” - A self-assured housewife, a single mother and an independent TV producer navigate the ups and downs of life and love in modern-day Seoul. With Uhm Jung-Hwa, Moon So-Ri and Jo Min-Soo. Written by Lee Soo-ah. Directed by Kwon Chil-in. In Korean with English subtitles. (1:48) NR.
“Visitors” - A wordless documentary portrait of modern life exploring humanity’s relationship with technology. Directed by Godfrey Reggio. (1:27) NR.
“The Wind Rises” - An animated biopic about Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Zero, Japan’s World War II fighter plane. With the voices of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. (2:06) PG-13.
“Winter’s Tale” - A tale spanning a century in a mythical New York City, about a thief who falls for a dying woman and tangles with a ruthless gangster, based on the novel by Mark Helprin. With Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and William Hurt. Written and directed by Akiva Goldsman. (1:58) PG-13.