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by Peter Knegt, Madeline Raynor and Ben Travers
August 29, 2013 2:25 PM
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Fall Movie Preview: The 30 Indies You Must See


Don Jon
(September 27)
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johannson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza
Distributor: Relativity Media

Why is it a "Must See"? This Sundance premiere is the directorial debut of one of his generation's most creative voices. Plus, it's features a jacked-up JGL and a Jersey-voiced Scarlett Johansson.

It's got more weight than your average comedy and more depth than your typical romance, but make no mistake: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut is a romantic comedy. The former child star and heir apparent to the cowl has crafted an atypical pseudo-takedown of the usually formulaic genre. Gordon-Levitt plays Don, a Lothario to the nth degree whose true passion isn't women, but porn. As can be imagined, this gets him in some trouble with less than understanding visitors, including Don's dream girl, Barbara (Johansson). The hard-R comedy has already successfully run the festival circuit, stopping by SXSW and Berlin in addition to its premiere at Sundance.

Check out the trailer below:


Enough Said (September 20)
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette
Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Why is it a "Must See"? It's been three years since Nicole Holofcener's lovely previous feature "Please Give" (though she's directed episodes of "Parks & Recreation" and "Enlightened" in between), and her latest -- hitting TIFF before a late September release date -- reunites her with Catherine Keener (who has starred in all of her films) alongside Toni Collette, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini in the story of divorced woman (Dreyfus) who learns her new love interest (Gandolfini) is her new friend's ex-husband.

Check out the trailer below:

Escape From Tomorrow (October 11)
Director: Randy Moore
Cast:  Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez
Distributor: Producers Distribution Agency

Why is it a "Must See"? "Escape From Tomorrow," the provocative indie shot guerrilla-style at Disney World, landed U.S. distribution via Producers Distribution Agency (PDA) a month or so back, despite many assuming because of its controversial method of shooting it would never hit theaters. But this October the loosely constructed, starkly black-and-white directorial debut of Randy Moore -- which follows a family on their twisted final day of vacation in Disney World -- will do just that.

Check out a clip from the film below:


Foxcatcher (December 20)
Director: Bennett Miller
Cast: Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell, Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Why is it a "Must See"? Starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell, Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave, "Foxcatcher" tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Ruffalo) and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune that led to murder. Written by E. Max Frye and "Capote" scribe Dan Futterman, the film clearly aims to become Bennett Miller's third straight film to receive a best picture nomination.

The film has yet to release a trailer.

In The Name Of (October 30)
Director:  Malgorzata Szumowska
Cast: Andrzej Chyra, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Lukasz Simlat
Distributor: Film Movement

Why is it a "Must See"?

Winner of the Teddy Award for best LGBT narrative film at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, Malgorzata Szumowksa’s Polish drama “In the Name Of” sensitivity approaches the central character of a gay priest. Father Adam (Andrzej Chyra, in a rather mesmerizing performance) is the pastor of a tiny parish in the middle of the Polish countryside. As drama begins to surround Father Adam, “In The Name Of…”  develops into a thoughtful, distinctive portrait of a truly devout man struggling to come to terms with himself (notably after developing a relationship with a Jesus lookalike youth at the center for difficult boys he devotes time to). And though the film is largely a serious affair, look out for the film’s doozy of a sole comic scene, in which Adam gets ridiculously drunk and dances with a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI. 

Check out the trailer below:


Inside Llewyn Davis (December 6)
Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, F. Murray Abraham
Distributor: CBS Films

Why is it a "Must See"? Ecstatically received at this year's Cannes Film Festival where it won the Grand Prize of the Jury, Joel and Ethan Coen's folk music dramedy "Inside Llewyn Davis" opens stateside until December 6th.  The gorgeous-looking drama (shot by "Amelie" DP Bruno Delbonnel) centers on an aspiring singer-songwriter (Oscar Isaac in a breakthrough performance) who navigates the 1960s folk-music scene in New York City’s Greenwich Village. T Bone Burnett produced the film’s soundtrack that includes music performed by, among others, Isaac, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan.

Check out the trailer below:

2 Comments

  • 4F | August 29, 2013 4:45 PMReply

    "The final months of 2012's specialty release schedule"

    A guide for last year's movies! I want my money back!

    What? I didn't pay anything to read this? Oh.

  • clownpenis.fart | August 29, 2013 2:51 PMReply

    awesome you guys are giving some press that little indie "August: Osage County"