By Peter Knegt | Indiewire August 28, 2009 at 2:50AM
With Hollywood ending its summer season with a dual of horror sequels - "Halloween 2" and "The Final Destination" - it's as good a time as any to go the way of the arthouse. Though I'm sure there's plenty you could catch up on, from those "Basterds" to as-yet-underseen gems like "Lorna's Silence" and "The Cove" - there's also seven new films coming out that indieWIRE hopes to briefly enlighten you on.
Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock" is hitting theaters across the country today after a two-day limited release. Reviews have been tepid, with indieWIRE's review calling the film called it a "messy historical fiction." But yesterday our own Brian Brooks gave us a completely different take on the film, perhaps suggesting those with an emotional connection to the time depicted in the film should ignore reviews and go with their heart.
Also opening is a film that certainly does not share "Woodstock"'s critical response Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Still Walking," which received some of the year's best reviews, with indieWIRE's Kristi Mitsuda calling it "lovingly attuned to life’s fleeting pleasures." There's also two high-profile docs coming out of Sundance - Ondi Timoner's Grand Jury prize winning "We Live In Public" and R.J. Cutler's Anna Wintour exploration "The September Issue." Timoner talked to indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez about her decision to self-distribute "Public," while "Issue"'s R.J. Cutler discussed his relationship with "Issue" subject Wintour in an interview with yours truly earlier this week.
And if that's not enough options for you, there's also Dan Stone's non-fiction pirate movie "At The Edge of the World," Robert D. Siegel's "engaging portrait of obsession", "Big Fan," and Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson's UK hit "St. Trinians," starring Rupert Everett as the head mistress of an all-girls school.
For further info on all aforementioned films (except of course, those horror sequels), check out indieWIRE's film calendar. Below are links to film pages for ten of this weekend's releases, where you can view trailers, check out reviews, and rate the films yourself:
Dan Stone's At The Edge of The World
Robert D. Siegel's Big Fan
Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson's St. Trinian’s
Hirokazu Kore-eda's Still Walking
R.J. Cutler's The September Issue
Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock
Ondi Timoner's We Live In Public