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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, August 22nd. What Will You See?

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Indiewire August 22, 2014 at 10:47AM

These days, the number of indies premiering on a weekly basis can be both thrilling and intimidating. To help sift through the number of new releases (independent or otherwise), we've created the Weekly Film Guide. Below you'll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for today's fresh offerings.
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Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 22. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.)

Winter in the Blood
Director: Alex & Andrew Smith
Cast: Chaske Spencer, David Morse, Julia Jones, Gary Farmer, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Lily Gladstone, Casey Camp, Richard Ray Whitman, Saginaw Grant, David Cale, Ken White, Michael Spears, Alex Escarcega, Yancey Hawley, Joseph Grady, Kendra Mylnechuk, William Otis Wheeler-Nicholson

Synopsis: "A young, self-destructive Montana Blackfoot Indian, his mind groggy with alcohol and tormented by childhood memories, discovers that his wife has left him, taking with her his prize rifle. He sets out to find her, but what he's really searching for is his own uncertain identity and a glimpse of salvation."
Theatrical Release
: New York

14 Blades
Director: Daniel Lee
Cast: Donnie Yen, Zhao Wei, Wu Chun, Kate Tsui, Yuwu Qi, Wu Ma, Law Kar-Ying, Xiang Dong Xu, Chen Zhi Hui, Sammo Hung, Damian Lau
Synopsis: "Trained in clandestine combat from childhood, the Jinyiwei were masters of the 14 Blades; eight being for torture, five for killing, and the last blade reserved for suicide when a mission failed. An elite force of secret agents with a license to kill, the Jinyiwei devoted their lives and lethal prowess to the service of the Emperor alone. When the Imperial Court is taken over by evil eunuch Jia (Law Kar-Ying), the best of the Jinyiwei, Qinglong (Donnie Yen) is assigned to steal a list identifying those still loyal to the Emperor. However unbeknownst to Qinglong, the Jinyiwei have fallen under the control of Jia, and during the mission Qinglong is betrayed and barely escapes with his life. Now as the most wanted man in the land, Qinglong must seek out and rally the loyalists to rise against Jia and restore the Emperor to power. In his way are the deadliest assassins in the land, his former brethren, the Jinyiwei."
Criticwire Grade Average:
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Another Me
Director: Isabel Coixet
Cast: Sophie Turner, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Claire Forlani, Rhys Ifans, Gregg Sulkin, Ivana Baquero, Géraldine Chaplin
Synopsis: "A psychological thriller about a teenage girl Fay, whose once seemingly perfect life slowly begins to unravel. Her friends mention conversations she doesn’t recall having with them, or say they’ve seen her when she knows it’s not possible. At first she wonders if she is going mad, but in a chilling twist Fay begins to sense, and then starts to believe, that she is being pursued by a mysterious 'double' who is out not just to steal her identity, but her life."
Theatrical Release: Various cities in 17 states

are you here
Director: Matthew Weiner
Cast: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Peter Bogdanovich, Jenna Fischer, Lauren Lapkus
Synopsis: "When his off-the-grid best buddy Ben Baker (Zach Galifianakis) inherits his estranged father’s fortune, womanizing local weatherman Steve Dallas (Owen Wilson) joins forces with him to battle the legal challenge brought by Ben’s formidable sister (Amy Poehler), in the hilarious big-screen directorial debut from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner."
Criticwire Grade Average: C (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Orlando, Philadelphia and Tampa)

Cam2Cam
Director: Joel Soisson
Cast: Tammin Sursok, Jade Tailor, Sarah Bonrepaux, Ben Wiggins, Russell Geoffrey Banks
Synopsis: "Lucy, a young American tourist in Thailand, dies after being lured into a kinky on-line game. Her sister, Allie, comes to Bangkok seeking answers only to become enmeshed in a conspiracy of bored young ex-pats, led by the seductive and quirky Marit. They are all just looking for their next big thrill. Allie’s growing affection for Marit leads her to the dark side of a city where no one is who they seem, both on-line and in person."
Theatrical Release: New York

