The House of the Devil

In the 1980s, college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret; they plan to use her in a satanic ritual.

Anomalisa

Charlie Kaufman ventures into the world of stop-motion animation with this fable about a motivational speaker seeking to transcend his monotonous existence. [Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival]

Manhunter

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).

Late Phases

Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose’s abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst… [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW]

Synecdoche, New York

A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.