New releases

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Peruvian film UNDERTOW gets a U.S. theatrical release!

UndertowThe Film Collaborative has picked up the Peruvian film UNDERTOW for U.S. release.  Many Chlotrudis members will remember that UNDERTOW was the surprise hit of the Provincetown International Film Festival.  Everyone we talked to loved the film, and for so many reasons.  There is the gorgeously shot location, the emotionally powerful story that doesn't take the easy route, the fine acting, and the fact that the central secret of the film wasn't spoiled beforehand!  (Okay, the two incredibly handsome lead actors didn't hurt either... especially in Provincetown.)  Apparently non-Chlotrudis members loved the film as well because it tied for the HBO Audience Award for Best Narrative.  | Read more »

Chlotrudis Movie of the Week + Indie Film Round Up, August 6 - 12

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Life During WartimeThis week Chlotrudis recommends a couple of new indie releases playing in Boston. For those of you who like gritty, yet magical stories set on the streets of Dublin, KISSES is for you. Chlotrudis members caught this wonderful little film at the Provincetown International Film Festival way back in 2009! We're very happy to see it get a Boston release courtesy of the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Kylie and Dylan are two kids living in a bleak suburb of Dublin. After an altercation with a parent, the two run away and spend a frightening yet magical night in the big bad city. It's really a special film, so please overlook the fact that it's playing in the Screening Room and go see it! The other new release that's worth a look is LIFE DURING WARTIME, Todd Solondz sequel of sorts to the Chlotrudis Awards-winning HAPPINESS. Some time has passed since the startling conclusion of HAPPINESS, and the characters are all played by different actors, but even if the particulars of the first film are a bit fuzzy in your memory (as they were in mine) the feel and themes of these characters lives will quickly come back to you. LIFE DURING WARTIME is slightly more gentle than HAPPINESS, or perhaps, with over ten years distance, slightly more mature. Plus it's got some outstanding performances by Allison Janney, Shirley Henderson and delightfully amusing turns by a host of supporting actors like the ever-interesting Ally Sheedy and a fierce Charlotte Rampling. Check it out at the Kendall Square Cinema (or wait a week and catch it at the Coolidge!)

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Chlotrudis Thursday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, July 30 - August 5

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DogtoothIt's back to the movie theatre this week! Chris will be hosting the Chlotrudis Thursday Night at the Movies! Join him on Thursday, August 5 for the 7:30pm screening of DOGTOOTH at the Museum of Fine Arts, part of their New Talent to Watch series. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, DOGTOOTH is a darkly funny look at three teenagers confined to their parents’ isolated country estate, kept under strict rule and regimen. Terrorized into submission by their father, the children spend their days learning an invented vocabulary and living in an absurdist, nightmarish experiment—until a trusted outsider, brought in to satisfy the son’s libidinal urges, starts bringing gifts for the teens. A hyper-stylized mixture of physical violence and verbal comedy, DOGTOOTH’s ruthless satire of middle-class mores heralds the arrival of an important new voice in world cinema. In Greek with English subtitles.

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Chlotrudis Movie of the Week + Indie Film Round-Up, July 23 - 29

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Winnebago ManFor this week, Gil is recommending WINNEBAGO MAN.  Amanda and Gil attended the IFFB-sponsored screening last week and really liked it.  For those not familiar with the premise of the documentary, the filmmaker searches for Jack Rebney, the commercial spokesman for a series of Winnebago commercials in Iowa in the 1980's.  During the commercial productions, Rebney would become frustrated and angrily curse at his crew in a very entertaining manner.  With the birth of YouTube, these outtakes became extremely popular and the "Winnebago Man" became one of the most popular clips on the Internet.  In the documentary, director Ben Steinbauer explores the new world of viral videos and the people who have unwillingly become infamous from this new form of media.  The documentary is certainly entertaining but it is also interesting in how it explores the life of one individual and how that life can be changed from exposing a small segment of that life (from the 1980s no less) to millions of people over the web.  The film did really well on the festival circuit, including the IFFB in 2009, and just opened at Kendall Square.  Check out the four-star review from this week's Boston Phoenix. And check out the trailer below. | Read more »

Chlotrudis Indie Film Round-Up, July 2 - 8

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The summer is heating up, and this is one year where the indie films seem to be getting more attention than the big Hollywood blockbusters!  WINTER'S BONE has been garnering raves all over the country.  Local gal Debra Granick has constructed a magnificent, suspenseful family drama set in the Ozarks, with a host of strong performances, and an assured script adapted from the novel of the same name.  The documentary JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK has been receiving accolades on the Festival circuit, and it now in limited release, including a run at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston.  Tilda Swinton's controversial (among Chlotrudis members anyway) I AM LOVE hits theatres this week, and if you're a fan of Italian melodrama... heck, any melodrama... go see this film!  Then there's CYRUS, the latest effort from the Duplass Brothers starring John C. Reilly and Marisa Tomei.  It's an interesting take on family dynamics that plays things for laughs, but gets pretty serious as well. | Read more »

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up June 25 - July 1

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We're back from the Provincetown International Fim Festival, and hopefully riding high on the plethora of great movies we saw there!  It's time to commit to seeing more indie films in the theatre, because there are a surprisingly large number of indie films coming out this summer.  Chris is this week's Tuesday Night at the Movies host, and he picks a movie that's currently generating a lot of discussion on the mailing list.  Join Chris for the 7:20pm screening of WINTER'S BONE at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Winter's Bone

Winner of Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture | Read more »

Two Important Notes for the week of June 4

This is what I get for being too busy to post a movie listing for the week or even looking at the new releases this week until Monday morning!  Hiro-kazu Kore-eda's (STILL WALKING, AFTER LIFE) AIR DOLL starring the divine Doona Bae, opened this week at the Kendall Square Cinema.  SEE IT NOW!


But don't see it on Thursday night, because the king of filth, John Waters, will be at the Boston Public Library at 6pm to talk about his new book Role Models with author Scott Heim (who wrote the novel Mysterious Skin).  You won't want to miss that.  More details here.

Chlotrudis Indie Film Round-Up, May 28 - June 5

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There is no planned Chlotrudis Movie of the Week this week, so enjoy your long, Memorial Day weekend and if you're looking for a good movie to watch, check out the list of independent films opening in the Boston area this week below.  If I may suggest a film, go see James Ivory's The City of Your Final Destination, based on an outstanding novel by Peter Cameron.  It's opening at the Kendall and the West Newton Cinema and revolves around a lost young man who is trying to get permission to write a biography about a renowned author of a single novel who has committed suicide.  Unfortunately, the executor's of his estate, his wife, his mistress and his brother, all living together on the writer's estate, refuse to give permission.  At his girlfriend's urgings, the young biographer travels to South America to get them to change their mind.  While it may not sound so riveting, and in fact, it does lose it's bit in the latter half, unable to capture the protagonist's journey as well as the book did, if you like smart dialog and strong performances, you won't want to miss this.  Laura Linney (outstanding!), Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Anthony Hopkins play the wife, mistress and brother respectively and really capture the spirit of the novel and film sublimely. | Read more »

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up March 26 - April 1

Hello Chlotrudis Members! I'm so excited that I get to host the Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies this week... I also get to choose Atom Egoyan's CHLOE, which I saw and loved in Toronto! This is Egoyan at his best, combining a lot of his favorite topics, with a campy erotic thriller starring Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, and Liam Neeson. Join us at the Kendall Square Theatre for the 7:15 screening of CHLOE. And join us beforehand at 5:30pm at the Cambridge Brewery for dinner. | Read more »