If I Stay
Director: R.J. Cutler
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos , Jamie Blackley, Liana Liberato, Aliyah O'Brien, Chelah Horsdal, Joshua Leonard, Jakob Davies, Donnie MacNeil, William C. Vaughan
Synopsis: "Based on Gayle Forman's novel of the same name. "If I Stay" is the story of the gifted classical musician Mia and her boyfriend, Adam, an up and coming indie-rock star. Torn between two paths in life, her art or her relationship, Mia is forced to make an even starker choice between life and death when she is caught in a fatal car accident with her family one snowy morning in Oregon."
Criticwire Grade Average: C (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Jersey Shore Massacre
Director: Paul Tarnopol
Cast: Danielle Dallacco, Angelica Boccella, Giovanni Roselli, Chris Lazzaro, Nicole Rutigliano, Ashley Mitchell, Ron Jeremy
Synopsis: "When Teresa and the girls leave the salon for a weekend of "Sun-and-sin" down the Shore, The divine hand of fate brings them, and five obnoxious 'fist-pumpers,' deep into the New Jersey Pine Barrens where they become the oblivious targets of a sadistic psychopath who's Down To ...Kill."
Theatrical Release: New York

K2: Siren of the Himalayas
Director: Dave Ohlson
Cast: Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Simone Leorin, Jake Meyer, Chris Szymiec, Fabrizio Zangrilli
Synopsis: "Following a group of climbers attempting to climb K2 in 2009, on the 100-year anniversary of its landmark 1909 expedition. Experience the adventure, peril and serenity of a group's attempt to climb the most challenging peak on earth."
Theatrical Release: New York and Spokane, WA (opens in San Diego, Seattle and Boulder, CO in September)

Kaballah Me
Director: Steven Bram & Judah Lazarus
Synopsis: "'Kabbalah Me' is a personal journey into the esoteric spiritual phenomenon known as Kabbalah. Throughout history, Kabbalah was studied by only the most holy Talmud scholars. The misinformation, innuendo and prohibition surrounding Kabbalah kept its wisdom from most Jews; many were even unaware of its existence. In 'Kabbalah Me', director Steven Bram embarks on a spiritual investigation that leads him to reunite with the Hasidic branch of his family and connect to the community of Judaic scholarship. Eventually his curiosity takes him on a pilgrimage to Israel, where he immerses himself in history and traditions of the Holy Land. Along the way, leading authorities discuss the complex, mystical world of Kabbalah its varying interpretations and the myriad paths of its rituals and lessons. Bram's new commitment to spirituality and religious observance draws skepticism from family and friends but ultimately leads to profound changes across all aspects of his life."
Theatrical Release: New York (opens September 5th in Los Angeles)
kink
Director: Christina Voros
Synopsis: "A story of sex, submission and big business is told through the eyes of the unlikely pornographers whose 9:00-to-5:00 work days are spent within the confines of the San Francisco Armory building, home to the sprawling porn production facilities of Kink.com."
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Love is Strange
Director: Ira Sachs
Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren E. Burrows, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson, Manny Perez
Synopsis: "After 39 years together, Ben and George finally tie the knot, but George loses his job as a result, and the newlyweds must sell their New York apartment and live apart, relying on friends and family to make ends meet."
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (22 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

May in the Summer
Director: Cherien Dabis
Cast: Cherien Dabis, Hiam Abbass, Bill Pullman, Alia Shawkat, Nadine Malouf, Alexander Siddig, Ritu Singh Pande
Synopsis: "May Brennan returns to her childhood home of Amman, Jordan for her wedding. Shortly after reuniting with her sisters and their long-since divorced parents, myriad familial and cultural conflicts lead May to question the big step she is about to take."
Criticwire Grade AverageB- (12 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to various cities throughout the rest of August and September)
The One I Love

Director: Charlie McDowell
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, Ted Danson
Synopsis: "Ethan and Sophie are a married couple on the brink of separation. At the urging of their therapist, they escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to salvage what’s left of their relationship. What starts off as a relaxing and tranquil retreat soon spirals into a dizzyingly bizarre experience that forces the couple to reflect upon the complexities of their troubled partnership. Over the course of a few days, Ethan and Sophie work diligently to rediscover their better selves and embrace the unexpected as everything they once thought was real becomes more and more surreal." [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (24 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Portland, Seattle and San Francisco (expands to various cities throughout August and September)

