The Killer Inside Me

Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of the community in his small west Texas town, patient and apparently thoughtful. Some people think he is a little slow and maybe boring, but that is the worst they say about him. But then nobody knows about what Lou calls his “sickness”: he is a brilliant, but disturbed sociopathic sadist.

Crazy Heart

When reporter Jean Craddock interviews Bad Blake — an alcoholic, seen-better-days country music legend — they connect, and the hard-living crooner sees a possible saving grace in a life with Jean and her young son. But can he leave behind an existence playing in the shadow of Tommy, the upstart kid he once mentored?

Die Hard 2

John McClane is an off-duty cop gripped with a feeling of déjà vu when on a snowy Christmas Eve in the nation’s capital, terrorists seize a major international airport, holding thousands of holiday travelers hostage. Renegade military commandos led by a murderous rogue officer plot to rescue a drug lord from justice and are prepared for every contingency except one: McClane’s smart-mouthed heroics.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Terrence McDonagh, a New Orleans Police sergeant, who starts out as a good cop, receiving a medal and a promotion to lieutenant for heroism during Hurricane Katrina. During his heroic act, McDonagh injures his back and later becomes addicted to prescription pain medication. McDonagh finds himself involved with a drug dealer who is suspected of murdering a family of African immigrants.

Lamb (Partridge)

Lamb, based on the book by Bonnie Nadzam, traces the self-discovery of David Lamb, a narcissistic middle aged man. In the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father he hopes to regain some faith in his own goodness by turning his attention to an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl named Tommie. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness and even comes to believe that his devotion to Tommie is in her best interest. When Lamb decides to take a willing Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies to initiate her into the vast beauty of the world, the journey shakes them in ways neither of them expects.

Digging for Fire

Young married couple Tim and Lee have planted the seeds of a family in their East LA duplex. Three years after the birth of their son, they’re still adjusting to the joy and pain of life with kid, navigating potty talk at the dinner table, disagreeing over preschools, and putting off doing their taxes. For a change of pace, they decide to housesit for one of Lee’s Westside yoga clients. Once there, Tim discovers something suspicious in the yard that gets the wheels in his head turning, and Lee, worried that he will become obsessed with digging deeper, decides to drop their toddler off with her mother for a much-needed night out on the town. Sans-wife, Tim invites his buddies over, and a “boys-will-be-boys” scenario ensues, full of drinking, awkward joint-passing, and perhaps getting a bit too close to a girl who isn’t the mother of his child. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]

Runoff

Betty is a fiercely committed matriarch driven to desperate measures by a failing business, her husband’s deteriorating health and a family home on the brink of foreclosure. Played by Joanne Kelly, she’s the beating heart of Levin’s sensitive, skillfully written narrative, which flips the standard gender dynamic and brings unexpected insight and realism to an established genre. Levin’s stirring family drama touches on matters of social conscience and environmental justice to ask: How far will we go to save our families? [Synopsis courtesy of LA Film Festival]

Dark Around the Stars

Stars tells the story of Glen Sweet, who sets out on a quest to end his life. After experiencing heartbreaking tragedy and loss, Glen has succumbed to a haphazard and alcoholic lifestyle. As he journeys to New Mexico, planning to jump from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Glen encounters a number of colorful characters, each one influencing him in some way and having a deep impact on his ultimate decision. Director Derrick Borte presents a compelling story about loss, relationships and a leap of faith. Will the strangers Glen meets along his journey – and the experiences they share – alter his path? Or does his life end the way he has so clearly mapped out? [Synopsis courtesy of Napa Valley Film Festival]