Five Minute Film Guide: Every Indie Film Opening This Weekend (12/9/11 Edition)

on December 09, 2011 by Sara Maria Vizcarrondo


Knuckle is about bare-knuckle fighting between three clans of Irish travelers. There are no trophies, titles, no novelty-sized checks, just reputation. In a culture already reliant on badassery for survival, these men are trying to be clan heads and win this in knockdown, drag-out battles so they can be the next warrior-king of the clan. Hardcore.
Director: Ian Palmer


I Melt With You
Richard, Ron, Tim and Jon are longtime friends who regroup annually to get blasted and forget about their stress and crushing inner void. Music video auteur Mark Pellington directed this drama. His debut Arlington Road made terrorism look like the stuff soccer moms do at school timeone has high hopes. Post-porn-star Sasha Grey appears, her professional history lending a threat to the husbands in the house.
Director: Mark Pellington
Screenwriter: Glen Porter
Stars: Rob Lowe, Carla Gugino, Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Sasha Grey, Christian McKay

Catch .44
Mob boss Mel (Bruce Willis) hires hotty hold-up girl Tes (Malin Ackerman) to steal kilos of coke. Tes and her girl-team are talented but new, and they reach the right place only to find the Boss' dirty dealer with a fake badge. With this cast, Catch .44 should be huge, instead it's slinking into theaters sneakier than Tes can say "double cross."
Director: Aaron Harvey
Writer: Aaron Harvey
Stars: Malin Akerman, Bruce Willis, Kevin Beard

Fanny, Annie and Dannie
These three siblings have rhyme-y names-naturally they must have a horrible mother. She binds the kids to the nest with holiday treats and guilt and insists they come for Christmas. A fractured Yuletide full of angry jokes and frustrated silences waits, and the tension is older than the hard candy on the coffee table.
Director: Chris Brown
Writer: Chris Brown
Stars: Jill Pixley, Carlye Pollack, Jonathan Leveck

Red Hook Black
Incest, infidelity and betrayal are the hazards that befall a family in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. The film itself is a family affair, adapted by Luis Landivar and based on a play written by his brother. It's small, angry and only remotely intelligible.
Director: Luis Landivar
Writers: Luis Landivar
Stars: Kyle Fields, Danielle Lozeau, Victoria Negri

Madonna's second feature begins in the '90s: Wally's relationship is falling apart and her job at an auction house puts her in close proximity to some objects belonging to Wallis Stevens, the lay-person for whom King Edward abdicated the British throne (there's a pun in there somewhere). Wally fantasizes about the magicwhat could love that massive look like? And what did they all wear!?
Director: Madonna
Writers: Madonna, Alek Keshishian
Stars: Abbie Cornish, James D'Arcy, Andrea Riseborough

We Need To Talk About Kevin
Even on the heels of Beautiful Boy, this drama about the mother of a Columbine-style killer is hardly a retread. Hewing close to psychological horror, this film makes more real the "Bad Seed" subgenre of horror and asks explicitly what parents leaving The Omen or Joshua asked themselves: ‘Sometimes they seem outright evil, but they can't be...right?'
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Writer: Lynne Ramsay
Stars: John C. Reilly, Tilda Swinton, Lauren Fox, Siobhan Fallon, Ezra Miller, Ursula Parker, Ashley Gerasimovich



Golf in the Kingdom
Based on Michael Murphy's bestselling novel, in this coming-of-age drama an American passes through the British Aisles and discovers the magic of golf on the UK's rolling hills. Here, golf isn't the civilized sport you might expect: it's a path to understanding nature. Testosterone is (presumably) kept in check by director Susan Streitfeld, whose 1997 indie Female Perversion starred Tilda Swinton.
Director: Susan Streitfeld
Writer: Susan Streitfeld
Stars: David O'Hara, Malcolm McDowell, Frances Fisher

Goodbye First Love
A cross between Like Crazy and One Day, Goodbye First Love is about the intense feelings of Camille for her erstwhile love Sebastian. The lovers meet many times but sporadically, offering each a chance to find other lovers to judge against their first: no newbies are as breathtaking, but they're all better choices. There's a reason that first love is a one-time thing.
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Writer: Mia Hansen-Løve
Stars: Lola Créton, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Magne-Håvard Brekke

Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl
Ricky Bahl's a chameleon, the type of love-them-and-leave-them swindler that takes wealthy ladies for all they're worth. In the span of 17 cities, he cons 28 women of their assetsand then he meets The One and change is afoot. If this Bollywood RomCom does well, Ricky Bahl could become the catchphrase used by mothers to ward daughters off lotharios with good haircuts.
Director: Maneesh Sharma
Writer: Devika Bhagat
Stars: Parineeta Chopra, Aditi Sharma, Anushka Sharma

London River
Veteran Thespian Brenda Blethyn plays Mrs. Sommers, a British mum who lives in the Canary Islands. After the 2005 London terrorist attack, she stops hearing from her son. So she travels to his college but instead finds Ousmane, a Muslim Frenchman searching for his daughter. The parents hunt the traumatized London landscape together, because hope travels best in pairs.
Director: Rachid Bouchareb
Writers: Rachid Bouchareb, Olivier Lorelle
Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyaté, Francis Magee

Magic To Win
Based on the popular Happy Ghost films of the '80s and '90s, this rejuvenation of the series is kind of like Harry Potter but way more macabre. The spirit of a suicidal student befriends an upbeat coed and imbues her magic powers. Directed by action hero Wilson Yip, this one swings from higher powers to "Hi-ya!" in no time flat.
Director: Wilson Yip
Writer: Edmond Wong
Stars: Louis Koo, Bak-Ming Wong, Chun Wu

My Piece of the Pie/ Ma part du gâteau
Steve is the 1%. With the warmth of the Grinch he buys and sells companies, leaving national unemployment in his wake. Among the unemployed is France, a seamstress forced to clean housesamong them is his. In this social satire by the writer/director of The Spanish Apartment, both France and Steve just want their piece, but clearly her pie looks different than his.
Director: Cédric Klapisch
Writer: Cédric Klapisch
Stars: Karin Viard, Gilles Lellouche, Audrey Lamy

Penny Pinchers/ Ti-kkeul-mo-a Ro-maen-seu
This Korean comedy is about a hard working stiff who finds himself out of luck, and then meets his salvationa millionaire who pinched her way to the top. Her specialty is bottles and cans, which they're free to collect without the hassles of higher management but if she's pinched her way to millions, that grip of hers is good for more than loose change, if you know what I mean.
Director: Kim Jeong-Hwan
Writer: Kim Jeong-Hwan
Stars: Ye-seul Han, Joong-ki Song, Sang-Yeob Lee



Tags: Knuckle, I Melt With You, Catch .44, Fanny, Annie and Dannie, Red Hook Black, W.E, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Golf in the Kingdom, Goodbye First Love, Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl, London River, Magic To Win, My Piece of the Pie, Penny Pinchers

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