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.
Filmmaker Cred: This is actress Famke Janssen's directorial debut.
Star Power: Milla Jovovich, Bill Pullman, Marcia Cross, Rory Cochrane.
Festival/Awards Buzz: Zip.
Release Details: New York this Friday, with a handful of bookings lined up after that.
See This If… The tale of a con woman/single mother trying to keep custody of her child doesn't already sound a bit too treacly to you.
Star Power: Haley Bennett, Teri Polo, Bruce Dern.
Festival/Awards Buzz: Dante's most recent feature made the festival rounds back in 2009 before finding itself in distribution limbo, though most reviews have found it to be a fun throwback.
Release Details: NY and Atlanta only this weekend before its DVD release next Tuesday.
See This If… You're a Dante devotee.
Filmmaker Cred: This is the first documentary from Marius A. Markevicius.
Star Power: No.
Festival/Awards Buzz: Fairly positive out of Sundance.
Release Details: NY/LA this Friday, with more markets to come.
See This If… You're a die-hard fan of the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team (and really, who isn't?).
Filmmaker Cred: This is writer-director Michael J. Bassett's take on Robert E. Howard's classic Puritan ass-kicker. He directed "Wilderness" before this and has "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" coming out next month.
Star Power: James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Rachel Hurd-Wood, the late Pete Postlethwaite.
Festival/Awards Buzz: Generally approving since its own festival debut back in 2009. (This is quite the weekend for that, apparently.)
Release Details: These fifteen cities this weekend. The film is also currently available on demand.
See This If… You’re in the mood for an old-school fantasy adventure.
Filmmaker Cred: This is Peter Nicks' first documentary.
Star Power: Nope.
Festival/Awards Buzz: Very encouraging notices.
Release Details: NY this Wednesday, LA this Friday, and more beyond that.
See This If… You’re fascinated by the struggles of an overwhelmed hospital dealing with its demands.