CATEGORIES Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Independent, New Releases, Sundance, Features, Indie Spotlight, Movie News, Sundance Film Festival, New Releases, CinematicalWelcome back to the Indie Spotlight, in which we list the new limited-release films being released today. Keep an eye out for when they come to your local art house or Netflix queue.
We only have three new ones this week, which should leave you plenty of time for the Janna Fontana movie.
- Anvil! The Story of Anvil (pictured) was one of the success stories at Sundance in 2008, where it played in one of the lower-profile sections and sort of came from nowhere to be a much-buzzed-about hit. It's about a Canadian heavy metal band that has been together for 30 years without ever quite hitting the bigtime. You will think it is a mockumentary, but no, it's real, and the story is inspiring, hilarious, and bizarre. Cinematical's James Rocchi loved it (he even got quoted on the poster!), calling it "a hymn to the human spirit, played loud in power chords." And hey, check out that 98% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes! It's just playing in New York and Los Angeles for now, but just wait, it'll make the rounds.
- The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is based on beloved author Michael Chabon's first novel, a coming-of-age story adapted and directed by the guy who directed Dodgeball. (Uh-oh.) If Anvil was one of the success stories at Sundance 2008, this was one of the major disappointments. Cinematical's Scott Weinberg reviewed it then, saying it's "such an inert, episodic, and familiar piece of very typical festival fare. It's as if Mr. Thurber watched six Sundance films at random, and then just copied his favorite scenes from each one." The consensus at Rotten Tomatoes is dismal, too: only 11% of the reviews are positive. Playing in New York, L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Minneapolis.
- Lymelife has more coming-of-age, this time set in the 1970s and starring a couple of the Culkin kids, Timothy Hutton, and -- hey, Alec Baldwin! Sold! The reviews are split right down the middle at Rotten Tomatoes, with many reviewers praising the performances while others say it's a trite and familiar indie. On four screens in the New York City area now; opens in L.A. next week.