Indie Weekend: 'Higher Ground,' 'Shaolin,' 'Bellflower'

'Shaolin'
'Shaolin' at The Texas Theatre

Opening in Dallas today, Friday, September 9, 2011 (listed in order of priority):

  • ‘Shaolin.’ Mighty man of war Andy Lau must learn peace and understanding after he takes refuge in a Shaolin monastery. A broadly-entertaining historical action adventure, with Nicholas Tse and Jackie Chan in a supporting role as a kung fu cook; directed by Benny Chan. (Texas Theatre.) Recommended.
  • ‘Bellflower.’ A man, a woman, a muscle car, a flamethrower, a love story, a horror movie. Shots of brilliance before it self-destructs, but still a distinctive vision. (Angelika Dallas, Cinemark West Plano.) My Dallas Film Now review. Recommended with reservations.
  • ‘Chasing Madoff.’ The “ten-year struggle to expose the harrowing truth behind the infamous Bernie Madoff scandal.” A documentary, directed by Jeff Prosserman. (Angelika Dallas.) Not previewed.
  • ‘The Happy Poet.’ “When Bill, the title character, secures a very small loan to start his dream business–a health food stand–his struggles as an idealistic micro-business owner begin.”  (Texas Theatre, Saturday and Sunday only.) Not previewed.

Wide across the Metroplex (listed in order of preference):

  • ‘Warrior.‘  Gavin O’Connor’s drama is ostensibly a fight flick, but it’s really a very strong drama with powerhouse performances by Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Nick Nolte. My review at TwitchRecommended.
  • ‘Creature.’ Teens collide with hillbillies and a legendary monster that eats people. An independent horror film with a very game cast is not able to salvage a script that lacks suspense or wit. My review at Twitch. Not recommended.
  • Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star.’ A comedy from the Adam Sandler dream factory. Help yourself. Not previewed.

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