A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring scheme to steal enough money for the two to escape, timed around the chaos of an upcoming Rolling Stones concert. The sensitive younger brother, Brian, ultimately has a choice: remain loyal to the brother with whom he shares a powerful love-hate bond, or use his hidden talent as an artist as his own ticket out of their dead-end existence.
During an all-night, drug-fueled party at an abandoned asylum known for the horrific treatment of its patients, a group of ordinary teens decide to experiment with the occult, mysteriously leading to a violent possession. In an effort to find help, the group rushes to escape, only to find themselves locked inside with no means of communication. Tempers flare, trusts are broken and in attempt to save one of their friends possessed by the demon, the amateurs try to perform an exorcism. Instead of solving the problem, and unbeknownst to them, they unleash an even more powerful and vengeful spirit, one with a distinct motive and which wants them all dead. The teen’s only chance of survival is to uncover the asylum’s deep mysteries and find a way out before it’s too late.
Mark Twain’s young heroes Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn spring vividly back to life, this time as modern-day grown men. When Huck is released from prison he hopes to leave his criminal past behind. But his lifelong friend and corrupt cop, Tom, has other plans, having formed the Band of Robbers, a group of misfits dedicated to locating the hidden treasure that eluded the boys in childhood. [Synopsis courtesy of LA Film Festival]
When her husband (Anthony LaPaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen) looks for batteries in the garage. Instead she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.
FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Leckter, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Leckter to capture a new killer. This film is based on the novel “Red Dragon” and predates all the later films with Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter (which also spells Lecter’s name correctly).
As documentary filmmaker Danny Hart boards a train at Grand Central Station, he has no reason to expect anything more than a pleasant ride to upstate New York. Danny is on his way to interview subjects for his latest project. For months he’s videotaped Morris and Rina Herzmann, an older couple who survived World War II as young children in Germany. Their unique yet harrowing love story is not only compelling, but as Danny later finds out, also unexpectedly complex. While heading north on the train, Danny looks through his video camera and pans along the rows of seats. Through his viewfinder, he catches a mysterious young woman as she surreptitiously wipes away a tear. Danny soon finds himself facing off with a determined police detective, an erratic ex-con, an inquisitive cab driver and an ex-husband who turns out to be much more than he seems. [Synopsis courtesy of Napa Valley Film Festival]