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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 6th. What Will You See?

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Indiewire June 6, 2014 at 9:54AM

Not one, not six, not fifteen, but *nineteen* new films make their way to theaters this weekend. We've got the basics on them all.
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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. 

Happy viewing!

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 6th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.)

Anna
Director: Jorge Dorado
Cast: Mark Strong, Taissa Farmiga, Brian Cox, Indira Varma, Noah Taylor
Synopsis: "A man with the ability to enter peoples' memories takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled sixteen-year-old girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma."
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Burning Blue
Director: D.M.W. Greer
Cast: Trent Ford, Tammy Blanchard, Morgan Spector, Rob Mayes, William Lee Scott, Cotter Smith, Michael Cumpsty, Michael Sirow, Mark Doherty, Chris Chalk
Synopsis: "Drawn from the author’s own life, 'Burning Blue' explores the concepts of love, friendship and honor in the U.S. Navy when a routine accident investigation turns into a modern-day Witch Hunt. Following two fatal mishaps involving F-18 jets aboard an aircraft carrier a government agent is placed aboard the ship to determine what may be at the root of these accidents. His mission abruptly changes course when a young sailor reports seeing one of the fleets' top-ranking fighter pilots in a gay club. The suspected aviator and three of his squadron mates and their spouses become the subjects of a deadly investigation entangling them in a web of jealousy and deceit changing their lives forever."
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington DC

Burt's Buzz
Director: Jody Shapiro
Synopsis: "A journey into the remarkable double life of Burt Shavitz— a reclusive beekeeper who reluctantly became one of the world’s most recognizable brand identities. Moving from his privileged childhood on Long Island to his early career as a photo-journalist in counter-culture Greenwich Village, Burt left his past behind to pursue an almost monastic existence as a beekeeper in upstate Maine. Between these extremes is the story of a man who chose his own path and accidentally spawned a billion dollar natural product line."
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Miami, Columbus, Cleveland, Chicago (expands to Minneapolis, Seattle, Toronto, Hartford and Dallas throughout June)

The Case Against 8
Director: Ben Cotner & Ryan White
Synopsis: "Election Day 2008: Californians passed Proposition 8, a measure that repealed the right of same-sex couples to marry. This documentary takes us behind the scenes of the high-profile trial that overturned the controversial constitutional amendment. The case first made headlines with the shocking alliance of lead attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off on opposing sides in Bush v. Gore. The plaintiffs are two loving gay couples who find their families at the center of the same-sex marriage controversy." [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Edge of Tomorrow
Director: Doug Liman
Cast: Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise, Bill Paxton, Charlotte Riley, Lee Asquith-Coe, Jonas Armstrong, Kick Gurry, Tony Way, Dragomir Mrsic, Deborah Rosan, Jeremy Piven, Madeleine Mantock, Jonas Armstrong, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Synopsis: "Lt. Col. Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped into combat. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an alpha alien down with him. But he awakens back at the beginning of the same day and is forced to fight and die again... and again - as physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop."
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (12 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide 

The Fault in Our Stars
Director: Josh Boone
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Emily Peachey, Mike Birbiglia
Synopsis: "Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group."
Criticwire Grade Average: B (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Filmistaan
Director: Nitin Kakkar
Synopsis: "Sunny is struggling to make a living in the Bollywood industry. He takes a job as assistant director (the operative word being assistant) for an American documentary filmmaking team, but during filming in the Indian Rajasthan province he is kidnapped by Pakistani terrorists – and detained in a small village in Pakistan. The situation is delicate, but the villagers share Sunny's passion for Bollywood film, and little by little the hostage and the guardians come to understand each other. Eventually, Sunny lays a plan to escape with the help of the villagers."
Theatrical Release: New York

Like a Country Song
Director: Johnny Remo
Cast: Billy Ray Cyrus, Joel Smallbone, Booboo Stewart, Jennifer Taylor, Kerry Knuppe, Madelyn Deutch, Larry Gatlin
Synopsis: "With nothing but partying and music on his mind, Jake is forced to take a hard look at himself and the ashes around him after life and his singing career slowly falls apart. Jake’s old flame, Becca, suddenly reappears back in his life after seeing her again at a local music show. Good girl Becca, never forgetting who Jake is, makes him work for it only to fall for him again. His mother, MIA, harbors a painful secret… the father Jake thought was dead is alive. To protect Jake from the pain of knowing what his father, Bo, had become after a horrible accident, Mia thought it best if Jake believed Bo was dead. Jake eventually has a “random” encounter with Bo on the street in a Nashville suburb that sets off a chain of events to bring Bo back into his life and hopefully reconciliation to the family."
Theatrical Release: Nashville