The Possession of Michael King
Director: David Jung
Cast: Shane Johnson, Dale Dickey, Julie McNiven, Tomas Arana, Cara Pifko, Ella Anderson
Synopsis: "Michael King (Shane Johnson) doesn’t believe in God or The Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, the documentary filmmaker decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural. Michael decides to make himself the center of the experiment - allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him - in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go."
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Phoenix

The Prince
Director: Brian A Miller
Cast: Bruce Willis, Jason Patric, John Cusack, 50 Cent, Jonathon Schaech, Gia Mantegna, Rain, Jessica Lowndes
Synopsis: "A family man who turns out to be a retired mob enforcer must travel across the country to find his daughter who has gone missing."
Theatrical Release: Limited

Rabindranath Tagore: The Poet of Eternity
Director: Partha Bhattacharya
Synopsis: "The film examines Tagore's (1861-1941) genius and his contribution in arts, music, literature, philosophy and education and his impact on world leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and prolific thinkers such as Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell. The film highlights the recognition of the poet as a world teacher by the United Nations and UNESCO in 2010; and 'guru for all mankind' in a celebration in Paris, paying tribute to him as an educator and a humanist. Rabindranath established Vishwa Bharati, an international university at Shantiniketan, West Bengal where European and Asian professors taught and students came from around the world to study. The film notes that Rabindranath famously never reconciled to the fact that World War I started after he was awarded the Nobel Prize. The messenger of peace lectured in over 30 countries preaching harmony and peace for the next 25 years. And yet when World War II loomed large, the poet was beside himself with grief. He begged earnestly but in vain to poet Noguchi in Japan and to President Roosevelt for peace. The poet breathed his last in August, 1941."
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Salvo
Director: Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza
Cast: Saleh Bakri, Sara Serraiocco, Luigi Lo Cascio, Mario Pupella
Synopsis: "A hitman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house to eliminate a man, he discovers Rita, a young blind girl who powerlessly stands by while her brother is assassinated. Salvo tries to close those disturbing eyes, staring at him yet unseeing. Something impossible happens. Rita's eyes see for the first time. Salvo decides to spare her life. From then on, these two beings, both haunted by the world they belong to, are linked together forever."
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (3 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York


See You Next Tuesday
Director: Drew Tobia
Cast: Eleanore Pienta, Dana Eskelson, Molly Plunk, Keisha Zollar
Synopsis: "An odd pregnant girl disrupts the lives of her campy recovering alcoholic mother and vulgar lesbian sister during a nervous breakdown."
Criticwire Grade Average: B (3 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Director: Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen, Danny Trejo, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Jamie Chung, Josh Brolin, Powers Boothe, Eva Green, Stacy Keach, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Crystal McCahill, Juno Temple, Bruce Willis

Synopsis: "Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning "Sin City" graphic novels back to the screen in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants."
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (11 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

To Be Takei
Director: Jennifer M. Kroot & Bill Weber
Synopsis: "George Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life in Jennifer Kroot’s delightful and incisive film To Be Takei. As a child forced into Japanese-American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in film and television shows. Even after landing the iconic role of Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, Takei’s sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continued to challenge the status quo well into the twenty-first century." [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Portland, Santa Fe, Seattle and Toronto)

When the Game Stands Tall
Director: Thomas Carter
Cast: Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig, Laura Dern, Bob Ladouceur, Starlette Miariaunii
Synopsis: "Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport."
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (3 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Missed last week? Here are all the releases from the weekend of August 15th.

This article is related to: Weekly Film Guide, Winter in the Blood, 14 Blades, Another Me, are you here, Cam2Cam, If I Stay, Jersey Shore Massacre, K2: Siren of the Himalayas, Kabbalah Me, kink, The One I Love, Love Is Strange, The Possession of Michael King, The Prince, Rabindranath Tagore: The Poet of Eternity, Salvo, See You Next Tuesday, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, To Be Takei, When the Game Stands Tall







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