The lull in Hollywood summer tentpoles opening this weekend means now's a great time to catch an indie. With the much anticipated new take on "Much Ado About Nothing" that Joss Whedon shot at his own home over 12 days, the first adaptation of a Judy Blume novel, and two teens gone wild in "Violet & Daisy," here's your list of the indies opening today across the country. Synopses courtesy of the distributors.
Opening In: New York (June 14 in Los Angeles, San Diego, Tulsa, Seattle and Denver)
Synopsis:Two bartenders try to achieve their dreams through bartending. An injured Marine turns his goals to becoming a principal bartender at the best cocktail bar in the world. A young man leaves his white-collar job to buy the corner bar in his hometown years later he struggles to keep afloat. The bar is three deep and the bartenders are in the weeds at the greatest cocktail party since before Prohibition. Hey Bartender is the story of the rebirth of the bartender and the comeback of the cocktail. Featuring the world's most renowned bartenders and access to the most exclusive bars in New York with commentary from Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer and Amy Sacco.
"Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie"
Opening In: New York and Los Angeles
Synopsis: Long before O’Reilly and Beck, Morton Downey, Jr., was tearing up the talk-show format with his divisive populism. Between the fistfights, rabid audience, and Mort's cigarette smoke always ’in your face,’ The Morton Downey Jr. Show was billed as '3-D television,' 'rock and roll without the music.' "Evocateur" meditates on the hysteria that ended the ’80s and ultimately its most notorious agitator.
"Much Ado About Nothing"
Opening In: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco (June 21 Nationwide)
Synopsis: Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato's daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), the governor's niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage. In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies Conrade (Riki Lindhome) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins. A series of comic and tragic events may continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.
"As Cool As I Am"
Opening In: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto
Synopsis: "As Cool As I Am" is a coming of age story about a smart, young girl caught in small town America. Dreaming of a bigger life, Lucy (Sarah Bolger) is subjected to her parents' Lainee (Claire Danes) and Chuck (James Marsden) disintegrating marriage. Finding it tough to navigate her own relationships, Lucy not only confides in, but relies on best-friend, Kenny (Thomas Mann), for emotional and physical support. Ultimately, she finds hope and her dreams are within reach.