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Here Are the New Indies (Hopefully) Playing In a Theater Near You: 'Only God Forgives,' 'Girl Most Likely,' 'Blackfish' and More

By Casey Cipriani and Julia Selinger | Indiewire July 19, 2013 at 9:54AM

While the low-fi creeper "The Conjuring" is poised to do battle with the big-budgeted hopeful franchise starter "R.I.P.D." 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.
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"Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp"
Opening In: New York
Synopsis: "Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp" examines the tumultuous life of Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of seven groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail and have made him a cul

tural icon. Interviews with Iceberg Slim, Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, Quincy Jones and Snoop Dogg.


"La Playa D.C."
Opening In: Limited Nationwide
Synopsis: 
Tomas, an Afro-Colombian teenager who fled the country's Pacific coast pushed out by the war, faces the difficulties of growing up in a city if exclusion and racism. When Jairo, his younger brother and closest friend disappears, Tomas plunges in the streets of the city. His search becomes an initiat

ory journey that compels him to face his past and to leave aside the influence of his is brothers in order to find his own identity. Through this journey, Tomas reveals a unique perspective of a vibrant and unstable city that, like Tomas, stands on the threshold between what once was and what might be.


"Nicky's Family"
Opening In: 
New York, Los Angeles
Synopsis: 
"
Nicky's Family" tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton, now 104 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn't found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans.


"Only God Forgives"

Opening In: Limited Nationwide
Synopsis: Ryan Gosling and the director of "Drive", Nicolas Winding Refn, are back with this visionary Bangkok-set thriller. Julian (Gosling) is a drug kingpin tasked with avenging his brother's death, but a mysterious, unhinged policeman is following his every move.


"The Rooftop"
Opening In: Limited Nationwide
Synopsis: Taiwanese pop sensation Jay Chou, drawing on his years as an actor, director, and recording star, creates a fantasy playground of music, moves, and magic as a backdrop to an action comedy which pays homage to the wondrous musicals of the past, while exploding to life with today’s sound and spirit.


"Ways to Live Forever"

Opening In: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C.

Synopsis: Like most inquisitive boys, 12-year old Sam wants to know about UFOs, horror movies, ghosts, and girls. Sam also has leukemia, and although the adults in his life don't want him to dwell on it, Sam wants to know everything about his disease and death, a possibility he might face. Together with his best friend, Felix, he embarks on a "scientific investigation" with questions, observations, evidence, reflections, and lists of all the things he wants to do someday -- like breaking a world record, flying in a blimp, kissing a girl for the first time, and experiencing what it’s like to be a teenager. In this poignant yet ultimately uplifting tale, Sam and his family face the immensity of an uncertain future with love, humor, and a touch of the unexpected.



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