Summer’s sticky weather and all new Indies have arrived in Pittsburgh. So cool off at home with these releases, available by mail, for June 21, 2011.
“Brighton Rock”- A mischievous Mystery. In hopes of silencing a waitress who saw him kill another criminal, a young thug decides to romance her and suss out how much she knows. But at what point does his premeditated plot blossom into true passion? Sam (“Control”) Riley steals every scene as the thug, Andrea Riseborough shines as the love-interest & John Hurt and Helen Mirren also appear in writer-director Rowan Joffe’s film adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel that has yet to play here in Theaters, although it is out to own on Import DVD from England.
“Cedar Rapids”- Read a full Review or watch the Trailer.
“Elektra Luxx”- Semi-Sequel to 2009’s “Women in Trouble”, this time centering on just one who is having a hard time– a retired Porn Star, wonderfully underplayed by Carla (“Sin City”) Gugino, who finds herself pregnant and the only work she can find is teaching Sex Ed classes to bored Housewives. A provocative Comedy follow-up by Writer/Director Sebastien Gutierrez, who co-incidentally is Gugino’s boyfriend.
“HappyThankYouMorePlease”- On the way to meet a publisher, aspiring novelist Sam, Writer/ Director/ Star of TV’s “How I Met Your Mother”– Josh Radnor, encounters Rasheen, a homeless child, alone on the subway. While struggling to decide whether to send the young boy back to foster care, Sam looks after Rasheen and learns a few important life lessons. Meanwhile, Sam’s friends deal with various romantic tribulations. An exemplary cast of Indie starlets that includes Malin Akerman, Kate Mara & Zoe Kazan. Radnor’s first feature film won the Best Drama Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
“The Unloved”- Abused by her single father, played menacingly by Robert Carlyle, Lucy, newcomer Molly Windsor, is removed by social services and placed in a group children’s home. While intended to help Lucy, the move inflicts a new brand of torture on the young girl– bullies, capricious rules and loneliness. Ironically, this very solitude becomes her main method of coping. Actress Samantha (“Movern Callar”) Morton makes her directorial debut with this troubling Drama drawn from her own life.