The Moment
Director: Jane Weinstock
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Martin Henderson, Alia Shawkat, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Meat Loaf, Navid Negahban
Synopsis: "After a tumultuous affair between international photojournalist Lee and troubled artist John ends in John’s disappearance, Lee lands in a mental hospital to recuperate. She strikes up a friendship with a fellow patient bearing an uncanny resemblance to her missing lover. The pair works to uncover the truth behind the disappearance, but Lee’s precarious sanity comes under threat when the clues lead to the last place she would ever expect."
Theatrical Release: New York

Obvious Child
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Cast: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman, Richard Kind, Polly Draper
Synopsis: "Donna Stern is a 27-year-old Brooklyn comedian whose unapologetically lewd, warmhearted wit is pretty irresistible with audiences. When she gets heartlessly “dumped up with” by her two-timing boyfriend, Donna plunges into some light stalking and heavy moping. Hitting a serious low point, she performs a dreary set of break-up vengeance and Holocaust jokes and drunkenly falls into bed with a nice young professional named Max—not remotely her type. A few weeks later, condoms be damned, she’s pregnant. Now Donna, incapable of telling anything but the naked truth when she’s on stage, will resort to any means to avoid telling Max the score. As her date with Planned Parenthood draws near, she must confront her doubts and fears like never before." [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (23 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (opens across the country throughout June)

Ping Pong Summer
Director: Michael Tully
Cast: Susan Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, Robert Longstreet, Marcello Conte, Judah Friedlander, Myles Massey, Emmi Shockley, Joseph McCaughtery
Synopsis: "The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy 13-year-old white kid who's obsessed with two things: ping pong and hip hop. During his family's annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor. Ping Pong Summer is about that time in your life when you're treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know deep down you're as funky fresh as it gets."
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Rigor Mortis
Director: Juno Mak
Cast: Chin Siu-Ho, Kara Wai, Nina Paw, Anthony Chan, Lo Hoi Pang, Richard Ng, Chung Fat
Synopsis: "Reuniting some of the original cast members of the classic Mr. Vampire series, 'Rigor Mortis' stars action movie veteran Chin Siu-ho as a former vampire hunting actor who now finds himself reaching the end of the line as a washed-up star who is also separated from his wife and alienated from his son. Down on his luck and with barely a dollar to his name, he checks into room 2442 in the housing estate which is allegedly a haunted flat. His aim is to end his misery by doing himself in, but instead Siu-ho is interrupted by some of the other 'occupants' of the building including a Taoist master-exorcist, a traumatized housewife with a tragic past, as well as a seemingly benign elderly woman who has an empty coffin conspicuously hanging in the middle of her apartment. Soon it becomes apparent to Siu-ho that the people around him, and the situation is far from normal. Despite his lack of belief in superstition, Siu-ho is soon thrust into the battle of his life as vicious vampires having a lot of unsettled business begin to rise from the dead…"
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Honolulu, Seattle, San Francisco and Toronto

The Sacrament
Director: Ti West
Cast: Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, Kate Lyn Sheil, AJ Bowen, Gene Jones, Millie Wannamaker
Synopsis: "The story of two Vice Media correspondents on an adventure to document their friend’s journey to reunite with his estranged sister. They track her to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the remote world of 'Eden Parish,' a self-sustained rural utopia composed of nearly two hundred members and overseen by a mysterious leader known only as 'Father.' While they are initially inspired by the community, it soon becomes evident that something is rotten in paradise. As their one night in the parish turns to day, the visitors realize that Eden Parish harbors a twisted secret."
Criticwire Grade Average: B (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Toronto (expands across North America throughout June)

