Movie guide alt: Independent, limited release and foreign-language films
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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.
“A.C.O.D.” — A seemingly well-adjusted “adult child of divorce” is forced to once again confront his chaotic childhood when his younger brother’s impending wedding reunites their bitterly divorced parents. With Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara. Written by Ben Karlin and Stuart Zicherman. Directed by Zicherman. (1:27) R.
“After Tiller” — This documentary follows the four remaining doctors in the United States who perform late-term abortions in the wake of the 2009 murder of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. Directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson. (1:28) PG-13.
“All Is Bright” — Two French Canadians travel to New York City during the holidays and try to make a quick buck selling Christmas trees. With Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti and Sally Hawkins. Written by Melissa James Gibson. Directed by Phil Morrison. (1:47) R.
“Argento’s Dracula 3D” — An unsuspecting Englishman is lured to Transylvania by a job working for a local nobleman, but the undead count is actually after the man’s young wife. With Thomas Kretshmann, Marta Gastini, Asia Argento and Rutger Hauer. Written by Dario Argento, Antonio Tentori, Stefano Piani and Enrique Cerezo. Directed by Dario Argento. In 3-D. (1:46) NR.
“Bad Milo” — A stressed-out office drone discovers that he has a tiny demon living in his intestine who has a habit of forcing his way out and slaughtering those who have angered him. With Ken Marino, Patrick Warburton and Mary Kay Place. Written by Benjamin Hayes and Jacob Vaughan. Directed by Vaughan. (1:24) R.
“Battle of the Year” — A hip-hop mogul enlists a hard-luck ex-basketball coach and an all-star dance crew to win an international dance tournament in which Americans have not triumphed in 15 years. With Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso and Josh Peck. Written by Brin Hill and Chris Parker. Directed by Benson Lee. (1:49) PG-13.
“Blue Caprice” — A disgruntled veteran molds an abandoned teen into his protege for a bloody spree in this drama based on the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks. With Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond and Joey Lauren Adams. Written and directed by Alexandre Moors. (1:35) R.
“Cleaver’s Destiny” — This documentary chronicles a young woman’s search for her father, a homeless Gulf War veteran who she grew up thinking was dead. Directed by Karl Lentini. (1:32) NR.
“C.O.G.” — When his best friend bails on him, a grad student spends his summer alone working odd jobs and encountering a series of questionable mentors in this adaptation of a David Sedaris essay. With Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare and Casey Wilson. Written and directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez. (1:28) R.
“The Colony” — During a new ice age, a band of survivors embark on a perilous expedition to find out what happened to another settlement they’ve lost contact with. With Kevin Zeggers, Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton. Written by Jeff Renfroe, Patrick Tarr, Pascal Trottier and Svet Rouskov. Directed by Renfroe. (1:34) NR.
“Concussion” — After getting knocked on the head by her son’s baseball, a wealthy lesbian housewife chafes at her dull suburban existence and begins a double life as a high-end prostitute. With Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff and Daniel London. Written and directed by Stacie Passon. (1:37) R.
“The Dirties” — Two high-school friends set out to film a comedy about getting revenge on bullies, but one of them begins to take the joke too far. With Matt Johnson and Owen Williams. Written by Johnson and Evan Morgan. Directed by Johnson. (1:24) NR.
“Enough Said” — A divorced single mother who works as a masseuse finds her personal and professional lives uncomfortably intersecting when a new client turns out to be her new beau’s ex-wife. With Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener and Toni Collette. Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. (1:32) PG-13.
“First Cousin Once Removed” — A documentary portrait of the poet, translator, critic and teacher Edwin Honig and his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, as captured by his dear friend and cousin. Directed by Alan Berliner. (1:19) NR.
“Generation Iron” — This documentary about the world of professional bodybuilding follows seven top bodybuilders as they train for an international competition. Directed by Vlad Yudin. (1:46) PG-13.
“GMO OMG” — This documentary explores the rise of genetically engineered food and follows one family’s struggle to completely avoid GMOs. Directed by Jeremy Seifert. (1:30) NR.
“Haute Cuisine” — A renowned French chef is surprised when the president appoints her as his personal cook, and she must navigate the unfamiliar corridors of power. With Catherine Frot, Jean d’Ormesson and Hippolyte Girardot. Written by Christian Vincent and Etienne Comar. Directed by Vincent. In French with English subtitles. (1:35) PG-13.
“Herb and Dorothy: 50x50” — This documentary follows Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a retired postal clerk and a librarian who amassed an impressive collection of contemporary art, as they endeavor to give 50 pieces of art to one museum in all 50 states. Directed by Megumi Sasaki. (1:26) NR.
