New indie releases and special screenings of note this weekend:
- No Place on Earth documents “the untold story of thirty-eight Ukrainian Jews who survived World War II by living in cold, damp caves for eighteen months.” (Angelika Dallas)
- Midnight’s Children. Salman Rushdie adapted his own novel and narrates “a lushly visual epic about two boys who are switched at birth and forever marked by history.” Directed by Deepa Mehta. (Angelika Dallas)
- The Source Family. “The Source Family’s outlandish lifestyle, popular celebrity-hangout restaurant, rock band, and beautiful women made them the darlings of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip; but their outsider ideals, controversial spiritual leader Father Yod, along with his 13 wives, instigated local authorities. They fled to Hawaii, leading to their dramatic demise.” (Texas Theatre)
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The first sequel picked up the pace with an exciting and personal story of treachery and revenge. In 35mm. (Texas Theatre)
- Upstream Color, the new film by Shane Carruth, has perplexed and divided critics and audiences since it debuted at Sundance. Now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Opening in wide release:
- The Great Gatsby. Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan star in Baz Luhrmann’s resplendent, scintillating version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s bestselling novel. Recommended with reservations. (Reviewed here.)
- Peeples. Tina Gordon Chism wrote and directed this alleged comedy, starring Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, and David Alan Grier. Not previewed.