Here Are the New Indies (Hopefully) Playing In a Theater Near You: 'Crystal Fairy,' 'Fruitvale Station,' 'V/H/S/2' and More
"Crystal Fairy"IFC Films
While "Pacific Rim" is poised to do battle with "Grown Ups 2" at the domestic box office, those two competing studio efforts aren't the only films opening this week that want your hard earned money. Below, find a list of every indie opening today Stateside, with official synopses and trailers to help you decide on what to see and what to skip. Click on film title to view the corresponding film page.
"Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" Opening In: Limited Synopsis: The true story of the "Flying Sikh" -- world champion runner and Olympian
Milkha Singh -- who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war
during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of
India's most iconic athletes.
"Crystal Fairy" Opening In: Limited Synopsis: On a trip through Chile a boorish American expat named Jamie (Michael Cera) and three Chilean brothers plan to set off in search of the prized San Pedro cactus and its promise of beachy hallucinations. But in the previous night's drunken stupor Jamie invites a free- spirited fellow American (Gaby Hoffmann) along on their mescaline-driven road trip, and her devil-may-care worldview gives them more of an adventure than any of them had bargained for.
"Fruitvale Station" Opening In: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco (Expanding July 19) Synopsis: Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station" follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family and strangers, Oscar starts out well, as the day goes on, he realizes that changes are not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year's Day.
"The Hunt" Opening In: New York, Los Angeles Synopsis: "The Hunt" is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man's life. Mads Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a highly-regarded school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered. An untruthful remark throws the small community into a collective state of hysteria. The lie is spreading and Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.
"Pawn Shop Chronicles" Opening In: Limited Synopsis: In this shop, these people may be pawning far more than they bargained for: Brendan Fraser, Elijah Wood, Vincent D’Onofrio, Matt Dillon, Norman Reedus, Thomas Jane, Lukas Haas, and Paul Walker, star in 3 twisted tales all connected by items from a Southern small-town pawn shop. A man searching for his kidnapped wife, a couple of white-supremacist meth heads, and a sad-sack Elvis impersonator, plus more desperate characters come to life in the action-packed and hilarious story written by Adam Minarovich and from the director of "The Cooler" and "Running Scared," Wayne Kramer.