Small Small Thing
Director: Jessica Vale
Synopsis: "'Small Small Thing - The Olivia Zinnah Story' is a feature documentary about the high-profile case of Liberian rape victim Olivia Zinnah, who died from her injuries in 2012 at the age of 12 despite five years of medical treatments and the intervention of the Liberian government. The documentary opens with nine-year-old Olivia, who was brought to JFK Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia with acute, life-threatening injuries. Doctors employ numerous surgeries to stabilize her condition. Through her injuries, the doctors deduce that Olivia suffered a brutal sexual assault at the hands of a family member when she was seven years old. As the extent of the sexual assault is revealed to hospital personnel and the authorities, Olivia and her mother struggle with the increasingly difficult consequences. As more of the disturbing story emerges, the allegations cause strife and separation in their Liberian village. Despite the attempts of the Monrovia authorities and intervention from the government officials to bring her attacker to justice, the filmmakers increasingly uncover a tangled web of political jockeying, government and medical mismanagement."
Theatrical Release: New York

Supermensch - The Legend of Shep Gordon
Director: Mike Myers
Synopsis: "In his directorial debut, Mike Myers documents the astounding career of Hollywood legend Shep Gordon. Following a chance encounter with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, Shep went on to manage an eclectic list of artists including Alice Cooper, Blondie, and Anne Murray. He produced films, invented the celebrity chef, and worked with the Dalai Lama. Making playful use of archival footage, new interviews, and his own close relationship with the legendary talent manager, Myers reveals a man who has embraced his dualities: a hard driving dealmaker who wants everyone to be happy, and a rock 'n' roll hedonist who yearns for a family. Against a backdrop of debauchery, he's a man on a spiritual quest." [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

This is Not a Ball
Directors: Vik Muniz and Juan Rendón
Synopsis: "'This is Not a Ball' is a documentary that follows the creative process of acclaimed Brazilian artist Vik Muniz in the months leading up to the 2014 World Cup as he plans and creates a major new artwork made of 10,000 soccer balls. The documentary follows Muniz as he explores the global passion for soccer and the game’s central object, the ball. In his journey, Muniz interacts with some of the most playful minds in science, like astrophysicist Neil deGrass Tyson and some of the most extraordinary soccer players in the world, like the Sierra Leone Amputee Soccer League."
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Torment
Director: Jordan Barker
Cast: Peter DaCunha, Katharine Isabelle, Stephen McHattie, Robin Dunne, Amy Forsyth, Bill Colgate
Synopsis: "Newlyweds Sarah and Cory Morgan have decided to take a relaxing holiday with Cory’s 7 year old son Liam to try and smooth over some of the teething problems Liam is having with his new Mom. Despite the idyllic location of Cory’s isolated and luxurious country house, the family soon realize they have made a mistake in going there. Someone has been using the house in their absence. Their unwanted house guests will soon reveal themselves and the family will find itself caught up in a fight for their lives. What was planned as a relaxing getaway quickly turns into their worst nightmare as the family find themselves on a holiday from hell."
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami and Phoenix

Trust Me
Director: Clark Gregg
Cast: Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, Amanda Peet, Saxon Sharbino, Clark Gregg, Molly Shannon, Paul Sparks, Niecy Nash, Griffin Gluck, David Fernandez Jr., Danielle Macdonald, Gareth Williams, Dawan Owens
Synopsis: "Howard Holloway is a down-on-his luck agent for child actors and truly one the last good guys left in Hollywood. After discovering a 13-year-old acting prodigy, he is poised to close the deal of a lifetime which would catapult his tween client and, at long last, himself, into the big time. With the support of his gorgeous new neighbor, he must wrangle the actress' volatile, overprotective father, dodge a scheming producer, and outwit his uber-slick nemesis. As he arrives on the brink of the Hollywood dream that's eluded him for a lifetime, he begins to sense that his innocent young starlet may not be quite what she seems."
Criticwire Grade Average: B (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
Director: Lydia B. Smith
Synopsis: "'Walking the Camino' tells the story of walking the ancient 500-mile pilgrimage across norther Spain known as 'The Camino de Santiago'. The documentary follows six strangers from incredibly diverse walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot with only a backpack, a pair of boots, and an open mind. Each pilgrim throws themselves heart-and-soul into their physical trek to Santiago de Compostela, and their personal journey to themselves. As you watch, you will learn the rich history of this honored tradition, as well as witness the Camino's remarkable ability to change lives and provide those who choose to walk its paths with a greater sense of self and spiritual knowledge."
Theatrical Release: New York

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This article is related to: Here Are the Indies Opening This Week, Anna, Burning Blue, Burt's Buzz, The Case Against 8, Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars, Filmistaan, Like a Country Song, The Moment, Obvious Child, Ping Pong Summer, Rigor Mortis, The Sacrament, Small Small Thing, Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon, This is Not a Ball, Torment, Trust Me, Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago







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