A feisty foster kid’s outrageous scheme to be reunited with her birth mother has unintended consequences in The Great Gilly Hopkins, an entertaining film for the entire family. Gilly Hopkins (Sophie Nélisse) has seen more than her share of foster homes and has outwitted every family she has lived with. In an effort to escape […]
A young woman newly returned to her hometown becomes the subject of harassment by a man named Blackway, an ex-cop turned violent crime lord who operates with impunity in this small community on the edge of the wilderness. Forsaken by the local townspeople, and advised by the Sheriff to leave town, Lillian decides instead to take a stand against her sociopathic stalker, and enlists the help of ex-logger Lester and his laconic young sidekick Nate…..
After being involved in the fatal shooting of a local drug dealer, U.S. Marine Nelson Sanchez returns to the neighborhood he fled years ago. Amid the fanfare and celebration, the brother of the deceased learns of Nelson’s homecoming and vows revenge. Word reaches Nelson but instead of fleeing, he charts an unlikely path to break the cycle of violence that defined him. [Synopsis courtesy of LA Film Festival]
Writer/director Todd Berger’s witty and insightful comedy captures four hip Angelino couples who come together for their regular Sunday brunch and get so involved in their messy relationship issues, betrayals and personality meltdowns that they hardly notice the apocalypse is knocking on the front door.
Invoking Woody Allen’s cerebral comedies while presenting a fresh perspective on the disaster film, It’s A Disaster showcases its expert comic ensemble — featuring David Cross, Julia Stiles and America Ferrera — who are clearly enjoying themselves sending up self-absorbed characters who are more bothered by their non-functioning cell phones than by the dead bodies accumulating on the front steps. [Synopsis courtesy of Los Angeles Film Festival]
Hits is a comedy about a paranoid municipal worker named Dave, his The Voice–obsessed 19-year-old daughter, a wannabe teenage rapper who has an unrequited crush on the daughter, and their neighbors in a small, working-class town in upstate New York. Dave finds fame when videos of his rants at City Hall go viral, and hordes of appallingly well-meaning hipsters from Brooklyn descend on their town to make sure Dave’s rights aren’t trampled by “the man.” [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]