“Hiver Nomade” — A documentary following two shepherds on a 600-kilometer winter transhumance in Switzerland. Directed by Manuel von Sturler. In French with English subtitles. (1:30) NR.
“Inequality for All” — In this documentary, the political economist and professor Robert Reich delves into the widening income gap in the U.S. and its effect on the economy. Directed by Jacob Kornbluth. (1:25) PG.
“Ip Man: The Final Fight” — In postwar Hong Kong, the legendary wing chun kung fu master Ip Man is reluctantly called into action once more. With Anthony Wong Chau-Sang and Eric Tsang. Written by Erica Lee. Directed by Herman Yau. In Cantonese with English subtitles. (1:42) R.
“Jewtopia” — A Gentile pretends to be Jewish and enlists his childhood best friend’s help to court a rabbi’s daughter. With Ivan Sergei, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Joel David Moore. Written by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson. Directed by Fogel. (1:29) NR.
“Letters to Jackie” — A documentary about the thousands of letters from the public offering condolences to Jacqueline Kennedy after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. With the voices of Jessica Chastain, Demian Bichir, Chris Cooper and Michelle Williams. Directed by Bill Couturie. (1:30) NR.
“Linsanity” — A documentary chronicling the sudden rise of the unheralded Taiwanese-American basketball player Jeremy Lin in 2012. Narrated by Daniel Dae Kim. Directed by Evan Jackson. (1:28) PG.
“Mademoiselle C” — A documentary following Carine Roitfeld, the former Vogue Paris editor, as she launches a new magazine, CR Fashion Book. Directed by Fabien Constant. (1:30) NR.
“Men at Lunch” — A documentary about the 1932 photograph “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,” which depicts 11 workmen taking a lunch break on a steel girder during construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Directed by Sean O Cualain. (1:07) NR.
“Metallica Through the Never” — A young roadie is sent on an urgent mission during a rock concert in this combination of narrative and live-performance film. With Dane DeHaan. Written by Nimrod Antal, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo. Directed by Antal. In 3-D and Imax. (1:32) R.
“The Missing Picture” — An autobiographical documentary depicting the horrors of the Khmer Rogue dictatorship in late-1970s Cambodia through detailed clay dioramas. Directed by Rithy Panh. In French with English subtitles. (1:32) NR.
“Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve” — This documentary examines the central bank of the U.S. and the impact of its policies on the global economy and the American public. Narrated by Liev Schreiber. Directed by Jim Bruce. (1:44) NR.
“Morning” — Reeling from the tragic death of their only child, a husband and wife are driven apart by grief and try to find their way back to each other. With Jeanne Tripplehorn, Leland Orser and Laura Linney. Written and directed by Orser. (1:35) R.
“Mother of George” — After a joyous wedding, marital complications arise for a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn when they are unable to conceive a child. With Danai Gurira, Isaach De Bankole and Yaya DaCosta Alafia. Written by Darci Picoult. Directed by Andrew Dosunmu. (1:47) R.
“The Network” — A documentary portrait of Afghanistan’s first independent television network, TOLO TV, as it and the country face an uncertain future. Directed by Eva Orner. (1:37) NR.
“Newlyweeds” — In New York’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood, a hip young couple try to keep their lives in order while dealing with a shared appetite for smoking weed. With Amari Cheatom, Trae Harris and Tone Tank. Written and directed by Shaka King. (1:27) R.
“Nothing Left to Fear” — Upon moving to the small town of Stull, Kan., a pastor and his family learn that their new home hides dark, dangerous secrets. With Anne Heche, Jennifer Stone and James Tupper. Written by Jonathan W.C. Mills. Directed by Anthony Leonardi III. (1:40) R.
“On the Job” — In Manila, two cops investigate a cabal of corrupt politicians who secretly let prison inmates in and out of their cells to carry out assassinations. With Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson and Joel Torre. Written and directed by Erik Matti. In Filipino with English subtitles. (2 hrs.) NR.
“Out in the Dark” — Two men — a Palestinian student and an Israeli lawyer — fall in love but are confronted by the harsh realities of their societies. With Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni and Jameel Khouri. Written by Yael Shafrir and Michael Mayer. Directed by Mayer. In Hebrew and Arabic, with English subtitles. (1:36) NR.
“Parkland” — A dramatic account of the chaotic events at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. With James Badge Dale, Zac Efron, Jackie Earle Haley and Marcia Gay Harden. Written and directed by Peter Landesman. (1:33) PG-13.
