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Here Are the New Indies (Hopefully) Playing In a Theater Near You: ‘Crystal Fairy,’ ‘Fruitvale Station,’ ‘V/H/S/2’ and More

Here Are the New Indies (Hopefully) Playing In a Theater Near You: 'Crystal Fairy,' 'Fruitvale Station,' 'V/H/S/2' and More

While “Pacific Rim” is poised to do battle with “Grown Ups 2” 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.

“Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”
Opening In: Limited
Synopsis: The true story of the “Flying Sikh” — world champion runner and Olympian
Milkha Singh — who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war
during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of
India’s most iconic athletes.


Crystal Fairy
Opening In: Limited
Synopsis: On a trip through Chile a boorish American expat named Jamie (Michael Cera) and three Chilean brothers plan to set off in search of the prized San Pedro cactus and its promise of beachy hallucinations. But in the previous night’s drunken stupor Jamie invites a free- spirited fellow American (Gaby Hoffmann) along on their mescaline-driven road trip, and her devil-may-care worldview gives them more of an adventure than any of them had bargained for.


Fruitvale Station
Opening In: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco (Expanding July 19)
Synopsis: Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station” follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family and strangers, Oscar starts out well, as the day goes on, he realizes that changes are not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day.


“The Hunt”
Opening In: New York, Los Angeles
Synopsis: “The Hunt” is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. Mads Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a highly-regarded school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered. An untruthful remark throws the small community into a collective state of hysteria. The lie is spreading and Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.

“Pawn Shop Chronicles”
Opening In: Limited
Synopsis: In this shop, these people may be pawning far more than they bargained for: Brendan Fraser, Elijah Wood, Vincent D’Onofrio,  Matt Dillon, Norman Reedus, Thomas Jane, Lukas Haas, and Paul Walker, star in 3 twisted tales all connected by items from a Southern small-town pawn shop. A man searching for his kidnapped wife, a couple of white-supremacist meth heads, and a sad-sack Elvis impersonator, plus more desperate characters come to life in the action-packed and hilarious story written by Adam Minarovich and from the director of “The Cooler” and “Running Scared,” Wayne Kramer.

“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.”

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.

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.]

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