This week will see a number of smaller known, but definitely intriguing films released on the indie film circuit. The first is a new documentary from director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, The DaVinci Code) called The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years. Featuring archival footage and new and archival interviews from John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, the film centers on the Beatles‘ career from 1963-1966. The period saw their rise to fame in England and America, and subsequently the world. It was the height of Beatle-mania, and chronicles the group from their Ed Sullivan appearance, to their studio and performance development on albums like Rubber Soul and Revolver, and finally to their final performance at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966. The group played a total of 250 concerts in that 3-year period, and simultaneously revolutionized professional recording and popular culture. If you’re a Beatles fan, be sure to check for local listings in your area for this one!
Second on this week’s indie list is a film called Wild Oats from director Andy Tennant (Hitch, The Bounty Hunter). It was penned by screenwriters Gary Kanew and Claudia Myers (Kettle of Fish, The War Inside), and follows Eva as she and a friend embark on the trip of a lifetime after receiving a life insurance check made out for $5,000,000 instead of the expected $50,000. Starring Jessica Lange (Tootsie, Big Fish) and Shirley MacLaine (Two Mules for Sister Sara, Terms of Endearment), as well as Billy Connolly (The Boondock Saints, The Last Samurai) and Demi Moore (Ghost, Indecent Proposal), the film has not done well by way of hype, but fans of Lange and MacLaine, both big-screen veterans will most likely take the time to see a film with the two of them paired up as international travelers.
Finally on the list is a thriller from conceptual artist and director Kasra Farahani (Alice in Wonderland, Star Trek: Into Darkness) called The Good Neighbor. Starring iconic actor James Caan (The Godfather, Brian’s Song), the film follows a pair of high school pranksters who create a haunting illusion to play a trick on their neighbor, but they end up getting much more than they were prepared for as they continue to film his reaction to their pranks. Starring the supporting roles are Logan Miller (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Ultimate Spider Man) and Keir Gilchrist (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, It Follows). If you’re up for a movie this weekend, be any of these will likely be worth your time. Snowden and the long-anticipated sequel Blair Witch are also up for release this weekend, so it should be a good one for movie-goers. Enjoy!!