“Plus One” — A college student, his wronged girlfriend and his horny best friend attend a wild college party that is soon disrupted by space-time anomalies. With Rhys Wakefield, Logan Miller and Ashley Hinshaw. Written by Bill Gullo. Directed by Dennis Iliadis. (1:36) R.
“Prisoners” — Frustrated by the police department’s lack of progress in locating his missing 6-year-old daughter, a distraught father decides to take matters into his own hands. With Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano. Written by Aaron Guzikowski. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. (2:31) R.
“Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde” — A documentary about the life and work of Dayton O. Hyde, founder of the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota. Directed by Suzanne Mitchell. (1:32) NR.
“Rush” — A drama about the rivalry between the 1970s Formula 1 racing stars James Hunt, a charismatic Englishman, and Niki Lauda, his methodical Austrian counterpart. With Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl and Olivia Wilde. Written by Peter Morgan. Directed by Ron Howard. (2:03) R.
“The Secret Lives of Dorks” — The love lives of two dorks intersect with those of a cheerleader and a football player. With Beau Mirchoff, Gaelan Connell and Vanessa Marano. Written by Nicholas Brandt and Johnny Severin. Directed by Salome Breziner. (1:31) PG-13.
“The Short Game” — A documentary following eight 7-year-old athletes as they compete in the Junior World Golf Championship. Directed by Josh Greenbaum. (1:40) PG.
“A Single Shot” — While hunting deer in the woods, a hard-up woodsman accidentally shoots and kills a young woman, then tries to cover up the crime while making off with a stash of money found near the body. With Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy and Kelly Reilly. Written by Matthew F. Jones. Directed by David M. Rosenthal. (1:56) NR.
“The Spy: Undercover Operation” — An elite South Korean secret agent tries to balance his work life and his marriage to an unsuspecting flight attendant who is getting fed up with his long hours on the job. With Kyung-gu Sul, So-ri Moon and Daniel Henney. Written by Su-jin Park. Directed by Seung-jun Lee. In Korean with English subtitles. (2:01) NR.
“The Summit” — This documentary chronicles a disastrous 2008 climb to the top of K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, during which 11 expert climbers died. Directed by Nick Ryan. (1:39) R.
“Thanks for Sharing” — An overachieving environmental consultant, a long-married small-business owner and a wisecracking emergency-room doctor struggle with sex addiction. With Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Gad. Written by Stuart Blumberg and Matt Winston. Directed by Blumberg. (1:40) R.
“The Trials of Muhammad Ali” — A documentary about the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali and his life inside and outside the ring. Directed by Bill Siegel. (1:34) NR.
“Valentine Road” — A documentary about the 2008 murder of 15-year-old Lawrence “Larry” King at the hands of a classmate, Brandon McInerney, and the complicated aftermath. Directed by Marta Cunningham. (1:29) NR.
“Vikingdom” — A Viking warrior fights to retrieve a mystical artifact and save the world from the god Thor and his army. With Dominic Purcell, Conan Stevens and Craig Fairbrass. Written by James Coyne. Directed by Yusry A. Halim. (1:50) NR.
“We Are What We Are” — During a torrential rainstorm, tragedy strikes a seemingly wholesome family and threatens to expose their adherence to macabre ancestral customs. With Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers and Julia Garner. Written by Nick Damici and Jim Mickle. Directed by Mickle. (1:40) R.
“We Came Home” — A documentary about how the Afghan-American musician Ariana Delawari connected with her father’s homeland in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Directed by Delawari. (1:23) NR.
“Wedding Palace” — After being abandoned at the altar and pressured by his family to find a new bride, a Korean-American man meets his dream girl on a business trip to the old country, but she arrives in the U.S. with a startling revelation. With Brian Tee, Kang Hye-jung, Bobby Lee and Margaret Cho. Written by Christine Yoo and Robert Gardner. Directed by Yoo. (1:38) NR.
“Wolf Children” — In this Japanese animated film, a young woman falls in love with a wolf-man and gives birth to two spirited children, but after their father’s tragic death she is forced to raise them on her own. With the voices of Colleen Clinkenbeard, Jad Saxton and Micah Solusod. Written by Mamoru Hosoda and Satoko Okudera. Directed by Hosoda. Dubbed in English. (1:57) NR.
“Zaytoun” — Against the backdrop of the Lebanese civil war, an Israeli pilot shot down over Beirut forms an unlikely bond with one of his captors, a proud Palestinian boy. With Stephen Dorff, Abdallah El Akal and Ali Suliman. Written by Nader Rizq. Directed by Eran Riklis. (1:50) NR.
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