Here Are the New Indies (Hopefully) Playing In a Theater Near You: 'Crystal Fairy,' 'Fruitvale Station,' 'V/H/S/2' and More
"Terms and Conditions May Apply" Opening In: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Toronto, San Diego, San Jose Synopsis: "Terms and Conditions May Apply" is a documentary that shows the outrageous and downright scary things that happen to your personal info when you click "I Agree."
"V/H/S/2" Opening In: New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, Tucson, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Denver Synopsis: Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static-white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil.
"Exit Elena" Opening In: Brooklyn Synopsis: With no place to call home, 19-year-old Elena takes a job as a live-in aide. She finds herself thrust into the middle of a family in crisis: all the things that go on between a father, grandmother, mother, and cat. Eventually, Elena strikes something of a balance though... That is, until the prodigal son returns home. Placing fictional characters alongside real people, Exit Elena is shot through with all the rough edges inherent to family life and the home movie form – in short, it’s a dark comedy.
"The Hot Flashes" Opening In: Nationwide (go here for more info) Synopsis: "The Hot Flashes" is about a basketball team of unappreciated middle-aged Texas women, all former high school champs, who challenge the current high school girls’ state champs to raise money for breast cancer prevention. Sparks fly as the women go to comic extremes to prove themselves on and off the court, become a national media sensation, and gain a new lease on life.
"Killing Season" Opening In: Nationwide (go here for more info) Synopsis: Deep in the Appalachian Mountains, a reclusive American military veteran (Robert De Niro) and a European tourist (John Travolta) strike up an unlikely friendship. But when the tourist's true intentions come to light, what follows is a tense battle across some of America's most forbidding landscape proving the old adage: the purest form of war is one-on-one.
"Viola" Opening In: New York Synopsis: Emerging Argentinian filmmaker Matías Piñeiro pays homage to William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" in this drama set in contemporary Buenos Aires, where a group of passionate young actors philosophize about life and love.
[Nigel M. Smith and Casey Cipriani contributed to this article.]