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, surprisingly few indies dare to take on the likes of "Cloud Atlas," "Fun Size," "Silent Hill: Revelation" and "Chasing Mavericks."
‘THE LONELIEST PLANET’
Filmmaker Cred: Writer-director Julia Loktev previously brought us the 2007 terrorist thriller, "Day Night Day Night."
Star Power: Gael García Bernal makes up one-third of the spare cast.
Festival/Awards Buzz: As someone who's been advised to avoid specifics about this drama/potential thriller, I'm encouraged by the persistent festival hype. Here is our own review to help make up your mind.
Release Details: NY/LA this Friday, hitting On Demand nationwide on Monday.
See This If… You need to know what happens to this couple once they go hiking. I'm certainly intrigued.
Filmmaker Cred: Luis Prieto's remake was executive-produced by original helmer Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive").
Star Power: Richard Coyle, perhaps, for any fans of "Coupling."
Release Details: In select cities this Friday. It's also currently available On Demand.
See This If… You like to see drug dealers get screwed over, but can't stand subtitles.
Filmmaker Cred: Director Jaume Balagueró is co-responsible for the nerve-wracking "[REC]" franchise.
Star Power: Luis Tosar ("Miami Vice") is pretty much front-and-center in this voyeuristic thriller.
Festival/Awards Buzz: Well-liked out of Fantastic Fest 2011, our review speaks to its substantial suspense factor.
Release Details: NY only this Friday, but also available On Demand.
See This If… You're in the mood to root for an utter creep.