With the second week of the 3 Rivers Film Fest under way, new Indie movies are everywhere this weekend. Read ahead to find out about what’s opening (with theater listings and a link for showtimes) and don’t forget to support festivals like this or a lot of these films would never get a theatrical release in Pittsburgh.
“The Comedy” @ the Harris Theater- Scathing look at aging hipsters from rich white families in Brooklyn and their outlandish pranks that they casually play on each other. Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, creators of “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show”, along with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, pull off a wicked indictment pointed at privileged thirty-somethings. Also available to watch at home on VOD.
“Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters” @ the Melwood Screening Room- Read a full review, see a slideshow of Crewdson’s photos or watch the Trailer.
“The Paperboy” @ the Carmike Galleria 6- The only film premiering now that is not part of this year’s fest finds Director Lee Daniels, who last did the Indie award winner “Precious”, returning with a provocatively themed murder Mystery. Nicole Kidman stars as a sleazy seductress named Charlotte luring a young paperboy (Zac Effron) into doing her bidding, while her volatile husband (John Cusack) sits in jail awaiting extradition for his crimes. An over-the-top, scenery chewing cast and their half baked routines ruins a torrid Thriller set in 1960s South Florida.
“Wake in Fright” @ the Melwood Screening Room- Don’t miss the one and only theatrical showing here for this forgotten Cult Classic from Australia, restored and re-released by Drafthouse Films. a British school teacher plans a little vacation from his outback teachings but, loses everything the night before in a drunken cardgame. Left with the locals, a deranged gang of miners led by Donald Pleasance, he falls headlong into a path of fatality. Incredible movie making, far ahead of it’s time of 1971.
“Mekong Hotel” @ the Harris Theater- Quasi-sequel to critical darling and Thai Director Apichatong Weerasethakul’s masterful “Uncle Boonmee…”. Again exploring the theme of reincarnation, this time it centers on a young girl and her vampire-like mother whom both reside at this mystical Hotel. Visually stunning and thought provoking, a perfect bookend to the original film, though much too short at only 66 minutes.