The Almost Man – Some people are late bloomers and others will just never bloom. It’s still up in the air which one Henrik (Henrik Rafaelsen) will end up. 35 years old and still living with his mother (who treats him like the child he wants to be) when his girlfriend informs him that he is about to be a father. Henrik needs to make some drastic changes: a new job, a pre-fab duplex and responsibility are the name of the game. Sadly, these clothes don’t fit Henrik very well. Co-starring Janne Heltberg Haarseth, Tov Sletta, Per Kjærstad and Tore Sagen. Written and directed by Martin Lund and in a limited theatrical American run from Big World Pictures.
Around the Block – Dino Chalmers (Christina Ricci) has a passion for Shakespeare and a desire to help those who cannot help themselves. She moves to Sydney, Australia to teach in the low-rent district and bring some hope into these kid’s lives. One of them, Liam (Hunter Page-Lochard) is sixteen-years-old and on the brink of a life of crime. Dino might be able to save him from a most certain future, and all it will take are a few uplifting montages of life and Shakespeare to do it. Written and directed by Sarah Spillane and in limited release from Random Entertainment.
Calvary – Father James (Brendan Gleeson) welcomes all into his confessional and takes on the sins of the world. In this particular case, an unknown man will force one more sin upon him. A priest, a priest now dead, raped this particular parishioner and to exact his revenge, the parishioner will kill Father James in his place. He gives the good Father a little time to get his affairs in order and Father James tries to uncover the case of the mysterious murderer. Co-starring Chris O’Dowd, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Kelly Reilly and Domhnall Gleeson. Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh In limited release from Fox Searchlight.
Child of God – Lester Ballard (Scott Haze) is your typical homicidal-backwoods-maniac with a trigger finger and a killer eye. It would seem like the Appalachian Mountains in the 1960s would be the perfect place for Lester, but society and social order is creeping in, and there really isn’t a place for the Lester Ballards in civility. Co-starring Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, Nina Ljeti and Brian Lally. Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy and directed by James Franco and in limited release from Well Go USA.
Finding Fela! – In the 1970s and 80s, Nigeria was completely run by the military. A very dangerous group of people to speak out against, but Fela Kuti wasn’t afraid of anybody. He protested, he spoke out, he named names and he went to jail for his actions. But you can’t keep a good man down, and Fela’s popularity rose to unprecedented heights. Director Alex Gibney gives Fela the exposure he deserves in this latest documentary from Kino Lorber. In limited released.
Get On Up – James Brown (Chadwick Boseman) was the Hardest Working Man in Show Business and a revolutionary of Soul Music. If it sounded good and it felt good, then hit it, baby! Director Tate Taylor and writers Steven Baigelman, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth give the James Brown story a biopic treatment with Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Nelsan Ellis, Tika Sumpter and Lennie James. The music is sure to be great. In wide release from Universal Pictures.
Guardians of the Galaxy – Once again, evil threatens the galaxy and the safety to all that call it home. Unfortunately, these are not the heroes you were hoping for… The outlaw, Peter Quill, aka Starlord (Chris Pratt), the thug, Dax aka The Destroyer (David Bautista), a murderous raccoon, Rocket (Bradley Cooper), an assassin, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and a tree, Groot (Vin Diesel) have banded together to defeat evil and save the galaxy. Anyone have a Plan B? Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman with Gunn directing. Everywhere from Walt Disney Pictures.
Rich Hill – The Midwest is peppered with small towns that are so far into the despair of poverty that they don’t even seem to exist in the 21st Century. Yet, there they are, along with the people who inhabit these towns, trying desperately to keep a semblance of life and, most importantly, hope alive. Rich Hill, MO and three youths is the subject of the documentary from Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos. In limited release from Well Go USA.
The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher filmmaking debut is an odd and fun little piece of absurdism set in modern-day Berlin. Focusing in on one family, Zücher finds the fun moments, the quiet moments, the awkward moments and the real moments. Starring Leon Alan Beiersdorf, Lea Draeger, Jenny Schily, Matthias Dittmer, Anjorka Strechel and Luk Pfaff. In limited released from Kimstim.
War Story – Lee (Catherine Keener) is a war photojournalist and she has seen one too many bad things. On the road to self-destruction, her path crosses with Hafsia (Hafsia Herzi) a young girl who lost her brother in a Libyan skirmish. Lee took a photo of that moment and now she seems determined to help Hafsia, against her better judgment—or the judgment of others. Ben Kingsley, Vincenzo Amato and Donatella Finocchiaro co-star. Written by Kristin Gore and Mark Jackson with Jackson directing as well. In limited release from IFC Films.