Three new indie films worth mentioning open this week in New Orleans-area theaters.
First up is Terri, which centers on a large 15-year-old boy in a small town as he struggles to adjust to his difficult life.
Abandoned by his parents, Terri is left with his ailing Uncle James, who needs the boy’s help more than Terri needs his. Sensitive, overweight and awkward, Terri is painfully aware that his circumstances put him irredeemably outside the inner circle of high school life.
Resigned to his outsider status, Terri is surprised when his tough-talking high school vice principal, Mr. Fitzgerald, takes an interest in him. By creating a series of Monday-morning counseling sessions for social outcasts, Mr. Fitzgerald forces Terri to befriend a pair of fellow misfits, Chad an edgy loner whose rebellion masks his own insecurities, and Heather, a sexually precocious girl whose beauty proves to be a trap of its own.
The three teenagers, so different on the surface, but all outcasts in the rigid high school hierarchy, find an unexpected, imperfect bond that reflects the tenuousness, of the adolescent experience.
Watch the trailer for the film posted in the VIDEO box on the left side of the article.
Terri stars newcomer Jacob Wysocki in a brilliant breakout role as the title character, Creed Bratton (TV’s The Office, and yes that is his real name and on the show too), and finally, the always terrific John C. Reilly. The film is directed by Azazel Jacobs and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Terri will play at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center starting Friday, August 26 through Thursday, September 1, at 7:30 pm nightly.
Also, held over for another week at Zeitgeist is The Tree, a heartfelt story of a young girl who is convinced that her recently deceased father is now the giant tree going in their backyard. The Tree will now screen at 5:30 pm, immediately before Terri. Read my full article on that film here.
Tickets are $7 general / $6 students & seniors / $5 Zeitgeist members. You can also visit the Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center’s website here.
The second new film hitting NOLA theaters this weekend is the French drama Sarah’s Key, starring the incomparable Kristin Scott Thomas.
In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in 1942 (in which the Nazis attempted to severely reduce the Jewish population of Paris) and ultimately, her story of the experiences during the Nazi occupation of France.
Watch the trailer for the film posted in the VIDEO box on the side of the article.
As stated before, the film stars multiple Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and César nominated French actress Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient, Gosford Park), plus Niels Arestrup, Aidan Quinn, and newcomer Mélusine Mayanceas the young Sarah.
Sarah’s Keyis written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner and based on the novel by Tatiana de Rosnay. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has well very well-received amongst critics and audiences alike.
Starting this Friday, August 26, Sarah’s Key will join the daily lineup at The Theatres at Canal Place with five showtimes – 11:50 am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, and 10:00 pm.
For more info on The Theatres and additional movie/showtime info, visit their website.
And finally, we come to the new indie film opening this weekend with perhaps the biggest marquee – Our Idiot Brother (I am sure you have seen the countless commercials).
Ned is a well-meaning idealist who has just been released from prison for dealing marijuana. In succession, he disrupts the lives and homes of his three sisters: career-driven Miranda, who is about to get her big break in journalism; bisexual hipster Natalie, whose constant lies are preventing her from moving forward with her responsible girlfriend; and Liz, who is too concerned with being the perfect mother to notice that her marriage is falling apart.
Watch the trailer for this film posted in the VIDEO box on the left side of the article.
Our Idiot Brotherhas a terrific and hilarious cast led by Paul Rudd as Ned and Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer as his three put-upon sisters. Rashida Jones, Hugh Dancy, Steve Coogan, and Adam Scott also star.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and opens nationwide this week. Among local theaters playing the film this weekend are Hollywood Cinemas 9 in Kenner (showtimes at 12:50, 3:20, 5:50, 8:45, 11:05) and the three local AMC Palace Theaters (Elmwood, Clearview, and Westbank) with multiple showtimes at each location.
Also, opening this weekend is the action film Colombiana, which was filmed partially in New Orleans. The film will play at Chalmette Movies, Hollywood Cinemas 9, and local AMC Theaters. For more info on the film and specific screentimes, check out my previous article on Colombiana.
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