Summer officially comes this weekend via June’s solstice, so the longest days of the year might hinder your spending time in a dark movie theater. However, there’s a decent batch of new offerings this weekend that might make you want to consider otherwise. While Hollywood continues to spew out arguably weak summer fare (arguable if you have a thing for Ryan Reynolds’ abs and Betty White’s comedic talents – which this writer most certainly does; or bible story parodies featuring Jack Black and Michael Cera – which this writer most certainly doesn’t), specialty options are much more considerable.
In terms of star power, the most major indie example comes care of “Whatever Works,” which indieWIRE‘s Eric Kohn called “the definition of a minor Woody Allen movie.” Starring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood and Patricia Clarkson, “Works” marks Allen’s “triumphant return to New York City after several years of European excursions finds him in familiar, if not exemplary, form.” If that criticism makes you feel “Whatever” might not work for you, smaller fare is plentiful: Tatia Rosenthal’s stop motion animated feature “$9.99”; Rupert Murray’s “The End of the Line,” a doc exposing the damages wrought to the sea; Tommy Wirkola’s Norwegian horror flick “Dead Snow”; Francois Velle’s “The Narrows,” starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Sophia Bush and Kevin Zegers; Andy Abrahams Wilson’s “Under Our Skin,” a dramatic tale of microbes, medicine and money; and Alexander Olch’s “The Windmill Movie,” a doc in which Och finishes the documentary his former professor set out to make about his own life before he passed away in 2001.
Each film has its own page here at indieWIRE, complete with a round up of reviews, links to the extensive coverage we’ve done on the films here, as well as general information on the films, trailers, and – please note – the opportunity for you the reader to rate and comment on each film. Check them out, and choose your Eddie Murphy alternative:
Tatia Rosenthal’s $9.99
Rupert Murray’s The End of the Line
Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow
Francois Velle’s The Narrows
Andy Abrahams Wilson’s Under Our Skin
Woody Allen’s Whatever Works
Alexander Olch’s The Windmill Movie