Welcome back to Alt Weekly, a column in which we shine a spotlight on the independent films brave enough to open opposite Hollywood’s behemoth blockbusters before rolling out in wider release.
This week sees Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones breaking up just as Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale go through their own violent split in "Total Recall."
Filmmaker Cred: Fernando Meirelles has directed "City of God," "Blindness" and "The Constant Gardener," while Oscar-nominated writer Peter Morgan was behind the screenplays for "The Queen," "The Last King of Scotland" and "Frost/Nixon."
Star Power: Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Ben Foster.
Festival/Awards Buzz: Its reception at Toronto last fall was a bit on the chilly side, given the project's prestige factor. You can read our review here.
Release Details: New York and Los Angeles this Friday, with more cities to come. The film is also available On Demand.
See This If… You'd rather follow characters around the world rather than watching them travel through the planet at high speeds.
Star Power: Paul Schneider, Olivia Munn, Aisha Tyler, and Chandrasekhar himself.
Festival/Awards Buzz: Its world premiere at SXSW this past March saw a lukewarm reaction, and the film's current reviews are not much kinder.
Release Details: These ten towns theatrically, plus a simultaneous On Demand premiere via cable, iTunes, etc. this Friday.
See This If… A sperm bank heist involving a handful of Broken Lizard alums sounds potentially hilarious to you.
Filmmaker Cred: Lee Toland Krieger's previous film, "The Vicious Kind," drew a strong response on the festival circuit back in 2009.
Star Power: Rashida Jones (who co-wrote the screenplay), Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, Chris Messina and Emma Roberts, with a stealth cameo by Chris Pine. (No, really.)
Release Details: NY and LA this weekend, with these cities to follow.
See This If… You're in the mood for a bittersweet rom-com that showcases Jones' strengths as both screenwriter and leading lady, not to mention Samberg's sensitive side.